Fleur-de-Links: December 18, 2012

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE:Nick Saban finally discusses what led to Dolphins passing on Drew Brees in 2006.

Tweets:

Heading to the studio, looking forward to being on The show airs at 5:00 PM central on CBS Sports Network. Thanks for having me

Happy born day fam

Saints packing lunches for food bank’s Kids’ Café After-School Program ,

Akiem Hicks & Isa Abdul-Quddus packing lunches for food bank’s Kids’ Café After-School Program ,

Lots of outrage over Tebow ... Here's the thing: If the players believe McElroy's the better option, hard for a coach to go the other way.

You don't have to tell the world what you are doing. Just do it and if the world finds out, so be it.

Jabari Greer talks about his 2-INT performance vs the Bucs (VIDEO)

": Anybody know where I could get some quality YOGA" Here you go big guy....

Wearing my 'Frate Train' shirt for my workout. -SG

With 6-time executive of the year Bill Polian on ESPN roster, NFLPA all-star game Jan 19 will attract significant draft prospects.

Greg Jennings doesn't expect to return to Packers in 2013

ESPN reaches deal to televise NFLPA collegiate all-star football game. Jan. 19 in Los Angeles.

Happy birthday to my Lil homie .. 07 class son!

Look forward to attending Home for the Holidays event supporting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund Friday 12/21. Info at

Wow, so many birthday wishes...thank you all!! I appreciate all my followers, ya'll the best!!

School visit at Sara T Reed elementary big ups to pizza was bomb

Santa Moore: handing out gifts to patients at

Hey - why isn't it a bigger deal that Roger Goodell suspended you for something that, as it turns out, you never did?

Hey - why haven't you profusely apologized yet for suspending for something that, as it turns out, he never did?

speculates on what the league would have looked like if Drew Brees signed with the Dolphins.

Some playoff possibility number crunching

After the first practice with POWERUP,I knew this was a piece of equipment that would help my game.

I was serious bout "YOGA" New Orleans I need it in my life ASAP

Maybe I have soccer in my future then RT : because you jump and catch the ball like a goalkeeper !

Had an awrsome time visting everyone!RT meet 3-day old K'Aron at

I want to thank Tommy & for giving me some time this morning to talk to some True Saints! Thanks to all the troops who called in!

Be sure to wish a Happy Birthday to ! No. 23 turns 28 today

What's the 1 thing on Graham's gift wish list this holiday season? "To go 2-0 to end the regular season"

So crazy that Christmas is only a wk away. Time definitely flies. Hope everyone is ready for the holiday. Have a great day

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Sean Payton Speculation:

Payton a good bet to return to Saints
Whatever Sean Payton is, and he is many wonderful things, he is loyal. My gut tells me that he'll be back for Drew Brees, Mickey Loomis and Tom Benson. Oh yeah, he'll be back to return the love of the NFL's best fans, the Who Dat Nation. Along the way, I think he'd like to take home an "untarnished" Lombardi while the team he built is still in it's prime.

Bell: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should stick with Jason Garrett
IRVING, Texas -- After hours at the Dallas Cowboys headquarters. It was stone silent. Visitors, receptionists and the front office staff were gone when a figure appeared in the darkness. Tall. Slim. Wearing a

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More on Saints' Beat-down of Bucs:

New Orleans Saints' first shutout in 17 years was a total team effort: Film Study | NOLA.com
Cornerback Jabari Greer, ends Will Smith and Junior Galette among Saints' standout players in 41-0 victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers play-by-play observations: Film Study Part 2 | NOLA.com
More details from Saints' 41-0 victory

Saints happy with progression of defense after rough start to season | wwltv.com New Orleans
With about six minutes to go in Sunday’s demolition of Tampa Bay, New Orleans defensive lineman Cam Jordan realized something special was happening.

Drew Brees' passing game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Graphic | NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 41-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

moosedenied " Blog Archive " We are hope despite the times…
To hell with drafting five spots higher come April. That right there hit the damn spot, and was totally worth it.

Joe Vitt: The Defense Has Improved Every Week
Vitt recaps win over Bucs and talks about the defense's progress

Steve Spagnuolo: "Your Best Game Should Be The Next Game"
New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo Press Conference Monday, December 17, 2012

New Orleans Saints hope defensive performance against the Bucs won't be their best of the season | NOLA.com
Shutout win was the first of Steve Spagnuolo's NFL career

Mickles: Saints defense flashes its potential | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — In the moments after the New Orleans Saints defense looked like the Steel Curtain, Doomsday Defense and Monsters of the Midwa…

Drew Brees receives fourth nomination for weekly FedEx Air Player of the Week honor | NOLA.com
Drew Brees has won the honor once this season

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Saints @ Cowboys:

New Orleans Saints place CB Corey White on IR; add WR Saalim Hakim to 53-man roster | NOLA.com
Rookie Corey White served as primary nickel cornerback when healthy

New Orleans Saints add safety Phillip Thomas, guard Wayne Tribue to practice squad | NOLA.com
Signings fill open spots after Saints added Jerico Nelson, Ricky Henry to 53-man roster last week

Dez Bryant vows to play against New Orleans Saints

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Nick Saban Discusses Drew Brees Decision While @ Miami:

Nick Saban: Miami Dolphins picked Drew Brees over Daunte Culpepper | NOLA.com
Dolphins eventually traded for Culpepper, who played four games with the team

Nick Saban: Miami Dolphins docs flunked Drew Brees - NFL.com
As long as Nick Saban is answering questions about his brief NFL coaching career, he'll be talking about why the Miami Dolphins didn't land Drew Brees. The topic came up again Monday.

N "if" L: What if Drew Brees signed with the Dolphins? - NFL Videos
In 2006, free-agent QB Drew Brees signed a deal with the Saints instead of the Dolphins. Dave Dameshek explores what the NFL landscape would look like had Brees landed in Miami.

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Lagniappe:

With Pro Bowl voting closing, Saints' Morstead close to setting NFL record | wwltv.com New Orleans
Thomas Morstead won’t openly politic for a spot on this year’s Pro Bowl roster. But rest assured if the Saints’ punter were to be left off, he would be devastated. And he would deserve to be.

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead well on his way to NFL record books | NOLA.com
Thomas Morstead is on pace to set NFL single-season record in net punt average

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