2015 will be a return to offensive dominance.

Before you say “the Saints were the #1 ranked offense last year,” stop and ask yourself some honest questions. If the offense was as prolific as that ranking would suggest, would the team have lost its last five home games? Would the team have traded away star tight end Jimmy Graham for a star center? Would the team traded away Ben Grubbs or choose not to resign Jonathan Goodwin...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Ascending Players: #4 Tim Lelito

For this series I’ll be listing 5 players who are the upswing, with the caveat that the player is not a rookie and has spent at least a year with the team, so no Stephone Anthony or C.J. Spiller. #4 Tim Lelito   What he’s done so far: Lelito got his first action as a rookie in 2013 against the Cardinals subbing in for injured Jahri Evans. He had a rough start. Part of it was...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex Saints still looking for jobs

When you look at the Saints roster you get the feeling it is close to complete but they could still round out some of their needs with some post draft pick ups. When the Saints start seeing some of these guys practice, too, they’ll get a better feel for whether or not they need to bring in certain veterans at a given position. And of course there’s still guys that were with the...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Which other teams’ free agents should the Raiders pursue?

Free agency for 2015 is already looking to be pretty deep in talent. The Raiders have many needs at several positions, but the most glaring is for a WR, Center and Middle Linebacker. Aside from the obvious high profile free agents in positions of need for the Raiders, such as Ndamukong Suh, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Justin Houston, Brandon Spikes and Byron Maxwell, just to name a...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints’ 2015 Free Agents in order of importance

It’s time to start thinking in earnest about the Saints’ 2015 roster now that we officially put the 2014 season behind us. This offseason is going to be a busy one but it’s not too bad in terms of players they need to retain/re-sign. The real challenge, instead, will be in deciding which guys under contract they have to/want to part ways with. I will update this list as information...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Review: Offensive and Defensive Line Positions

While researching offensive line statistics, I expected to find not-so good stats, which would explain the struggles of the offense this season. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that explain the struggles, but there were some surprises.Let’s dig into the numbers.First, the Saints’ offensive line was the most experienced in the NFL. They had a combined 459 starts between Zach...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Free Agency Departures

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 offseason the New Orleans Saints must take a good hard look at their roster if they hope to not have a repeat of their disappointing 2014 season. The first stop on every team’s offseason is their pending free agents. A team’s roster is constantly turning over each season and new spots must be opened up so it can be critical that the team...
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints positional review: Offensive Line

The offensive line is a very interesting post for me to write simply because depending on how I choose to rate them, and at what time in the season, I could have them just below the secondary and linebackers on my ‘need’ list or right by QB (where they are). If you remember I am doing these in the opposite order of how much rage they caused me this season, in other words the...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Saints take their ‘last ride’ against Tampa

That game was the only possible way the 2014 season could end. The Saints were out of sync, underperformed, hurt, and simply not themselves. At least, they weren’t the team we are used to seeing. This is however the Saints team that has existed since the loss to the Niners; with the exception of the game against Pittsburgh the Saints have been a hollow and broken shell of their...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints offense could face changes after season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Four seasons after the Saints traded to get back into the first round of the draft to select Mark Ingram, the running back could be playing in his final game with New Orleans on Sunday. He's not the only one. With the Saints missing the playoffs for only the fourth time in nine seasons, New Orleans' offense could see a roster shakeup in the offseason. The Saints...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Offensive Player Grades vs. Falcons

This was a shocking performance by the offense. It was worse than expected beyond my wildest imaginations. Five sacks and four turnovers is all that really needs to be said. The Saints didn’t block, they didn’t really run the ball, they didn’t sustain drives and they didn’t take care of the football. Top to bottom it was a horrific offensive performance despite decent play...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Recap: New Orleans Saints snatch loss from jaws of victory

Once again the Saints found a way to lose a game they had every right to win, falling to the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 at home. MVP – Ramon Humber Again a defensive player is our MVP, and how can you blame us? The offense only looks passable in spurts, and in this one it was the Saints defense and their ability to contain Colin Kaepernick that kept New Orleans in the ball game...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Inactive Players: Week 9

Thursday Night Game: Saints C Jonathan Goodwin, LB David Hawthorne, FB Austin Johnson, RB Khiry Robinson, RB Pierre Thomas, WR Nick Toon, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Panthers T Byron Bell, S Thomas DeCoud, G Amini Silatolu, RB Fozzy Whittaker, G Trai Turner, CB Bene Benwikere, WR Philly Brown   The post Inactive Players: Week 9 appeared first on...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Injury Report: David Hawthorne, Jimmy Graham, Jonathan Goodwin

The New Orleans Saints added a couple of new names to their final Week 9 injury report ahead of a crucial divisional showdown against the Carolina Panthers on “Thursday Night Football” #459144553 / New Orleans enters the game relatively healthy, but the injuries they do have will be significant. One crucial absence will starting linebacker be staring...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Goodwin injures left leg

DETROIT (AP) New Orleans Saints center Jonathan Goodwin left Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter with a leg injury. He will not return. Goodwin appeared to hurt his left ankle shortly before halftime when a Detroit player fell onto it. He was able to walk off the field, but the injury looked painful. The 35-year-old Goodwin played college football at Michigan...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Look for in Saints @ Lions

The bye week was fun and all but I’ve been desperate for some Saints football. I will admit that sitting on an overtime walk off win for two weeks has been much easier to tolerate than some bye weeks in the past. In just a handful of hours the Saints will be back to their season and this is a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since Cleveland made that gut wrenching...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

By the Numbers: New Orleans Saints running game

With the New Orleans Saints’ road game against the Detroit Lions looming and the first six weeks of the 2014 NFL season in rearview, this makes for a great opportunity to put some perspective on how the Saints have performed compared to previous years.  So I’ve consulted the great information available from the folks at (subscription required) to see what’s...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Four Downs: Bye Week

First Down: Get healthyThis is one of the most important objectives of the bye week. Jimmy Graham, Mark Ingram, Jonathan Goodwin and Patrick Robinson are notable injured players heading into the bye week. I expect the latter two to be ready for their matchup with the Lions.On another note, news broke Wednesday that Ingram has a chance to play against Detroit next week, but Sean Peyton...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What's Next For The New Orleans Saints?

All the "talking heads" said that the Saints had to beat Tampa to save their season. So, that being done now, what's next? First of all, there's the league-mandated bye week. And all things considered, this could have played out to be a very opportune time for it after all. So far this season, the injuries have mounted up. Key players like tight end Jimmy Graham, center Jonathan...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints start bye week looking for improvement

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Saints players gathered at team headquarters Monday for a film review session before getting the rest of their bye week off, coach Sean Payton had a request. While his team was relieved to head into the break coming off a victory over Tampa Bay, Payton wanted to be sure his players were able to still harness the same analytical focus they had a week earlier...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints’ Offensive Player Grades vs. Buccaneers

A win is a win. The Saints scored 31 points in regulation and drove 80 yards for a winning score in overtime to find a way to steal this game. Based on that the offense deserves a lot of credit. The offense rushed for 140 yards (4.8 per carry) and added 371 through the air. While that kind of production is every bit of what they needed to pull this game off, this game would have...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to look for in Buccaneers at Saints

Going into this game with the news of Jairus Byrd gone for the season just isn’t the same. The Saints are 1-3 and now they no longer have what the salary cap suggests is one of the team’s top 5 players. So where does that leave the Saints? I know we all like to look into our crystal ball and figure out what the final record will be, how the divisional games shake out and which...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Steps to Victory for Saints against Cowboys

Heading into this season, most Saints fans considered the border skirmish with Dallas to be a no-brainer. Just pencil in the W for this one, right? But fast forward to week four of this NFL season and, lo and behold, the reality is things have played out differently. And this game is suddenly a much more intriguing matchup. These are two pretty evenly matched teams that are desperately...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Injury Report: Jonathan Goodwin, David Hawthorne, Benjamin Watson

The New Orleans Saints desperately need a win Sunday night on the road against the Dallas Cowboys to avoid a 1-3 start: #453873366 / New Orleans' final injury report doesn't contain many surprises, as backup cornerback Patrick Robinson is the only new name on it from the beginning of the week. The Saints will hope to have a few players who are game-time...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints likely to start backup center vs. Dallas

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time. Goodwin injured his left ankle during the second half of New Orleans' 20-9 victory over Minnesota last Sunday. He was replaced with 6 minutes left in the third quarter...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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