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Falcons coach Mike Smith has been busy working with his new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
After evaluating last season's performance, they are working on a plan to move forward and improve the unit's level of play.
"I'm very excited about the additions that we've added to our staff," Smith said. "The defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has 14 years as a coordinator and almost 25 years in the National Football League. He'll be a great resource for me."
Before tackling the issue of the playoffs, the Falcons' defensive brain trust must figure out a way to slow down the New Orleans Saints. Smith is 2-6 against the Saints and has watched them win the NFC South title in three of the past four years.
In addition to slowing down the Saints, the Falcons must deal with what figures to be a surging Carolina offense led by Cam Newton and a revamped Tampa Bay attack under new coach Greg Schiano.
Smith will lean heavily on Nolan.
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Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper denied the findings of the NFL investigation that the team instituted a bounty program between 2009-11."It's ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out," Sharper told NFL.com Friday.The safety played 22 games for the Saints during the 2009 and 2010 seasons."No, positively no...
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The news flying out of New Orleans today is hot and heavy. None hot and heavier than the NFL’s announcement that they have been investigating the New Orleans Saints for a bounty program to injure players under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.But that’s not all. The NFL’s investigation found Gregg Williams wasn’t running this program in secrecy. Sean Payton knew. GM Mickey...
Don't be shocked. Don't be surprised. Don't even ask how. Football, the false American dream, has struck again. That's all.
In 2009, we thought the New Orleans Saints were the cuddly, feel-good story of the NFL, winning the Super Bowl for a town that needed something to cheer for after Hurricane Katrina.
Turns out, according to an NFL investigation released Friday...
The New Orleans Saints are facing discipline from the NFL for their "Bounty Program", according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
In this program, defensive players on the Saints collected a bounty for injuring players on the opposing team under the direction of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Brett Favre and Kurt Warner were among those players that...
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Let’s skip the formalities. The Saints are in some deep, deep sh*t. Bounties on players are never good. In fact, bounty is a loaded word. It’s mention in the 2012 NFL is downright disastrous for those so associated. What’s worst for ‘Nawlins is that this controversy is tailor-made for Roger Goodell — which means bad things for the the Saints. Bad things...
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((HT: Fox8Live.com))It appears that the New Orleans Saints (or, at least, 22 to 27 of them, anyway) may have had an internally-funded bounty program that served as motivation for the players during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 season...DC Gregg Williams was always known as an aggressive guy, so this really isn't a surprise...But, seriously, the HQ asks: So what...??? And who doesn...
I think Drew Brees is great. We are in a fortunate era where at least three truly great quarterbacks are active right now (Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and I could probably get away with going on…), but, evidently the man who is in charge of keeping Brees a member of the Saints thinks I’m wrong.
I understand [...]
An NFL investigation has shown the the New Orleans Saints had a “pay for performance” plan in place from 2009 – 2011. The program was administrated by, then Saints Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams, with the knowledge of Head Coach, Sean Payton. From NFL.com:
The investigation showed that Saints players received $1,500 for a “knockout” hit and $1,000 for a “cart...
An NFL investigation concluded that the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl championship season was tainted by a “bounty” from defensive players to injure opposing players and take them out of the game. The investigation started on a tip that the Saints targeted Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.
There is more to talk about than bounties with the New Orleans Saints.
As first reported by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Saints used their franchise tag Saturday afternoon on quarterback Drew Brees.
The move means that one of the league's top passers will remain in New Orleans for at least the 2012 NFL season. Profootballtalk.com reported that Brees was given the...
As paydays go, they weren't bad. A thousand bucks if your guy is carted off the field, $500 extra for a clean knockout.
End someone's season or career? Priceless.
There was a lot to like about the New Orleans Saints offering up cash for big hits. The scheme made for tougher players and helped them on a stirring playoff run that ended with their hands wrapped around the...