Found September 09, 2013 on
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The Saints home opener against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday was brimming with emotion and consequence for many reasons, starting with head coach Sean Payton's return for his first regular season game after his Bounty suspension.
After shaking players' hands with players during stretching and observing warm-ups, Payton had one more pre-game duty. He walked out onto the field to lead the crowd in the now customary "Who Dat" chant just before kickoff, accompanied by former Saint Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS.
Together, the pair led the chant, sending the crowd into a roaring frenzy to start the game.
"There was kind of a lump in my throat with Steve," Payton said."He is a guy that has been so close to this program. He epitomizes, when we started in 2006, a player that worked extremely closely with us and was very dedicated. To be out there and enjoy that with him was special. I saw him afterwards, and he shot me that text and the computer voice c...
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No doubt the The Who Dat Nation was all in, desperate, in fact, to welcome coach Sean Payton back to the sidelines after his season-long Bounty Suspension.
Sunday's season opener featuring the Saints versus the Atlanta Falcons on Fox scored ratings that rival Super Bowl numbers.
The Nielsen Company says Sunday's game averaged a 75 share of the television audience in the...
From his bright orange shorts to the smile with which he greeted reporters, Sean Payton looked about as cheerful as a man in a high-pressure job can be on a Monday.
It helps when you win on Sunday, which is exactly what the Saints did in what also marked their head coach's first meaningful game since his one-season bounty ban ended last winter.
Payton downplays his role in...
The New Orleans Saints opened their season the way they wanted with a 23-17 win over the hated Atlanta Falcons moving their one sided record against the Falcons in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era to 12-3. The combined 40 points between the teams was a little lower than many people expected from two explosive offenses. However, surprisingly, this game was dominated by defense; and...
The Saints winning a game with an honest-to-God goal-line stand is enough reason for a parade through New Orleans in itself. But it turns out new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gave one lucky group of fans even more reason to celebrate their win over the Falcons on Sunday night. According to the NOLA Defender blog, Ryan showed up at the Uptown bar Ms. Mae’s, where he was showered...
Rob Ryan coaching in New Orleans is perfect on many levels: the hair, the “I don’t give a F” attitude. But the most perfect thing about Ryan coaching in New Orleans is the fact that Ryan is just a regular dude that just so happens to coach football.
For example, while other Saints players and coaches celebrated Sunday’s win over the Falcons either privately or in downtown...
Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis left Sunday's game with a leg injury.Fantasy Spin:He went down in the second quarter and wasn't on the field for the first series of the second half. Facing the Falcons receivers, New Orleans can't afford to be short-handed.
It's no surprise that Marques Colston set the New Orleans Saints' career receiving record in the 23-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons and hardly anyone noticed. The only thing the Saints' star receiver has failed to catch during his stellar career is people's attention.
Colston's 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his 533rd catch in eight seasons...
Saints nose tackle Broderick Bunkley has left New Orleans' regular-season opener against the Falcons with a lower right leg injury.
The Saints have announced that his return is questionable.
Bunkley appeared to be tangled up on a short running play in which Steven Jackson gained 3 yards deep in Saints territory.
John Jenkins, a rookie out of Georgia drafted in the third round...
Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores and the New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to give Saints coach Sean Payton a triumphant return from his bounty ban.
Roman Harper intercepted a tipped fourth down pass in the end zone with under a minute left.
Brees connected with Marques Colston for a 25-yard touchdown pass during which the receiver also...
Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation stops by to discuss the Bucs loss to the Jets, why Greg Schiano can't instill any discipline in Tampa, and why Josh Freeman has fallen completely apart. He then breaks down what the Bucs need to do to beat the Saints.
Kevin, Andrew, and Dave then join in and Kevin demands Ralph pay off a bet. Your ears will suffer and we apologize. Andrew is...
The Falcons have scratched starting cornerback Asante Samuel for Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Samuel had been listed as questionable with a right thigh injury. He's been replaced in the starting lineup by Robert McClain.
Meanwhile, the Saints deactivate newly re-acquired receiver Robert Meachem and outside linebacker Martez Wilson. Wilson did not...
Sean Payton's play selection has backed up the coach's offseason pledge to restore more balance between the times the Saints run or pass.
Now, as New Orleans prepares to visit Tampa Bay this Sunday, it's up to the offensive line and running backs to give Payton a reason to stick with it.
''It's going to get better,'' running back Pierre Thomas promised...
When you give up 17 points to an extremely potent offense, including a game winning goal line stop at the end of the game to seal the victory, it's safe to say this was an overwhelming success. Rob Ryan's first game was a huge hit. The defense gave up some plays, sure, but the overall result was more than we could have asked for. They deserve all the credit for this win,...