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Just what they needed???

Posted by Albert Breer  December 3, 2009 09:50 AM

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So in that way, could it be a good thing, to go through something like this now?

"It's an eye-opener, obviously," linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said. "But we're presented with a new challenge this week in Miami. That's how we look at it. It's not like we're gonna go through this huge re-thinking of who we are. It's more of, if we let one slip away, we gotta keep our focus, and attack the challenge we have this week.

"We're done with the Saints, we're moving on. We haven't put our best game together and if we're going to do it, this is the week to do it because we know that Miami is going to give us best, and we obviously didn't put our best football out there last week."

Faulk may be an 11-year veteran, but after getting through Wednesday, he said there wasn't really any way to tell yet if the team was handling the bludgeoning properly or not. And he won't be able to today or tomorrow either.

"Today's not the day to determine that. That day is Sunday," he said yesterday. "How we prepare today, tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, leading up to that, it's a lot of little things."

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