Tag:New Orleans Saints
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Brees taking care of Brees

They will call Drew Brees selfish.

He's thinking about himself -- and just himself.

How dare he not take a deal that would make him the highest-paid player in the NFL and instead force the Saints to use the franchise tag on him to keep him off the market?

Here's what I say to that: Brees has to do what he feels is best for himself. There are a lot of people out there who will say Brees should have signed a deal with the Saints to help the team get some cap relief to sign Carl Nicks and Marques Colston before free agency.

That's not his duty. He serves himself. He's an independent contractor. If he and his agent don't like the deal the Saints have offered, they don't take it.

The other part is on the team. They need to make it work.

Having said all that, let's get off this Brees-is-the-savior of New Orleans talk while we're at it. If this negotiation has taught us anything, it's that all players -- no matter what image they portray -- are in it for themselves.

Never forget that.

But don't get mad at Brees. He's looking out for No. 9 -- or in this case, as it always is, No. 1.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:02 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 11:04 pm

Saints roll behind offense -- again

NEW ORLEANS -- Some might even call it an off night. Really.

That's because the New Orleans Saints didn't have their usual precision ways on offense against the Detroit Lions in an NFC wild-card game Saturday night. Yeah, that mattered. They still rolled up over 600 yards of offense and moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a victory.

On a night when record-setting quarterback Drew Brees got hit more than usual, had several passes that should have been picked, and never really looked all that comfortable, he still threw for 466 yards.

Can anybody stop the Saints offense? 

Then again, the way their defense plays at times, including early against the Lions, the Saints better hope not.

In the year of the pass, the Saints showed again why they are the best passing team in the NFL and why the team that puts them out of this postseason tournament is likely going to have to outscore them.

Now they get the San Francisco 49ers on the road, the one team with a stiff defense that is left in the NFC playoffs.

Something has to give. It's hard to imagine it will be Brees and that passing game.

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:35 pm

Saints look Super against Giants

NEW ORLEANS  -- Pay attention, Green Bay. There's another offensive powerhouse down here in the Bayou, one that chucks it all over the place with a star passer just like you have.

As a reminder to the undefeated Packers that it won't be an easy waltz to the Super Bowl, the 8-3 New Orleans Saints put on an offensive clinic Monday night in blowing out the New York Giants at the Superdome.

Drew Brees did what he wanted to in the air and the Saints won easily as Brees threw four touchdown passes and made the Giants secondary look sadly horrible.

The Saints lost to the Packers on opening day, which seems a long time ago, but I get the feeling that won't be the last meeting this season.

Saints and Packers? First one to 450 passing yards wins.

It would be Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers, each with a Super Bowl ring and each on pace to break some of the league's benchmark records.

To steal a phrase from a certain linebacker: Can't wait.

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Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Saints grab hold of first place

ATLANTA -- Their coach was back at his familiar spot on the sidelines Sunday, and now the New Orleans Saints are back in their familiar spot: Firmly atop the NFC South Division.


With Sean Payton on crutches on the sideline for the first time since tearing up his leg a month ago in a sideline collision, the Saints came into the Georgia Dome and took a strong hold of the division race with a 26-23 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.


The Saints are now 7-3 heading into the bye week. What has to be even more encouraging is that a defense that had been struggling, especially on the road, played better -- although that unit did make it interesting late when the Falcons moved to a game-tying field goal in the final seconds.


The defense made a huge stop on a fourth-and-inches play from the Atlanta 30 in overtime to get the ball back for the game-winning field goal.
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Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 1:10 am

Monday Musings: Saints too aggressive at end

Saints coach Sean Payton is one of the league's most-aggressive play callers.

But sometimes he can be too aggressive.

Take the end of the Jaguars-Saints game Sunday. His team was leading 23-10, but Payton kept throwing. Drew Brees was picked off once and the Saints had a tough time using up the clock. The Saints had three possessions starting from 11:43 left to 2:07 left. They ran 12 plays, not counting fourth down. Eight of those plays were passes. They didn't get any points, and had a 50-yard missed field goal by John Kasay. It just didn't make any sense. A

fter the game, Payton said they had some problems late and said it was "my fault."  Drew Brees defended the style.  "We wer executing our offense," Brees said. "Twenty-three to 10 is not anything. You have to distance yourself. Never play conservatively when the game is that close. We were still calling plays, pushing the ball down the field." I know that's who they are, but at some point they have to be able to milk clock. Isn't that why they drafted Mark Ingram in the first round?

I asked some defensive players about it, but they waved me off. Publicly. Privatley, you could tell they were not happy about it. I believe Payton is the best at calling plays in the NFL. But sometimes he gets a little too arrogant in how he's calling them. That appeared to be the case in Jacksonville Sunday.

---The Eagles are in big trouble. Not only are they 1-3, but they had some significant injures Sunday. They lost defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, one of their top run stuffers, for the season with a torn triceps. Pass rusher Trent Cole, who was playing as well as any defensive end in the league, is expected to miss three weeks or so with a calf injury and left tackle Jason Peters, their best lineman, will likely miss a couple of weeks with a hamstring. Three key players on the two lines going down will be tough to overcome. Dream Team? Not now.

---Amazing stat: Tom Brady passed Joe Montana on the all-time touchdown list Sunday with 275 to put him eighth all time -- only 124 behind Peyton Manning. That's 124. Unreal.

---There wasn't much doubt the Bears would feed Matt Forte against the Panthers. Carolina has problems stopping the run and the Bears were taking heat for not running it enough. Forte responded with a 205-yard rushing performance. Want to bet Mike Martz goes back to throwing it against the Lions this week anyway?

---The Bears defense isn't very good. They've given up over 500 yards the past two weeks. Isn't that a unit that has Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher?

---So Santonio Holmes wants the ball more? Wonder where that story came from? Hmm. His agent, maybe?

---Rookie receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones are having good starts to their careers, both coming off 100-yard days. That should help the draft stock of Oklahoma State's Justin Blackman, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, three good-size receivers who are expected to go in the first round. Count Jacksonville as a team that will take one of those receivers if it gets a chance.

--In four games, Seattle's Mike Williams has 79 yards receiving. So much for that great comeback continuing from last season. Williams looks heavier to me than a year ago. That was the problem when he was a first-round pick with the Lions.

---Why can't the Eagles play in the fourth quarter? They have been outscored 36-0 in the fourth quarter of their last three games. By they way, they've lost all three.

---Broncos need to ditch those stupid Tim Tebow plays. Way too predictable. They ran him once for a minus-1 yard against the Packers. Oh, boy.

---Nice move by the Packers to re-sign receiver Jordy Nelson to a three-year deal. The way the Packers are playing it's hard to believe so many people in Green Bay once wanted general manager Ted Thompson fired.

---Looks like the Patriots have found a good, young back in rookie Stevan Ridley. He runs hard. He ran 10 times for 97 yards against the Raiders. The rookie from LSU was on my Better-Than Team this spring of guys I liked better than the scouts. Hey, I got one.

---I thought it was an insult for teammates to speculate that running back Peyton Hillis didn't play last week because he's not happy with his contract, rather that strep throat. Of all the players in this league, Hillis would be the last I would think would play that card.

---I really like Leslie Frazier as a coach. But the Vikings coach needs to sit Donovan McNabb down now and play Christian Ponder. The Vikings aren't going anywhere, so get on with the future.

---Whatever Charles Woodson takes to stay young, I want some of it. He's 35 and continues to make big plays. The guy is a star. He had another interception return for a touchdown Sunday against the Broncos

--The interception Jason Campbell threw to Patrick Chung in the end zone Sunday might have been the worst I've ever seen. There wasn't an Oakland player in the area. The Raiders had a chance to go up 14-10 there. That can't happen.

Posted on: October 2, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 5:20 pm

Saints: Keep Jaguars around

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If the New Orleans Saints are to be a Super Bowl contender again, they had better learn to put teams away.

They dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of Sunday's game, yet had to hold on to escape with a 23-10 victory.

Here's how dominant the Saints were: They rolled up 503 yards to 274 for the Jaguars and had 30 first downs to 15, yet kept giving the Jaguars chance after chance.

Jacksonville, which is a limited offensive team that was starting a rookie quarterback in Blaine Gabbert, couldn't quite get totally back into the game,

A good team with a good offense does.

The Saints are a good team. But they must learn to put teams away and soon.

That's what we've come to expect from Sean Payton's teams. But on this day, it wasn't the case.

Luckily, the Saints got away with one.

Posted on: September 15, 2009 9:22 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2009 9:24 pm

Goodell did the right thing

Integrity of the game.

That's a big buzz phrase in the NFL offices and it played a big role in why commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that New Orleans Saints defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant would not be suspended for four games for violating the league's  policy on performance-enhancing drugs at this time. Smith and Grant, along with Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams, all tested positive for a banned diuretic last year.

There were to be suspened four games, but the Vikings players had their suspensions blocked by a Minnesota court. So Goodell announced the Saints players would also not be suspended.

That's intergrity of the game.

"Considerations of fairness, uniform application of our policies, and competitive integrity all support deferring the suspensions at this time," Goodell said in a statement.

The four players could still face suspensions, but it's unlikely this season with the court ruling.

Can you imagine if the Saints and Vikings end up meeting in the playoffs? A  court ruling would likely have played a major role in that becoming a reality.

Goodell did the only fair thing Tuesday, which certainly had to make the Saints happy, but might not make the rest of the teams in their division too happy.

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Posted on: June 6, 2009 9:52 pm

Saints secondary solid

METARIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints struggled in a big way in the secondary last season. But coach Sean Payton loves the new look he has in the back four heading into 2009.

The Saints signed corner Jabari Greer and safety Darren Sharper as free agents and also drafted corner Malcolm Jenkins in the first round of this year's draft. The return of second-year player Tracy Porter from a broken wrist will also help. He was starting when he got hurt last year.

"I like our spots," Payton said of the secondary.

If the season opened today, the starting corners would be Porter and Randall Gay with Greer as the nickel. Jenkins will get a crack at corner, but he can also move to free safety.

I bet the first three corners will end up being Porter, Greer and Jenkins. The starting free safety will be Sharper and Roman Harper at the strong. It wouldn't shock me to see Jenkins play free safety, which Payton said is a possibility. Jenkins took part in his first day of on-field work for the Saints Saturday since he wasn't allowed to work out until his class at Ohio State graduated. He did have a pick in the afternoon practice.

"I don't want to put him at safety without knowing if he can be a good corner," Payton said.

whoever starts back there will be an upgrade over the group that played last season.
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