Fleur-de-Links: January 3, 2012

Bring on the Lions!

TWEETS:

Pro Football HOF
A small crowd gathers as the record-setting uniform worn by QB is placed on display.

Stafford credited Malcolm Jenkins with covering WR Calvin Johnson well in Week 13 "He kind of stalked him all around the field."

All lions all week...go hard or go home
Jonathan Vilma
I hav the highest win pct in my mogoball fantasy league but I'm 2nd behind wth?!?

NFLPlayerNews
Chargers coach Turner, GM Smith to keep jobs: Coach Norv Turner and general ma...

Jason La Canfora
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says it's "incredibly, incredibly disappointing," to be 8-8, but he thought going in NO and GB class of the NFC

Adam Schefter
As reported, Mike Martz resigns from Bears over philosophical differences. His contract was up and this was expected.

New Orleans Saints
Lions QB Matthew Stafford on playing in New Orleans "Their fans are great. The team gets them in the game early & gets them excited."

Jeff Duncan
I'll be surprised if neither of the personnel guys - Rick Reiprish or Ryan Pace - receive an interview for a GM job this offseason.

Jeff Duncan
Reiprish and Pace are two of the most underrated factors in the Saints' recent success. Both are excellent.

Funny how many different explanations I got on Stanford. Cardinal the color, not the tree, the tree is a member of the band, no mascot.

Jeff Duncan
One underrated factor in Miami's pursuit of Jeff Fisher. Like JJ, he's an avid angler. Gotta work in MIA's favor compared to, say, St. Louis

Jeff Duncan
RT : Brees, Payton & other Saints will sign lithographs to raise money for . More info:

Chris Mortensen
GM Jerry Angelo has been relieved of his duties, per league source.

New Orleans Saints
Steve Gleason was at our facility yesterday to sign lithographs of his famous blocked punt

New Orleans Saints
VIDEO: Brees talks about facing the Lions with

For the 100,000 follower I will give away personsl autographed football jersey. Good luck and follow away!

Got a lot of respect for Luck.. Team player


NFC WILDCARD WEEK - LIONS @ SAINTS:

Saints remember Seattle game, hope experience helps | wwltv.com New Orleans
Less than a year ago, Gregg Williams sat in the stands of Fairhope Municipal Stadium on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay depressed and saddened that the Saints lost to Seattle and he was working on the draft instead of preparing for the Super Bowl.

Saints Have Best Super Bowl Odds Among NFL Teams in First Round - Businessweek
The New Orleans Saints haven’t lost in more than two months and boast the best odds to win the Super Bowl among the eight teams playing in the first round of the National Football League playoffs.

Saints have best odds among first-rounders to win Super Bowl | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
The Saints enter the postseason ranked 5-1 to take the Super Bowl. The Lions, New Orleans' first-round opponent, are 25-1. But cheer up, Lions fans - Detroit opened the season with 60-1 Super Bowl odds.

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Blitz struggles concern Lions | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
The blitz has not been much of a weapon for the Lions this season: Packers quarterback Matt Flynn treated it like a power hitter who's been tipped off on the pitch selection - he hit home runs off it.

After getting burned vs. Packers, Lions cornerbacks face a strong Drew Brees | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
If Flynn can tear your defense apart like that - on a cold, wet and windy day outdoors - shudder to think what Brees might be able to do in the climate-controlled confines of the Superdome.

Rematch with Brees, Saints is a defining moment for Matthew Stafford - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

2012 NFL playoffs full of storylines, interesting stats, things to watch - Don Banks - SI.com
It's not quite the same success story in the NFC, but still, New Orleans is back in the tournament for the fourth time in six years, Atlanta is making its third trip in four seasons, while Green Bay (eight) and the Giants (seven) have been to the postseason plenty of times since this century began. And did we mention the Packers, Saints and Giants have won three of the past four Super Bowls?

Wild-Card Games: What the Film Says - NYTimes.com
The Lions must have the mind-set that it will take 40 points for them to win. Deep passes should be commonplace. It helps that a majority of this offense operates out of the shotgun; that creates spacing that naturally takes some of the sting off Gregg Williams’s aggressive six-man blitzes.

Brees talks Lions and more on NBC SportsTalk | ProFootballTalk
The first-ever show on the new NBC Sports Network was NBC SportsTalk. The first-ever guest on the first-ever show on the new NBC Sports Network was Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Nate Bussey says he is being promoted to New Orleans Saints active roster - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Two possible moves to be made by the Saints

Transcript from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' conference call with Detroit media - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Brees looks ahead to Saturday's playoff game against Detroit Lions

LAGNIAPPE:

Aaron Rodgers is the Most Valuable Player Based on How He Has Played and Historic Precedent | The Big Lead
Aaron Rodgers, MVP.

Inside slant: Saints primed to topple Pack? – USATODAY.com
Sizzling New Orleans squad enters playoffs with a more potent offensive unit than the one that faced the Packers on Sept. 8.

New Orleans Saints took a gamble that paid off against Carolina: film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game

NFL Power Rankings: Saints finish No. 2 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The final edition of ESPN.com’s Power Rankings is out and two NFC South teams finished in the top 10. The New Orleans Saints are No. 2 and the

Brees, Rodgers tops in Total QBR - NFC South Blog - ESPN
In yet another way, it looks like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees were pretty much even this season. According to Total QBR, Rodgers and Brees were by f

Out of Bounds by Jabari Greer "Does Life Come With TiVo?" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints defensive back's blog, exclusive to The Times-Picayune

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under the Cap: 2012 Offense Tag Projections
Drew Brees is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, but there is no chance the Saints let him leave New Orleans. If a long-term extension is not reached by end of February, Casserly reported that they will use the franchise tag to continue negotiations on a long-term contract. Brees is coming off one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history, passing for an NFL-record 5,476 yards and leading the league with 46 touchdown passes. Brees has not missed a game due to injury during his six seasons in New Orleans and turns 33 on January 15, the same age Tom Brady was when he signed his four-year, $72 million contract extension in 2010 that included nearly $50 million in guarantees. Brees' agent is Tom Condon of CAA Football, who negotiated Peyton Manning's contract in July and who secured a record $50 million guaranteed from the St. Louis Rams for 2010 first overall pick Sam Bradford. Manning and Brady's guarantees were $48 million apiece. It would not be a surprise if Brees tops $50 million in his next deal.

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