Fleur-de-Links: December 9, 2011

TWEETS:

Jeff Duncan
RT : New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams talks about Tennessee Titans threats:

New Orleans Saints
Payton ruled RB Ingram, LB Casillas & DE McBride OUT for Sunday

New Orleans Saints
Shanle, Ellis & Vilma are probable for Sunday

Johnny Patrick

My baby ready to go....

If y'all had a magic power, what would it be and what would you do with it?

Jeff Duncan
This makes sense. RT : If you missed it: Here's why I believe Chris Paul can't be traded

RT : thought you might enjoy this. New Orleans Saints: What the Loss of WR Coach Curtis ...

Jeff Duncan
The only way Stern can make this Paul situation work is if he somehow forces him to sign a long-term extension with the Hornets. Right?

Jeff Duncan
Otherwise, it's an unmitigated disaster.

New Orleans Saints
VIDEO: Jabari Greer locker room interview

Jeff Duncan
Agreed. RT : Stern needs to provide detailed, honest & transparent explanation for CP3 decision.

Lance Moore
TGIF everybody. Have a great day and start to the wknd!


SAINTS @ TITANS:

Hornets PG CP3 impresses Saints QB Brees | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows what it’s like to be the marquee athlete on a professional sports team.

Saints know key to Sunday could be stopping Titans running game | wwltv.com New Orleans
The last time the Saints allowed a 100-yard running back, they were embarrassed in the Gateway City, giving up 159 yards to Steven Jackson in a 31-21 loss to the Rams.

Vilma healthy again after knee surgery | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jonathan Vilma admits he felt a bit "rusty" when he returned to the field this past weekend when the Saints took down Detroit.

Saints RB Ingram, LB Casillas out for Titans game | wwltv.com New Orleans
Three players who have missed practice all week will be held out of Sunday’s game at Tennessee, including running back Mark Ingram.

Saints TE Graham unconcerned with Titans physical play | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jimmy Graham isn’t positive exactly what people think of him but he suspects he has an idea what his reputation is. He also thinks he has an idea what Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Gray thinks of him.

Weather just might factor into whether or not Titans win on Sunday | Nashville City Paper
New Orleans has not played outside in nearly two months, and has not played as well on the road as at home More

Tennessee Titans defense told: When in doubt, hit | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray wants his players to hit first and ask questions later, something they haven’t always done this season.

Week 14 Matchups: Offenses Tighten Their Belts - NYTimes.com
The Titans are another keep-it-simple ball-control team in the spirit of the 49ers, the Broncos and the Texans, and those tactics will not help them against the Saints, who have achieved maximum warp.

New Orleans Saints' defense against Lions Calvin Johnson was inspired by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"Mom and dad blessed Jimmy Graham to be 6-7. Mom and dad blessed Calvin to be 6-5," Williams said. "I can't ask (cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter) to grow any taller on game day. So some of the things we do is that we say, 'You're gonna have to win someplace else.' That was a particular technique that we said, 'OK, if you want to go to Calvin, this is what we're going to do and you better win someplace else.'

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams talks about Tennessee Titans threats - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Both quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, tailback Chris Johnson could be handful

New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, defensive end Turk McBride declared out for Sunday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Three players won't play against Tennessee Titans

Sports Illustrated ranks New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees No. 2 among NFL quarterbacks this season - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the clear No. 1

New Orleans Saints are closing in on three straight 10-win seasons: First and 10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly locker room observations

Fantasy Football: Week 14's Toughest Picks - NYTimes.com
We're teaming up with FantasyPros.com to bring you Week 14's toughest start/sit calls, based on the selections of more than 50 fantasy football experts on the Web.

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New territory. It’s been pretty obvious coach Sean Payton has taken the Saints to a new level since arriving in 2006. That Lombardi Trophy from the 2009 season is tangible proof. But here’s another sign that success is here to stay. If the Saints win Sunday at Tennessee, they’ll have three consecutive 10-win seasons. That’s never happened in franchise history. The Saints previously had back-to-back winning seasons in 1987 and ’88 and 1991 and ’92.

Saints Nation: Interview with Titans' Blog - Total Titans | December

Field Pass: Saints-Titans - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Matthew Berry, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the Saints at Titans.

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