Fleur-de-Links: January 5, 2012

TWEETS:

Grandmaster Wang
Let the record show that Gregg Williams thinks about his players being naked in the rain.

Making progress is the only process!!!

Jeff Duncan
DC Gregg Williams on his unit's lack of INTs: "I have guys that couldn't catch a cold butt naked in a rain storm right now."

Jeff Duncan
More G.Williams: "One of the things that we do (is) that (opponents) who are 6-5 end up being 5-5 when they get flipped over on their head."
Jeff Duncan
As noted by a few particularly superstitious tweeps, Brees is one of four regional covers along w/ Rodgers; Brady; & Roethlisberger.

Drago's oysters make me happy

It's almost about that time.....

cameron jordan
Life is way too short to be over-worried bout somethin down the road... If your lookin 2 far ahead your goin to miss what's in your face...

Thomas Morstead
": how is the leg feeling this late in the season bro? Still feeling good?" I'll give it 85-90%

Payton on Sproles "He picked our offense up very rapidly. His football IQ is very high."

New Orleans Saints
Payton said LB Casillas (knee), WR Moore (hamstring) & TE Gilmore (toe) all did not practice for 2nd straight day.

Jeff Duncan
Saints injury report: Jon Vilma (knee), limited.

Michael Signora
NFC Players of Month - QB Drew Brees, NO; DE Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG; K David Akers, SF

I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.

New Orleans Saints
Anyone going to both? RT Big weekend for . vs Lions Sat. then vs Bama on Mon

New Orleans Saints
RT NFL FIRST: 2012 Playoffs feature 4 past Super Bowl MVP QBs: T. Brady, , E. Manning, A. Rodgers

New Orleans Saints
How about telling after his 1-handed catch "Did you have to go SportsCenter on me though?"

New Orleans Saints
Must-Watch Video: Brees & Payton mic'd up during the Panthers game

New Orleans Saints
FYI: the photo of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome lights saying "Here Kitty" is fake.

Gettin closer yall.....


LIONS @ SAINTS:

Unlike regular season, Lions fully healthy for playoffs in New Orleans | ProFootballTalk
When the Lions visited New Orleans during the regular season, they were at far less than 100 percent. That won't be the case in Saturday's playoff rematch.

No changes to New Orleans Saints' injury report on Thursday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Lance Moore, John Gilmore, Jonathan Casillas miss practice

Saints could be without Lance Moore - NFC South Blog - ESPN
It looks like there’s a growing chance the New Orleans Saints might have to play their wild-card playoff game against Detroit without wide recei

New Orleans Saints are ready to battle Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Most of the attention in Saturday night's NFC wild-card playoff game between the Saints and visiting Detroit Lions will focus on quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, and rightfully so. This will be the first time in NFL history two 5,000-yard passers meet in any game, much less a playoff contest. But if you want to see the real...

New Orleans Saints feel turnovers leaning in their favor - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Progress noted despite the drop-off from Super season

Drew Brees, Saints look to erase bad taste of last year's playoff defeat - Jim Trotter - SI.com
1. These teams played five weeks ago in New Orleans, with the Saints prevailing 31-17, but the Lions were shorthanded.

PFT’s wild card picks | ProFootballTalk
With matching 10-6 records in Week 17, I finished the regular season seven games behind Rosenthal. But there are still 11 games to go. (Counting the Pro Bowl, there are 12.) So I'm saying there's a chance. . . . For the regular season, Rosenthal is 169-87. I'm 162-94.

Lions rookie Titus Young pushes past petulance | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
It was hardly the most notorious or violent personal foul ever committed during a game, but it became, at the time, another symbol of the Lions immaturity and lack of discipline.

Saints: Lions' Ndamukong Suh a 'dirty' and 'phenomenal' player | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Suh's play is top-caliber, but he's come under scrutiny for several questionable on-field acts this season, including his stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Packers after a whistle during the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game.

Saints on the defensive - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE -- The matchup between New Orleans and Detroit during the opening round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features a pair of top-flight offenses and two of the best quarterbacks.

N.F.L. Probabilities for Wild-Card Round - NYTimes.com
The Saints are solid favorites in this game. Despite a below-average defense this season, New Orleans has an offense that has been just too good to keep up with. A not-so-well-known but meaningful stat is that the Saints are best in the league at holding onto the ball, with just a 0.5 percent fumble rate. The Lions are at 1.9 percent, and the league average is 2 percent.

Saints bring the blitz ... but Stafford thrives on it

LAGNIAPPE:

Brees Named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' most impressive record still to come? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
NFL Network rated Johnny Unitas' touchdown streak as one that will never be broken

Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles make a rich New Orleans Saints offense even richer - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
After winning a Super Bowl, the challenge for most teams is keeping the core intact and avoiding a dropoff as key players age or become too expensive. The Saints' offense, however, has added firepower since its 2009 championship run, with tight end Jimmy Graham and tailback Darren Sproles emerging as two of the NFL's most dynamic players this season....

Feelin' the Brees graphic: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 15 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 12-3 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers have performed through Game 15 and during their 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Monday night.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quick Reads: 2011 in Review
Analysis: It's awfully clear who the top three quarterbacks in the league are, and all three were in the top three last year, too. If you're wondering, even if we go with DYAR per game, the rankings still go Brees-Rodgers-Brady.

Shotgun formation and the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Drew Brees led the NFL with a 70.3 completion percentage out of the shotgun formation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Brees completed 256 of 364 passes for 3,164 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Creecy and Labit Named Chevron/Saints Teachers of the Week

Payton: Importance In This Season Was to Find Offensive Balance

49ers chat excerpts - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
KRAZYLEGS: Do you honestly think the 49ers have a shot against the Saints? We are talking about limiting their potent offense to 17 or fewer points, when they routinely put up 35-plus. BARROWS: Yes, I truly do. For one, the Saints aren't as good on the road. Two, the 49ers gave the Saints all they could handle last year. Three, I think the 49ers' coaches are very good, and giving them an extra week to prepare is a considerable advantage.

VIDEO:

HC Sean Payton's Press Conference 1/4/12

Sound FX: Drew Brees


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