Saints' recent moves signify strong commitment to a three-safety scheme

The three-safety alignment in the New Orleans Saints' defensive playbook originally served as a wrinkle. The team installed its 4-2-5 formation figuring there would be a time and a place to toss the odd twist at an opposing offense. Season-ending injuries to outside linebackers like Victor Butler and Will Smith last offseason pushed the Saints to morph from its planned 3-4 scheme...
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New Orleans Saints: State of the outside linebacker position

New Orleans Saints: State of the outside linebacker positionAfter exploring the outlook of every other position, we conclude our analysis of the New Orleans Saints with a look at the outside linebacker position. Outside linebacker was one of the more questionable positions as the Saints tried to transition to the 3-4. However, things were looking up after they had signed Victor Butler...
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Grading the defensive position groupings

In this week’s mailbag, we go to part two of grading the New Orleans Saints position groupings. Our very own Travis Dauro gives us the season-long grade on the defensive side of the ball this week. 1. Defensive Lineman: A To me the defensive line was the best overall group on the Saints’ team this year. The Saints finished 4th overall in the NFL in sacks with 49; Cam Jordan...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Victor Butler looks to make impact after lost season

An offseason of promise almost became an offseason of panic for the New Orleans Saints last summer. By the time the dust had settled on the preseason, veterans Will Smith (ACL) and Jonathan Vilma (knee) were both placed on injured reserve, as was veteran free-agent defensive end Kenyon Coleman (chest). But perhaps the biggest blow on defense came in the form of Victor Butler'...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Mailbag: Who are the Saints MVPs, more

We fielded questions through Twitter, Facebook and a few from our editors, combining them all for this week’s Saints mailbag. cover32 Saints columnist Travis Dauro gives us the straight talking look at some of the burning questions surrounding the Saints in the this week’s mailbag. There were pretty high expectations for the Saints coming into the 2013 season. How do you think...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints won't activate Victor Butler in 2013

The Saints have announced that linebacker Victor Butler will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the 2013 season. Butler has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.Payton on Victor Butler: said rehab has gone well but he won't return this year, on reserve/PUP— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 11, 2013Butler has been rehabbing...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Victor Butler will not return to the Saints active roster this season

    During the final week of Saints OTAs LB Victor Butler suffered a torn ACL and was placed on the Physically Unable to Preform list. Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that Butler, who injured his knee during the last week of organized team activities, will remain on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform Players who start the season...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints OLB Butler officials done for season

Saints coach Sean Payton says outside linebacker Victor Butler won't be returning for the Saints' playoff push. The chances of Butler returning appeared remote since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and had surgery in June. Yet New Orleans kept the possibility of Butler's return alive by placing him on the club's physically-unable-to-perform...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints LB Victor Butler resumes practice ‘super limited’

Linebacker Victor Butler joined the Saints in practice for the first time since tearing his ACL back in June. But according to Butler, he understands he has a long way to go before he can think of playing again, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “It was fun. I was super limited, but just to get out there and get in the linebacker individuals and feel like you’re a part of a team again...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: New Orleans Saints

Key Additions QB Luke McCown, TE Ben Watson, OT Jason Smith, DE/OLB Victor Butler, CB Keenan Lewis, CB Chris Carr, S Jim Leonard, S Kenny Vaccaro (draft), OT Terron Armstead (draft), NT John Jenkins (draft), WR Kenny Stills (draft) Key Losses QB Chase Daniel, RB Chris Ivory, WR Devery Henderson, OT Jermon Bushrod, DE Turk McBride, DT Sedrick Ellis, OLB Jonathan Casillas...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints hoping Victor Butler can return this season

As mentioned yesterday, the New Orleans Saints are struggling to find answers on defense.  In the past week the Saints have acquired Parys Hamilton from San Francisco and claimed defensive back Jumal Rolle off waivers from the Bills just to fill the holes left from injury.  New Orleans is holding out hope that outside linebacker Victor Butler will be able to step in and help...
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August 28, 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 linebacker Will Smith will miss the 2013 season with knee injury

The New Orleans Saints have reportedly suffered another major blow to their linebacker corp as veteran Will Smith sustained a season-ending knee injury in the team's preseason win over Houston on Sunday Pro Football Talk reports. It's the fourth significant injury at linebacker for the Saints this offseason. Victor Butler tore his ACL during mid-June at the end of organized...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction (Final Edition)

Ok here's my final stab at this. The big surprise I have is Jonathan Vilma on IR with the ability to come back later in the season, which means Victor Butler is done for the year. The Saints should cut a few guys by Tuesday to pare down to 75, and then they'll need to go to 53 after the Thursday night game by 6:30pm on 8/31 (Saturday). For me the toughest decision by far...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury-riddled Saints look for players to step up vs. Raiders

The Saints wrapped up Training Camp Thursday night with a series of meetings, while some fans no doubt reflected on what a costly off season and preseason this has already been, especially for the Black and Gold's fledgling defense. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is still in Philadelphia, recovering from a minor knee surgery. The scope means he's done for the rest of preseason...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Back on the Road to the Playoffs in 2013

With training camp in full swing, there is a bit of pressure on the New Orleans Saints. The team missed out on the playoffs last year for the first time since the season before the championship run.  A number of factors come into play when we talk about where they went wrong during the 2012 season. Yes, defense was at its all-time worst. In fact, it was pathetic. Of course, we all...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Thoughts on Joe Morgan and Kenyon Coleman Being Lost of the Season

The Saints broke the news to the fans and media yesterday that Joe Morgan (torn ACL and meniscus) and Kenyon Coleman (torn pectoral muscle) will both be sitting out the 2013 campaign for the duration. They now join Victor Butler on the shelf for the year before the first preseason game is even played. Two defensive starters and your #3 receiver this soon is really not good and this...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: 2013-2014 Season Preview

The New Orleans Saints started the 2012 season in the midst of the bounty gate scandal, and finished the year with a disappointing, 7-9 record. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season, and the Saints clearly missed him. His return to the sidelines in 2013 will be a tremendous boost to this team. As far as signings go, the Saints had a relatively quiet offseason...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints place Roman Harper, Victor Butler, Patrick Robinson on PUP list

The New Orleans Saints have placed linebacker Victor Butler, safety Roman Harper and cornerback Patrick Robinson on the physically unable to perform list, according to Ian Rapoport of Rapoport indicated that it's not surprising to see Butler hit the PUP list. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in June, and there's a chance he could miss the entire...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints place Butler, Harper, Robinson on PUP

The New Orleans Saints have placed safety Roman Harper, cornerback Patrick Robinson, and linebacker Victor Butler on the PUP list. The #Saints have placed LB Victor Butler, S Roman Harper, and CB Patrick Robinson on PUP list, I'm told. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2013 The Saints can activate Harper, Butler and Robinson at any time during camp. Need NFL Tickets? ...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Thoughts on Victor Butler's Torn ACL and Devery Henderson Signing with Redskins

The podcast and a couple other newsworthy items delayed me in getting some thoughts together on the big news this week of Victor Butler tearing his ACL which will require surgery and Devery Henderson leaving the Saints after signing a free agency contract with the Redskins. Both are significant pieces of news and I wanted to give them their just piece, though. Starting with Devery...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints LB Victor Butler requires ACL surgery

New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler injured his knee during OTA practice last Tuesday when he collided with Mark Ingram. A second opinion confirmed what the Saints were fearing, Butler requires surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according to Larry Holder of Butler will undergo surgery, which is expected to sideline him for the 2013...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints OTAs: Victor Butler tears ACL

Victor Butler The New Orleans Saints have lost outside linebacker and prized free agent Victor Butler to a torn ACL this past week in OTAs. Butler’s loss is a devastating blow to a defense that was awful this past season. Rob Ryan handpicked Butler during free agency to come in and play for the Saints. Butler was expected to bring a pass rushing presence off the edge and already...
June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Podcast: Will Victor Butler's Injury Devastate the Saints' Pass Rush?

Andrew Juge and Kevin Held join Ralph to discuss the impact of Victor Butler's season ending injury. Andrew believes the loss of Butler might be the worst case scenario for the Saints pass rush. Ralph wonders if now the Saints pass rush is counting too heavily on Junior Galette. Andrew beats the drum for John Abraham and Kevin thinks Rob Ryan blaming the Saints run defense on...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

AP source: MRI shows torn ACL for Saints' Butler

A person familiar with the situation says an MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but that it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not disclosed the injury, says Butler will seek...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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