In The Big Easy, “Who Dat” Is A Lot More Than Just A Saying

Posted by | May 24, 2017.

In New Orleans AKA “The Big Easy”, The term Who Dat is a lot more than just a rally chant yelled at games. A “Who Dat” is also known as a “Saints Fan”.

The “Who Dat Nation” is where the Saints fans live and of course the “Who Dat Mafia” AKA The Big Easy Mafia is known as the Saints fan club for all the members in the Who Dat Nation to meet and gather.

Its one HUGE family that goes further than football and also goes year round. Any Saints fan can actually register and join the Saints fan club for FREE just by visiting and getting your name listed on the official fan registry.

You will then be known as an official Big Easy Mafia member of the Who Dat Nation. Therefore recognized as an Official Die-Hard Saints Fan.

Jonathan Vilma And Carl Nicks Inducted Into The Saints Hall Of Fame

Posted by | May 23, 2017.

Two Pro Bowlers and a longtime vital staff member will comprise this year’s New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame class with Jonathan Vilma, Carl Nicks and Jay Romig to be inducted later this year.

Vilma served as the leader of the Saints defense at middle linebacker once the Jets traded him to New Orleans in 2008. His impact on the unit was instantaneous.

He helped guide a defensive resurgence in 2009 as the unit became a force in creating turnovers and sacking the quarterback. Vilma combined for 110 tackles in 2009, along with two sacks and three interceptions. He earned his second of three Pro Bowl seasons as a result.

Vilma also thrived in that postseason to aid the Saints in winning Super Bowl XLIV. He tallied 13 solo tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the team’s historic playoff run.

The 2004 first-round pick earned his final Pro Bowl nod in 2010 with New Orleans. Injuries and the bounty scandal derailed much of his final three years, yet there’s no questioning his impact on the landscape of the Saints.

Nicks became one of the team’s best draft finds taking him in the fifth round in 2008. The 6-foot-5, 343-pounder quickly became a starter his rookie season and even more quickly transformed into one of the best guards in the NFL.

NFL Hall Of Famer And Well Respected Member Of The Saints Organization, Cortez Kennedy Passes Away At 48

Posted by | May 23, 2017.

Deuce McAllister remembers being a rookie with the New Orleans Saints in 2001 and meeting Cortez Kennedy.

Through the years, Kennedy became a mentor of sorts for McAllister and many other Saints players. Kennedy had just finished an 11-year Hall of Fame career (1990-2000) as a defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, and he could offer plenty of advice to players on both offense and defense.

By virtue of wearing a suit and being an unofficial adviser to Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, Kennedy looked the part of an executive, but McAllister said Kennedy was “just one of the guys.”

Kennedy, 48, was found dead in Orlando on Tuesday.

“At this time there is nothing suspicious to report, but we are conducting an investigation regarding his unattended passing,” read a statement from an Orlando Police spokeswoman.

Kennedy’s death shocked many people across the country, especially those associated with the football programs he impacted — such as the Seahawks, Saints and University of Miami.

Kennedy retired from the NFL after the 2000 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

After retiring, Kennedy began working with the Saints, following Loomis from Seattle to New Orleans. Loomis worked for the Seahawks for 15 years before coming to New Orleans in 2002, and he grew to be close friends with Kennedy in Seattle. Loomis made Kennedy the godfather of his daughter, Lucy, and one of Loomis’ sons, Samuel Cortez, is named after Kennedy.

In a statement, Loomis offered condolences to Kennedy’s parents, Joe and Ruby Harris, as well as Kennedy’s daughter, Courtney.

“Many who will read about (Kennedy) in the coming days will read of his success on the field as a great Seattle Seahawk and Miami Hurricane; however the full story lies in his loving, fun, positive and giving heart,” Loomis said in a statement. “In my many years working in the NFL, no one better exemplified what it meant to be a great player on the field, and yet that paled in comparison to what Cortez meant to the people who knew him off the field. People of all races, religions and nationalities counted him as a friend; athletes and non-athletes alike. We should all aspire to have as big a heart as his!

“His loving and fun personality was often present in our building. He was very close to our owners Tom and Gayle Benson and our head coach Sean Payton, but what I loved most about Cortez was the care and time he took in cultivating relationships with the equipment guys, security, ball boys, trainers, scouts, ticketing staff – the staffs that work long hours behind the scenes. He appreciated their hard work and recognized the contribution they made to any teams success. … He will be missed by everyone, certainly myself included. We have a lost a true Saint of a person.”

The Saints Bring Back Offensive Tackle Bryce Harris

Posted by | May 22, 2017.

Another familiar face returned to the New Orleans Saints a day before the start of organized team activities (OTAs).

The Saints signed offensive tackle Bryce Harris, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed Monday morning.

The Houston Chronicle first reported the news.

Harris, who attended the three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, returns for a second stint with the Saints and provides depth.

The Iconic Saints Kicker Garrett Hartley Is Making An NFL Comeback

Posted by | May 22, 2017.

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Jim Henderson’s call still echoes in the ears and sends chills down the spines of Saints fans.

“It’s good! It’s goooooood! Pigs have flown, hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super bowl!”

Garrett Hartley is the man who put that overtime field goal through the uprights but the magnitude of winning the NFC Championship Game didn’t hit him right away.

“You get the game winner and we are going to the Super Bowl but it took me definitely even years to truly understand what it meant to the city..”

At that moment, Hartley was on top of his teammates shoulder and on top of the world.

“I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and come through.”

But since experiencing the highest of high’s, Hartley’s career has never been the same. After multiple spells of missed kicks, the Saints eventually cut him during the 2013 season.

The Saints Return To The Practice Field Starting Tuesday May 23rd

Posted by | May 22, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints begin Phase III of the offseason workout program Tuesday with 10 days of organized team activities (OTAs) at the team’s training facility in Metairie.

OTAs, which are voluntary, are scheduled for May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 5-8. The three-day mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 13-15.

In addition to classroom instruction and team meetings, the Saints are allowed to incorporate team-related drills, such as 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11, for on-field install workouts during OTAs.
Live contact, however, is prohibited until training camp.

With the table set, here are situations to put on radars ahead of training camp, which should begin in late July.

Fan adrenaline builds with any football-related news item during the offseason months, and reports from OTAs will only serve as fuel.
While generating excitement for the upcoming season is more than fine, it is important to remember during May and June that players are on the field in workout gear, sometimes shorts, and helmets with no hitting allowed.
Players will compete, of course, and it is easier for media and observers to monitor wide receivers and cornerbacks when considering the eye test applies on speed and fluidity.

Mark Ingram Visits Saints Superfan Jarrius “Little JJ” Robertson After His Liver Transplant

Posted by | May 21, 2017.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram dropped by to visit with young super fan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson on Saturday, according to both their Twitter accounts.

Not only was it a special reunion for Ingram and Robertson, but it was also Robertson’s first day home after his recent liver transplant, his dad, Jordy, posted on Facebook.

On Twitter, Ingram wrote: “Don’t have a brother but met my lil bro last year pregame! We was turnt! His energy and perseverance is an inspiration! God bless @Jarrius!”

Drew Brees Said He Has No Issues With The Saints Bringing Colin Kaepernick On Board

Posted by | May 21, 2017.

Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned with June just around the corner, but New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees believes the former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller will find a new home soon enough.

“He is certainly good enough,” Brees said Friday, according to FanSided’s Mark Carman. “I don’t think it’s a situation where he is being blackballed. I’m sure there are offers being made to him. It’s just a matter of him choosing the right opportunity.”

Brees also said he would have no issue with the Saints bringing Kaepernick aboard if the front office decided he could help the team.

“Whatever decisions our team makes, those are in the best interest of the team, so if that was the case, then yeah, I would embrace it,” he said.

Kaepernick and the 49ers split following the 2016 season, which was dominated by headlines about his decision to kneel for the national anthem in the name of social injustice.

And while his play wasn’t the center of attention last season, Kaepernick acquitted himself nicely on a fairly listless 49ers team. In 11 starts, Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also tallied 468 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

Drew Brees Talks With Dan Patrick About The New NFL Overtime Rule

Posted by | May 18, 2017.

Overtime in the NFL is going to look drastically different in 2017, or at least is expected to, with NFL owners expected to pass a ruling that will shorten the length of overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, appearing on the “Dan Patrick Show,” said he doesn’t like the idea because it’s going to end up in more ties than ever before.

“I’m not sure what the thought process was going into it, but just from what I see I would disagree with it because more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees said. “That additional five minutes, especially where the rules changed, to where in essence both teams get a possession, unless someone goes down and scores a touchdown right away. So I think what we already saw with the new rules of, a field goal can’t win it on the first possession, we’ve seen more ties.

“I can think of at least three or four off the top of my head that resulted in ties based on that new rule. So now make it to where it’s just 10 minutes as opposed to 15 and I think that changes things. Probably see more ties.”

Saints Rumored To Sign OL Khalif Barnes And TE Clay Harbor On Monday

Posted by | May 15, 2017.

A recent report states that the Saints are expected to sign OL Khalif Barnes and TE Clay Harbor on Monday after their hosting them for tryouts at their rookie minicamp.

Barnes, 35, is a former second-round pick by the Jaguars of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent four years with Jacksonville before signing with the Raiders in 2009.

After seven years in Oakland, Barnes signed a one-year contract with the Saints late in the preseason. Unfortunately, he was among their final roster cuts close to a month ago.

Barnes was on and off of the Saints’ roster several times last season before the team eventually moved on in November.

Sean Payton Says Colin Kaepernick Will Play In The NFL Again…. But Will It Be For The Saints

Posted by | May 14, 2017.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned this offseason, a free agent despite 58 career starts and a Super Bowl berth.

Many believe Kaepernick remains available because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season in an effort to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Kaepernick has already decided not to kneel for the anthem next season, and he continues to participate in off-the-field programs centered around social causes.

Saints coach Sean Payton believes it’s only a matter of time.

“I think he’s going to be in a camp,” Payton said.

Kaepernick, a strong-armed passer with mobility who has struggled at times with accuracy, might fit best in an offense suited to that mobility.

“It is a little surprising that he is still available, and I don’t think he will be available too long,” Payton said. “I think the key is the fit and the vision for a club offensively but I think there will be a team that has that vision and has an offense that builds around some of the things he does well.”

How would you feel if he comes to play for the Saints as a Drew Brees backup? Sound off in the comments.

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Delvin Breaux and Chase Daniel Host the 2017 Black and Gold Celebrity Softball Game

Posted by | May 9, 2017.

New Orleans Saints Delvin Breaux and Chase Daniel are proud to bring you The Annual Black & Gold Celebrity Softball Tournament. It’s time to come out and cheer on your favorite Saints players as they go head to head in a series of softball games and raise money for two New Orleans nonprofit organizations: Son of a Saint and Team Gleason.

THE INSPIRATION – The Black and Gold Celebrity Softball Tournament has been a tradition in the Greater New Orleans Area for many years. Each year, the New Orleans Saints football team comes together to show off their softball skills in front of the city and support philanthropic efforts in the community.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
5:30PM | Gates Open
6:30PM | Games Begin

$10 | General Admission
Children 12 and under get in free
Teachers and Military get in free with school ID or military ID at gate

Tickets can be purchased at the gate day of the game. Free Parking.

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A Member Of The Big Easy Mafia, Jarrius “Little JJ” Robertson Undergoes A Long Awaited Liver Transplant

Posted by | April 29, 2017.

Jarrius Robertson, the 15-year-old member of the Big Easy Mafia, and also an Official Saints Superfan of the Big Easy Mafia, couldn’t announce the team’s third-round draft choice in Philadelphia as planned because he is finally receiving a long-awaited liver transplant back home.

“We finally got our hero,” Robertson’s father, Jordy, said in a nervous but excited Facebook video, asking for prayers from his son’s growing fan base throughout the country.

Jarrius Robertson is expected to have surgery Saturday afternoon.

Saints Sign Former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 2017 Super Bowl Team In The Making

Posted by | April 25, 2017.

The former Vikings great Adrian Peterson will open the 2017 NFL season against his former team of 10 years as a member of the Saints!!

Peterson reportedly told Josina Anderson of that he has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth a total of $7 million.

Peterson also gave the full details of the contract as well. The deal is a one-year contract to start with an option for a second year for New Orleans. Peterson will earn $3.5 million in fully guaranteed money this season with a $2.5 million signing bonus and $1 million in guaranteed base salary.

His 2018 option would carry $3.5 million in non-guaranteed money with $2.4 million in roster bonuses. The $3.5 million comes from $1.05 million in base salary, $1.65 million in per game roster bonuses, a $750,000 roster bonus that triggers on the third day of the league year and a $50,000 workout bonus.

Peterson, a seventh overall pick of the Vikings 10 years ago, has racked up seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro honors, three rushing titles and the 2012 league MVP, when he rushed for 2,097 yards, the second-most in NFL history.

Peterson turned 32 last month and suffered an injury-ruined season last year. Combine that with a contract that called for him to make $18 million, the Vikings decided to move on and released him. They went younger, signing Raiders free agent Latavius Murray.

Peterson has rushed for 11,747 yards to rank 16th in NFL history. He’s 565 from passing Jim Brown for 10th place. But he also played only three games last season because of knee and groin injuries.

With the Saints, Peterson would be joining a passing team featuring Drew Brees and a running back group that shares the team’s limited number of carries. Peterson would join running back Mark Ingram, who posted his first 1,000-yard season and a career-high 10 touchdowns a year ago.

This is definitely a 2017 Super Bowl team in the making and the draft hasn’t even happened yet.

New Orleans Saints 2017 Schedule Released

Posted by | April 21, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints have released the schedule for the 2017 season. The Saints open the season on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings. The full season schedule is featured below, click on the link to view a printable version.

Saints Schedule 2017

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Saints Show Interest In Leonard Fournette But The 11th Pick Won’t Be Early Enough

Posted by | April 14, 2017.

Leonard Fournette didn’t have to travel far for his latest pre-draft visit.

The former LSU star running back is visiting the New Orleans Saints’ facility on Friday 4/14 according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

The Saints hold the No. 11 overall pick of the NFL draft. If they want to acquire the New Orleans native for their backfield, however, that pick wouldn’t appear to be early enough. Four of five analysts project Fournette to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 4 overall, and if he gets past the Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers loom at No. 8 overall with a need at the position. The Saints will more than likely draft RB Christian McCaffery as their first pick in the 2017 draft.

The Saints’ rushing attack ranked No. 16 in the NFL last year at 108.9 yards per game.

Kenny Vaccaro Wants To Stay With The Saints, But Will He?

Posted by | April 10, 2017.

Kenny Vaccaro hopes that he’ll be sticking around for a while.

The Saints safety, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, is hopeful that he’ll have some conversations with the front office later this summer about his future with the organization.

“I think they’re going to wait until after all the offseason stuff,” Vaccaro told The Advocate. “The draft, once the (organized team activities) get going I’ll be here. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not pressing for anything. Obviously, anyone likes to get a deal done.”

The safety is optimistic about some of the moves the team has made this offseason. He believes that Alex Okafor, who had eight sacks for the Cardinals in 2014 but battled injuries the last two seasons, will be an impactful player for the defense.

Why Do The Saints Lack LSU Players Year After Year? Loomis Explains

Posted by | April 6, 2017.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has been attending LSU’s pro day for 15 years and knows exactly what to expect from the players on the field.

“It seems like it’s good every year,” Loomis said. “Look, what’s evident is when you look out and see the GM’s and head coaches from other teams here because they know the talent level is so high at LSU.”

And most Tiger players that repped Louisiana in college would also love to do so on the pros by trading in their purple and gold for black and gold.

“I would love to play for the Saints,” center Ethan Pocic said.

But there’s a problem… despite their success both here and on the professional level… the Saints have not drafted an LSU tiger since Al Woods back in 2010…. leaving some to wonder why.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Lets The Jets Know What To Expect With This Ominous Question

Posted by | March 31, 2017.

Sean Payton waxed poetic about John Morton by detailing his protégé’s work ethic, creativity and teaching skills. The Saints head coach listed all of Morton’s admirable traits before delivering the ultimate buzz kill, the elephant in every room the Jets step into these days.

It might not matter how great the new Jets offensive coordinator is in a vacuum. The reality is that neither Houdini nor Copperfield would be able to weave magic given the most glaring hole on the Jets roster.

“Most importantly, it’s going to be Who’s Playing Quarterback” Payton said at the annual league meetings in Phoenix this week. “Has that been solved?”

The answer obviously is a resounding NO!.

Todd Bowles’ quarterback conundrum is the single biggest hurdle to clear if the Jets have any realistic opportunity to be legitimate playoff contenders in the near future.

So, does Morton even have a fair chance to succeed in his first season as an NFL play caller?

Will we ever truly know whether or not he’s a good offensive coordinator?

The New Orleans Saints Will Not Jump On The NFL Nomadic Bandwagon

Posted by | March 28, 2017.

New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha stood in front of the Touchdown Club of New Orleans a couple of weeks ago and once again expressed the team’s commitment to the city.

Lauscha said how he thinks people are probably tired of hearing him say these things repeatedly. Given the history of relocation threats involving the Saints and the NFL’s rash of team movements, I’ll speak for all New Orleanians in saying keep on preaching, Dennis.

We still need to hear the teams are staying put. It never gets old.

The Oakland Raiders will be history in two years. NFL owners voted 31-1 on Monday at the league’s annual meetings to allow the franchise to become the Las Vegas Raiders (Miami was the one nea vote). It’s the third team approved for relocation in the last two years with the Rams leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles and the Chargers bolting San Diego for L.A.

Before 2006, the Saints were front and center when relocation talks arose. That’s been put to rest since the team returned to New Orleans after being jettisoned to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina.

Yet Lauscha can understand a lingering anxiety for Saints fans when any kind of movement chatter occurs throughout the league.