Note to Saints fans: It's time for patience
Well, relax, everybody. Payton isn't going anywhere in the foreseeable future, there's plenty of time to get a labor deal in time for the 2011 season, and even though that Seahawks loss still stings, that might not be all bad.
Payton seems set for long Saints tenure
NEW ORLEANS - After listening to Sean Payton at the NFL owners meeting, I think its just about a lock he will be the head coach of the New Orleans Saints past the 2012 season. Payton said as much Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings.
Draft Watch: NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Coach Sean Payton has been pretty blunt about improving the pass rush, and that could come with a defensive end or an outside linebacker -- or both -- early in the draft. Gregg Williams’ defense relies on creating turnovers, and the Saints have to create more pressure for the system to really work. Even with the re-signing of Pierre Thomas and the expected return of Reggie Bush, a lack of consistency in the running game last season means it’s very possible the Saints will look for another running back. Remember, Payton is an offensive coach and the rest of his offense is in pretty good shape.
New Orleans Saints reader comment: Reggie Bush a team player | NOLA.com
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Former players Flutie, Kelly recall 18-game grind
Doug Flutie remembers feeling how his arm was ready to fall off during his one year in the USFL. Nate Newton recalls how he did nothing for an entire month after playing his two USFL 18-game regular seasons.
Chris Cooley: Lockout doesn’t matter to me, I’m financially set | ProFootballTalk
"I really hope that we don’t lose games because that’s an ugly thing," Cooley said. "It’s already ugly, the argument over this amount of money, and I really hope we don’t lose games. It’d be just right if we just settled it about September 1 and just decided we weren’t going to have training camp and get back to playing football."
Glanville: UFL plans to aggressively court undrafted free agents | ProFootballTalk
The UFL has barely been a blip on the football radar the last two years. The league has seemingly teetered on extinction at times, but the NFL's current work stoppage gives it a great chance for new life.
Delay in selection of 2015 Super Bowl site hints at possible loss of 2012 game | ProFootballTalk
Last year, the NFL manufactured the awarding of the Super Bowl to be played in February 2014 into an event. The vote, conducted during ownership meetings held in May, gave Super Bowl XLVIII to New York/New Jersey.
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Julio Jones closing gap on A.J. Green as NFL draft's best wideout - Peter King - SI.com
NEW ORLEANS -- A.J. Green or Julio Jones? That is the question for many receiver-needy teams in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft on April 28.
Seahawks not playing down their interest in Kevin Kolb - Don Banks - SI.com
NEW ORLEANS -- Dispatches from the coaches Tuesday media breakfast at the NFL's annual meeting, during which, lo and behold, some actual football talk transpired....
Wonderlic test score don't always project success, failure in NFL - NFL - SI.com
Before Super Bowl XIII, Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson proclaimed that Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw couldn't "spell cat if you spotted him the 'c' and the 'a'."
Kickoff Move No Little Change for NFL
This is a direct slam (intentional or not) against the little guy. You know the prospect that put up great numbers, but was deemed "too small" for the next level or they came from a small college where "competition was weaker." And not everybody can be a Steve Smith or a Santana Moss. So these guys are put on special teams where their speed and elusiveness wind up being difference makers.
Chuck Bednarik hospitalized in serious condition | ProFootballTalk
Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is in serious condition this morning at a hospital near his Pennsylvania home. St. Luke's Hospital would not provide any further information about the condition of the 86-year-old Bednarik, who played for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962 and was inducted into...
James Carville NFC West joke goes over big, except to one | NOLA.com
St. Louis Rams GM has salty words for Cajun
Dave Duerson Autopsy Report Released: Ex-Football Star Folded American Flag On Bed Before Shooting Himself
An autopsy report released by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner this week described the tragic circumstances surrounding the suicide of former Chicago Bears safety and two-time Super Bowl winner Dave Duerson. Duerson retired from the NFL after 11 seasons and may have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to athletes who have sustained repeated concussions, according to the Associated Press.