Very little Saints news today. In what little news there is, Sean Payton is nominated for the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year award, several Saints players tweet their support of a petition to avoid a lockout next year (like the owners will actually care about a petition), and the Saints sign seven practice squad players to futures contracts.
Just for fun, what caption would you provide for the picture to the left? According to the AP, this was snapped right after our surprising loss in Seattle, which is why that Saints fan looks so bummed.
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The Saints enter into an offseason of uncertainty due to the possibility of a lockout, but sportswriter Bradley Handwerger says when the dust settles, these are the 10 players the Saints need to make sure are still in that number.
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Guard Roger Allen, quarterback Sean Canfield, tight end Jed Collins, guard Brian De La Puente, tight end end Tyler Lorenzen, defensive back Mark Parson and running back Chris Taylor all agreed with the team.
BIRDS CRASH AND BURN:
After high of Saints stunner, Seahawks sink back to old habits - USATODAY.com
The Seattle Seahawks soared the last couple of weeks. Sunday, the NFC West upstarts with the league's greatest roster transition this season fluttered back to earth, falling with a playoff thud at frozen Soldier Field.
Report: Panthers tab offensive coordinator - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have agreed to a deal with Rob Chudzinski to be their offensive coordinator.
Hitting the NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog - ESPN
I just opened the mailbag for the first time since before the Atlanta Falcons' disappointing playoff loss to Green Bay. Lots of frustration and venom
Panthers get McDermott, other coaches - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Coach Ron Rivera has hired Brian Murphy as special-teams coordinator. The team will also retain Ron Meeks and Sam Mills III, who were on John Fox’s staff. No announcement has been made by the team, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the Panthers have hired Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator. McDermott was fired as Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator Saturday.
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