Patrolling the Dome: the New Orleans Saints Linebacker Corps

New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) was one of the league’s best blitzers in 2013, ranking third in sacks per blitz, sixth in total pressures per blitz, and ninth in tackles for loss or no gain.  Photo credit:  David Grunfeld, Times-Picayune. The New Orleans Saints used the 2011-2012 offseason to invest heavily in the linebacker position by bringing...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Thoughts on Saints' Roster Moves

You've undoubtedly heard of all the roster moves that took place to get the Saints at 75 by now. They had 80 going into the exercise and here's how they trimmed down: Waived were Eric Martin, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Tim Toone. On IR were Will Smith, Joe Morgan and Chris Chamberlain. The biggest surprise of all that was Martin getting waived, who looked very good early...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints use IR, PUP to help trim roster to 75

The New Orleans Saints have placed linebackers Will Smith and Chris Chamberlain and receiver Joseph Morgan on injured reserve, designated linebacker Victor Butler as physically unable to perform and cut three players. The Saints have also added two players - trading with San Francisco for linebacker Parys Haralson and claiming cornerback Jumal Rolle off waivers - to put their roster...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Training Camp Position Battle Preview - Linebackers

The most uncertain and unsettling position on the Saints' roster is linebacker. We're not entirely sure who the starters are, how the players will be used, and which guys will have prominent roles in this new defense. What we do know is there will probably be a decent amount of mixing and matching, with heavy rotation. The uncertainty is exciting, though, because with a new...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Acquire Ex-Buccaneer Barrett Ruud from the Seattle Seahawks

After a year in Tennessee, linebacker Barrett Ruud is back in the NFC South – just not with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Monday, the New Orleans Saints traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Ruud. The Saints have a huge hole at the linebacker position with recent injuries to Chris Chamberlain, Curtis Lofton, and David Hawthorne. Given the fact that Ruud...
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August 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Barrett Ruud Represents Insurance for Saints

The Saints made a very notable pickup last night trading for veteran linebacker and long time Buc Barrett Ruud in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick sent to the Seattle Seahawks. Odds are, the Seahawks were planning to release Ruud anyway, so a low draft pick beats no return for them. Ruud played 9 games for the Titans last season notching 57 tackles. He's a versatile linebacker...
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August 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks trade MLB Barrett Ruud to New Orleans Saints

Trade for Saints: The Saints obviously felt they needed added depth at linebacker. David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton have suffered knee and ankle injuries respectively and their statuses for week 1 are up in the air, while Chris Chamberlain tore his ACL and will be put on IR. However, Ruud, once one of the better linebackers in the league, has had his career decimated by injuries...
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August 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Latest News on Saints

Here's some Sunday reading material to enjoy on the Saints: LB Chris Chamberlain is out for the year with a torn ACL A fan on Yahoo! gives his perspective on the Cadet vs. Ivory battle. confirms that Sean Payton will be featured on ESPN Outside the Lines SI talks about Mickey Loomis having high expectations for this seasons. The NFL has filed new evidence backing...
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August 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints' Chamberlain out for season

The New Orleans Saints' depth at linebacker took a hit with word that Chris Chamberlain will miss the season with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury Friday night against Jacksonville. Chamberlain signed a three-year contract with the Saints earlier this year, reuniting him with new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who had been Chamberlain's coach with the...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints lose Chris Chamberlain for the Season

AP New Orleans Saints linebacker Chris Chamberlain confirmed on Twitter that he indeed suffered a torn ACL in Friday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars. “@g_higg: @chambo57 Sorry to hear Chris. ACL?” Yes, went to plant and knee just buckled — Chris Chamberlain (@Chambo57) August 18, 2012    
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints LB Chamberlain out for season

New Orleans Saints reserve linebacker Chris Chamberlain says he is out for the season after injuring his left knee Friday night in an exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chamberlain confirms in postings on his Twitter page that MRI results from Saturday show he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. The linebacker says his knee buckled as he pursued running back...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints LB Chamberlain out for season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- New Orleans Saints reserve linebacker Chris Chamberlain says he is out for the season after injuring his left knee Friday night in an exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chamberlain confirms in postings on his Twitter page that MRI results from Saturday show he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. The linebacker says his knee buckled as he...
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August 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints LB Chamberlain injured vs. Jaguars

New Orleans Saints reserve linebacker Chris Chamberlain appeared to hurt his left knee in the first half of Friday night's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chamberlain was hurt on a running play in the second quarter. He was not credited with the tackle but was near the scrum where Montell Owens was taken down. He remained down for several minutes before being...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: What Will Be the Starting Unit at Linebacker for the Saints in 2012?

The Saints will quite possibly enter 2012 with a brand new set of starting linebackers, but the competition in training camp promises to be fierce. As things stand, the veteran linebackers on the Saints' roster include David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle, Will Herring, Jonathan Casillas and Chris Chamberlain. I'm not including Jonathan Vilma who will likely be suspended...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Martez Wilson practicing at defensive end for Saints

The Saints used a 3rd round pick on Martez Wilson in 2011 and he played sparingly as a rookie, which is not a surprise. However, the Saints brought in 3 free agent linebackers this offseason, Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and Chris Chamberlain so there isn’t a lot of room for Wilson to play at linebacker. Given that, the Saints are working him out at defensive end in OTAs. At...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints sign David Hawthorne

The Saints already signed Curtis Lofton this offseason, but could have used another linebacker because Martez Wilson is an unproven 2011 3rd round pick, Chris Chamberlain is a mediocre starter, and Jonathan Vilma is an aging, declining player who could be suspended for a large portion of next season and/or cut. Hawthorne was a great value at 19 million over 5 years with just 4.5...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Sign David Hawthorne to a 5 Year Contract

Holy linebacking core Batman!!! How do these guys keep fitting under the cap?! The newest addition is another STUD in David Hawthorne, who along with Chris Chamberlain and Curtis Lofton now give the Saints a completely revamped linebacker trio. Hawthorne is a tested and true run stuffer, but he's also showed some terrific playmaking ability against the pass with 7 interceptions...
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April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Draft Needs: New Orleans Saints

Season Recap: After a somewhat slow start to the season, the New Orleans Saints exploded in the second-half, finishing the year with eight straight wins. Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s record of passing yards in a season, and many people anointed the Saints as early Super Bowl favorites. The Saints easily took care of the Lions in the Wild Card round, but failed to beat the 49ers...
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March 28, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Bounty Gate: What’s appropriate punishment for Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already gutted the Saints of much of their key leadership for the 2012 season, banishing HC Sean Payton for the duration, GM Mickey Loomis for half of it and assistant coach Joe Vitt for six games, in the wake of the league’s investigation into the team’s bounty program. However Goodell has, to this point, refrained from punishing any of the...
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March 27, 2012  |  2 Comments

Saints Nation: Saints Sign LB Chris Chamberlain to 3 Year Deal

It wasn't Curtis Lofton or David Hawthorne, but in the end the Saints did get a linebacker to hopefully improve their recent poor play at that position. Coming to the Saints on a 3 year contract is Chris Chamberlain, formerly of the St. Louis Rams. Chamberlain is a 4 year pro that was originally drafted in the 7th round out of Tulsa and he primarily plays at weakside linebacker...
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March 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints sign LB Chris Chamberlain

The New Orleans Saints have signed free agent linebacker Chris Chamberlain to a three-year contract. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Chamberlain was originally picked by the Rams in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2008 draft. In four seasons in St. Louis, the former University of Tulsa standout appeared in 59 games with 19 starts. He had 112 tackles, 70 solo, two sacks, one interception...
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March 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints sign LB Chris Chamberlain

The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Chris Chamberlain to a three-year contract, general manager Mickey Loomis announced today. The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder is a former St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick from Tulsa.
March 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, St. Louis Rams 0

The Rams were completely dominated by the Steelers last Saturday.  Kellen Clemens didn’t look too good in this game.  He completed 9 of 24 passes for 91 yards without a TD pass or INT.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 10 yards (5.0 ypc) in this game.  Steven Jackson led the way on the ground for the Rams with 103 yards rushing on 24 carries (4.3 ypc) and he also caught...
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December 26, 2011  |  Discuss

Two Rams avoid being fined

PITTSBURGH • Maybe it was the NFL's way of saying "Merry Christmas" to linebacker Chris Chamberlain and offensive lineman Harvey Dahl of the Rams. Or maybe the league office didn't agree with calls ma
December 24, 2011  |  Discuss

No fine so far for Chamberlain

As of Thursday, linebacker Chris Chamberlain hadn't heard from the league about any fines stemming from the Rams' 20-13 loss to Cincinnati last Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss
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