Saints vs Panthers Official Party (Sunday 12/16 & Monday 12/17)

Posted by | August 16, 2018.

The Whisky River in Charlotte NC will change its colors from “Panther Blue” to “Saints Black & Gold”. They are going to be the official party/hangout spot for Saints fans for the weekend of 12/15-12/17.

Visit the Whisky River website for more info.

Tom Benson Commemorative Patch

Posted by | August 15, 2018.

ONLY $5





DJ Tbone, Official DJ Of The Big Easy Mafia

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

DJ Tbone with 985 DJ’s is the official DJ for the Big Easy Mafia events. We have events both big and small, from the House of Blues to parking lots and he accommodates for it all. If you are looking for a great dependable DJ that respects the crowd, he is definitely the one to get.

For More Info On Him Click Here

2018 Saints Jr Tee Retriever Kickoff Party

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

Copeland’s Restaurant in Kenner is hosting the Jr Tee Retriever kickoff party from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special guests include Gumbo, Sir Saint, the Black & Gold Superfans and the Saintsations!

Check out all of the great perks for kids:

Free Kids Meal! – with the purchase of an adult entree.

Enter Your Child to Have a Chance to be a Saints Jr. Tee Retriever – Watch the game from the sidelines with Saints players and retrieve the tee with every Saints kick off.

Quarterback Challenge Inflatable – Practice completing a pass!

3-in-1 Bounce, Climb, Slide Inflatable – Just for fun!

Copeland’s Goodie Bag – Come get yours!

The Kids Camp will only be offered at the Kenner location at 1319 West Esplanade Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2018 Fan Up Saints Pep Rally (Thursday August 23rd)

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

Come Join The Big Easy Mafia and the Black & Gold Superfans at the 2018 Fan Up Saints Pep Rally. We will be giving away member bracelets, cups, koozies and also have T-shirts for sale for ONLY $5

The East St Tammany Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Saints season kickoff pep rally at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, 100 Harbor Center Blvd.

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fees/Admission:
$20 in advance
6 tickets for $100
$25 at the door
Purchase Tickets Here

Tickets include entrance into the tailgate party with food, beverages and entertainment AND a chance to win 2018 Saints Season Tickets!

Sean Payton must decide who gets the final rose for the ‘Returner’

Posted by | August 6, 2018.

Sean Payton has decided to bring in the ‘bachelor’ mentality to this years’ training camp. Perhaps, it was a little over the top to make that comparison. Regardless, the opening for punt returns and kickoffs is wide open.

The question remains who will win his heart? He says there’s a dozen contestants involved. But in reality, there’s probably seven players that have a legitimate shot of getting that final rose.

Ironically, the finale of “The Bachelorette” runs tonight on Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT. One man shall remain after tonight’s episode. Plenty of guys have tried to woo the “The Bachelorette” with all kinds of wild antics. One wore a chicken costume and another brought in a gospel choir. Currently, there are two men left. Unfortunately, for Sean Payton’s version of the “Bachelor” the show has just started.

Still Searching For The One

After looking for the right man the last few years, the frustration is starting to build. Ted Ginn Jr. and Tommy Lee Lewis tried to cement their stamp on solidifying the return man spot. However, neither has impressed for the whole year. Alvin Kamara looks great, but does Who Dat Nation want the Offensive Rookie of the Year running back punts or kicks?

That idea seems too risky. Above all, the results have been disappointing, frustrating, and irrelevant. The punt returner especially has been missing the “wow” moment that’s caught the eye of Sean Payton. With only a few weeks till opening day someone needs to impress and stand out. Up until now, no one has accomplished the feat. So here is my secret list of the finalists:

 

Brandon Tate

Tommylee Lewis

Boston Scott

Alvin Kamara

Trey Edmunds

Shane Vereen

Natrell Jamerson

First Cut to Five

Trey Edmunds 23

Hometown: Danville, VA

Occupation: Running Back

Edmunds had three kickoff returns for 65 yards with a 21.7 average for kickoff returns. Edmunds has breat vision and burst. He’s also been a huge contributor on special teams. Odds are long since there’s plenty of new blood coming in. Edmunds was a surprise last year when his name made the 53-man roster. He could be a dark horse but don’t bet on it.

Shane Vereen 29

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

Occupation: Running Back

Vereen comes from the New York Giants as a kickoff return specialist. He returned nine kickoffs for 196 yards in 2017 with a 21.8 yard average. He comes in as the second oldest eligible participant here. Vereen is a tough runner with patience. Not quite as fast as some of the other guys. Age is no doubt a factor for this specialty. Surely, Vereen has to be the longest of the odds. Nevertheless, he’s in the race.

The Next Three Cut

Any one of these could be standing with that final rose come opening day. That being said, there just something missing from these three guys.

Alvin Kamara 23

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Occupation: Running Back (Offensive Rookie of the Year 2017)

There is simply nothing wrong with Alvin Kamara. That’s the problem. He’s simply too good for Sean Payton to be thrust into special teams. The Saints have a star that will be running in the black and gold for years to come. Don’t do it Sean! Kamara is going to be tempting but it’s too risky.

Natrell Jamerson

Hometown: Ocala, FL

Occupation: Safety/Cornerback

Jamerson is one of the rookies vying for the returner. Jamerson was drafted in the fifth round out of Wisconsin in 2018. He actually started off playing on the offense at first as a wide receiver before going over to defense. This guy can fly with 4.4 speed and some big plays in college as a returner.

Jamerson has the tools and heads up mentality to make plays. He was the defensive MVP in the 2018 East-West Shrine game with a 68 yard run after a fumble recovery. Also, he had an interception for a touchdown last season and a kickoff return for a touchdown in 2015. Very interesting prospect that’s a virtual unknown as of today. Watch out for this guy. He could have a legitimate shot of making the final two in an upset.

Tommylee Lewis 25

Hometown: Palm Beach, FL

Occupation: Wide Receiver

Personally, my favorite player to make it as the big play maker before the 2017 season started. He’s had over 21 kickoff returns for 459 yards with a 21.9 yard average over his career. Punt returns has been respectable with a 9.8 average per return. Lewis has flashed some speed and returns for sure.

Unfortunately, there were no touchdowns in his two years as a returner. He’s really close to making a claim to be the full-time returner. That being said, he’s not the new face anymore. Now it’s time to produce consistent results when a play is needed. No doubt, he’s one of the favorites. Just not quite pretty enough to make the final two.

The Final Rose

There can be only one. The choice is either Brandon Tate or Boston Scott. 

Boston Scott 23

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Occupation: Running Back

Boston Scott is Louisiana born. Of course, he’s already a fan favorite. Drafted out of Louisiana Tech in round six in 2018, Scott looks to take over the return job immediately. Boston has incredible speed and stands only at 5-foot-7. He can easily get lost in the shuffle behind taller lineman. Boston can cut like a knife and make tacklers miss at will. If he hits the open field no one can catch him. With this in mind, he could be the answer Sean Payton has been looking for.

Brandon Tate 30

Hometown: Burlington, NC

Occupation: Wide Receiver

Brandon Tate is the eldest of all the eligible players for the returner job. Tate comes with a hefty resume. Tate broke the record that stood for over 30 years in combined return yards in NCAA history back in 2008. He combined for 3,523 yards in his career at North Carolina. Also, he had a 24.7 average per kickoff return on 109 kickoffs and a 10.6 average in punt returns. In addition, Tate scored six total touchdowns in college on returns. Also, he’s had three returns in the NFL for touchdowns.

His average has slid slightly last year. Still, Tate has an amazing 23.8 kickoff return average on 247 kickoff returns. On punts, he’s returned 200 times for 1,909 yards for a 9.5 yard average. Clearly, Tate has everything versus all the others. As long as his stamina is up, there’s no problem in deciding on who gets the returner job.

WINNER: BRANDON TATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win-loss prediction for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | July 29, 2018.

 

 

New Orleans Saints players rush the fans after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to turn the ball over on downs, in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The Saints won 36-21. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

There has been few years hyped as much as this upcoming season. The 2018 New Orleans Saints are mentioned to top the NFC along with: The Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and the Los Angeles Rams.

The 2018 season is now in official starting mode. Training camp is in session. Fans were lined up around the building on Airline Highway this weekend.

The scene looked more like a grand opening of Star Wars or “Black Friday.” Fans are undeniably ecstatic for the 2018 season. Of course, there is good reason for this. This year is unlike any other year under Sean Payton. A young team with lofty expectations is something to cherish. Not to mention, a future Hall of Fame quarterback looking for another ring.

The New Orleans Saints bring back an 11-5 team from last year. That same team should be even better for 2018 with some experience behind them.

“We’re a young team and that’s exciting, said coach Sean Payton. “Every year is different and it’s all about a process.”

Defensive end Cam Jordan knows it too. “TMo and Drew Brees are the only ones left from that Super Bowl team. I want to be part of that group.”

It’s hard to fathom that last statement. The Saints Super Bowl championship is now going on 10 years and counting. Now it’s time to see if this young team are ready to take that next step.

The Schedule

The unfortunate result of winning a division is the strength of schedule the year after. The Saints have one of the toughest schedules in 2018. Also, three of the four teams from the NFC South made the postseason in 2017. And look for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve. Last year, the media picked the Bucs to make the playoffs in 2017.

In my opinion, the schedule early on and the last quarter seems to be easier than the middle eight games. In those eight games, the Saints play four NFC playoff teams: Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. Also, two tough road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens lie in that same stretch.

Both Baltimore and Dallas finished 9-7 in 2017 but missed the playoffs. The 2018 New Orleans Saints have to be much better to equal the 11-5 record from last year. Last year, before the season started my prediction was 12-4. This was way before the media started jumping on the bandwagon. Here is my predictions game by game for 2018.

 

Tampa W

Cleveland W

at Atlanta W

at New York Giants L

Washington W

at Baltimore L

at Minnesota W

Los Angeles Rams L

at Cincinnati W

Philadelphia L

Atlanta W

at Dallas W

at Tampa Bay L

at Carolina W

Pittsburgh L

Carolina W

Final record: 10-6

 

Also here’s my NFC South prediction.

 

New Orleans Saints 10-6

Atlanta 10-6

Tampa 9-7

Carolina 5-11

 

The 10-6 record may sound disappointing, but it’s not, gauging the difficulty of the 2018 schedule. And really as long as you’re the last team standing who cares? The New Orleans Saints are built to make a deep run into the playoffs.

Super Bowl LII Prediction

NFC Championship- Saints over Falcons

AFC Championship- Jaguars over Patriots

Super Bowl LII

New Orleans Saints vs Jacksonville Jaguars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Help Thomas Morstead Raise Money For Chris Cordaro

Posted by | July 21, 2018.

Chris Cordaro is fighting for his life and would love to give his family this gift.

Everyone who donates will be given a chance to win a pair of tickets to a game in the Dome this season. They will be giving away 8 pairs of tickets total. There will be 8 winners, one for each home regular season game.

Humanity at it’s best is caring for others. Caring for those that we know and for those we don’t. Cause and purpose are the strings that weave the fabric of humanity. This cause is to support a story that so many in our world have faced. The worries of a father and husband who is facing a long battle with cancer. Worries of how a family will continue without the presence of their patriarch. …CONTINUE READING =>

Are the New Orleans Saints the top seed in the NFC for the 2018 season?

Posted by | July 17, 2018.

The New Orleans Saints are expected to be one of the favorites in the NFC in 2018. Of course, there are 15 other teams that have a different take. Today, all 16 teams are seeded from best to worse. Are the Saints the #1 seed?

Certainly, the NFC South is going to be one of the toughest in the NFL. Three of the four teams last year qualified for the playoffs in 2017. Ironically, the Saints weren’t supposed to be in that group. Especially, after the 0-2 start. The 7-9 season looked to be staring the Black and Gold into the face yet again. Nevertheless, the Saints held it together after the loss to the New England Patriots to win eight in a row. The rest is history, as the Saints bucked the trend with an 11-5 finish.

Even with the success, Sean Payton kept the winning in perspective. “We’re still chasing a four quarters of perfect football as opposed to a first half,” said Sean Payton last year during the win streak. This constant search of perfection serves the Saints well as the NFL is a week by week grind. The success of the 2017 season puts even more expectations for this years’ team.

The Saints have a defense

Drew Brees is not slowing down at all. Brees threw for over 4,000 yards and 23 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. Also, the defense has improved in just about all categories from points given up per game (20.4) to yards per game (336.5).  Cornerback Marshon Lattimore was a huge addition for the Saints in 2017.

There’s no doubt everything is there for the taking this year. Experience is going to help tremendously this year. However, there is going to be at least 6-7 teams that are going to battle for the NFC. Here are all 16 teams seeded before training camp from my perspective.

NFC preseason seedings

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Los Angeles Rams
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Atlanta Falcons
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Washington Redskins
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  9. New York Giants
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. Seattle Seahawks
  12. Detroit Lions
  13. Minnesota Vikings
  14. Carolina Panthers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Chicago Bears

There are a couple of surprise in this list. First, the downfall of the Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins is way overrated. And the Vikings have a tendency to plummet after a great season. On the other hand, there are the San Francisco 49ers that will shock plenty of people. Watch cornerback Richard Sherman make a huge difference there. Not to mention, quarterback Jimmy Garoppalo is going to continue where he left off. Give us your predictions or comments.

Follow me on Twitter at @deannoelmullen

 

 

Saints Superfan Anthem

Posted by | June 12, 2018.

The Saints have the best fan base in the entire NFL, everyone knows that. In the Who Dat Nation whether you put a costume on or not, if you bleed black and gold then you are considered a Saints Superfan. The official anthem of the Saints Superfans is performed by Tbone and Saints Superfan “Soul Saint”. Click the video below and check out what goes on in the life of a New Orleans Saints Superfan.

Sean Payton may be cooking up something different for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | June 3, 2018.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton celebrates after a replay reversed a referee’s call and awarded the Saints a touchdown on a run by runningback Reggie Bush against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Sean Payton makes changes from time to time. In 2018, there are plenty of signs of new ingredients being added to keep teams on their toes.

Every year is a new beginning. Mini camps bring in a new set of players. In July, things start heating up with training camp. Not to mention, coaches are going to be trying to incorporate new players to create the perfect chemistry. Back in 2014, Sean Payton decided to change up the menu to add some spice to the locker room. Popeye’s was brought in to the locker room before the Saints played the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.

“The Saints, hungry for a road win, just needed to put Popeyes on the menu,” Robert Meachem said.

The Saints ended up winning their first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on the very next day. Of course, there is no proof that a five piece was the cure for the road woes. However, the chicken surely couldn’t hurt.

Last year, Taysom Hill played special teams. Hill was the third string quarterback, but he blazed downfield like 10-year veteran.

Indeed, those are just a couple of examples from the creativity that Payton has produced. Who Dat Nation will never forget the onsides kick in the Super Bowl that put him in black and gold history eternally.

The New Ingredients

As a consequence, there shouldn’t be any doubt that something is cooking in 2018. The Saints have three other quarterbacks along with Drew Brees this year. Of course, Taysom Hill comes in as the slight favorite for this year to backup Drew Brees. Quarterback Tom Savage definitely has a real shot too. That being said, the Saints also decided to sign J.T. Barrett from Ohio St. While it’s unlikely Barrett is gonna get the nod, there has to be an interest in adding a new wrinkle to the offense.

The Saints usually don’t add athletic running quarterbacks to the roster. Backup quarterbacks such as Luke McCown and Chase Daniel have proved to be efficient if called upon. That being said, it’s hard to see Payton having an X-Factor weapon sitting on the bench for 16 games. Think about the possibilities for a second. Having Alvin Kamara in the backfield with a running quarterback can open up some new wrinkles.

The option offense has never worked in the NFL before. In addition, the Wildcat hasn’t been a huge success where teams are running a ton of plays in that set. However, if there is a real possibility of the quarterback launching the ball downfield, teams are gonna have to prepare for it.

Either way, if something does happen to Drew Brees, there would be additional options there if Hill or Barrett would have to step in. With Sean Payton anything is possible. If the chicken was brought in to change up things in 2014. And Gatorade color was changed to add some flavor. Who knows what a 2-piece running and throwing option QB adds with a side of Alvin Kamara might bring.

One thing is for sure. Red beans and rice just doesn’t suit Sean Payton’s style. Spicy things are nice to have. Surely, the temptation to take a bite or two could be so tempting for him.

 

 

The Decision: NFL undrafted free agents must decide their fate quickly

Posted by | May 13, 2018.

Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries the ball past St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

So you’ve made it. Congratulations. The feelings of euphoria and accomplishment has to feel great. Surely, many of people in the last 10 years or more have given advice to pick another career. Perhaps, even another sport besides football could be less risky. Additionally, many of scouts have told you that your’e not fast enough or tall enough to play on the next level. Sometimes, these words come from people that are in your immediate family.

Now the beliefs and doubts are irrelevant. The New Orleans Saints have called or maybe the Atlanta Falcons. Hopefully not, but I digress. All those years of hard work is now paying off. The NFL wants me. Now it’s time to celebrate right?

By and large, the odds have been beaten. Not many of players who tote the pigskin around get a chance to wear a full NFL uniform after 18 years old. This is true. However, the reality of the situation is a rocky road with plenty of ups and downs. Processing reality from perception is extremely difficult for many rookies that come into a mini camp or training camp. Moreover, this goes for the mid to late round picks too.

Going by the numbers

After training camp later this year, players are gonna fight to get on that 53-man roster. Perhaps 10 more may get lucky enough to make the practice squad. To put it this in perspective, 32 teams put on some form of a mini camp. Mini camps can range from tryout players, to undrafted free agents, to even veterans. The numbers can range from 50-100 players over a three day span. All this work to get a chance to make the roster later in July and August.

That means nearly 3,000 players are gonna be looked at and put through drills and tests. Only half that number will see the 53-man roster. The chances of hitting the superstar lottery after that gets even smaller. Still, there is somethings to keep in mind to improve the odds. NFL agent Blake Baratz elaborated a few years ago on what it’s like from the inside.

“Honestly, it’s so chaotic. The GMs and a lot of times even the scouts are calling about 20 players at one time. And they may even be calling the players directly. So if you have two or three of those guys, everyone is calling at the same exact time and they want a decision right then.”

 

There simply isn’t much time for some players to go through the process. Of course, this scenario is different for every player. There are also exceptions to the rule.

Iowa State’s Allan Lazard can relate. Here’s a player that ranked 80th by the NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock. Lazard had full confidence that the phone would ring. The only question was when and what team would pick him up. Lazard waited for hours on end with family and friends at a draft party. And then the draft was over. Lazard was never taken after seven long rounds. Luckily, for Lazard, he did end up getting that call although it was after the NFL Draft this this year.

“A lot of ups and downs, for sure. Obviously, having some friends get drafted today was really nice. Obviously, I’m happy for their success. But going into this, I was very anxious, very ambitious and (hopeful). I’m very let down and disappointed at the way the result came out today, but this is nothing new to my life. I’ve always been the kid from Iowa who wasn’t good enough to play college football. Now I went to Iowa St, (it was) ‘Iowa State will never be good.’ Now I’m that kid that’s undrafted.”

 

Lazard was one of the lucky ones eventually. The Jacksonville Jaguars did pick him up. That came with a $40,000 guarantee as well. The signing bonus was high for an undrafted free agent.

That being said, the process is not for the faint of heart. Some players find their way after years of searching and due diligence. Do not feel discouraged if the first team doesn’t work out. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner got cut by the Green Bay Packers in 1994. This occurred after literally stocking shelves for a grocery and playing football for the Arena Football League. Warner eventually signed in 1998 with the St. Louis Rams. The rest is history. Just keep plugging along and maybe that shot will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why didn’t the New Orleans Saints draft J.T. Barrett?

Posted by | May 3, 2018.

(Photo by sportsonearth.com)

The New Orleans Saints have signed quarterback J.T. Barrett this week to a three-year contract. Barrett went undrafted throughout the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Saints decided to initially scoop him up for an invite to the Saints mini camp. Of course, there’s no guarantee that J.T. Barrett does make the team after training camp. The Saints have the upper hand with nothing to lose. In addition, the Saints are bringing quarterback Brandon Silvers for a tryout in mini camp too. Silvers helped lead Troy over LSU last year.

Surprisingly, Barrett was not one of the top tier quarterbacks in this draft. Most experts had him ranked somewhere between the 15th and 20th quarterback coming into the NFL Draft. Still, it’s a little puzzling that he got signed after being recruited just for a tryout. Nevertheless, the Saints can cut Barrett at any time with nothing to lose. Be that as it may, there has to be questions of what stood out in the last 48 hours.

Quarterback Brandon Silvers also got an invite to rookie mini camp too, but there was no contract for him. Obviously, Barrett did something to impress the Saints quickly. Here are a couple of sites that do prospect rankings for the NFL Draft. Walterfootball.com had Brandon Silvers at 19th and Barrett at the 20th ranked quarterback. Additionally, NFL.com had Barrett ranked at 18th and Silvers at 20th in their prospect rankings. Could something have changed this week? Of course, things change for sure by the minute after the draft is over. However, it’s still puzzling why the Saints didn’t just pick him in the sixth or seventh round. Regardless, a heated battle is coming soon. The Saints may keep three quarterbacks on their roster with an additional possible spot on the practice squad.

Above all, plenty of fans are going to be curious when camp opens this summer. With this is mind, it’s no secret that the Saints have changed their tune a bit by signing another quarterback. In 2018, there has to be a backup that can be trusted, if the call comes in. Hopefully, that won’t happen.

 

 

The New Orleans Saints one and only Mock Draft 1.0 for 2018

Posted by | April 23, 2018.

 

(Photo credit by the Courier-Journal)

By: Dean Mullen

The New Orleans Saints are on the clock starting Thursday. This draft should help the Saints get over the top.

In 2017, the Saints struck gold in the NFL Draft. Arguably, that draft class may be the most monumental moment in the 50 year history. Almost a year ago, the New Orleans Saints picked CB Marshon Lattimore in the first round. Lattimore was also in my Mock Draft 1.0. 

In addition, the Black and Gold picked up a critical pick of OT Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk was huge last year when the Saints called on him early on in his rookie year. Ultimately, the pick of RB Alvin Kamara ended up being even more astounding. Kamara was in my two round Mock Draft from my former employer too.  

The Saints got more than just a serviceable running back. Kamara went off and did things that left scouts in awe of his power and speed. Indicentally, the Saints wouldn’t have went 11-5 without him. And remember, most of us were gawking at the new acquisition of RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson just wasn’t the right fit at the time. Kamara was simply the man that changed the future landscape of the New Orleans Saints for years to come.

To put it into words from Mark Ingram. A reporter asked him to come up with one word to describe him. Ingram replied “savage.”

 

Fans saw it. The NFL didn’t see him coming. The fact is that A.K. is here to stay! The vertical attack that became known for years under Sean Payton, turned into the “Smash and Dash” running attack with an amped up defense. No doubt, that last year was a huge success. That was then and this is now.

The 2018 version of the New Orleans Saints are no longer underdogs no more. No flying underneath the radar for sure this season. In 2018, this draft is simply putting the icing on the cake. This is the year, make no mistake. There is no next year. This year is our year. This NFL Draft doesn’t have to be perfect. At the same time, the Saints have to be willing to look beyond this year with the new revamped defense.

Of course, the Super Bowl is the goal for this season, yet at the same time the window is closing for Drew Brees to make another run. Ironically, there was plenty of talk last year about drafting a quarterback to groom for the future. For whatever reason, the conversation has switched to building for a Super Bowl run for 2018. Look no further than the Philadelphia Eagles.

First and Foremost, the Eagles got their man QB Carson Wentz to perform brilliantly to setup an MVP caliber season. Unfortunately for him, an injury forced the Eagles to put in their backup who wasn’t exactly a household name just yet. That being said, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had faith in him. The team believed and the rest is history.

The Saints must have a formidable backup quarterback just in case. Regardless, if Drew Brees plays until he’s 45 years old or not. This is critical going forward into this year. Quarterbacks don’t grow on trees. That’s why it’s imperative for the Saints have a guy to groom now and not later.

So without further ado, here is the ONE AND ONLY Mock Draft that is ready to be picked apart.

1st Round- WR Courtland Sutton SMU

3rd Round- QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State ***

4th Round- S Marcus Allen Penn St.

5th Round- G Skyler Phillips Idaho St.

5th Round- DE Hercules Mata’afa Washington State

6th Round- TE Deondre Goolsby Florida

6th Round- CB Parry Nickerson Tulane

7th Round- DT Justin Jones North Carolina State

Obviously, there is an asterisk by QB Mason Rudolph’s name in the third round. The problem with that pick is the availability of him being there in the third round is unlikely. Look for the Saints to move up in either the second or third round or pick QB Lamar Jackson. This may shock some people, but the Saints are looking at drafting a quarterback and this draft class is deep.

There it is folks. Let the games begin….

 

 

 

 

NFL schedule release is loaded for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | April 20, 2018.

By: Dean Mullen

It’s now that time of year again. The NFL schedule is out and Who Dat Nation should be excited for 2018.

This has to be the greatest time of the year besides September! Late April brings in the new NFL schedule, and the NFL Draft is right on our heels starting next week. Certainly, this year has extra expectations for the Saints in 2018, as the 2017 season surprised most of the media and fans with a division title and nearly a Super Bowl appearance. That being said, there was ONE person that picked the Saints to win often in 2017. This incredible Nostradamus prediction was made by someone that didn’t lose the faith. even when the Black and Gold was 0-2. Check this out from some genius that picked the Saints to go 12-4 when others were going with an 8-8 or maybe a 9-7 prediction.  

Good luck finding anyone that knew that this team was ready to take that next step way before September came. Regardless, now it’s time to focus on the 2018 season. First, there is one thing that stands out from the 2017 campaign. The Saints lost to the Minnesota Viking and the Los Angeles Rams. Those two teams were not suppose to compete for the NFC last year. Now everyone is on the bandwagon. Look for at least one or two team this year to shock some people.

In my opinion, the Minnesota Vikings are going to compete again this year but look for the Rams to drop. Just watch and take notes. As far as the schedule, the gentle start looks to be at the top of the schedule. Two home games always is gonna help out any team. Having the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns too, is gonna make things a bit easier so it seems. That being said, guess who the Saints have lost their last five of six? The Cleveland Browns have been a thorn in the side the last few years. The Saints MUST win that game. Nothing else to add there.

The middle of the schedule look to be where the meat is, with games against the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and the Minnesota Vikings. Not to mention a tough road game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Saints have only played the Baltimore Ravens six times. They have won one of those six games. 

Also, there are three road games starting in late November against the Cowboys, Bucs, and the Panthers. In 2018, there are no gimmes. The Saints are gonna have to play more consistently to match the eleven win total.  After the draft, look for the crystal ball to come out again. There’s plenty to look at. Saints fans should be optimistic for sure after last year. Give me your predictions and thoughts here or hit me up on Twitter.

@deannoelmullen

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the Super Bowl or bust for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | April 15, 2018.
 
By Dean Mullen

Is there any doubt that the 2018 Saints are ready to take that next step? 

By and large, most of Who Dat Nation was hoping and praying that the draft Gods would send the Black and Gold a gift in the 2017 NFL Draft. After finishing three 7-9 seasons and plenty of disappointment, fans were losing hope. In addition, the confidence was waning for the regime in place. The thought was that the era of Sean Payton may have finally come to an end. The Saints were staring at another losing season right in the face.

Furthermore, after a lackluster 0-2 start, the chirping became louder and louder as fans were ready to jump ship. The talk shows became a combination of frustration and flat out pessimism for the season. That being said, there was still a steadying force that kept the train moving. Drew Brees has always been the ultimate optimist for sure. He knew more than all of us that the 2017 season had plenty of time to become great. And the 2017 New Orleans Saints dug down and won 11 of the next 14 to win the NFC South.

Be that as it may, the Saints did end up falling in one of the worse heartbreaking losses in their 50 year history. No reason to relive that moment. All things considered, the 2017 New Orleans Saints were not even in the conversation to make a run to the Super Bowl in 2017. But that’s exactly what the Black and Gold did! With the addition of shutdown cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara, the Saints shocked the NFL and even Who Dat Nation.

Ironically, there’s a little under two weeks for the Saints to prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft.  The Saints look to add a few more pieces to put them over the top. This season is there for the taking. Surely, teams are going to be ready this year. The Saints are the team to beat in the NFC South and have built enough credibility that their defense is to be reckoned with.

This year there is no other expectation except to make it to Atlanta on February 18th, 2019 for Super Bowl LIII. Anything else should be a disappointment.

 

 

Ndamukong Suh, The “Dirtiest” Player In NFL Football

Posted by | March 24, 2018.

What a blessing in disguise that Ndamukong Suh did not choose to come to the Saints. I know there was a lot of talk about how good he is and how much of an asset he would be to the Saints organization, but lets face it, he’s a cancer in the locker room among his teammates. He simply is not a well likable person and he is not a rule follower.

Suh has heard the word applied to his play before. In fact, he’s heard it frequently over the course of his NFL career. He’s actually been voted the dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers. He’s even had a conversation with Commissioner Roger Goodell about it.

We all know it’s football and that it is a brutal sport, pretty common sense right. What actually makes Suh a “dirty player” is because he simply does what the hell he wants to do and thinks the “RULES” that are in place do not pertain to him. The same “RULES” that 98% of every other NFL player seems to be able to follow. If that same mind set was implemented out in society…. what would be the outcome?

It’s a pretty simple process when you’re at the workplace, and the football field is the workplace for these guys. They have “RULES” that are put in place for you to follow whether you agree with them or not. If you choose not to follow them, you will have to suffer the consequences. If you continue to not follow the “RULES” that are required and expected you will be terminated and set free to find a new job.
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Former And Current Saints Players Attend Tom Bensons Funeral

Posted by | March 23, 2018.

Last week, legendary New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner ​Tom Benson passed away at the age of 90.

Both current and former Saints players were among many to line up and pay their respects at Benson’s invite only

Among current and former players in attendance included Rickey Jackson, Bobby Hebert, Pierre Thomas, and Terron Armstead.

This shows how loved Benson was by all of his former employees.

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Petition: Change The Name Of “Lee Circle” To “Benson Circle”

Posted by | March 19, 2018.

As we all know the statue of Robert E Lee was removed at “Lee Circle” in New Orleans. This PETITION is for the replacement of the statue and the official name to be changed. We want it to be respectfully named “Benson Circle” and replaced with the statue of the late Tom Benson. Please Sign and Share this petition with everyone you know that feels the same way.

Funeral Arrangements For New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson

Posted by | March 16, 2018.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for legendary businessman and Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson.

Benson, 90, died Thursday with his wife, Gayle, at his side after being hospitalized for weeks.

A public visitation will take place at Notre Dame Seminary on South Carrollton Avenue on the following days:

Wednesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 22 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A private funeral will take place at St. Louis Cathedral at noon Friday, March 23.

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Due to space restrictions, the funeral will be for invited guests only.