Peppers not pleased

Carolina Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers was not pleased with Carolina's performance in its 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He seemed equally irritated with the comments made by Saints coach Jim Haslett after Sunday's game. Haslett said the Saints didn't need to give rookie right tackle Jammal Brown much help in blocking Peppers. "When we had four guys down rushing the quarterback I can only remember once where I rushed just me against him," Peppers said.

"Sometimes we had a stunt on where I had to go inside and I had different responsibilities. But as far as rushing him one-on-one and getting a chance to set him up and do things, that wasn't there.

"I just looked at the tape and they kept the tight end in and they chip-blocked and all of that. But they can say whatever they want to say - we will see them again."

Peppers had six tackles, one batted pass and forced Brown to jump offsides twice. However, Peppers failed to record a sack.

Haslett said the reason the Saints traded up to No. 13 in the NFL draft - one spot ahead of the Panthers - was to acquire Brown, a player they had targeted to block Peppers for the remainder of the decade and beyond.

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