Fleur-de-Links: May 31, 2012

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TWEETS:

Roger Goodell granted 21 day extension to respond to Vilma's defamation suit.Due on July 5, 2012. More scintillating updates to follow.

Curtis Lofton on the linebacker competition for the Saints "We have 7 guys that could easily be starters."

Thanks to P for keeping the hair short ! Hit up Beauty Lounge off S Peters.

Annual Pat Summerall Award will go to Archie Manning 1/31 at Legends for Charity® Dinner in NOLA for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Thanks to all the fans who were out at the Concert in the Square yesterday for showin us rookies some love!

I would rather live one day as a Lion, than a lifetime as a Lamb.

Saints interim HC Joe Vitt on Drew Brees, who still is a no-show: "He'll be here. What else is he going to do? He can't sing or dance."

So does that mean Joe Vitt is discounting Drew Brees from Dancing With The Stars...?

Extremely honored to have moderated the panel for , alongside this afternoon. Steve, is an inspiration!

Good week of practice... Next week we got a couple two-a-days. I'm enjoying learning the new defense. We are gonna have some fun this year!!

Mr. speaking with the media

We had a great work week. I'm getting more & more comfortable behind center. Excited for the long weekend then Mini Camp next week!

OTA#6 week #2 Only way 2 know U had a great week of work is when U finish and realize U have nothing left 2 give

*throbbing boner* RT : Darren Sproles at practice today

As he has been throughout one crisis after another, Vitt admirably calm and forthright at podium. This is a guy unfazed by crush of media.

*throbbing boner* RT : YES RT : Interesting formation... W Smith, C Jordan at DT and M Wilson, Galette at DE.

"The thing about Chase (Daniel) is he's been under Drew for 3 years," Vitt says, noting backup has thorough knowledge of Saints scheme, tone

Vitt said Lofton tends to put himself in "the toughest position on the field" to ease the burden on his teammates

Vitt said he still feels confident about Brees' contract situation. He said he had a great conversation with him recently "he will be here"

Vitt said Scott Shanle has had an outstanding camp so far. Coach said his skill level has not diminished.

A standing ovation for Steve Gleason, Scott Fujita and Team Gleason at the Social Innovation Summit at the U.N.

Steve Spagnuolo &

LINKS:

Curtis Lofton fitting perfectly with Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"Number one, he’s lost some weight and body fat,’’ New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt said after Thursday’s workout. "His ability to change direction in space, his ability to drop his weight and burst on the ball, and then his angles to the ball and his closing speed have been shocking to me. They’ve been shocking to his teammates too. We know what we’ve got; we’ve got a thumper. We’ve got a guy who loves the contact, he’s a downhill linebacker. To watch his athleticism in space, his ability to flip his hips and burst, has really been a nice addition.’’

Goodell confident bounty hunting no longer issue | NFL Football | The Sun Herald
Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's confident bounty hunting will no longer be an issue in the NFL because of the severe penalties handed out in the wake of the New Orleans Saints scandal.

Saints coach Joe Vitt talks about whether Drew Brees can dance… and other OTAs reflections - NFL.com
Chase Daniel is no Brees. Not exactly breaking news there. But watch practice for a few minutes, and it’s evident. The pseudo starter doesn’t throw the ball terribly, and he had a couple of nice deep connections. But during 7-on-7 when the defense started blitzing, Daniel took about four would-be sacks. And when he was pressured, he looked flustered and threw some bad balls. I had thought it would look bad without Brees… and man, does it.

Joe Vitt is "pretty sure" Drew Brees will show up, but doesn’t say when | ProFootballTalk
As Vitt sees it, Brees has no alternatives to football. "What else is he going to do, he can’t sing or dance," Vitt said.

Joe Vitt says New Orleans Saints linebacker position is the deepest he has had - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"It's probably the deepest group I've ever been around," interim coach Joe Vitt said. "I would say this, linebacker one through seven or eight could start for a lot of teams in the National Football League. That's a compliment to the group."

Daily Special, May 31, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club

Saints mini-camp practice schedule | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints mini-camp practice sessions are free and open to the public. Practices will be held at the team's facility at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie.

Arbitrator meets with NFL, players' union | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
An arbitrator has met with the NFL and the players' union in a dispute over Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to punish players in the New Orleans Saints bounties scandal.

Saints Nation: Chronic Podcast - Breesageddon Edition | May

Saints Host Junior Training Camp at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Covington

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthough: Southern Accents
Harper admitted in a recent interview that he has trouble with Spagnuolo’s accent. "I kind of felt bad because I interrupted him on his meeting, but I didn't understand what he was saying, so I had to ask," Harper said. Harper hails from Prattville, Alabama. Spags is from Northbridge, Massachusetts. English is the language that divides them.

Fired equipment manager accuses Rams of age discrimination | ProFootballTalk
Hewitt, who started working in the Los Angeles Rams’ equipment department as an 11-year-old assistant to his father in 1967, sued the Rams in St. Louis County Court, alleging age discrimination, and he accuses former Rams head coach (and current Saints defensive coordinator) Steve Spagnuolo of specifically targeting him because of his age.

New Orleans Saints OTA May 31 updates - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
From the Saints facility on Airline Drive.

New Orleans Saints OTAs: defensive line impressions - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
At defensive end, for example, veteran Will Smith and second-year man Cameron Jordan are the starters. But given Smith's 4-game suspension when the season starts, the Saints are giving lots of reps to Turk McBride and moving ends Turk McBride, Junior Gallette, Greg Romeus and Martez Wilson in and out.

New Orleans Saints LB Jon Vilma on field Thursday, but does not practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
With Vilma not on the field, the middle linebacker position Thursday was filled, as it was last week, by free agent signing Curtis Lofton.

New Orleans Saints secondary subtle early impressions - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Interceptions, or, more accurately, the lack thereof have been a problem for the Saints recently and Spagnuolo has some new drills for his defensive backs. In one, they stand on the side of a high pole and are required to reach around it and catch balls thrown to the opposite side of where they are standing. The backs also have drills catching balls that are painted white on both tips, some times hauling in throws after running a distance under a net designed to keep them low.

VIDEO:

VIDEO: Joe Vitt's Press Conference 5/31/12



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