Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Talks About Upcoming Denver Game

Posted by | November 25, 2020.

What is the scouting report on playing in Denver in snow? Something you guys don’t do very often

“Yeah, good question. For years, you try to figure out when you travel to altitude, and I think all the research and science suggests you go not as late as possible. If you’re going to go early to get acclimated, you need to go 10 days prior, obviously, that’s not happening. So I think that there’s a big focus on hydration during the week and then traveling in on Saturday rather than Friday.”

What are some of the challenges Drew Lock will pose for our team?

“I think the very first one is a very good running game. And when they’re able to get that going, and they did last week, then that quarterback becomes dangerous relative to the play action, the balance. And so I think it starts with their running game. And they’ve got two really good backs and (Phillip) Lindsay and (Melvin) Gordon.”

You brought Trevor Simeon, what are you hoping from him?

“Yeah, we brought him in. Look, today will be his first day, it’ll give us a chance to see him for the first time. And with everything that’s going on right now, the ability for us to have a third quarterback trained and ready in the event, someone got Covid, or something else happened. We just felt strongly that that was something we needed to do.”

When you look at Denver defensively, what are you seeing?

“Well, two things. I’ve known Vic (Fangio) a long time, he’s going to play out of a base 34 front. And he’s also going to play out of a nickel package and some dime on third downs. The challenges are sometimes you’ll see his nickel to your base, and sometimes his 3-4 to your nickel. And so he’s an outstanding defensive coach. He has a great staff, a veteran staff there. And they’ve played good defense this season. And so I think the identification as to front and coverage when they’re in their base package, and then understanding what they’re trying to do in their subpackage.”

Saints Name Taysom Hill As Starting QB After Brees Is Put On Injured Reserve

Posted by | November 21, 2020.

On Sunday, will Sean Payton and Taysom Hill finally quiet doubters and critics as they usher in the Taysom Hill Experience in New Orleans Saints Football?

Saints fans and Who Dats from all over the world welcome to the Taysom Hill experience. Well, the day finally comes in the Big Easy, where Taysom Hill is no longer an experiment but an experience.

Like a skillful gambler, Sean Payton has yet to show his hand and acknowledge Hill will start over Winston on Sunday against the Falcons. Reports from Adam Schefter, Diana Russini, and Tom Pelissero have him penciled-in as the starter. This may be the case. Or, not.

Is this a great Sean Payton Bluff? Possibly. I also bet and believe Coach Payton is going “all in” with Taysom Hill.


Falcons Head Coach, Raheem Morris Was Interviewed By The Saints

Posted by | November 18, 2020.

Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Raheem Morris
Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

You have been in the same division with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill the past few years, what are some of the challenges each of them pose?
“Jameis when he was in Tampa, he showed ability, showed the big arm throwing the ball down the field, a good vertical thrower, pushing it down the field to some of the big wideouts he had in Tampa. He had a lot of success and a bunch of yards he was able to put up and obviously he had a couple of woes that made him find his way to New Orleans. But, you are talking about a talented guy with a big arm that can make almost every throw on the football field and then when you talk about Taysom you talk about a guy that is very unique in his skillset, brings a bunch of stuff in the quarterback run game that he can also bring in the pass game. He also has a unique skillset that gives him the ability to put himself in the play action game. He’s just talented enough to move to tight end, talented enough to move to fullback, talented enough to move to wide receiver. He’s just kind of that guy, that swiss army knife that has the ability to go out there and make plays and absolutely ruin games for people because he can go anywhere, including special teams.”

Does that change up how you gameplan or is it more preparing for the Saints offense as it has been for a long time and how you’ve prepared for them for a long time?
“I know as long as Sean Payton is there and Pete Carmichael is there, those guys are going to do what the Saints do and one of the best things that those coaches do in my opinion is put guys in really good roles. They’ve been doing the role game really well for a long time. The name switches from Marques Colston to Michael Thomas. The names have gone from Deuce McAllister and Mark Ingram to now Latavius Murray and now it goes from Reggie Bush to Alvin Kamara. I’ve been able to see these guys put people in different roles and look very similar over the years and use people in these roles where they have positive results.”

Can you point to anything specific that’s led to the improvement in defense and if you have done anything differently schematically?
“When you go into it, you need a deep dive and all the times you are going to have up and down woes as part of the game, whether it’s third down, whether it be situational, whether It be focusing, whether it be something (else) you want to focus on. The thing that we’ve tried to focus on the most is us and that’s focusing on our opponent and getting our jobs done. Our jobs is scoring and getting the ball back and leaving simple messaging, keeping it real simple, real sweet, defined for the players and the coaches.”

Drew Brees Injury Described In A Picture

Posted by | November 18, 2020.

New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees has fractured ribs, collapsed lung, source says

Posted by | November 18, 2020.

The results of medical evaluations performed Monday on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees revealed that he has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side, according to a source.

Brees is unsure how much time he might be forced to miss before returning to start for the Saints, the source said.

The most optimistic timetable for a return is two to three weeks, but the people involved are prepared for it to be longer, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. It will depend on how long Brees’ injuries take to heal, which varies from patient to patient, and when the Saints are convinced he is able to take a hit without risk of serious reinjury. There is hope that he will return in time for the playoffs.

Brees is suffering from three fractured ribs on his left side and two on the right, possibly more, according to the source. Doctors have cautioned Brees to be especially careful with the damage to his lung

Read more here.

Walker: Saints defense proves it can carry wins, but will Brees’ injury mean it has to?

Posted by | November 18, 2020.

How tough are these 2020 New Orleans Saints?

About as tough as receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who somehow managed to walk off the field in the second quarter on Sunday after taking a hard-to-watch hit to the head that bent his neck awkwardly, causing a concussion.

As tough as Drew Brees, who played the final 8 minutes and 42 seconds of the first half with an injury that his 41-year old body was unable to play through in the second half.

As tough and resilient as the Saints defense, just a few weeks removed from being considered the team’s weak link, now all of a sudden looking like a strength again.

Read more here.

Saints Host Falcons Week 2020

Posted by | November 16, 2020.

The annual Saints host Falcons week is upon us once again, this time for the incredibly strange year of 2020. This divisional showdown will be the 24th all-time meeting between quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, extending their NFL record for most meetings between two quarterbacks. Although considered one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries, this season will mark the first time since 2014 that one of the meetings between the Saints and Falcons isn’t currently scheduled for prime time. What better way to spend a weekend in New Orleans. Reserve a nice hotel room, get your Saints gameday apparel ready and be ready to have a great time despite a few changes due to covid-19

If you are planning on going to the game, make sure you get authentic saints tickets and be careful of the counterfeit ones. With the ticket system being 100% digital it is very easy for you to think you have a ticket to the game when you may just have a photoshopped screenshot.
The Big Easy is a great place to be for an NFL football game, especially the Saints. The entire city dresses in Black and Gold and you hear the Saints Anthem on every street corner.

If you aren’t going to the game, don’t worry- there’s plenty of bars in the surrounding area for you to continue the party!

Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar, conveniently located a few blocks from the Superdome, is one of the most popular places locals and tourists go to watch sports games. With over 100 flat-screen TVs, great food and drinks, and a fun sports-themed atmosphere, it’s no surprise they were voted “No. 1 Sports Bar in America” by ESPN. It also helps that our beloved quarterback Drew Brees is co-owner of the company.

The Rusty Nail might be a little hard to find as it is located almost directly under the I-10 overpass, but don’t let that steer you away from the popular Warehouse District bar. On game days, they bring in bleachers for regular season games and play music during commercials to give their patrons the best game-day experience.

Upcoming Saints Home Games And Ticket Availability

Posted by | November 9, 2020.

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Saints’ season starting to resemble past 3 playoff pushes

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is seeing a pattern — and an encouraging one at that.
In each of the previous three seasons, the Saints overcame some early season adversity and swept all of their October games en route to an NFC South crown.
For a fourth straight season, the Saints have won all of their October games again — three this year because their bye fell in Week 6.

The winning streak has New Orleans (4-2), which stumbled to a 1-2 start, just a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the division with 10 games to go.

“We don’t ever plan for early season stumbles or anything like that, but … adversity to start a season is nothing new to us. We’ve faced it before. We know what it takes to get on a roll and start winning some games,” Rankins said. “We’ve always found a way to weather the storm. And we’ll continue to get better and continue to fix the things that need to be fixed. And we’ll get on a roll here.”

His reasons for optimism start with his own health, which has steadily improved, along with his effectiveness, as he’s come back from surgery aimed at shoring up his Achilles tendon. Then there’s the health of the defensive front as a whole, which two games ago got 2018 first-round draft choice Marcus Davenport back at defensive end.

Then there’s the offense, which, despite getting less healthy at receiver — Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) were both out last weekend — still was so methodically dominant that the Saints possessed the ball nearly 35 minutes and did not punt in a 27-24 triumph over Carolina on Sunday.
Quarterback Drew Brees, now 41 and in his 20th season, has looked younger as the season has gone on. He completed 80.6 percent of his passes against the Panthers for 287 yards and two TDs. He also dove over a pile of linemen on the goal line for another 1-yard score.

And the running game has been flourishing, led by the tandem of the dynamic Alvin Kamara and bruising Latavius Murray.
“We are being able to run the ball efficiently,” Kamara said. “We’re getting the looks in the passing game we want. We’re getting the ball down the field. Everybody’s stepping up. Everybody is doing their job.”

A few tidbits you may have missed about the New Orleans Saints in Week 7

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

More Brees History

• Drew Brees tossed his 7,000th completed pass to rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway. He is the only NFL quarterback to surpass this mark. It’s quite an accomplishment for a 2nd pick who was considered too short to play the position long-term in the league. Congratulations, Mr. Brees!

• Brees is back on top in the NFL and leads the QBs in completion percentage rate at 72.6%. Guess who’s behind him? Former Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater. The current Panthers ace is at 72.2% on the year.

More Kamara in the Books

• According to the NFL statisticians, New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA registered eight receptions and 148 scrimmage yards (83 rushing, 65 receiving) in the Saints’ 27-24 win against Carolina.

• Kamara has 2,528 career receiving yards and is the fourth running back in NFL history with at least 2,500 receiving yards in his first four seasons, joining ROGER CRAIG (2,742), CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (2,590), and Pro Football Hall of Famer LENNY MOORE (2,573).

• Kamara has at least five receptions in 32 games, tied with ROGER CRAIG (32 games) for the second-most among running backs in their first four seasons in NFL history. Only CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (34 games) has more. (Data provided by NFL Communications)

Who’s the Kid from Tennessee?

Saints fans reflect on 1st live game in Superdome: ‘I feel safe’ said one clown

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

The Saints’ win was only one major storyline from Week 8 in New Orleans. The other: 3,000 Who Dats getting into the building for the first time in the 2020 season.

That number in attendance for the Saints’ victory over the Carolina Panthers represented less than 5% of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s capacity, but represented a significant benchmark as city and team officials move forward in the new normal amid coronavirus pandemic.

Reflecting outside the Superdome after the game, several fans applauded the team’s handling of the gameday experience, feelings of safety with the many precautions in place and one significant point of discussion going forward.

“We can fit more people in the stadium. We could’ve had four times as much and still had space, I think,” said one fan that was decorated in full clown makeup.

The Saints played without fans entirely in Week 1, and several friends and family members were allowed in attendance for the next two games. After discussions about potentially holding home games in Baton Rouge where LSU has played in front of a maximum crowd of 25,000, city officials agreed to allow this week’s number with the potential to progressively raise the capacity if no larger issues with the pandemic are encountered.

One of those 3,000 fans in attendance was Larry Rolling, known as “the sign guy” and a mainstay of broadcasts from the Superdome with his eye-catching messages each week.

“Hey Saints, we all mask for you,” read Rolling’s sign at this week’s game.

He lauded Superdome workers for ensuring fans kept their mask on throughout the game.
“I felt safe, absolutely. … It was a great experience,” Rolling said.

New Orleans now has two weeks of Saints road games before having to make a determination on capacity for the next home game in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, and then another divisional clash in Week 11. The Saints then go on the road for three road games before returning in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

As Juwan Johnson breaks Saints debut news to wife, first questions, then priceless reaction

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

A Saints wide receiver went viral for playing in Week 7.

But it had nothing to do with how he played, and it all happened at the kitchen counter.

Saints undrafted rookie Juwan Johnson shared a clip this week of the moment he broke the news to his wife, Chanen, that he had been elevated from the Saints’ practice squad and would be making his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers.

Johnson posted the video to their shared TikTok account, titled “Hangin’ With The Johnsons” and self-described as the “goofiest & most loved married couple On Tiktok.”

After grinning toward the camera lens, he says: “Chan, I gotta tell you something.”

Nonplussed, Chanen replies with a hearty “yessir,” but continues tapping on her phone.

“I … am supposed to be playing this week,” Juwan Johnson continues.

At that point Chanen drops her phone in excitement. She first makes sure to check whether it was some sort of prank.


New Orleans Saints Center/Guard Erik McCoy Interview With Media

Posted by | October 26, 2020.

Do you feel you guys have done well to make this three game winning streak?
“I would just say going in confident, confident we’re going to win the game, going on our plan and executing it.”

Sheldon (Rankins) mentioned that, you know, one of the things Coach Payton stresses is you know, find a way to win that day’s game. Can you just comment on the way you guys have been able to adjust to whenever that day presents?
“It’s the NFL so every week is going to present a different challenge. But, facing adversity and coming through on top is just our main goal. Coach Payton emphasizes it every week it’s just, find a way to win. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

I’m just curious like, if you’ve learned anything about running this two-minute offense with Drew (Brees), when you’re actually in it with him, like what kind of sticks out to you?
“We’re going to score. It’s plain and simple. It’s a thing of beauty, whether it’s before the half, whether it’s the end of the game, we’re expecting to score.”

Does he actually vocalize that in the huddle? I just imagine, it’s just like, kind of like a confidence that it’s just kind of a product of doing it a lot.
“Yeah, hundred percent. Yeah, he doesn’t verbally vocalize it. We just expect it because it’s something that we’ve gone on and executed since I’ve been here. I know we’ve done it long before that. But just speaking from my time, two-minute we go out and execute.”

Marquez Callaway Is “All Good” After The Saints Defeat The Panthers

Posted by | October 26, 2020.

Marquez Callaway made the most of his chance for the Saints in Week 7, and he seems to have avoided a physical issue alarm all the while.

The youngster wide recipient told columnists after the game that he was fine in the wake of tottering off the field and into the blue clinical tent after the remainder of his 8-get execution.

“I’m good,” Callaway said after the Saints’ 27-24 win. “Just got a little dinged up. In any case, it’s all good.”

The injury happened with a little more than 7 minutes remaining the final quarter after Callaway made sure about a 7-yard get shy of the first-down marker. The play helped set up Wil Lutz’ 43-yard field objective that would fill in as the triumphant edge.

A replay showed Callaway’s left lower leg get rolled up behind him as he was tackled, and he stayed down on the field in pain before bouncing off the field and not putting weight to his left leg.


Posted by | October 7, 2020.

Just like when the real Mafia was around, there were many different families in different cities, states and countries. Well the same holds true with the “NFL MAFIA FAMILY”, each team should have a “MAFIA” in their Nation or fanbase so to speak. The purpose of the “MAFIA FANBASE” in the NFL is to differentiate the diehard, loyal, true fanatics from the fair weather weekend fan. There should only be one MAFIA per team in order to stay organized and keep all the loyal fans in the family rather than diluting them and having them lost in the shuffle. Below is a list of the Mafia Fanbases by team.

EaglesBleed Green Mafia

SaintsBig Easy Mafia

SteelersSteel City Mafia

BillsBills Mafia

The Superdome Is Close To Being Renamed

Posted by | October 5, 2020.

The historic Mercedes-Benz Superdome just completed the first phase of a fresh look and is now one step closer to its new name.

The New Orleans Saints have made the next steps in saying goodbye to Mercedes Benz by hiring Oak View Group. Ben Fischer covers the NFL and Olympic sports for Sports Business Journal. He has reported the Saints have selected Oak View Group (OVG) to sell naming rights to the stadium after the Mercedes-Benz deal expires next year. Many agencies were vetted before the Saints chose the Oak View Group to handle the deal.

The Saints wanted a world-class agency to help them find the next partner for the city’s world-class arena, and they believed Oak View Group represented that type of agency.

Webb said the Saints expect to have a new deal in place by the time Mercedes-Benz expires in July. He declined to comment on economic expectations. The team’s small corporate base will be a challenge. Louisiana has just two Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, CenturyLink and Entergy. On Friday, Oak View Group announced a $125M deal with Co-op to the rights for a new arena under development in Manchester, U.K., and also has finished deals with Amazon for Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, UBS for the Islanders’ new arena on Long Island and Philadelphia Union’s Subaru Park. Webb said OVG’s track record during the pandemic speaks for itself, and they trust their process, method, and relationships with major brands.” They have the hot hand,” he said.

Saints and Lions Will Resume After False Positive Covid Test

Posted by | October 4, 2020.

A New Orleans Saints player tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, but follow-up testing came back negative, and Sunday’s Saints-Lions game will be played as scheduled, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

The follow-up testing led officials to determine that Saturday’s positive test was a false positive.

All tests on close contacts of the player also reportedly came back negative.

At this point, Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET game between the Lions and Saints in Detroit remains unaffected. A positive coronavirus test could have forced another scheduling tweak for a league that is facing the realities of playing a season during a pandemic.

NFL’s pandemic headache this week

For a while, it looked like the NFL was, against all odds, pulling it off. The league completed three weeks without any coronavirus interruptions.

Then Week 4 began.

First, the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings had to shut down their facilities after several members of the Titans tested positive following their Week 3 game in Minneapolis. Sixteen members of the Titans in total have tested positive, though the Vikings appear to have avoided infection.

The Titans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 was eventually postponed to Week 7.

Sean Payton Post Game After The Packer Game

Posted by | September 28, 2020.

(On the game tonight) “We’re not doing enough of the little things well enough to win on a consistent basis. We are going to watch the tape. There are some encouraging things; and, yet, as a team, there are too many details that we have to improve on. That starts with us as coaches, myself, starting with me. The turnover battle we thought would be important. It ended up just being one versus zero; and, yet, that is pretty significant. There were parts of the way that the game was unfolding that was encouraging early on. And, I thought that, as it went on, we didn’t play as well in the second half.”

On how to get others involved besides Alvin Kamara: “We ended up getting a lot of deep zone coverage. There were a ton of plays in, for example, Emmanuel (Sanders). Sometimes a lot of it is predicated on the looks that you are getting. You would like to go in and say, ‘Hey, he is going to have X amount of touches,’ whether it’s Latavius (Murray), whether it’s the tight end, whether it’s another receiver. That is kind of how it unfolded. The third down numbers, I thought, got a little bit better in the second half, and, yet, they still weren’t good enough. There were some critical opportunities that we let slip by offensively. And, in the end, we couldn’t keep up with the numbers that they were putting up.”

On if not having Michael Thomas change what the team wants to do and change how teams play the Saints: “We got a lot of coverage tonight. That usually comes with Mike. They (Green Bay) were without Davante (Adams). Both teams were without two really good defensive tackles and two really good receivers (were not playing). That’s just the NFL.”

On why the team couldn’t keep pace with the Packers: “I just finished talking about it. We didn’t convert some third downs. We couldn’t get off of the field on some of the third downs. That’s my take before looking at the tape. We didn’t do enough of the little things well.”

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Posted by | September 24, 2020.

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Payton and Brees: The Men Who Built the Greatest Offense in NFL History

Posted by | September 20, 2020.

As the city was rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina, Sean Payton arrived in 2006 as a relative unknown, a first-time NFL head coach tasked with resurrecting a New Orleans Saints team that had just finished 3-13. Two months after Payton was hired, the Saints signed a free agent quarterback who was cast aside by the San Diego Chargers: Drew Brees. Together, these two underdogs joined forces and transformed the Saints from laughingstock to juggernaut. Payton’s bold play-calling proved the perfect match for Brees, who threw a league-leading and franchise record 4,418 passing yards as the Saints advanced to the NFC championship game. Three seasons later, the Saints were Super Bowl champions. Payton and Brees is the definitive account of how this dynamic duo transformed a team, a city, and the game of football. To Order, Click Here