Saints players hold meeting

Updated: October 2, 2003, 2:54 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints players aired their feelings and recommitted themselves to the season during a players-only meeting after Sunday night's 55-21 loss to Indianapolis.

"I think it was time," Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks said. "That was a very embarrassing effort put out on the field, and I think it was time for some people to speak up for all of us to hear. I think everybody responded really well. I think it hit home, not just for them but all of us. I'm more sure it won't happen again."

Saints running back Deuce McAllister said the talk will be a waste of time and energy unless it's transferred to the game Sunday.

"You can meet all you want," McAllister said. "Until you do it on the field. Everybody just vented a little bit. One thing you can't do is turn and point fingers."

Saints players and coaches denied there is dissension in the locker room, and that players are at odds with the coaching staff and the game plans.

"I haven't seen that," right guard LeCharles Bentley said. "The respect level in the locker room is extremely high for one another and the coaching staff." ^------<

REPLACEMENT PLAYERS: Veteran Spencer Folau is expected to start at left tackle in place of injured starter Wayne Gandy. Haslett said rookie Jon Stinchcomb will be active for the first time this season and will serve as the primary backup at both tackle positions.

The club is considering two options to replace injured defensive tackle Kenny Smith, Haslett said. Veteran Henry Ford could move into Smith's spot, or veteran Willie Whitehead could move there from right end and rookie Melvin Williams could start at right end.

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