Posted July 31, 2012 on
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Comments on the New Orleans Saints by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9)
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 4): Saints may have $100 million QB (Drew Brees), but it remains to be seen how much play-caller (Sean Payton) will be missed.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7): Yes, bounty scandal will be hard to overcome, but Drew Brees won't let Saints fall that far.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7): Despite all the turmoil, this team won 13 games year ago and still has one of NFL's elite QBs in Drew Brees. Saints will miss Sean Payton, however.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8): As a team I'd rank them higher, but no head coach and suspended players push them down to this spot. However, don't be surprised if they are there at the end.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 9): Bounty scandal and resulting suspensions take Saints from top five to ninth. Drew Brees keeps them in top 10.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 9): Can't remember more ...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that players don't trust Roger Goodell when he was asked about players' attitudes towards the NFL commissioner.
Drew Brees offseason contract dispute with the Saints hasn't dampened his desire to be a good teammate, or to take care of his team's fans who have been braving the heat and rain to come out to Saints training camp. On Saturday fans were treated to free Plum Street Snoballs as Brees had arranged for a truck to come to practice. "It was funny because a few days before...
Ben Grubbs says that when he ventured into free agency, New Orleans seemed like the right fit personally and professionally.
Grubbs grew up in Alabama and played at Auburn, and when All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks left New Orleans during same offseason in which Grubbs became a free agent, the opportunity to return to the South and join a record-setting offense presented itself.
Jabari Greer has a pulled groin that limited him during Tuesday's practice and left the Saints without either of their first-team cornerbacks on the field.
Cornerback Patick Robinson, who hurt his shoulder Sunday afternoon, has not yet returned, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt says he could be sidelined a couple more days
The injuries, which appear minor, mean more work with...
Due to Bountygate, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is currently not with the team for the start of training camp.
However, it looks like the Saints found a solid remedy for that by putting up a huge photo of Payton in the Saints practice facility:
(Courtesy of Gulf Live)
We aren’t going to think that Drew Brees’ feelings towards NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has anything to do with the penalties the Saints faced or Head Coach Sean Payton’s suspension, this has to be rational. Right?
Peter King with Sports Illustrated recently sat down Drew Brees and Brees’ did not disappoint.
“Nobody trusts him. Nobody trusts him. I’m not talking...
Willie Roaf might have missed out on a whopping 11 Pro Bowls had he been 2 inches taller.
Fortunately for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, Roaf, who loves basketball and says he can still dunk at age 42, stopped growing when he was 6-foot-5.
Roaf says if he had been 6-7, he probably would have kept playing basketball in college, but instead took one of only two scholarship...
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Before our weekly NFL joy returns, the pre-season monster must be fed.
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With most of the roster set, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt decided to move practices to the mornings, in part to make sure the team is getting in full sessions. It's back to more of the normal training camp routine after it made more sense to have afternoon practices last year with so much turnover following the end of the lockout and quick start to camp. "This...
Defensive tackle Alex Daniels was signed by the Saints, who waived cornerback Cord Parks. Daniels entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati in 2010, signing with Oakland. He has spent time on the practice squads of the Cowboys and Giants, who worked him at fullback.