Fleur-de-Links: December 6, 2012

Ronald Martinez

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints inch closer to full health. Only Charles Brown and Corey White miss practice today.

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Felt good being back at practice today....

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Dear fans, Goodell's lackeys voted him into positive territory on the Time magazine poll. Lets go fix that, shall we? Pass it on...

Is the New Orleans Pelicans a good team name? No. It's the BEST team name:

sit only 2 Thursday ahead of game:

Joe Vitt said Drew Brees will be "absolutely" just as aggressive as he normally would be in a game.

Vitt on Cam Jordan: "He has learned how to play the game within the game."

INJ Rep: DNP-> C Brown (right knee), C White

Vitt once again says everybody else practiced.

How many people must block a day?

I agree with all of this. Because I can't let it go either, and also because the '12 Saints make me want to cut myself

Cut me, Mick. Cut me.

How funny would that be if the nyc Madam says Goodell was her client on dr Phil next week...

The Saints will wear white jerseys and black pants on Sunday

Drew Brees’ diving TD vs the Giants last season!

I think it's great that TIME is featuring Roger Goodell on the cover.

": what are the details of the fundraiser at Morton's and what is the cause?"Proceeds go to build schools in haiti

": what are the details of the fundraiser at Morton's and the cause?" has all the details.

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All the money in the world could not buy you today

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SAINTS @ GIANTS:

Saints missing only two at practice Thursday
The roster is close to full health with only two players held out of the workout. Tackle Charles Brown (right knee) continues to be out after from the injury suffered against the 49ers. Rookie cornerback Corey White (left knee) missed practice after not appearing on Wednesday injury report. Defensive end Martez Wilson, who missed Wednesday with a toe injury, and cornerback Johnny Patrick, who sat yesterday due to illness, were back to full participation along with the rest of the roster.

Saints sit only two in Thursday practice ahead of Giants game | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints safety Roman Harper was full go in practice a day after a rib injury limited him as New Orleans readies for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.

Saints understand slowing down Manning key to Giants game | wwltv.com New Orleans
Eli Manning still gets the question. You know the one, about what makes a quarterback elite and whether he fits in the category.

Pierre-Paul: Drew Brees is "much easier" matchup than RG3 | ProFootballTalk
"As a defense, like, we have to make a statement. We haven’t made a statement ever since, I’ll say, San Francisco. Well, I’m lying, because we did beat up on Green Bay quite a little bit. But, ever since then, we haven’t made a statement. We’ve just been losing," Pierre-Paul said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. "And we’re all not playing together. When you’re a team, on an organization like this, you’ve got to play together as one. Otherwise, you’ll keep going downhill."

New York Giants work to clarify what Pierre-Paul said about Drew Brees | NOLA.com
"He's not in any way inferring that it's not a difficult task (playing against Brees)," Coughlin said. "I think what he's referring to is the number of assignments and particulars/specifics that the previous offense forced for all the defensive front, linebackers and safeties in terms of assignment football, point-blank. I think he's referring to that. Just the difference in styles; not in any way, that Drew Brees isn't an excellent player, because he wouldn't do that."

Coach Tom Coughlin - 12/06
Coach Coughlin meets the media on Thursday to discuss injuries and more

Saints QB Brees won’t change his approach as final four-game stretch begins | wwltv.com New Orleans
Never before in his professional career has Drew Brees has to overcome a five interception game. This week, that’s exactly what he’s looking to do.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton coordinates improved defense for Saints - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"Really, I’m the on-field coordinator," Lofton told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "In this system, you’ve got five different calls in one (defensive) call. Your job from what you are seeing is to get the defense in the best call. If you’re not feeling something is there, check out of that call and put the defense in something else.

New Orleans Saints may be struggling, but NY Giants should not expect an easy time against Drew Brees and high-powered offense - NY Daily News
If the Giants were hoping to catch any sort of a break against a struggling New Orleans Saints team on Sunday, Drew Brees made it clear they can forget it. He’s coming off an ugly five-interception performance last Thursday night and he’ll have had more than a week to brood about that.

Brees touts confidence, not caution, for rebound | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Six days after playing one of the worst games of his 12-year NFL career, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made sure tha…

Saints’ Brees, Vitt praise Manning’s game - NYPOST.com
The Saints, whom the Giants play Sunday at MetLife Stadium, are big fans of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. "There are guys that I follow. There are guys that I like to watch,’’

Giants must defend Saints' running game
The Saints have notched 140 yards or more on four occasions this season

Giants vs. Saints Gameday Plaza Guide
Check out what's happening at MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the Giants vs. Saints game!

Knee soreness returns for Hakeem Nicks | ProFootballTalk
Nicks has played in the last seven games despite not being 100 percent so he certainly is still in play for this weekend. Given how little he’s been able to give the team in some of those seven games, however, it isn’t a great sign for the Giants offense that his knee has flared up again.

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ROGER GOODELL ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE? REALLY!?:

Roger Goodell Was A Narc In High School, And He's Proud Of It
What kind of horrible human being looks back on his high school days and thinks, "Boy, that sure was fun when I told on Bobby for drinking Thunderbird behind the equipment shed!"? You can take as many thoughtful-statesman cover shots of Goodell as you like; it still won't cover up the fact that THIS is the man currently in charge of football's future: a hired goon, a glorified lackey who will "protect" the integrity of a sport that has none to begin with by shoving all liability for the health of the players onto the players themselves. Unreal.

" What’s the Problem? The Angry Who Dat
Roger Goodell is on the cover of TIME, and everybody’s all pissy about it. I don’t see what the big deal is. I, for one, think it’s long overdue.

What are your thoughts on Time's cover story on Roger Goodell as 'The Enforcer' | NOLA.com
Roger Goodell is at the center of the punishments in the Saints bounty scandal

Forecast: Besides Goodell, what killed 2012 Saints season? | wwltv.com New Orleans
Once the Seahawks Russell Wilson threw an overtime touchdown in Chicago, the New Orleans Saints 2012 playoff dreams for all practical purposes died, so what besides Roger Goodell killed them?

Goodell floats novel idea for replacing kickoffs | ProFootballTalk
Sean Gregory of TIME writes that one of the options being considered for replacing kickoffs entails giving the ball to the team that would have been kicking off at its own 30, automatically facing a fourth down and 15 yards to go. The team can then choose to punt or go for it, via fake punt or otherwise.

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LAGNIAPPE:

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Cut me, Mick.
Welp, round 13 sure was a sumbitch.

Saints Nation: Evaluating Pete Carmichael Jr. as a Play Caller

New Orleans Saints need to develop young talent to remain contenders, says NFL Network's Mike Mayock: First-and-10 | NOLA.com
Mayock likes Saints' foundation but sees many positions where talent level has declined

F*** You, Pelicans Are Awesome: A Defense Of The NBA's Best New Team Name
So it looks like the New Orleans Hornets are going to change their name to become the Pelicans. You look around, and there are a bunch of smartasses making fun of this new name. Oh, a pelican, that's intimidating, they sneer. Well, here's what's up. These people don't know anything about good team names, and they sure as shit don't know anything about pelicans.

Some Saints not crazy about idea of NBA Pelicans | ProFootballTalk
Many people are making fun of the New Orleans NBA team for the notion they’re going to change their nickname from the borrowed-from-Charlotte Hornets moniker to the Pelicans.

Archie Manning says Peyton's hard work is why he's successful | NOLA.com
Peyton Manning has Denver Broncos in prime playoff position

CBA will funnel significant dollars to Jovan Belcher’s daughter | ProFootballTalk
According to the Associated Press, the Collective Bargaining Agreement provides benefits to Zoey in the amount of $108,000 for each of the next four years, $52,000 in the fifth year, and $48,000 per year until she turns 18. That’s more than $1 million in total payments through 2030. She also will receive all or part of a $600,000 life insurance policy, and $100,000 in retirement benefits earned by Belcher.

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