Fleur-de-Links: January 17, 2012

TWEETS:

Adam Schefter
Former Rams HC Steve Spagnuolo, who spent Monday interviewing with Colts, is scheduled to meet with Saints in New Orleans on Wednesday.

": how do I become part of the who dat nation????" live and die with the haha..... Seriously

Thomas Morstead
": When will the Pro Bowl results be released? " I will go if San fran wins this weekend

Thomas Morstead
": not much? hbu? :)"I'm done being sad about Saturday, time to move on
cameron jordan
Cant go wrong wit that! RT : huuuge saints fan here and I have 2 boys one named cameron and the other named jordan

cameron jordan
My dads ill... He calls me, "pack ur bags I'm gettin an award n L A..."I felt like a kid again and so now I'm packin...

cameron jordan
He ain gon be doin that when I'm 23 tho..

Thomas Morstead
": do you stay in new Orleans in the offseason or get away for a while?" I'm in year round

Thomas Morstead
": Hey man how you holding up, Thanks for your dedication, we love yall. " just bummed out

Thomas Morstead
": im tired and don't feel like working lol" same here!

Thomas Morstead
": is depressed the season is over....how do we deal? We move on to Mardi Gras!" I'll be there too

cameron jordan
Ever go to pay rent an try and talk ur landlord into cheaper rent this month... Like "how bout I pay half? No? I'm jk unless your serious?"

Jason La Canfora
Falcons announce they've hired Mike Nolan, formerly of Miami, as the D Coordinator. Like that move a lot.

Adam Schefter
Only two of the 11 NFL head coaches hired in 2009 remain: Jim Schwartz and Rex Ryan. Other nine -- nine! -- each now fired.

cameron jordan
Ever have a night mare that your back in school??? Wake up and praise Jesus u got out??

Jeff Duncan
RT : RT : Add 1 more team to the Steve Spagnuolo mix. Spagnuolo spent Mon. visiting w/Colts about their DC job.

cameron jordan
Ever cat daddy in the mall walkin past a pet store and a dog starts barkin... Is that cuz the dog recognized a dance for cats?

cameron jordan
Till a Lil kid and and older lady pass u by with their heads turned sideways

cameron jordan
Ever start Singn while listening to music and then notice your too Ito the song cuz ur swayin and ur eyes r closed and u think ur gettin it

cameron jordan
Ever wish gamestop had a VIP express lane? C'mon I'm here at least 3 times a month to pick up the latest

cameron jordan
Ever catch yourself dancin at the mall waitin n line at GameStop?

cameron jordan
Any body ever wear headphones on n public not so jus to listen to music but ta help blend in wit the crowd... Lol that's my reason anyways

SATCH NOTE: I can't take anymore of Cam's tweets. Moving on.

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he would not rule out any candidate in his search for a new DC. Said he will consider coaches with all backgrounds.

Driving all the way to the Lafayette Toys R Us to get my baby's swing set since they are the only ones that have it.

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he felt "disappointment" while watching the Packers lose to the Giants on Sunday.

Payton: when asked about the possibility of Brees leaving "That might sell hits on your Web site but I don’t see that happening."

Jeff Duncan
Payton on the offseason & improvement: "We've got to find the next Carl Nicks the next Jahri Evans and the next Marques Colston."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he felt like the Saints defended Vernon Davis well for most of the game. "I think the TOs hurt us more than anything else."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he would be stunned if Drew Brees wasn't a Saint next year: "I don't think 'stunned' is a strong enough word for it."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the opportunity to win, be funcational and be a contender could be "a 12-year period."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said they will keep an open mind in his search for a DC. Said he does not have a "profile" for the job. All backgrounds considered.

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali.. GREATEST OF ALL TIME

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he's looking for "talent" in his DC. "I don't think U just profile exactly who you're looking for. We try to keep an open mind."

Jeff Duncan
Payton n GW: "Gregg's meant a lot to us and has been a big reason for the success we've had."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said Gregg Williams made the decision to leave on his own and wanted to work with his mentor, Jeff Fisher. "That's the profession."

Jeff Duncan
Payton on Brees' deal: "I think it'll certainly be something that's on our priority list."

Jeff Duncan
Payton on Brees' contract: "I don't think there'd be any timetable. Certainly the sooner the better."

New Orleans Saints
Payton: "We aspire to win championships here – that’s our goal. We will continue to strive for that. That is what we set out to do."

Jeff Duncan
SP: "I think each yr the puzzle is different.This season certainly some real good players are FAs. I think we do a good job in that regard."

New Orleans Saints
Payton said Pierre Thomas will be fine. Said he met with him at halftime of 49ers game & he was better than he thought he would be.

New Orleans Saints
Payton said the Raiders have requested to interview OC Pete Carmichael for their HC opening, but the interview hasn't happened yet.

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the DC job needs to be the right fit. "We're set up a certain way."

Jeff Duncan
Sean Payton confirmed that Gregg Williams has taken a position with the Rams

Jeff Duncan
Sean Payton said Aaron Kromer met with the Rams last week while in the Bay Area.

Jeff Duncan
No surprise, but defenders today universally defended Gregg Williams & his play-calling down the stretch vs. 49ers.

SAINTS:

NY Giants happy they are playing San Francisco 49ers rather than Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints in NFC Championship - NY Daily News
"Just coming from our schedule and how it turned out and how we played against New Orleans and how we played against San Fran, it definitely works out in our favor a little bit that we’re able to get San Fran as opposed to New Orleans," said Cruz, "just because of how we feel about them and we understand we have a good chance of winning that game."

Frank Gore talks about beating Saints, facing Giants | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers knocked off the Saints in a memorable playoff game on Saturday. On Monday night, running back Frank Gore joined NBC SportsTalk to discuss the win over the Saints and the upcoming NFC title game against the Giants.

Saints DC Gregg Williams Leaves the Team to Join the Rams " NFL Gridiron Gab
Are you ready for some football?

My Drunk Dial to the New Orleans Saints - Chicks in the Huddle

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out) Part 1

2012 NFC South salary-cap update - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Let’s take a look at the latest 2012 salary-cap figures for all four NFC South teams. According to numbers obtained by ESPN.com, the Carolina P

New Orleans Saints defenders never formally told of Coach Gregg Williams departure - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Several New Orleans Saints defenders said Tuesday they have not been given any formal word from defensive coordinator Gregg Williams or the franchise about Williams reported departure for the St. Louis Rams. The players conceded they were perplexed by the situation. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas and defensive end Cameron Jordan both said they learned Williams was likely headed to St....

New Orleans Saints players chalk up 2011 as disappointment, shift focus to 2012 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Coming closer to Super Bowl in 2011 made their playoff loss sting even more

Replay: Sean Payton season wrap press conference updates - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
From the Saints facility on Airline Drive

Payton: Gregg Williams made decision to leave | ProFootballTalk
Asked if the Saints ever offered Williams a contract, Payton responded: "We’re really putting the cart ahead of the horse. We never really got to that spot."

LAGNIAPPE:

Falcons land Mike Nolan as DC - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons have hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator, the team just announced. This is a very strong hire by Atlanta coach Mike Smith.

Center Goodwin 'block of granite' on S.F. line
The scariest moment of the 49ers ' playoff win Saturday had nothing to do with Saints quarterback Drew Brees or his two long touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter. It came much earlier in the game, when center...

Perfect execution springs Alex Smith for his TD - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
Get Sacramento sports scores on the Sacramento Kings, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Sacramento high school sports at The Sacramento Bee

VIDEO:

NFL Videos: Players Only: Year of the TE
Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk explain how tight ends have been able to dominate games this season like never before.

NFL Videos: Things I Hated with Michael Lombardi
What did Michael Lombardi hate about last weekend's divisional games? Find out what he had to say about the poor defense played by two of the best teams during the regular season.

NFL Videos: Saints devastated by loss
What's the mood in New Orleans after Saturday's loss to the 49ers? New Orleans Times-Picayune writer Mike Triplett discusses how the Saints will respond after having their nine-game win streak snapped by the 49ers.

NFL Videos: Coaches Show: 49ers sink the Saints
How was Alex Smith able to help the 49ers beat the Saints? Brian Billick and Dennis Green discuss why the Saints couldn't overcome the tough San Francisco defense.


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