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The Crossroads Draft Class -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-25-2015 11:13 PM


The Crossroads Draft Class

By Mike Detillier

The 2015 NFL draft is less than one week away. There has been great speculation on who and what positions the New Orleans Saints will go after this coming week, but one thing I do know that if the Saints don’t get better on defense they will be staring at another 7-9 or 8-8 season in 2015.

Last season, with Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston, Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram in the lineup, the Saints were a 7-9 football team.

The Saints totaled the most yards and most yards per game in the NFL in 2014.

For all the offensive firepower the Saints lost in the most important statistic in football. They again were in the minus column in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. The Saints were a minus 13 in this most important category and in the Sean Payton-era, for all their success on the field, they have only been in the plus column in this category twice.

The Saints were a plus 11 in the giveaway/takeaway ration in 2009, the same year they won the Super Bowl and in 2012 they were a plus 2. That year Payton did not coach the team.

In the Sean Payton timeframe in New Orleans, and I will include the 2012 season, the Saints have been a combined minus 24 in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. From 2006-2014 the New England Patriots have been in the plus category in the giveaway/takeaway part of the game every year and they are a whopping plus 124 in that timeframe. That number has to change by getting better in the trenches against the run, rushing the quarterback better and coming up with turnovers.

The Saints have gotten better at the cornerback position this off-season in signing veteran cornerback Brandon Browner and landing the top cornerback in the Canadian Football League in Delvin Breaux. That spot still needs some depth, but the Saints are far better today at cornerback than when they ended the 2014 season.

When healthy inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is a solid starting performer and the Saints also picked up two possible contributors in former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and a nickel/dime cornerback in Kyle Wilson. But even with those additions the bottom line is that Saints need to use three of their top four draft choices on...
Expect New Orleans Saints to address guard, and maybe tackle in NFL Draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-24-2015 04:28 PM


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The New Orleans Saints typically home-grow their offensive linemen. It's been a successful formula since 2006. Four of their five potential starting linemen were either drafted or signed as an undrafted rookie.

And while there's seemingly no immediate hole to fill in the offensive line, the Saints will more than likely examine the guard and tackle class in next week's NFL Draft rather closely. I'd be stunned if the Saints didn't draft a guard at some point, and selecting one could make sense at really any point in the draft.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Imperative for New Orleans Saints to erase inside linebacker draft drought Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-24-2015 04:25 PM


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Get to know Eric Kendricks, Benardrick McKinney, Denzel Perryman, Stephone Anthony and Paul Dawson. I'm willing to make a small theoretical wager that one of these inside linebackers will be drafted by the New Orleans Saints next week.

Inside linebacker would have been a potential selection in next week's NFL draft even if the Saints would have kept Curtis Lofton. The release of Lofton created a bigger need despite carrying veterans David Hawthorne, Dannell Ellerbe and Ramon Humber on the roster.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Jon Gruden: Saints draft will be 'fun to watch' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-23-2015 10:06 AM


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ESPN analyst Jon Gruden usually has good insight on the New Orleans Saints since he's close with coach Sean Payton and comes from a similar offensive background. Here was Gruden's take when asked Wednesday if he thinks the Saints can get a good pass-rusher with the 13th pick in the draft or should consider trading up for someone like Florida's Dante Fowler Jr.

"I love Fowler. In my book, he's the top defensive player in this draft," Gruden said. "I do know the Saints have two first-round draft picks, they have a number of picks in the top 75. So if they sit where they are I think they're gonna be able to acquire five pretty good players. I like Bud Dupree from Kentucky. I like Shane Ray from Missouri a lot. I think there's gonna be a pass-rusher potentially there for them at No. 13.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Drew Brees 'excited' to move forward with revamped roster, including Brandin Cooks Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-23-2015 10:04 AM


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Although Drew Brees admitted to being "shocked" when the New Orleans Saints traded away his go-to tight end Jimmy Graham last month, he reiterated on Wednesday that he trusts coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

"I think at the end of the day, I trust, we trust, Sean, Mickey, all those involved in the decisions to make the decisions that are best for the team," Brees said before he and Payton teed off together with PGA Tour pro David Toms in the Zurich Classic pro-am at TPC Louisiana. "So you never question that. It's always, 'he guys that are in the locker room, those are the guys that we have and that's who we're moving forward with.'

"And I think we're poised to make a big play in this draft with the number of picks that we have and the amount of talent that's out there. And I think that's what we're looking forward to and excited about right now."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints 2015 Schedule Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-21-2015 08:38 PM


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The NFL announced the 2015 regular season schedule Tuesday and the New Orleans Saints will be featured in at least three prime time nationally-televised games during the regular season, all of them at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints will also open on the road for the second consecutive season, when they play the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 8 (3:05 CT) at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Saints will make their prime time debut in 2015 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m. CT). The Saints’ slot on the NFL’s Thursday night package, broadcast by CBS and the NFL Network will take place when they host a Thursday night contest for the first time since the 2010 league opener, as they play the Atlanta Falcons on October 15 (7:25 p.m. CT). New Orleans’ final prime time contest will take place when they host Detroit on Monday Night Football on Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m. CT).

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Defensive line can serve as fall-back pick for Saints throughout NFL draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-21-2015 11:47 AM


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Improvement within the current landscape of the New Orleans Saints' defensive front should stand as more of a priority rather than zeroing in on a specific lineman on Day 1 of the NFL draft.

New Orleans needs players like Cam Jordan, Akiem Hicks, Brodrick Bunkley and John Jenkins to elevate their play in 2015. That being said, taking a defensive linemen at any point in next week's draft would make sense depending on the outlook of the board.

USC's Leonard Williams should be the only defensive lineman not in play for New Orleans with the Saints likely having to trade into the top five picks for him.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' 2015 team goals start with stopping 'bad football' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-21-2015 11:45 AM


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The New Orleans Saints will try to eliminate "bad football" in 2015. That's one of three goals posted on players' lockers on Monday for the start of the offseason workout program.

Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux, a New Orleans native, proudly tweeted a photo of his Saints' locker and a list of the goals.

They are:

1. Eliminate bad football.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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The Saints Best Draft Choices -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-18-2015 11:28 PM


The Saints Best Draft Choices

By Mike Detillier

With the 2015 NFL draft less than two weeks away I give you my opinion of the best draft choices in the history of the New Orleans Saints based on production and where they were selected. Let's hope the Saints can do a repeat of 1981 or 2006 and hit big come draft day.


1. Willie Roaf - The Saints acquired the 8th overall pick in Round 1 in the 1993 draft after they dealt outside linebacker Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They used that pick on Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Roaf was not just good in a Saints uniform, but he was dominant. The 11-time Pro Bowler was regarded around the NFL as the best left offensive tackle in the league for almost a dozen seasons and he was named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990's and 2000's. He stands alongside quarterback Drew Brees as one of the two best players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2012.


2. Rickey Jackson - "City Champ" was overshadowed in college by his Pittsburgh Panther teammate Hugh Green. In the NFL the spotlight went more to Lawrence Taylor in New York with the Giants than to the Saints outside linebacker, but there was not a more complete player at his position than Jackson in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The leader of the "Dome Patrol" defense was a 6-time Pro Bowler. He registered 128 career quarterback sacks, had 10 or more sacks in 6 different seasons and he recovered 28 fumbles. The 2nd round pick of the Saints in 1981 was just a magnet to the football against the run and as a pass rusher, and there was not a tougher guy out on the field than Jackson. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first "real" New Orleans Saints football talent to make it to Canton.


3. Morten Anderson - I have always said that in my 27 years covering the NFL Morten Anderson was the best placekicker I have ever seen and one of the two best kickers all time along with Jan Stenerud, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Bum Phillips selected Anderson in the 4th round of the 1982 draft with the 86th overall selection. Anderson became the best kicker in the NFL in his timeframe and he made the NFL All-Decade team for the 1980's and...
Offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr. agrees to terms with Saints, report says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-15-2015 05:39 PM


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The Saints have agreed to terms with center/guard Mike Golic Jr., according to ESPN.

Golic was briefly with the Saints last summer after the Saints agreed to terms on a contract on draft night. He was released before training camp in June.

Golic, a 2013 undrafted rookie free agent, last played in the Arena Football league.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Pass rusher Randy Gregory, tackle Jake Fisher, to visit Saints, report says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-13-2015 01:10 PM


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Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory and Oregon tackle Jake Fisher will visit the Saints, according to a report by Fox Sports 1.

The Saints are likely doing their due diligence on Gregory, who was projected as a high first-round pick but failed a drug test at the NFL Combine in February. He also tested positive for marijuana use twice while at Nebraska.

While Gregory's character concerns may cause him to slip down the draft board, he is still considered a top prospect who had 17.5 sacks in just two seasons at Nebraska.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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5 New Orleans Saints issues flying under the radar heading into 2015 season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-13-2015 01:09 PM


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Let's take a breather from talking about the NFL Draft with the New Orleans Saints for a minute or two. Let's also take a break from re-living the Saints' musical chairs within the roster.

The Saints have been one of the hottest topics around the league during this offseason, and rightfully so with shakeups on the roster, the coaching staff and the plan for ownership once Tom Benson dies. It seems like topics surrounding the Saints have been endless (and I've written about all of them at least 20 times by now).

So I came up with a few Saints topics I think have flown a bit under the radar this offseason that will play a significant role in whether the Saints rebound, stagnate or fall in 2015.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints Sign LB Anthony Spencer To A One-Year Contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-10-2015 02:25 PM


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The New Orleans Saints have signed LB Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Spencer, an eight-year NFL veteran was originally a first round draft pick (26th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and has played both linebacker and defensive end as a professional. In his eight seasons in Dallas, he played in 104 games with 67 starts and has posted 497 tackles (317 solo), 33 sacks, 17 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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John DeShazier: Saints will face Super Bowl MVPs in preseason Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-09-2015 07:18 PM


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The New Orleans Saints possibly will face three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks – including reigning champion Tom Brady of New England, a four-time Super Bowl winner – in their upcoming preseason schedule.

Brady, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, and the Patriots will play New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the first of the Saints’ two home preseason games. The date has not been announced.

New Orleans’ preseason will open on the road against Baltimore and quarterback Joe Flacco; the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, with Flacco being named MVP of the game. The Saints then will play their preseason home opener against the Patriots.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints 2015 Preseason Opponents Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-09-2015 07:16 PM


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In their four-game 2015 preseason schedule, three of the New Orleans Saints’ opponents will be from the AFC, while all four posted winning records in 2015.

The Saints will kick off their 2015 preseason when they travel to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the second consecutive year that New Orleans will face Baltimore in the preseason. In addition to hosting the Ravens in a 22-13 preseason loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 28, 2014, the Saints later dropped a 34-27 home decision to Baltimore on November 24. This will be the first time the Saints play at the Ravens in the preseason. Baltimore holds a 2-0 advantage in the preseason series.

The following week, the Saints will host the New England Patriots in the home opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will mark the first time that the Saints have hosted the Super Bowl XLIX Champions in the preseason since 1986 and the first time the Saints play a defending Super Bowl champion in the preseason since they played at the Patriots in 2005. New England holds a 6-4 edge in the preseason series.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Talent or Character? -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-04-2015 04:54 PM


Talent or Character?

By Mike Detillier

The NFL draft is no more than an educated guess on a player. It was a line used often by former San Francisco 49ers and NFL Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh and it is 100% accurate. Everyone has a plan when it comes to draft day, but never does it work out just right.

It is the part of the draft that is intriguing because with 32 teams there are 32 different opinions on who are the best players and which player “fits” what that team wants on their squad.

For all the talk and game-planning, that moment of surprise always happen. While teams won’t admit it, those events happen and you have to be ready to make a choice on a player that you didn’t think would be there for various reasons and also to have a lengthy bullpen of players ready for when you select in the early rounds of the draft. Those moments are starting to emerge early on in the process with less than a month to the 2015 NFL draft.

Just a month ago no one thought that Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory would be available for the New Orleans Saints at the thirteen overall pick.

That is in play today.

There were rumblings of problems with Gregory at Nebraska, but on the field in his two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Gregory wreaked havoc in the Big Ten and he recorded 29 tackles for losses and 17½ quarterback sacks.

He was projected by most as a top 7 pick in the 2015 NFL draft when he decided to leave Nebraska a year early, but since he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine and has admitted to having problems at times in the past with marijuana use, Gregory has fallen out of the top 10. He has witnessed Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr, Missouri’s Shane Ray, Clemson’s Vic Beasley and the biggest draft jumper of them all in Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree, spring ahead of him on most boards.

With Cleveland sitting at #12 and New Orleans selecting one pick later I don’t see Gregory getting out of that fire-zone of picks, but if Gregory is available and the Browns pass on him the big question mark will be would the New Orleans Saints pass on him?

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The Crossroads Draft Class -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-25-2015


The Crossroads Draft Class

By Mike Detillier

The 2015 NFL draft is less than one week away. There has been great speculation on who and what positions the New Orleans Saints will go after this coming week, but one thing I do know that if the Saints don’t get better on defense they will be staring at another 7-9 or 8-8 season in 2015.

Last season, with Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston, Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram in the lineup, the Saints were a 7-9 football team.

The Saints totaled the most yards and most yards per game in the NFL in 2014.

For all the offensive firepower the Saints lost in the most important statistic in football. They again were in the minus column in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. The Saints were a minus 13 in this most important category and in the Sean Payton-era, for all their success on the field, they have only been in the plus column in this category twice.

The Saints were a plus 11 in the giveaway/takeaway ration in 2009, the same year they won the Super Bowl and in 2012 they were a plus 2. That year Payton did not coach the team.

In the Sean Payton timeframe in New Orleans, and I will include the 2012 season, the Saints have been a combined minus 24 in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. From 2006-2014 the New England Patriots have been in the plus category in the giveaway/takeaway part of the game every year and they are a whopping plus 124 in that timeframe. That number has to change by getting better in the trenches against the run, rushing the quarterback better and coming up with turnovers.

The Saints have gotten better at the cornerback position this off-season in signing veteran cornerback Brandon Browner and landing the top cornerback in the Canadian Football League in Delvin Breaux. That spot still needs some depth, but the Saints are far better today at cornerback than when they ended the 2014 season.

When healthy inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is a solid starting performer and the Saints also picked up two possible contributors in former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and a nickel/dime cornerback in Kyle Wilson. But even with those additions the bottom line is that Saints need to use three of their top four draft choices on...
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The Saints Best Draft Choices -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-18-2015


The Saints Best Draft Choices

By Mike Detillier

With the 2015 NFL draft less than two weeks away I give you my opinion of the best draft choices in the history of the New Orleans Saints based on production and where they were selected. Let's hope the Saints can do a repeat of 1981 or 2006 and hit big come draft day.


1. Willie Roaf - The Saints acquired the 8th overall pick in Round 1 in the 1993 draft after they dealt outside linebacker Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They used that pick on Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Roaf was not just good in a Saints uniform, but he was dominant. The 11-time Pro Bowler was regarded around the NFL as the best left offensive tackle in the league for almost a dozen seasons and he was named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990's and 2000's. He stands alongside quarterback Drew Brees as one of the two best players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2012.


2. Rickey Jackson - "City Champ" was overshadowed in college by his Pittsburgh Panther teammate Hugh Green. In the NFL the spotlight went more to Lawrence Taylor in New York with the Giants than to the Saints outside linebacker, but there was not a more complete player at his position than Jackson in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The leader of the "Dome Patrol" defense was a 6-time Pro Bowler. He registered 128 career quarterback sacks, had 10 or more sacks in 6 different seasons and he recovered 28 fumbles. The 2nd round pick of the Saints in 1981 was just a magnet to the football against the run and as a pass rusher, and there was not a tougher guy out on the field than Jackson. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first "real" New Orleans Saints football talent to make it to Canton.


3. Morten Anderson - I have always said that in my 27 years covering the NFL Morten Anderson was the best placekicker I have ever seen and one of the two best kickers all time along with Jan Stenerud, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Bum Phillips selected Anderson in the 4th round of the 1982 draft with the 86th overall selection. Anderson became the best kicker in the NFL in his timeframe and he made the NFL All-Decade team for the 1980's and...
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