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The way New Orleans middle linebacker Curtis Lofton sees it, the Saints have two defensive coordinators.
Steve Spagnuolo and himself.
"Really, I'm the on-field coordinator," Lofton told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "In this system, you've got five different calls in one (defensive) call. Your job from what you are seeing is to get the defense in the best call. If you're not feeling something is there, check out of that call and put the defense in something else.
"It's a challenge every week. I've been up for it so far and enjoying it."
Lofton especially likes the fact his unit has shown improvement entering the FOX America's Game of the Week against the host New York Giants (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday).
New Orleans (5-7) became the only team in NFL history to open a season by surrendering 400-plus yards in each of the first 10 games. The Saints, though, have gradually gotten more comfortable running Spagnuolo's scheme in ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Pete Carmichael Jr. took over for Sean Payton this season as the offensive play caller and while the players on the field are carrying out the plays, I wanted to look out how this offense has compared in 2012 to all the other seasons when Sean Payton was either calling all the plays or at least overseeing the team.
The Saints are averaging 26.8 points...
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With the team set to face the Saints on Sunday, several Giants players said they find it hard to believe that Sean Payton has had no contact with the team.
JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL
A report says the New Orleans Saints would consider suing the league if Sean Payton ended up leaving them to coach elsewhere.
There's more to the New Orleans Saints offense than Drew Brees these days, and the New York Giants know it.
While ranked 27th in the league in rushing, the Saints have a four-headed run attack that has averaged nearly 120 yards in the last five games.
What makes the Saints' running game interesting is that Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram all have...
As a result of the Bountygate scandal involving the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-hits program, head coach Sean Payton was barred from the NFL for the 2013 season. One very important stipulation of the suspension states that Payton is “prohibited from direct or indirect communication of any sort with employees of the 32 clubs, including through third parties; and such prohibited...
The New York Giants are mad. After their Monday night loss to the Redskins, those that are students of the game knew that they would be.
Atypically for them at this stage of the season that means that they next team up on their roster has to pay a large tax for the events of the game prior.
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Its speculation, or is it? New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford believes that suspended coach Sean Payton has been sending messages to his former players. Payton was suspended for a year by the NFL after the league found evidence of a bounty system in New Orleans. The coach would face severe punishment if he were caught communicating with any Saint players. The New York Times...
Last week: 16 (+0)
Net points per drive: 0.05 (15th)
DVOA: -3.1% (17th)
Weighted DVOA: -1.1% (16th)
RB Pierre Thomas: Rushed for 84 yards (34 after contact) on 14 attempts, 3 broken tackles, caught 1 pass for 5 yards on 1 attempt
LG Ben Grubbs: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 54 pass block snaps, run blocked for 21 yards on 5 attempts
WR Lance Moore: Caught 7 passes...
The New Orleans Saints know they are long shots to make the playoffs even if they beat the New York Giants on Sunday.
Still, they haven't given up - taking inspiration from the Giants, who made a postseason run from a position similar to one in which the Saints find themselves now.
''We saw what they did last year,'' Saints cornerback Jabari Greer said. '...
strong>Sean Payton is prohibited from having any contact of any kind with the New Orleans Saints this season. By definition, he is “prohibited from direct or indirect communication of any sort with employees of the 32 clubs, including through third parties; and such prohibited communications shall include, but are not limited to, phone or electronic contact.” While we’re...
We don’t exactly know why NBA Commissioner David Stern was at the Saints practice, but we do know he broke down the huddle with quarterback Drew Brees at the Saints practice, Wednesday.
Drew Brees & @nba Commissioner David Stern breakdown the team huddle after practice twitpic.com/bjconv
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 5, 2012
The Saints tweeted a picture of the Commish...
New Orleans Saints (5-7) at New York Giants (7-5)
Earlier this week, I outlined why the Redskins should be considered the favorites to win the NFC East. The Redskins, presumably, have the tiebreaker, by virtue of their better divisional record. They are a game back right now, but they are almost definitely going favored in each of their last four games, while the Giants will be favored...