Fleur-de-Links - Oct 5th: Saints Secondary Resembles M.A.S.H. Unit

Just a pic to help you forget about all of those nasty injuries.

Call in Hawkeye, McIntyre, and even the ever-annoying Frank Burns. Injuries are really starting to take their toll on the Super Bowl Champs. On the bright side, however, few of those injuries are landing key players on the IR. With any luck, we can get by without Porter, Prioleu, Sharper, Ingram, and Bush for a few more weeks. Chances are Pierre Thomas and Roman Harper will be able to play this week in Arizona.

TWEETS:

jeffduncantp Reflects poorly on #Saints. RT @darrenrovell: The fact that Ornstein held a huge supply of SB tix every year was worst kept secret in sports

MalcolmJenkins Bout to cook breakfast and get my day started right...got moves to make!!!

JonVilma51 funtimes beating the panthers is over...on to those other "dirty birds" out west...you know how we do, Who Dat!!

jeffduncantp Ornstein wears Saints issue gear to games, sits in team meetings, is on sideline & in locker room for games, makes himself @ home in offices

LanceMoore16 Have a great day today everybody. Think positively and work hard. Stay focused. And be blessed

jeffduncantp Ornstein did everything for Saints EXCEPT draw a reg paycheck. Not sure if he received a SB ring or not, but I can almost guarantee he did.

alexbrown96 Yeah chump!!!RT @karimarbrown: U need to play us RT @P_Daniels93: Morning! Never play me and my wife in spades. We are just too good. :-)

jeffduncantp Ex-Saints ST coach gets axe RT @ArmandoSalguero: Dolphins fire ST coordinator John Bonamego, promote Darren Rizzi: http://bit.ly/4DyzAw

drewbrees Check out my world class trainer Todd Durkin in his video http://www.getwiththemovement.com

drewbrees Spent some time in Baton Rouge last night helping to raise money for the Brees Dream Foundation and the Miracle League

jgoody76 At the training facility doing my steam room, cold tub, and hot tub routine. My body feels great for a Tuesday.

MalcolmJenkins thinking about taking a nap...lunch gave me the itus

reggie_bush Special thanks to everyone for your get well wishes and all the cards you guys sent me! http://plixi.com/p/48917696

alexbrown96 Just finished the "social network movie" wow this dude is smart as hell. I do recommend it.

 

PANTHERS @ SAINTS:

Big defensive plays were key in the New Orleans Saints win against Carolina: Film Study | NOLA.com
But the Saints suffered some injuries to top players in the game

Defenses treating Saints differently - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"We haven’t had as many chunks at this time as we had a year ago,’’ Payton said. "Is that because we’re just getting softer zones? We probably are getting a little bit more. They probably are off a little bit more and we’re probably being a little more patient as we study our offense. That forces you to then complete it for six or seven and run the ball. It’s not going to happen as quickly and yet we’ll never stop attempting to get the ball down the field to various personnel.

Saints show resiliency, but best is still to come | HoumaToday.com
NEW ORLEANS — Four weeks into the 2010 season, the New Orleans Saints are confident their best-played game is still ahead of them.

Suddenly spoiled: Saints making fans sweat early this season | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Through four games of the Saints’ Super Bowl-winning campaign of 2009, the team had scored 144 points and had overtaken its opponents by a combined 78 points.

Commentary: Saints "D" looked Sharper last year | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints have several key cogs from last year missing, but only one has missed the entire season so far and his absence has been glaring.

Defense is leading the New Orleans Saints right now, believe it or not | NOLA.com
They've been solid in the team's 3-1 start

NFL defenses are turning up the pressure on the New Orleans Saints offense | NOLA.com
The game plan varies from week to week, but in general opponents are playing the Saints more conservatively on defense. They're aligning their safeties in deep coverage to prevent the big play and forcing the Saints to beat them with the short passing attack.

Despite the low scoring, the New Orleans Saints say their offense is fine | NOLA.com
"I think if you just look at points scored, that aspect hasn't been what we're accustomed to and certainly where we want to be, " he said. "Sometimes the plan is going to be maybe a little bit more conservative, but yesterday I think after watching the tape and I'm sure when the players see it we feel like we left some points on the board. That's why we get back to work here and try to correct some of those things.

New Orleans Saints not dominating but still on schedule
The Saints are 3-1 and each game has gone down to the wire – Is New Orleans incapable of dominating as it did in winning its first 13 games a year ago, or is it a gutsy champion that finds a way to win when it doesn’t play its best?

 

PASS THE GIN, HOT LIPS:

Saints to bring in safeties as depth is depleted | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
By the time Monday morning rolled around following Sunday’s 16-14 win over Carolina, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton knew one thing – the team was going to need some help at safety.

New Orleans Saints : Tracy Porter out 2-4 weeks; Chris Reis out for season
Reserve safety Chris Reis is expected to be placed on season-ending IR with an injured right shoulder that will require surgery and starting cornerback Tracy Porter could miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, according to The Times-Picayune.

Darren Sharper waits while fellow New Orleans Saints safeties deal with injuries
Sharper didn’t hesitate when asked if he was close to being 100 percent. "You know, I can play now,’’ he said. "Will I be better a month from now? Yes. Will I be better two months from now? Yes. So, it’s going to be a process of getting healthier each and every day that passes. "But could I play right now? I think that I can.’’

New Orleans Saints safety Chris Reis will miss the rest of the season with shoulder injury, league source confirms | NOLA.com
He will have surgery to repair shoulder

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter expected to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained knee, according to source | NOLA.com
Porter came back into Sunday's game briefly after suffering the injury during the Carolina Panthers' final offensive drive. But tests revealed a slight tear on Monday, according to a source. Porter tweeted the cryptic words, "Why me?"

NFL.com news: Saints FS Sharper wants back in lineup upon end of PUP stay
Darren Sharper will soon be eligible to return to the Saints' lineup in as soon as two weeks. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen.

 

WEEKLY RANKINGS:

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 - National Football League - ESPN
Brees completing 73.8 percent of passes, but offense not close to top form. (Sando)

Baltimore Ravens assume the top spot in the NFL power rankings | NOLA.com
Weekly NFL rankings

Power Rankings: AFC dominant; Saints drop again | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
All you need to know about parity in the NFL this year is that the top three teams in the power ratings last week all lost and teams 4, 5 and 6 all had close calls.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Marketing agent Mike Ornstein pled guilty in June to federal charges involving Super Bowl tickets, NFL jerseys | NOLA.com
Ornstein has close ties to Reggie Bush, Sean Payton

Agent Mike Ornstein, confidant of Sean Payton, reportedly pleads guilty in conspiracy to illegally sell Super Bowl tickets | NOLA.com
Former Reggie Bush rep has close ties to Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints defense announces initiative to 'defend literacy' | NOLA.com
Players, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams team up with Stephanie Starks HOPE Foundation

Bears Sign Former Saint Charles Grant - NFC North Blog - ESPN

 

VIDEO:

Darren Sharper says he's ready to return

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