Fleur-de-Links: November 23, 2012

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The New York Jets are pathetic!

TWEETS:

Vitt said OT Charles Brown (knee) & DE Junior Galette (ankle) are both "long shots" to play on Sunday

I love Drew Brees but his CBS Cribz episode will be the lamest thing ever.

Drew Brees, his wife Priscilla, and their children, Precious, Periwinkle and Peanut on CBS's lifestyle showcase crap show tonight

I'm pretty much never wrong when it comes to picking NFL winners.

Attn Xbox360 honks: due to a printing error in a circular is charging only $10 for 1600 Microsoft points. Normally $20. Go nuts.

I shouldn't delight in another fan's misery, but seriously...Fireman Ed, folks.

Just got to the Saints facility, and heard is in town. Uh oh ...

Brees’ family & home will be featured on CBS' "Person to Person" tonight at 9 pm CT

Safety Donte Whitner said on the Dan Patrick Show that Colin Kaepernick is the starter for Sunday's game against the Saints.

": Saints will wear black jerseys and black pants Sunday"

No I'm working! RT : are you shopping? Have a gr8 day!!!

The 49ers returned some of their allotment of tickets for Sunday’s game! They're available here

Congrats to Bill Belichick on the remarkable achievement of 200 wins. Joins Shula, Halas, Landry, Lambeau, Brown, Noll and Schottenheimer.

Vilma usually starts the day with a "Who's workin'..." tweet. Today: RT Who's shopping...lol

is sponsored by Assassin's Creed today, meaning the website can fall ten stories into a haystack without dying.

Happy black and GOLD Friday Saints fans!

Never take today for granted

Who all was shopping at midnight?? And what great deals did y'all get?

NFL EVP Ray Anderson told me this AM that Ndamukong Suh's hit on Matt Schaub "drew our attention", will be reviewed after Week 12.

Up early watching game film on the 49ers...

Another pic: catches the game-winning TD vs the Cowboys in 2010

A form of well done: Three teams - Houston, Washington, New England - went on the road, on a short four-day week, and came away with a W.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope everyone enjoyed it and ate well

Week 12 Playsheet leads with defensive players sounding off on the fine system, and the protection that they don't get:

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SAINTS PREPARE FOR 49ers:

Injury Update: Right tackle still concerns Saints; QB questions surround 49ers
Zach Strief was once again limited in pracrice ahead of the the Saints' showdown with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The starting right tackle is recovering from groin surgery. Rookie third stringer Bryce Harris is preparing for his first NFL start if Strief cannot play.

Saints confident in OT Harris after standout performance against Raiders | wwltv.com New Orleans
When Bryce Harris was tossed into the fire against Oakland, he fulfilled the one Saints motto that transcends seasons and coaching changes. He was the next man up. And he didn’t blink.

Saints keenly aware of havoc 49ers LB Aldon Smith, DE Justin Smith wreak | wwltv.com New Orleans
Joe Vitt loathes giving up anything that might be considered part of New Orleans’ game plan. But the Saints’ interim head coach was more than willing to give up one nugget this week, a piece that really isn’t so secretive.

Drew Brees, Saints look for revenge on 49ers for last year's playoff defeat - Dennis Dillon - SI.com
San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) at New Orleans Saints (5-5)

Saints, Steelers among NFL's most desperate teams - NFL.com

It's getting to be must-win time in cities like New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Who else made Gregg Rosenthal's list of the teams that need a win the most in Week 12.

Drew Brees Should Be An MVP Candidate

Drew Brees has played great and shown leadership this season and he could very will win the MVP.

Saints Nation: Scouting the 49ers

Most of us remember the 49ers from the playoff game last year, but let me get straight to the point in emphasizing that this is by far the best defense the Saints will play all year.

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston on verge of breaking team TD record - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

Will 49ers stop Colston from making Saints history? New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston on verge of breaking team TD record

Saints S Malcolm Jenkins could be used in his old collegiate role if needed

Saints S Malcolm Jenkins could be used in his old collegiate role if needed.

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49ers PREPARE FOR SAINTS:

49ers in no hurry to clear Smith to play
Test for final medical clearance for 49ers QB Alex Smith might not occur until after the club arrives in New Orleans.

Young sizes up Kaepernick, compares him to Favre
"There were some throws. He’s got a little interesting throwing motion. A little Phillip Rivers-y. Just a little different. But, I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me. As long as you deliver it.

Young on Smith v. Kaepernick: "They’re not going to get in a fist fight in the locker room."
Steve Young spoke on KNBR Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said about the 49ers quarterback controversy.

Doug Farrar calls Kaepernick "the perfect quarterback" for the 49ers offensive scheme

Cosell breaks down how the Saints should game plan for Kaepernick
The Saints defense has played better the last couple of weeks. Clearly they are understanding Steve Spagnuolo’s pressure concepts a little bit more. We’re seeing a lot more of the zone blitz schemes that he’s done very well over his career.

MLB Rumors: Smith Healthy, But 49ers to Start Kaepernick
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been medically cleared to play however according to a source with knowledge of the situation the 49ers are planning to start Colin Kaepernick versus the New Orleans Saints.

49ers vs. Saints: Drew Brees by the numbers - Niners Nation

While there's no doubt he's played well, you might be surprised by some of the statistics on Drew Brees in 2012.

What's next for Kaepernick, Smith and 49ers - Football Wires - MiamiHerald.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman repeatedly said Thursday that "no decision has been made" on who will start at quarterback for the 49ers on Sunday in New Orleans.

49ers safety Donte Whitner says QB Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday vs. New Orleans Saints in radio interview - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

Starter Alex Smith has been limited in practice this week with a concussion

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BOUNTYFARCE:

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma unhappy he won't be able to face accusers Gregg Williams, Mike Cerullo in bounty hearings - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I'm kind of disappointed in that these are the guys that essentially made the case against me," Vilma said Friday afternoon. "I would love to be there to see them, hear what they had to say. ... For whatever reason, (Tagliabue) felt like I didn't need to be there."

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NFL LOOKING TO MAKE STADIUMS SAFER FROM OVERLY-AGGRESSIVE HOME TEAM FANS:

NFL making fan safety a high priority as aggressive behavior escalates - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Some Saints fans complained about their Candlestick Park experience

New Orleans Saints fans well-behaved, according to stadium executive - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
SMG's Doug Thornton says 4-5 fans a game get ejected

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LAGNIAPPE:

'NFL Films Presents': Brees breaks Unitas' record - NFL Videos
New Orleans QB Drew Brees received a nice surprise from Joe Unitas, Johnny Unitas' son, before Brees broke Unitas' record. Take a look at this story of how the younger Unitas wrote a script to honor his father.

Saints Players, United Way Participate in "Hope for the Holidays" Campaign
Fans can enter for a chance to win signed Saints gear

Defensive players questioning NFL's disciplinary approach - NFL.com
Albert Breer reports that discipline levied on Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed struck a nerve with Reed's colleagues around the NFL, who say the league punishes them more than it does offensive players.

Some NFL teams found great bargains -- Adam Schefter's 10 Spot - ESPN
• Saints TE Jimmy Graham, $540,000: The Patriots took care of tight end Rob Gronkowski, and the Saints will have to do the same for Graham.

Until red-flag rule changes, coaches should hand them off | ProFootballTalk
NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson said on the Black Friday edition of The Dan Patrick Show that the rule that wipes out replay review if the head coach has the audacity to ask for that which he already is entitled could be changed not after the current season but during it.

Report: Suh could be facing a one-game suspension | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today on The Dan Patrick Show, NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson said that the foot to the groin by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub "appeared to be a little out of the ordinary" and that "[i]t didn’t appear to be a natural footbal...

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