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.

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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. had Brandon Silvers at 19th and Barrett at the 20th ranked quarterback. Additionally, 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.


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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. 

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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.







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.

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. As this decision did not sit well with many local New Orleanians, what’s done is done. Now it’s time to take advantage of the opportunity to select someone to occupy the already vacant pedestal. Someone that has represented the city of New Orleans in a non political way, while still having a positive influence on both the city and the people of New Orleans. This PETITION is for the city of New Orleans to erect a statue of the late “Tom Benson” and the official name of the circle to be changed to “Benson Circle”
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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.

Obituary For The Long Time New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson

Posted by | March 16, 2018.

Tom Benson, 90

Thomas Milton Benson, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born on July 12, 1927 in New Orleans to Thomas Milton Benson, Sr. and Carmelite Marie Pintado Benson. He is survived by his loving wife, Gayle Marie Benson.

Benson grew up in New Orleans in the 7th Ward. He graduated from St. Aloysius High School (now Brother Martin) in 1944. He was joined in the Benson household by brothers, Jerome, Larry and Augustin, who would later join him in family owned businesses. He enrolled at Loyola University of New Orleans, intending to study business and accounting, but he soon left his classes to enlist in the U.S. Navy. As a seaman, Benson was assigned to the USS South Dakota. Upon the conclusion of World War II, Benson returned home to New Orleans and continued his business administration studies while also working to support his family as a part-time clerk at a local accounting firm.

Benson married Shirley Mae Landry in 1945. They adopted three children, Robert Carter Benson, Jeanne Marie “Tootsie” Benson and Renee LeBlanc Benham. After 36 years of marriage, Shirley passed away due to complications from lupus in 1980. He was remarried in 1982 to Grace Marie (Trudeau) Benson, who passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease in 2003.

In 2004, Benson married Gayle (LaJaunie) Benson.

From a business perspective, Benson’s journey began in 1958 with a move to San Antonio to run the business operations for a Chevrolet dealership owned by New Orleans car dealer Michael Persia Sr. In 1962, Benson expanded his commercial real estate and automobile dealerships in Texas. He also successfully expanded his business interests into the banking industry. In 1985, Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints after learning that the football team was on the verge of being sold to parties interested in relocating the team to Jacksonville, Fla. Ownership of the Saints was officially transferred to him on May 31, 1985. In 1987, the Saints posted their first winning season (12-3) and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in team history. In their first 17 years of existence, the Saints won a total of 73 games. Under Benson’s guidance, the franchise exceeded that win total by 1992. The team reached even greater heights in 2006, when Benson entrusted Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis to hire Sean Payton as head coach and sign quarterback Drew Brees. Since those moves, the franchise has reached its highest point of success, posting a 119-85 overall record over the past 12 years, qualifying for the playoffs six times and winning four NFC South titles, capped by the Super Bowl XLIV Championship. In addition, the city of New Orleans hosted five Super Bowls during Benson’s ownership tenure.

Benson purchased the New Orleans Hornets in 2012 from the National Basketball Association and soon thereafter renamed the team the New Orleans Pelicans. In addition to providing stability to the franchise with local ownership, under Benson’s leadership, the Pelicans returned to the playoffs in 2015 and during his tenure, the city of New Orleans was awarded and hosted two NBA All-Star Games.

Mr. and Mrs. Benson established the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation in 2007. Through that foundation, they have invested heavily in philanthropic endeavors. They established an endowment fund at Central Catholic High School, in San Antonio, Texas dedicated to the memory of Robert Carter Benson, who graduated from the school in 1966. They also donated the Benson Memorial Library at Central Catholic.

Mr. and Mrs. Benson long have been ardent supporters of University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium officially opened on campus September 1, 2008. Also in San Antonio, Texas at St. Anthony Catholic School there is a Library named after Mr. Benson’s son.

In 2012, Benson and his wife Gayle were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for their generosity to the Catholic Church, the highest papal honor that Catholic laypeople can receive. In 2012, Benson and his wife donated $7.5 million towards the construction of Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium. The stadium, which opened in 2014, brought the Green Wave back to campus for the first time since the demolition of Tulane Stadium in 1980. The playing surface is known as Benson Field.

In November, 2014, Fawcett Stadium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was renamed “Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium” in recognition of a $11 million donation by the Foundation. A completely renovated facility was dedicated in 2017.

Mr. and Mrs. Benson displayed their commitment to the health and wellness of the local community with a $5 million Foundation gift to establish the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center on the main campus of Ochsner Medical Center. The center was built and has since been upgraded following multiple gifts to the area’s leading health service network of hospitals and clinics, most recently a $20 million donation in 2015 to expand cancer services and advance clinical research in the Gulf region.

Supporting the efforts of former Saints safety Steve Gleason and his Team Gleason organization which helps provide people with ALS and other neuromuscular conditions an environment where they can live vital and productive lives with meaningful freedom and independence, Mr. and Mrs. Benson gave a $5 million Foundation gift in 2014 to the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living at the New Orleans St. Margaret’s facility. Mr. Benson was the only enlisted man to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Pensacola Naval Museum and has been honored with an award from the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Louisiana.

Regarding military service, Mr. Benson was the only enlisted man to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Pensacola Naval Museum and has been honored with an award from the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Louisiana. In 2007, Mr. Benson was honored by the U.S. Navy Memorial with the Lone Sailor Award, presented to those who exemplify the core values of honor, courage and commitment. In 2009, Benson was presented with the U.S. Army’s “Army Strong” Award in recognition for his position in the community while demonstrating leadership and Army Values on a daily basis. A leading advocate for the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Mr. Benson was also a major contributor and past director of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, with his pledges helping fund the Pacific Exhibit Grand Opening and the Midway Theater. In 2011, he was among five NFL owners honored with an American Spirit Award by the museum for service in the war.

New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson Dies At The Age Of 90

Posted by | March 15, 2018.

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson died Thursday at the age of 90.

The businessman died Thursday at Ochsner Medical Center, Saints officials said on Twitter. His wife, Gayle Benson, was at his side.

Born and raised in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Tom Benson was truly a self-made man.

A graduate of St. Aloysius High School and Loyola University, Benson served in the U.S. Navy before starting work as a car salesman.

From humble beginnings in the business community, he built an empire, eventually owning and operating several automobile dealerships in Louisiana and Texas.

Then, in the mid 1980s, Benson entered the world of professional sports.

In 1985, then New Orleans Saints owner John Mecom, the man who’d owned the franchise since its inception in the late 1960s, was on the verge of relocating the team to Jacksonville, Florida. But Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards convinced Benson, a 58-year-old businessman, to invest in the NFL and buy the Saints.

“We’ve got the No. 1 fans, and I’m gonna promise you this: We’re gonna have the No. 1 team, too,” said Benson the day he bought the franchise.

Benson delivered on that promise almost immediately.

NFL Fines, What Does It Actually Cost The Players?

Posted by | February 21, 2018.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association collectively bargain an on-field code of conduct for all teams, players and staff members. The result: a well-defined schedule of infractions and fines.

The NFL uses the fine schedule to outline the league’s and the union’s expectations for players to conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game, their fellow players, the fans and the league. The rules are intended to protect the players from unnecessary risk, promote player safety and emphasize sportsmanship and respect of teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and fans.

The fines collected do not go to the NFL, but instead go to programs for former players. The Players Association and the league have agreed to donate fine money through the NFL Foundation to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association’s Players Assistance Trust.

The Player Care Foundation, an independent organization dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life, provides programs and assistance with medical, emotional, financial, social and community issues.

The Atlanta Falcons Are A Bunch Of Sissies…. Seriously

Posted by | February 3, 2018.

The owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank filed a complaint with the NFL over the jokes made in the Superdome at the expense of their epic Super Bowl LI collapse. He claims his feelings were hurt very very bad and that he has since suffered mental anguish. The gags were played out December 24, during the 2017 season’s second game between the Saints and Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons specifically were upset because of the “Us vs. Them” segment run on the Superdome’s video screens. It displayed the Falcon’s 25-point lead in the championship game last year as a “franchise defining moment” The Atlanta Falcons Suck!! Never Forget

— a lead Atlanta famously blew by losing 34-28 to New England in overtime. For the Saints’ franchise defining moment, the video displayed Steve Gleason blocking the Falcons’ punt attempt on September 25, 2006.

Arthur Blank also got his feelings hurt and cried about the 610 Stompers halftime performance that spelled out “28-3” on the field.

Jim Henderson “The Voice Of The New Orleans Saints” Officially Retires From Broadcasting

Posted by | February 1, 2018.

Jim Henderson, whose impassioned and eloquent play-by-play as the voice of the New Orleans Saints helped cement the team’s highs and lows in the memories of fans for three decades, is retiring from the broadcast booth. Henderson made the announcement Thursday afternoon (Feb. 1) on WWL radio, where he has worked since 1986. Known for his eloquence and way with words, Henderson, who grew up in Ontario, New York, first served as the sports director at WWL-TV, succeeding “Hap” Glaudi. He got his first taste of calling Saints games when he moved into the booth to serve as an analyst for preseason games during the 1982 season.

“It’s time,” the 71-year-old Henderson said. “This is a good year to go out. I will miss our Saints Radio broadcast team; I will miss calling the games. But, I’m looking forward to experiencing Saints football purely as a fan.”

“I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. It’s all about the team,” Henderson said during the appearance. “It’s all about the fans. It’s all about what transpires on the football field on Sunday afternoons. I didn’t want to detract from that and I didn’t want it too soon, and I didn’t want to do it in the final game of the season, because it’s all about the game.”

“In the course of this season, in the course of the eight-game winning streak, I really became enamored with this football team and the city buying back into it,” he said during his announcement on WWL radio. “I thought it would be the best way to go out. I don’t want to stay too long when it becomes a drudgery. It never has been. It’s been a privilege.”

Three Points For Charity, Helping Someone In Need One Kick At A Time

Posted by | January 17, 2018.

The Big Easy Mafia started a new way to raise money for our charity for the upcoming 2018 season. Its called “Three Points For Charity”. During the NFL regular season, each time a New Orleans Saints kicker successfully kicks a field goal (3pts), the participating businesses will donate $200 to the charity chosen for that season. We chose Angels Place to be the charity of choice for the 2018 season.

Last season (2017) Will Lutz kicked a total of 31 successful field goals. Depending on how many businesses become sponsors, this has the possibility to raise a lot money for charity. We are looking forward to a very prosperous 2018 season!

2018 Season Charity of Choice

The mission of Angels‘ Place is to provide on-going respite care and support services to a child with a life threatening disease and their family in a loving caring manner.

Angels’ Place was founded in 1997 by Anita Gilford. When her own son was in treatment for cancer, she found that there were few places her family could turn to for help. Because of this, she promised to dedicate her life to helping seriously ill children and their families. Her son won his fight against cancer and is now living a normal life while Ms. Gilford fulfills her promise through Angels’ Place.

Cam Jordan Sends Cam Newton A Bottle Of Wine Since He Does It All Game Long

Posted by | January 9, 2018.

After his Saints beat the Panthers Sunday in the NFC playoffs, Cameron Jordan @cameronjordan promised he’d send a gift to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton @cameronnewton

Monday, he kept his word, shipping a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Jordan Vineyard & Winery in California (the First-Team All-Pro defensive end is not related to the Jordan winery ownership).

Jordan posted a picture of the wine bottle on his Instagram account, along with an overnight shipping label addressed to Newton.

“Who would I be if I don’t follow through on my word?” Jordan wrote. Although Jordan apparently later deleted the post, the Internet never forgets.

The Saints and the Panthers have developed one of the best rivalries in football, thanks in part to Jordan’s and Newton’s gamesmanship and digs at each other. After the Saints beat the Panthers in Week 3 — the Saints won all three meetings this season — Jordan made fun of Newton’s “grandma hat.”

Zach Strief Creates A Beer Specifically For Sean Payton

Posted by | January 4, 2018.

When Sean heard Zach Strief was going to be involved in opening a brewery in New Orleans, his first response was, “You better make me a beer!” He said he wanted an easy sipper that he could drink on the beach. After much discussion about beers and different drinking sessions, we landed on a Blonde Ale. Strief opened up Port Orleans last summer in hopes of bringing more jobs to the city he now calls home.

“He took a chance on me in the 2006 draft, the least I could do was give him a cold one,” Zach Strief said with a laugh.

Six Saints Players Make The Pro Bowl For 2018

Posted by | December 20, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints has six players going to the Pro Bowl in 2018. The game will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 28, 2018. None of the six Saints are starters in the Pro Bowl.

Michael Thomas
Drew Brees
Alvin Kamara
Mark Ingram
Cam Jordan
Marshon Lattimore

Thomas earned the first Pro Bowl nod for a Saints wide receiver since Brees became the Saints quarterback in 2006. He’s also the first receiver since Joe Horn to make the NFL’s all-star game. Thomas ranks third in the league in receptions (94) and sixth in receiving yards (1,085) along with five TDs.

Thomas also became only the second receiver in NFL history to snag at least 90 passes in each of his first two seasons joining Odell Beckham Jr. to reach the feat.

Ingram and Kamara will be the first running back teammates to make the Pro Bowl in 42 years

Ingram picked up his first slot on the original Pro Bowl roster of his career after landing in the game as an alternate following the 2014 season. The veteran Saints back ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,045), second in rushing TDs (11) and fourth in yards per carry (5.1).

The selections of Kamara and Lattimore provide more credence for the case that each first-year player may land NFL offensive and defensive rookie of the year honors.

Kamara, the Saints’ first 2017 third-round pick, has exploded onto the NFL landscape. He leads the NFL among qualified rushers averaging 6.6 yards per carry with 652 yards on only 99 attempts and seven rushing scores. The young tailback also has 68 receptions for 684 yards and five receiving TDs.

Lattimore has quickly become one of the better shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL.

The Saints’ first 2017 first-round pick is tied for seventh in the league with four interceptions and tied for 15th with 13 pass defenses. These numbers are better than you might anticipate considering how little opposing quarterbacks test Lattimore. That’s why Pro Football Focus has graded Lattimore as one of its top corners in 2017.

Lattimore is the first Saints cornerback to make the Pro Bowl since Eric Allen in 1995.

Full Pro Bowl Roster

AFC Pro Bowl Roster

– Offense

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; DeAndre Hopkins*, Texans; A.J. Green, Bengals; Keenan Allen, Chargers

Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva*, Steelers; Taylor Lewan*, Titans; Donald Penn, Raiders;

Guard: Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro*, Steelers; Richie Incognito, Bills

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Raiders

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Running back: Le’Veon Bell*, Steelers; Kareem Hunt, Chiefs; LeSean McCoy, Bills

Fullback: James Develin*, Patriots

The Saints vs. Preseason Projections

Posted by | December 19, 2017.

Approaching the home stretch of the regular season, NFL division and conference positions are starting to take shape. Most of the divisions remain up for grabs, and the final playoff teams won’t be decided for a few weeks yet. But it’s about that time of year when we can begin to get a sense for whether or not teams are beating expectations. So, how has New Orleans performed versus preseason projections?

In a vacuum, it’s fair to say the Saints have been better than a lot of people thought they’d be. Pretty much across the board, people believed that the NFC South would be closely contested, and that’s proven to be the case. However, the Saints were expected to be at the bottom of the pack by most major publications. The Vegas over/under for wins was set around 8; ESPN picked the Saints to match that total and finish last in the division; and going beyond the division, at least one set of preseason power rankings had New Orleans 25th in the league (with 50-1 Super Bowl odds).

For a more general sense as to how the division would play out, there was still a lot of faith in Atlanta as we headed into the season. Coming off a sensational 2016 season and a run to the Super Bowl (where they only lost due to a historic collapse/comeback), the Falcons looked every bit as strong for 2017 – perhaps eclipsing some other very good teams. Though as one article noted while assessing Falcons odds for the season, the team couldn’t afford a sloppy beginning – which is just what Atlanta wound up having. Atlanta went 3-3 out of the gate, basically signaling that the division was up for grabs, and it’s been the Saints and Panthers taking advantage (though the Falcons remain in the hunt).


The Big Easy Mafia “Who Dat” Edition T-Shirt

Posted by | December 12, 2017.

We recently teamed up with the folks at Who Dat Inc. and designed an awesome T-Shirt that incorporates both “Who Dat and “Big Easy Mafia”. This shirt is a must have for the Die-Hard Saints fan. This one of a kind design can ONLY be purchased on the Official Who Dat website.


“Get Out The Way” New Song For The Who Dat Nation From The Ying Yang Twins

Posted by | November 30, 2017.

A new song for the ‘Who Dat Nation.’

The Ying Yang Twins – Get Out The Way