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Jim More senior is with us here on sports byline. We're talking about his opportunity to become a head coach in the national football league with the New Orleans Saints the team was sold a Tom Benson in May of nineteen, eighty, five for seventy million dollars, and then Jim started in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty six, but when you hear that seventy million dollars for an NFL franchise, you have to shake your head and laugh a little bit. Don't you Jim? For, now for sure nowadays, he got a heck of a bargain and that deal. Also for those people that may not be familiar with that time you spent the first off season remaking the Saints Roster You were convinced. Several players from the USFL to come down to New Orleans and play for the saints imports included Linebacker Sam, mills and Vaughan Johnson who went on to form the inside tandem of what was the legendary Dome, patrol linebacking core with veteran Rickey Jackson and drafty pat swilling on the outside. You inherited quarterback Bobby, Abeer and receiver Eric Martin from bump. Phillips and you drafted running back Reuben. Maze and tackle Jim Dombrowski. Tell me what your philosophy was taking over that franchise that was in such bad shape when you took him over. Okay, well, you, you named. The main reason why when when there were three reasons why we we got good one when we there, they had a good nucleus, a of present saints players that were just kind of they were in their second year third year fourth year fifth year like Rickey Jackson a Stan Brock people like that they were just as a group. They were right in the prime of their careers. You know just close. Close to to be the nucleus of of a good football team and a winning football team, so we we have that going for okay, but they hadn't. They hadn't been winners. You know those guys been there five six years and they haven't been winter, so you know they. They wanted to win and they were ready to do what it took to win so so having a good nucleus of veteran players. Present Saints when we got. There was a big thing number two. Was We got good players, some good players out of the US value mentioned von Johnson. You mentioned Sam Mills we had A. There was a couple of other guys boy, bobby. There have been in the US. If they'll see, he hasn't played for the saints. And I don't think pretty sure. He came out of the USFL, too, so so we got, we got those guys, and and then we had a really good draft. We drafted Jim Browsing in the first round. We grafted Dalton Hilliard. In the second round we had three third round picks. One of them was pat swilling. Another one was Reuben made all four. These guys started fours most. Most of that first year in nineteen eighty six, so you combine the veteran players that were there. The influx from the US fell and the the The the draft that we had we had the nucleus of what could be a pretty darn good football team. Now didn't happen that first year. Although we had some good games, we beat the niners. We shut out the rams. Rams at home about halfway through the season, but then we had some some tough losses to, but I think it all came together in eighty seven when we won twelve games, and and then we had some good success after that to let me let me interject something here, because when i read about you in that second season, and just so everybody knows seven and nine in. In your first season, and then you lead the saints to twelve and three in eighty seven and I remember a conversation. I was having with Bill Walsh after the eighty two when they had gone to the super bowl the next year there was the strike shortened season of course, and the forty niners missed the playoffs because they missed field goal. Now I say that because. I know that you had the same burying. And you and bill were very similar as far as the intensity of the way you coached and expectations you had and you. You know you all missed a field goal against the forty niners a last second field goal after the game, and that's when you have the famous. COULDA WOULDA Shoulda speech. Tell me a little. Little bit about the frustration for a coach. That sort of circumstance, the thing I always loved about you and and respected about you is you? You were always honest every question. I ever have asked you in your career whether it be in the NFL or college football. You always gave me an honest answer so I knew that that speech was from the heart. Well. It was a combination of the fact. that. And that was a strike here right now. We we played two games. We were one and one with our with our guys. And then they went on strike we had we had dude didn't play that first game the first week after the strike and there was no games, and then we brought in two replacement players and played three games with them. We want to and lost one but that whole. And then all our veterans were you know weren't there at that time was was was emotional. I mean it wasn't just like a normal football season. It was emotional, and then our guys come back okay from our veteran. Guys are Saito were normal saints players come back after that all happening and we're three and two and our first game back is at home against the forty niners, and and everybody knows it for that decade, not just that year. The forty niners we're. Not The best game in the NFL. No question about it and they're in our division forty nine, our division, and we we. Drew, my career there we had. We had some pretty good games with the most of the time they won, but they were close, and we competed against them, but anyway. So now our first gave back with our veteran players, and the strikes over and all that kind of stuff. We're playing the niners and we're buoyed tooth and nail. At Home! And we missed a field goal and and and Morton didn't miss. Many of those morten Andersen kicker. at the end of the game and they ended up winning I. Think It was twenty four to twenty two, so yes, that's right. Is that right? Yeah I remember that one, twenty, four, twenty, two and yeah I mean I? I felt like we had a chance to win that thing and that we were good enough to beat the best team and the NFL. If we just find out winning deal, you know going for us and So I, I was emotional and I. You know that wasn't the last time for the first time I was emotional going in after a game, but yeah I did. I said. You know we're tired of being. Close tired of being if only tired of being, we should ever we could ever we're. We gotta get the job though we got. We got a win. The Dan game. That's what's important and I didn't tell the team that I told the. Press in my and my press conference is when I said. But we came back out. The next. You know after that we one nine straight games, but I'd say was key. We came back after that now we're three and three just lost to the niners. We have three straight are three straight division games, not necessarily in this order rams. Falcons was the first game because we crush them. Falcons, Rams and niners are three division teams all on the road. Those are next three games. After that loss to the forty niners, and we beat all three of them, we went out to forty San Francisco beat them. We beat the rams. We crushed the Falcons thirty eight nothing I think it was after after we came back after we're losing that forty niner game and that got us going, and we won nine in a row and we. We still can win the division, though because of the forty niners yeah I know that Bill said to me as we were walking across the field after his Tuesday press conference. Just he and I and he said they can't even kick a damn feel, so he felt the same way you did, but I've got to share with you another story. There was a game against the. The forty niners in which the forty niners were up in the fourth quarter, and it was pretty late in the fourth quarter I was down there covering the game and you guys came back and you won that game and Eddy Debartolo. WHO's a dear friend of mine gets down into the locker room before the team comes in off the field and he destroyed a soft. Soft drink machine that was in the locker room, just droid Jim and so anyway the players come in, and they see this destroyed soft drink machine, and each quietly goes to their cubicle. The last one in to the room was Ronnie Lott and he looked at the machine, looked over at Eddie looked back to the scene and said what happened. You didn't have correct change. I. Never heard that story before a good one I was in the locker room and I witnessed and I didn't WanNA laugh because you're providing the because you know Eddie was a very very emotional owner..