Tag:New Orleans Saints
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:45 pm

Childress right in calling out Saints

Posted by Andy Benoit

Interested in hearing more on Brett Favre? Yeah, neither are we. But it’s August and this is an NFL blog. So our hands are pretty much tied.

This Favre bit actually isn’t bad. It has to do with comments made by Favre’s head coach. Brad Childress was asked Wednesday about the beating Favre took in the NFC Title Game. (You can read his response in the quote box below or just skip ahead to the good part).

“(Brett) knows there somewhere he's going to get knocked on his keister. That's going to happen. As long as we're doing it in the spirit of the rules, he's all good with it and I'm all good with it. In terms of not doing it that way, hey, everybody talks about hitting the quarterback. Let's just hit him the right way."
Childress was then asked if he thought the Saints unduly punished Favre in the NFC Championship. Childress said: "In my opinion, yeah."

That’s not bad fuel to the Week 1 fire, right? However, what mitigates the controversy here is that it’s hard to argue with Childress on this one. The Saints were called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for hits on Favre in that game, and the NFL admitted later that there should have been a third.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:47 pm

Carl Nicks demoted for the day

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Carl Nicks has been a fine OG for the Saints the past two years, but apparently that doesn’t mean he has the right to take first-team snaps in practice. As the New Orleans Times-Picayune points out, the Saints coaching staff was sending a message today when it demoted Nicks to the second team.

It didn’t sit well with Nicks.

"It has to be one of two reasons, (either) they feel I'm not good enough any more or they feel the guy behind me is better," Nicks said after practice. "You've got to ask coach about that.

"It doesn't light my fire ... I'm confident in my abilities. If they feel I'm not capable of running with the 1s, I've got to respect that."

Terrence Metcalf replaced Nicks on the first team, but coach Sean Payton also said not to read anything into the move.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 1:43 pm

Some good news for the Bucs?

Posted by Andy Benoit

ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinkas points out an interesting fact about the NFC South. Since the NFL’s divisional realignment in 2002, 12 times has a last-place team finished first in its division the following year. Six of those 12 times involved the NFC South. All four NFC South teams have accomplished this feat. In fact, it’s happened every year with the exception of 2008:

• 2003 Carolina Panthers. Went from 7-9 to 11-5 and reached the Super Bowl.
• 2004 Atlanta Falcons. Went from 5-11 to 11-5.
• 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Followed a 5-11 season with an 11-5 year.
• 2006 New Orleans Saints. Jumped from 3-13 to 10-6.
• 2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Went from 4-12 to 9-7.
• 2009 New Orleans Saints. Followed an 8-8 season with a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl championship.
For what it's worth, the Bucs finished last in the NFC South last season.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 3:26 pm

Saints first-round rookie gets ripped by coach

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s obvious the Saints foresee big things from Patrick Robinson. Why else would defensive coordinator Gregg Williams feel comfortable with publicly ripping the first-round rookie?

In a recent press conference, Williams said, "Patrick has a lot of skill but right now he doesn't know how to play. Right now I don't have any trust in him. He has to take the next step up in pro football. He's had too much down time and he doesn't know how to take care of his body. Right now, he's my whipping boy."

On the surface, this seems bad. But if Robinson were hopeless or plain unlikeable, Williams wouldn’t go public with these comments. Of course, if Robinson were playing well, these kind of comments wouldn’t even be on the table. Fortunately, the preseason is a time to learn.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 4:34 pm

Saints also visited the White House kitchen

Posted by Will Brinson

You may recall the New Orleans Saints visiting the White House in celebration of their Super Bowl recently. We got plenty of pictures, lots of funny jokes about hard decisions and jerseys being handed around.

Turns out, the Saints also hung out in the White House kitchen. Don't believe me? There's video to prove it, sucker. (Via the always excellent SlashFood .)

The best part of the whole trip is that it was the Saints who did the cooking, teaching the White House staff how to make their favorite Cajun recipes. For instance, tackle Zach Streif's recipe from his own cookbook that involves andouille sausage, shrimp marinated in Creole mustard, bourbon, honey and Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce. (FREAKING YUM, DUDE.)

Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:03 pm

No new deal for Brady pre-preseason; Welker out

Posted by Will Brinson

The Saints and the Patriots are currently warming up on the field at Gillette Stadium where they will kickoff their respective preseasons tonight.

Two things stand out about this game before the first snap has even been taken. One, Wes Welker is not playing, according to CSN's Tom Curran , who notes that people were, um, "interested" to know whether or not Welker was gonna play. Curran (who looks a lot like Drew Brees, no?) says he's "told there is no chance [Welker will play]. No. Chance. Chance? No."

Even more important, though, is the fact that Tom Brady has no new contract. And that means that the Patriots' star quarterback will indeed be playing football -- and therefore risking a theoretically large amount of money -- without any guarantee to his long term financial security.

Yes, security here is quite relative, as Tom Brady ain't exactly going broke any time soon. But if he (hypothetically) has his ACL blown out on the first play from scrimmage in a preseason game, things will be quite awkward.

So don't expect Brady to see too many snaps tonight. And if he sees a lot of pressure from the Saints or gets hit at all, expect him to kindly request Bob Kraft to join him back in the kitchen.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 5:48 pm

Lynell Hamilton could be big loss for Saints

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to various reports and Tweets out of New Orleans, RB Lynell Hamilton has torn his ACL and will be lost for the season.

On the surface of this news, the loss doesn’t seem to be a big deal for the reigning Super Bowl champs.

But that’s the incorrect view.

Though he only played nine games last year, recording 125 yards on 35 carries and catching just five passes – hell, he wasn’t even active for the Super Bowl – Hamilton was supposed to replace the production of power back Mike Bell while adding to the Saints special teams. Last year, Bell had 172 carries for 654 yards and five touchdowns, and Hamilton was expected to take over many of those attempts.

So, yeah, it's not a good piece of news that Hamilton is done. True, the Saints still have Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, so the running game still should be OK.

But it would have been better if New Orleans could use Hamilton to barrel over defenses in short-yardage situations.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:24 pm

Could Darren Sharper land on PUP?

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Sharper (US Presswire)

Mike Triplett of The Times Picayune suggests that the Saints should consider putting free safety Darren Sharper on the PUP list. Doing so would relegate Sharper to the sideline for the first six weeks of the regular season, but it would also give the 34-year-old two more months to get his bulky knee right.

Sharper had a minor microfracture procedure done on his left knee in March.

"I don't like the idea (of the PUP list),” Sharper said. “But I also have to go off of how healthy I'm going to be. So that's a decision that's going to be made by a group effort.

My mindset is to be ready for the season - before the season is here. You know, I would like to get some preseason games to kind of knock the rust off," Sharper said. "But I definitely want to be out there for the Minnesota game. Definitely.”

The Saints could be more inclined to play it safe with Sharper given that last year’s first-round pick, Malcolm Jenkins, has impressed at his new free safety spot. Sharper is yet to even take the field.

"I feel like I'm close (to returning to practice), but you never know," Sharper said. "Some days it feels good, some days it doesn't."

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