Tags dodges question on Saints' long-term future in N.O.
A reporter from WWL-TV directly asked Tagliabue point-blank about the Saints' long-term future in New Orleans.
And, like Reggie Bush dodging an oncoming tackler, Tagliabue completely evaded the question.
Here's the text of the question and answer:
Q: "What’s your confidence level that the Saints will stay here long term?"Well...what about after that? What happens in seven months?
A: "I told Mr. Benson this morning that I’m here because it’s two months to kickoff and six months to the NFC title game in the Superdome."
Also, I find it interesting to note that Tagliabue is utilizing language similar to that used by Tom Benson last summer, pre-Katrina, in an effort to garner additional support before what many were calling a lame-duck season in New Orleans - without offering any suggestion of a future beyond 2005.
Not much difference here. The Saints could leave New Orleans after the upcoming season if it pays Louisiana $61 million as an exit penalty.
At some point, it would be very comforting to get either Tagliabue, Benson, or the likely NFL commissioner-to-be, Roger Goodell, to make a firm commitment to the future of New Orleans that extends beyond Tagliabue's "six months."
(And, as a final note, I'm in no way meaning to criticize the man most responsible for keeping the Saints' future in New Orleans alive. Tagliabue has done a lot of good. I just wish we could get a stronger commitment.)
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