Fleur-de-Links: November 1, 2011

TWEETS:

Saints Sideline
Times-Picayune: Junior Galette hopes the Tampa game can make up for Sunday's debacle

A faith that is untested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Tests come in all shapes and sizes and only those who aren't ready fear them!

Malcolm Jenkins
We are ready....
Besides me getting a flat tire, I had a very productive day and things are still moving good.... Ready for Tampa this week

NOLA Tweeps! Join us tonight as we Launch the 5th Annual Canned Food Drive at Winn-Dixie (5901 Airline Highway)!

The only thing less shocking than the Kim Kardashian divorce: Skip Bayless made an absurd argument with no facts.

Thinking about partaking in "No Shave November" what does everyone think?? It might get crazy long & thick!

Jeff Duncan
Finally finished the -Rams film study. It should be up on Nola.com shortly. The second viewing wasn't any prettier for Who Dat Nation

Jonathan Vilma
Check check!!... I'm on TOMM at noon not today (dry cry)

Leigh Torrence Jr
Cops everywhere, it was a bad night in New Orleans.

@ Dr. Rob....keeping the body right is a lot of extra work. But well worth it on Sunday

Jonathan Vilma
Marlo all day

Tracy Porter
": O.M.G!!! Jonathan Vilma's on fox8 at 2!!! (lol I couldn't help myself)" nobody's gonna watch that

Jonathan Vilma
@
there's always a hater in the group

Just saw pops catch a couple TD passes from Dan Marino on !!

I tried to ignore it but I can't! U "so called" Saints fans hating on Reggie Bush r pathetic! He was a key part 2 that SB ring u all claim!

Mark Ingram
Man I wish I could be in for the game Saturday!!! My boys gonnna ball!!!

New Orleans Saints
Barber: "Drew is a Cover-2 monster. He eats it up. I think St Louis mixed up some looks & gave them some looks I haven’t seen NO face a lot"

 

UGH!!:

Handwerger: Saints aren't who we thought they were | wwltv.com New Orleans
You could see it from your couch Sunday afternoon. The downtrodden looks. The forlorn body language.

Henderson: Saints came out flat, got flattened | wwltv.com New Orleans
In St. Louis, the Saints came out flatter than an fried ravioli after being as high as a soufflé a week ago.

Saints QB Brees says team’s perception isn’t meeting reality. | wwltv.com New Orleans
In Drew Brees’ mind, the Saints are week in, week out one of the best prepared, most consistent teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, the past month has shown otherwise.

Saints players say Payton missing from sideline isn’t the issue | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton watched helplessly from high above the Edward Jones Dome turf Sunday as his Saints trudged through a 31-21 loss to St. Louis.

Week Eight power rankings | ProFootballTalk
9. Saints (No. 4; 5-3): If Sean Payton hadn’t signed an extension, his leverage would be shooting through the roof right now, given that no one on the sidelines could get the Saints turned around.

NFC South Stock Watch - NFC South Blog - ESPN
FALLING 1. The New Orleans offensive line. Drew Brees was sacked six times and the running game never got going in Sunday’s loss to St. Louis.

San Francisco 49ers ascend to third spot in power rankings: What are yours? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
8. (3) New Orleans Saints 5-3 This is a good, but flawed team.

Brees confident Saints care enough to bounce back - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE, La. -- The silence in the locker room and on the plane back to New Orleans told Drew Brees all he needed to know about how dissatisfied the Saints were with their latest performance.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton finds his forced exile to the pressbox level more than a little frustrating - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Payton can't talk directly to players from upstairs

In losing to weak opponents, New Orleans Saints foster doubts about whether they should still be considered an elite team - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Good teams don't lose to someone as bad as the Rams

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Playbook on Rams-Saints: What the tape saw "

 

BUCS @ SAINTS:

Opportunistic Tampa Bay Buccaneers could see a different version of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees this week - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Veteran Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber believes his defensive teammates took advantage of some unusual opportunities in intercepting New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees three times in a 26-20 win in Tampa on Oct. 16. And, though Brees threw two more picks in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams, including a critical fourth-quarter mistake that was returned...

Blount Optimistic About Return

Freeman: "You Just Can't Turn The Ball Over"-Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Bucs' Coach Raheem Morris expects to see a different New Orleans Saints club on Sunday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Raheem Morris watched the videotape of the New Orleans Saints' 31-21 loss last Sunday to the St. Louis Rams and said Tuesday he expects to see an opponent this week ready to redeem itself. "The Saints have a great offense, are a well-coached team, present a lot of problems on defense with their blitzing package...

 

LAGNIAPPE:

What's wrong with this picture? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
A week ago, we told you New Orleans defensive end Will Smith was not on the ballot for the Pro Bowl. We also told you Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson

This Day in Football: The Saints are Born

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