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Jon Gruden praises Saints for ability to develop 'unknown players'

During his tenure with the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean Payton has done a great job on quite a few different levels. One of those levels, as ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden explained, has been finding and building on "unknown talent." As Mike Triplett of ESPN reports, Gruden recently praised both Payton and quarterback Drew Brees for the work they do in developing players like...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former LSU hopeful ready to step up for Saints

The Saints secondary took another hit this week in the form of cornerback Keenan Lewis and his hip surgery – which will sideline the New Orleans native 4-6 weeks. Lewis' injury further complicates the difficult situation already plaguing New Orleans' defense: cornerback Jairus Byrd, the team's marquee addition in the 2014 offseason, missed the last 12 games of last season with...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saints Happy Hour Podcast: Who’s more real, Jairus Byrd or Big Bird?

The boys break down everything from the Saints awful 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans plus Roster cuts to 75 Is Saints pass rush worst in NFL? Sean Payton admits Saints 2014 draft sucked Ralph has a Junior Galette ‘Sack Truther’ quiz Is Snead making the team? Is it time to write off Jairus Byrd? Is the redzone offense really a concern? How awesome will Marcus Murphy be?...
Via The Saints Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints preseason clouded by injuries to key veterans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton is willing to concede that New Orleans' preseason hasn't been ideal as far as creating cohesion among projected regulars. A handful of veterans who were expected to compete for starting or regular roles haven't practiced or played much at all in several weeks, and one of them is already out for the season. ''Some of that you can't control...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton wants QB Garrett Grayson to speed it up

While rookie quarterback Garrett Grayson didn't light the world on fire during the second half of Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans, he wasn't awful either, not by a long shot.Apparently, though, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is going to stay on top of his young quarterback and push him to do better and do it at a faster pace. As Mike Triplett of ESPN reports...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints honor Katrina victims, NOLA on field and with special video

With the NFL regular season less than two weeks from kickoff, the hearts and minds in New Orleans have very much been focused on the past in recent weeks, marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps no entity is more closely associated with Katrina -- both good and bad -- than the Saints. The team’s home field, the Superdome, was where thousands took refuge and six...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton is a Jerk and other conclusions drawn from preseason with featured guest Ralph Malbrough

We go over the Saints prospects after 3 preseason games, who we expect to make the roster, and whether the pass rush is doomed to achieve 2000 levels of mediocrity. Download this episode (right click and save)
Via The Saints Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A Day of Flashbacks in New Orleans

This weekend has been a weekend of flashbacks for New Orleans Saints fan to the life-altering events of ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina dealt out misery to the entire Gulf South region. But in Sunday's preseason matchup against the Houston Texans, it appeared the team flashed back to the team of a year ago, as they dropped a lackluster outing to the Texans, 27-13.Quarterback...
Via Pro Football Spot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

First full-time female NFL official participates in Texans-Saints preseason game

The NFL's first full-time female official participated as the line judge on Sunday in the Houston Texans-New Orleans Saints preseason game. Sarah Thomas, who is a Mississippi native, has worked many training camps for the Saints over the last few years. Despite working preseason games in the past, she took center stage and was highlighted on Sunday's FOX broadcast. "We've seen her...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints testing potential of ex-basketball player Manhertz

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton couldn't resist trying out another former college basketball player at tight end. Who could blame him after the smashing success Jimmy Graham became before New Orleans traded him and his hefty contract to Seattle? The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Chris Manhertz, who played power forward for Canisius, knows he has a long way to go even to make any NFL roster...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints testing potential of ex-basketball player Manhertz

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton couldn't resist trying out another former college basketball player at tight end. Who could blame him after the smashing success Jimmy Graham became before New Orleans traded him and his hefty contract to Seattle? The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Chris Manhertz, who played power forward for Canisius, knows he has a long way to go even...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton awaiting either K Hopkins or Hocker to take a clear lead

The interesting kicking battle between Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker rages on for the New Orleans Saints. While it may not be the training camp battle that fans are talking about most, it's definitely one worth watching. As Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports, head coach Sean Payton is simply waiting for one of the two kickers to separate himself from the other...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton says Delvin Breaux's tryout was one of the best he's seen

At this point, cornerback Delvin Breaux is no longer flying under the radar. He's quickly becoming one of the more intriguing prospects on the Saints roster, and could very well wind up seeing plenty of playing time in 2015. Apparently, though, if you had asked head coach Sean Payton about Breaux, he could have told you about his upside a while back. As Joel A. Erickson of The New...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Saints recall the team's role in Katrina recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay. Receiver Marques Colston and linemen Jahri Evans and Zach Strief all arrived via the 2006 draft, wondering what they were...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Saints recall the team's role in Katrina recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay. Receiver Marques Colston and linemen Jahri Evans and Zach Strief all arrived via the 2006 draft, wondering what they were...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints seeking to ramp up pass rush as regular season nears

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Sack-less through two preseason games, the New Orleans Saints have ratcheted up concerns about their lack of a pass rush this week. After releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette in July due to multiple off-the-field issues, they entered training camp with a huge hole to fill. Galette made a team-high 10 sacks in 2014 and 12 in 2013. His departure left them...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton praises workout of former basketball player Chris Manhertz

When the New Orleans Saints signed another former basketball player at tight end, it immediately led to some eye-brow lifting from fans, for obvious reasons. After seeing TE Jimmy Graham pan out so well for the Saints, many want to know more about the newest addition. Well, Chris Manhertz has little-to-no football experience, but that didn't stop the Saints from taking a shot on...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Three questions for Saints heading into preseason game vs. Patriots

  1. Will Drew Brees make his preseason debut, or will the Saints coaching staff continue to evaluate the backup candidates?  No. 9 was a healthy scratch during the Black and Gold's preseason opener in Baltimore against the Ravens. Instead, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffith and third round draft pick Garrett Grayson (the highest quarterback drafted by Payton in New Orleans) divided the...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton wants TV networks to stop showing training camp fights

We've seen the NFL create plenty of highlights over the past few weeks of training camp. Unfortunately, many of them have come in the form of training camp fights. For many, including Sean Payton, it's becoming a trend that's aggravating to watch unfold. As Mike Triplett of ESPN explains, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints has an idea for how the NFL may be able to stop the...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Who are the most underrated fantasy stars on the New Orleans Saints roster?

AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Based on how entertaining they’d be on Hard Knocks Top 10: The NFL’s second-tier head coaches Power Rankings: Based on each team’s chances of making the playoffs in 2015 Fantasy Preview: The top-32 QBs for 2015 Who are these Saints? Yeah, I see Drew Brees, and I know Sean Payton is still calling the plays, but is this the offensive juggernaut...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots, Saints express mutual admiration at joint practice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The kinship between Bill Belichick and Sean Payton is apparent in the way they compliment each other, as well as the subjects they'd rather not discuss. They relate on matters ranging from winning it all to the awkwardness of tarnished reputations. Their franchises have drawn some of the harshest sanctions ever levied by the NFL. Now they've gathered...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Sean Payton tells team if they fight, they can pack their bags

With preseason practice brawls seemingly popping up all over the NFL, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wants it known that he'll have none of it. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Payton has told his team that if they choose to fight during practice, that they can pack their bags. The topic was only brought up by Payton due to the fact that the New England Patriots...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton says Brandon Coleman to play with first-team Saturday

Brandon Coleman has become a force for the New Orleans Saints, at least during the 2015 offseason. Can that strong play continue into the upcoming season? Only time will tell on that, but as Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate explained, Coleman will get plenty of work with the first-team during the second preseason game. It was actually a bit surprising to see Coleman not...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton: 'If you decide to fight, pack your bags'

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton doesn’t want his team to follow the lead of the Washington football team, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams or Dallas Cowboys. Payton’s crew is preparing for a joint practice with the New England Patriots, and according to NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington, the Saints will have a clear consequence for fighting. Source says Sean Payton...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 10 New Orleans Saints linemen of the Sean Payton era (Part 2)

Last week I went ahead and ranked the 10th through sixth best linemen in the Sean Payton era of New Orleans Saints history. Because it only seemed fair, I actually went with a 10a/10b approach. It was too hard to limit the number to 10, if only because there were probably only seven or eight players truly worthy. By expanding the number to 10, it decreased the quality and widened...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss
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