Fleur-de-Links: November 20, 2012

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints sign OT William Robinson to help cover O-line while Strief and Brown recover from injuries

TWEETS:

Saints sign T William Robinson who was briefly with team last year. Also cut Greg Camarillo. Robinson is a 5 year vet from SDSU, undrafted.

Wow haha " I stared at him yesterday for about 3 mins tryin to decide if he was dead or alive "

Ted Cottrell reduced Ed Reed's one-game suspension to only a $50,000 fine. Wow...


As points out, Ed Reed's $50,000 fine is tax deductible. Tax Benefit at 35% = $17,. Actual cost of fine = $32,500.

Just left the TURKEY GIVEAWAY... Always a great time

Saints players handing out Turkeys at Dryades YMCA in New Orleans!

Not much more enjoyable these days than seeing Goodell look like a fool. His authority is being undermined at every angle.

Oh, please. League fondles itself in front of everyone as a show of power, reduces suspension on appeal, legitimizes appeal process.

Now, when Tagliabue f***s all the bounty players with same suspensions, they can point to Reed and say "BUT LOOK, APPEALS ARE VALID"

They're playing the media and the fans like a f***ing fiddle. S***, I expected better from some of you.

Whole thing was orchestrated, premeditated. Goodell and Cottrell playing ball together

Now anyone ever to challenge the legitimacy of the appeals process will be met with "REED! REED!"

Thx 2 our partners Truth Worldwide and St. George's Episcopal Harper's Hope 41 food drive raised over 5000lbs of food

Don't forget to drop off a toy @ participating Walgreens stores for my Toy Drive for the Forgotten Angel Network. Thank you for caring!

I think I got everything... Hopefully

Is it sunday yet! Big week of prep for the 49ers... I'm ready to get this thing started.

I know the Hitler videos are played out, but someone really did an awesome job dubbing this one

There should be no hitting in the head but a moving target and malice not always involved. Playing defense in NFL becoming more difficult

Given status, Ed Reed punishment an attention-getter. NFL deserves credit for trying to eliminate using the helmet or hitting in head.

After watching wide receiver Plaxico Burress workout today, the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to sign him.

It's ridiculous that in the past 3 years Ed Reed has prob played over 3000 plays and gets suspended one game for 3 plays

Jus received my package!!! Major s/o to ..a master mind in BowTie fashion..!!! Check em out y

Why the Saints' win Sunday was a lot bigger than it might seem:

Happiness is meant to be a part of who you are NOT an experience that passes by

Rehab and family time! RT : What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Through Week 11, continues to own the NFL’s best net punting avg. (45.2)

Saints face division leaders the next 3 games: vs SF (Nov. 25), at ATL (Nov. 29) & at NYG (Dec. 9)

Harbaugh already being purposefully cryptic about who will start at QB between Alex Smith & Kaepernick. Making the Saints gameplan for both

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh on QB situation: "I usually tend to go with the guy that has the hot hand and we have two that have a hot hand."

Through Week 11, Brees leads the NFL in TD passes (28) & is 2nd in passing yds (3,066)

If only Saints penalties had been appealed, decided on lightning-fast Reed-like time frame. I know. I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

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MORE ON SAINTS' WIN OVER RAIDERS:

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Undead
Perhaps over the last 3 seasons or so, a blowout road win over a bottom-feeder might have drawn yawns. But not this season, no sir. This season, especially at this particular point in the season, it's a pretty big f***in' deal.

New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders play-by-play observations: Film Study Part 2 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
More observations from Saints' 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders

Week 11 power rankings | ProFootballTalk
13. Saints: We’ve got a feeling Gregg Williams won’t be seeking — or receiving — permission to attend the Saints’ first meeting with the 49ers since the "kill the head" game.

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: Week 11, Saints at Raiders: Can't You Hear Me Knocking?
All of a sudden, at 5-5, with a head of billowing steam, an emerging identity, and a reinvigorated purpose, the Saints have arrived, just in the nick of time, to kick in the back door of a party nobody wants them attending.

Grumpy Old Man Explains - Who Dat Social Club
So. Maybe you’re wondering, "why don’t he write?" I’m sorry, I haven’t been Himself lately. Not surprisingly, I’m kinda burned out. Of course, that was the nub of Roger’s nefarious plan

Saints alive! 5-5 team still has work to do in NFC playoff picture
If the playoffs were to start Saturday, I suspect no NFC division champion would want to face the streaking New Orleans Saints on Wildcard Weekend.

Saints OT Charles Brown still being evaluated after injuring knee vs. Raiders | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown was undergoing testing and evaluation Monday on his right knee, which he injured Sunday in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland.

Saints always believed they’d be able to climb the 0-4 mountain | wwltv.com New Orleans
On Sept. 30, moments after the Saints fell to 0-4 by falling two points short of a win at Green Bay, then-interim head coach Aaron Kromer stood beneath the Lambeau Field stands, defiantly likening the task in front of the team to mountain climbing.

Vilma’s addition to the Saints’ defense has aided in its resurgence of late | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jonathan Vilma’s status with the Saints as an on-field contributor looked dire in July when, in court filings related to his lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the public found out just how badly his knee was hurt during the 2011 season.

Oakland Raiders routed 38-17 by New Orleans Saints - Inside Bay Area
The Oakland Raiders lost their third in a row, falling 38-17 to the New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders: Grading the Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints - Inside Bay Area
Report card on Oakland Raiders 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints

A statistical look at New Orleans Saints through Week 11 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Drew Brees takes league lead in passing TDs, while Saints move on the plus end of the turnover ratio

New Orleans Saints offense plays classic game of mix and match vs. Oakland Raiders: Film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints' opening touchdown drive was filled with variety of formations, personnel packages and play calls

Bobby Hebert: We're On A Roll Now!
Man, the Raiders are a bad team, but that just shows you how the NFL is! This is the team that team beat the Steelers, and the Chiefs beat us. How in the hell can that happen? It just goes to show you got to come to play week in and week out, no matter who you’re facing.

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NEXT UP: SAN FRANCISCO 49ers:

New Orleans Saints sign T William Robinson with injuries to Zach Strief, Charles Brown - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints release WR Greg Camarillo to make room

Looks like Kaepernick won over the 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
SAN FRANCISCO -- Coach Jim Harbaugh saw what you saw. All the San Francisco 49ers did. They know what you're thinking about Colin Kaepernick declaring

Colin Kaepernick creates Niners QB controversy with incredible outing against Bears - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: The team must now contemplate whether to stick with the second-year passer over Alex Smith.

San Francisco 49ers defeat Chicago Bears - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
49ers 32, Bears 7 San Francisco 49ers defeat Chicago Bears

Jim Harbaugh on San Francisco Quarterbacks: "I Usually Tend to Go With the Guy Who’s Got the Hot Hand" | The Big Lead
Kaepernick destroyed a Bears defense that had been dominating other quarterbacks.

New Orleans Saints tailbacks all running strong: How would you use them against San Francisco 49ers? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Sound off on the Saints question of the day

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REALLY, ED REED GETS THIS KIND OF APPEAL PROCESS BUT SAINTS PLAYERS DON'T?:

Ed Reed’s suspension is reduced to $50,000 fine | ProFootballTalk
The speed with which everything transpired makes us wonder whether the NFL simply wanted to get the attention of players by issuing the suspension, with every expectation that the suspension would be overturned. Reed’s name recognition and lack of reputation as a big hitter helped send the message; the dramatically expedited appeal process ensured that Reed and the Ravens would suffer no competitive disadvantage.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Joe Horn to appear at Saints Hall of Fame before 49ers game Sunday
Former New Orleans Saints standout wide receiver Joe Horn will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum on Sunday, November 25 from 1 PM-2:30 PM, prior to the New Orleans Saints home game against the San Francisco 49ers.

DeAngelo Hall has heated altercation with reporter | ProFootballTalk
Multiple reports from Redskins beat writers tell the tale of Hall laying into Mike Jones of the Washington Post at the Redskins facility. Rich Campbell of the Washington Times reports it was a "profane, non-physical" altercation that eventually had to be broken up by defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. Campbell reports that Hall and Jones later met calmly to discuss the matter.

Raiders release Aaron Curry | ProFootballTalk
Per Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, bad knees limited Curry’s effectiveness, as he played in just two games this year, totalling 18 snaps against the Ravens and Saints.

Brees’ foundation will donate $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief | ProFootballTalk
Brees also tells CBS News that another $2 million will be given to various New Orleans organizations over the next several months.

'Person to Person' visits home of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees | NOLA.com
Episode airs at 9 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23) on WWL-TV.

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VIDEO OF GOODELL'S POST WEEK 11 STAFF MEETING:


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