How Much Better Will the Saints Defense Be in 2015?

Below is an excerpt from Jake Schyvinck’s NFL Defensive Power Rankings article.  New Orleans Saints Power Ranking: 21 Click here to see full rankings The Saints are a model of inconsistency on defense.  2011 and 2012 were not very good years, with 2012 being historically bad.  Rob Ryan’s first season in 2013 was very successful, and the Saints looked like their defense could...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFC South Positional Groups: Linebackers

#1 Carolina: Fellow Saints Nation is of the opinion that Seattle’s Bobby Wagner is the leagues top middle linebacker, but I think a good case could be made for Luke Kuechly. While he does play behind one of the better interior lines in the NFL, he’s the glue that holds everything together. Few players in the league possess his range and play both the run and the pass equally...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills among NFL’s top deep threats?

When NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks recently listed his top 5 deep threats at wide receiver, there was a surprise on the list. Sitting at number five was none other than the Miami Dolphins own Kenny Stills. Stills was acquired in March when the Dolphins shipped a third round draft pick and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the New Orleans Saints for the speedy receiver. Although Still already...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins: will linebacker position derail playoff dreams?

Former Miami Dolphins LB Phillip Wheeler during the 2014 Season. In the 2013 Offseason, the Miami Dolphins aggressively shopped for linebackers, ignoring greater needs and hoping  to find better fits for Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle’s 4-3 system. They inked former Oakland Raider Philip Wheeler and former Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe to five-year deals, valued at $26 million...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

NFC South Off-Season grades: Saints

Since we are now approaching training camp I figure it’s time I get off my butt and start taking a look into the 2015-16 season. The first thing I want to do is to take a look at all of the teams from the NFC South and I’m going to grade their off-seasons. Now to be clear this isn’t necessarily a grade on the team overall, that will come later when I scout them, it’s just...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris McCain talks improvement with increased role

The Miami Dolphins let two experienced outside linebackers go this offseason. One of the linebackers was Dannell Ellerbe who was shipped to the New Orleans Saints via trade. The other was Philip Wheeler who was released. The Dolphins are looking to replace Ellerbe in the starting lineup and they hope that second year man Chris McCain can do so.During OTAs and minicamp, McCain practiced...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Positional Roster Preview: Inside Linebackers

In 2014, one of the biggest inconsistent positions in the Saints' front seven was the linebacking corps. Parts of the game it seemed as if they had it all together, and other times it seemed as if they had no clue of the task at hand.How will their group, particularly the inside linebackers, fare this upcoming season?David Hawthorne has been in the league since 2008. Starting with...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Keep the Miami Dolphins in Proper Context

It's time once again to bring up my absolute favorite topic when it comes to football: context. It may seem like I harp on this all too often, but for me, it really can't be stressed enough. So often context gets misinterpreted and misused to make things seem more interesting than they are.What prompted me to write this column was when a story was made out of former Dolphins linebacker...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Miami Dolphins set at middle linebacker with Koa Misi?

A major need in the eyes of many fans going into this year's offseason was the middle linebacker position, as the team hasn't had a truly good linebacker in the middle since Karlos Dansby in 2012. Dansby was shipped out of Miami by the front office when the organization decided to go forward with a youth movement, replacing Dansby with current  New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a look at the at the linebacker battles on the Miami Dolphins

With week two of Dolphins OTA’s in full throttle, I wanted to continue our look at which position battles should garner the most interest.  I previously wrote about the offensive line and the cornerbacks spots. Today we will be taking a look at the linebacker battles going on.The departure of Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler is a gratifying change to many Dolfans. Ellerbe was...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

IDP Free Agency, 2015: I’m Excited, So Suh Me

NFL Free Agency officially started on March 10th, and most players were signed by the end of the month. But to truly understand how Free Agency impacts the IDP landscape, we need to wait until the NFL Draft is over and the rosters are set. Dannell Ellerbe getting traded to New Orleans may seem like a significant IDP move at the time, but when the Saints drafted Stephone Anthony at...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders will have a player in the NFL top 100 list tonight

Tonight (Wednesday night) the NFL Network airs numbers 61-70 of it’s top 100 players in the NFL for the 2015 season. The NFL Network does this every year, choosing the 100 best players by asking the players themselves to vote on who the best in the league is. Since it began back in 2011, the Oakland Raiders have not been involved much, but it appears they will have a player in...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Dannell Ellerbe the key to the New Orleans Saints’ defensive turnaround?

The New Orleans Saints have seen significant overhaul this offseason with nine veterans leaving the team and six signing on, as well as nine draft picks and thirteen undrafted rookies entering the mix.  One name that will be very important during the upcoming campaign, and has flown under the radar, is Dannell Ellerbe; a weakside, or “WILL” linebacker acquired from the Miami...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

LOOK: This New Orleans Saints fan took customizing his car way too far

Listen, customizing your car is almost always a good idea. Whether your detailing it or just putting a funny bumper sticker on the back, the more unique your car is, the better — usually. Sometimes you can take it too far, and that’s exactly what this Saints fan did. via Imgur AROUND COVER32 Five Things: Big NFL stories fans might have missed this weekend Power Rankings: The...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dannell Ellerbe insults the Miami Dolphins before apologizing on Twitter

After spending two years in Miami, Dannell Ellerbe is more than happy to be gone. In an interview with the Richmond County Daily Journal, Ellerbe made it clear that he didn’t enjoy his time as a Dolphin. “It’s guys that want to win. I can honestly say (New Orleans) is a place that knows how to win,” Ellerbe said. “I’m glad I’m getting back to a place with a great fan...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick posts something extremely stupid on Instagram

Colin Kaepernick probably has better things to worry about rather than posting highly controversial photos on his Instagram. Colin Kaepernick unwisely compares self to Houston floods: http://t.co/MAb6Z2WXrY — Deadspin (@Deadspin) May 26, 2015   Kaepernick quickly tried to salvage his mistake by tweeting out apologies and clarifying he meant no harm. No disrespect intended...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ellerbe glad to be in a place with 'a great fan base and sold-out games'

Dannell Ellerbe is one of the more intriguing additions the New Orleans Saints made this offseason, but he seems to be a flying under the radar just a bit. Well, not anymore, as Ellerbe has stepped out to talk about his new team and the excitement that he has to play for the Saints in 2015, according to Shawn Stinson of YourDailyJournal.com. When talking about his fresh start in...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Post Draft Analysis: Linebackers

I saved the Linebackers for last because it is in my opinion without question the group that both needed, and got, the most attention in the offseason.  I have actually found it a little disturbing how little attention the Saints horrendous linebacker position has gotten over the last few seasons. A solid group of linebackers is every bit as important to a defense as a QB is to...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Steps for the Saints to Win the South in '15

Yeah, I know it's way too early to think about things like this just yet. Full 90-man rosters haven't even hit the field together yet. But when a team is looking to rebound from a disappointing season, they need a plan, right?Well, in reality, it's never too early to start thinking about winning the division. And as proven last year, even when this division is bad, it is still competitive...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Saints Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Filling the biggest hole in the New Orleans Saints defense

Long ago, in a Saints era far, far away, there were linebackers. Stud linebackers who played a brand of defense that other NFL teams envied and wanted to be like. A time when the Saints defense was feared and teams actually wondered if they could throw against them or even run through the defensive line. Man, that seems like decades ago (it actually was) when Sam Mills, Vaugh Johnson...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Can a New Look Fulfill Old Expectations in New Orleans?

Change.In the National Football League, that can be one of the biggest words in your vocabulary. And as a player, it can be one of the single most grounding words. For at this level, change can signal both the beginning if a career, but also, for some, signal the end that they weren't quite ready to see come.And as painful as that can be for players, it can be worse yet for a loyal...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints trade WR Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins for MLB Dannell Ellerbe

Trade for Saints: I’m a little confused why the Saints wanted to move Kenny Stills. I understand why they wanted to move Jimmy Graham and Ben Grubbs. The Saints were in salary cap hell and needed to get expensive players off their books. Stills, however, was still on a rookie deal, so he wasn’t taking up much cap space. He was also a valuable young asset in their receiving corps...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

A New Plan: Saints Restructuring All Around

Keeping up with the moves New Orleans has made this offseason is not getting easier. The Saints have traded out some really great talent on the offensive side of the ball, and simply cut those not contributing enough defensively. Ultimately, I feel New Orleans is making more longer term adjustments than anything else. Why is this the offseason to make these moves, and what else is...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Newest New Orleans Saints linebacker agrees to a massive paycut

Yesterday I wrote about how even though the New Orleans Saints have made a ton of cost-cutting moves this offseason, they’re still extremely limited in regards to cap room. Today they took another step towards tightening their belts… AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: How all 32 NFL teams stack up one week into free agency NFL Draft Preview: The 10 best edge pass rushers on the...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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