Fleur-de-Links: September 11, 2012

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TWEETS:

Jonathan Vilma to inform NFL that he will speak to Roger Goodell first time on bounty, lawyer Peter Ginsberg tells me. Quotes next

How about this for a sunrise!

"Imitation is the best form of flattery"...I'm gunna have to breakout my new dunks next week to see if everybody can keep up.

Fox’s broadcast team for the Saints-Panthers game Sunday: Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and

ESPN's NFL Power Rankings: Biggest riser: Redskins (up 9 spots, to 15). Biggest faller: Seahawks (down 6 spots, to 26)…

Niners fan here. You're a class act, so get healthy!! Pic of you and my son. Thanks.

Remembered #911 ...United We Stand!!

Does anyone remember where they were when the 9/11 attacks happened? I do..something that I'll never forget..

Today we remember the heroes and the victims of 9/11, the families affected, And the wounded country that still stands strong!

Have you purchased your ticket for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation "Taste of New Orleans" fundraiser? Don't miss out.

Great food, great wine, live music,auctions and Saints players @ TMJF "Taste of New Orleans" fundraiser. Get tickets @

Getting hydrated for this weeks game against

We Will Never Forget 9/11... This pic still one of the most inspirational I have ever seen

:gamefilm: RT The all-22 only helps on a handful of plays a game. Very overrated for film studies.

Remember all the fallen heroes of 9/11. Thank a man or women in uniform today for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9-11. Take some time today 2 reflect on the victims & their families & to send special thoughts & prayers.

Lifting our country up in prayer and saluting our first responders and armed forces

Nirvana tribute band. RT Hey where do you think your stud backup Curtis Painter ends up next?

": karma is a bitch. Should of missed all 16." I was emotional leading the who dat chant but it felt gr8!!Whodat

": pup is a hell of alot better than no access to facilities tho." preach

Disappointed I'm missing the next 4 games on PUP... but no superbowl was ever won by wk 6 of the season

Amazing how few beers it takes me to make me strut around the house like I'm walking down the aisle at Wrestlemania. The dogs are confused.

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THE DEBACLE, OR WHY I JUST THREW UP IN MY MOUTH A LITTLE:

New Orleans Saints were on their heels against Washington Redskins: Film Study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Redskins defense was more aggressive, more successful in 40-32 victory over Saints in Week 1

moosedenied " Blog Archive " And if she cries, well then you’ll know that your plan is full of holes…
Welp, so much for that. Back to the drawing board. The time to panic has come. We must now move forward and turn to the town's all-purpose contingency plan. Plan B? Yes… B.

" Unindicated The Angry Who Dat
It was a hell of a thing when Steve Spagnuolo came into town and started talking about getting a pass rush with the front four. In all our glee, we forgot to question whether that could really happen. Well, it didn’t.

SaintsWin: Analysis & Opinion: Week 1, Redskins at Saints: Kromer's Choice
Each week this season, I'll provide a quick recap of relevant stats and a brief commentary from each game. At four-week intervals, I'll provide a more comprehensive breakdown of Saints' stats and measure how the team ranks league-wide over a variety of categories.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Any Given Sunday: Redskins over Saints
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Aaron Kromer Discusses Redskins Game, Upcoming Contest Against Carolina

Tom Brady on Robert Griffin III: "He’s incredible" | ProFootballTalk
A Hall of Fame quarterback named Fran Tarkenton once hosted a TV show called That's Incredible. A future Hall of Fame quarterback named Tom Brady could be getting ready to audition for the revival (once his nose heals) when it comes to rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Recent Super Bowl champions had a rough first week | ProFootballTalk
Yes, the first week of the regular season doesn't mean anything. But here's something meaningless that is worth at least mentioning. A loyal PFT reader points out that, with one week in the books for the teams that have won the last seven Super Bowls, the last seven Super Bowl winners are a com...

Saints party isn't over yet -- Gerry V | NOLA.com
Still time for the Saints to turn it around

New Orleans Saints loss to Washington Redskins: The good, the bad, the ugly - New Orleans New Orleans Saints | Examiner.com
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints suffered a tragic loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, September 9, 2012 to the tune of 40-32. Many are saying their

Saints Nation Podcast: Assessing the Redskin RGIII Damage Edition | September

Drew Brees' passing game against the Washington Redskins: Graphic - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 40-32 loss to the Washington redskins Sunday.

Re-Focused: Redskins @ Saints, Week 1 | ProFootballFocus.com
A superstar was born as Robert Griffin III led Washington to a stunning victory. But this game was more than about him, with several noteworthy performances.

Daily Special, September 11, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club
Well, Sunday’s game was, all in all, an unpleasant experience. Kind of like getting a root canal and an enema at the same time, and the technicians keep getting confused.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

The fine line between targeting injured players and bounties | ProFootballTalk
Football is a game of attrition, and inducing attrition is part of the game. Dispensing walking-around money for doing what the players already have an incentive to do, while against the rules, is far less sinister than attempting to injure with dirty or illegal hits — especially hits that come after the whistle.

New Orleans Saints -- Jonathan Vilma willing to meet with Roger Goodell - ESPN
"I'm expecting a fair meeting, unlike the June 18 appeals hearing. We can all benefit from transparency regarding evidence and witnesses instead of using conjecture or hearsay to come to inaccurate conclusions. I look forward to getting this accomplished."

Vilma’s offer to meet with Goodell has clear strings attached | ProFootballTalk
"If the Commissioner feels sitting down with Jonathan and discussing matters will lead to a quick and fair resolution, Jonathan has been and continues to be willing to cooperate in any way that helps the truth come out," Ginsberg told Werder. "We only hope the Commissioner keeps an open mind and doesn’t feel restricted by his previous and clearly erroneous conclusions."

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Meeting would be the first between Goodell and Vilma regarding bounties

NFL, NFLPA exchange letters on next steps in New Orleans Saints bounty saga - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
League will listen to any new information by end of business Tuesday, while players' union reaffirms innocence

Video: Union contacts NFL on suspensions - NFC South Blog - ESPN
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith sends a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, to outline the union's expectations on how to handle playe

Video: Vilma willing to meet with Goodell - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Jonathan Vilma is willing to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the bounty allegations.

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THE REPLACEMENTS:

Website Notes Error in 12 Men Penalty on Saints
In a feature it calls the "21 worst referee mistakes from Sunday," the site points out a glaring error that extended a Redskins drive by more than five minutes in the second half.

Here Are The 21 Worst Replacement Referee Mistakes From Sunday

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LOOKING AHEAD TO CAROLINA:

New Orleans Saints Turn Their Focus to The Carolina Panthers
The Saints are ready for their first NFC South contest when they face the Panthers after suffering a 40-32 loss to the Redskins last Sunday

Saints say they won't panic, will refocus this week in practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
Throughout Monday’s open locker room session for the New Orleans Saints, players said Sunday’s loss came down to a lack of execution more than anything else.

Saints sign back to roster WR Adrian Arrington, place LB Jonathan Vilma on PUP | wwltv.com New Orleans
The Saints re-signed wide receiver Adrian Arrington on Monday two days after cutting him.

Wide receiver Adrian Arrington back with the New Orleans Saints
Wide receiver Adrian Arrington back with the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints recently signed safety Rafael Bush acquires No. 25 and happy to do so
New Orleans Saints recently signed safety Rafael Bush acquires No. 25 and happy to do so

Saints Announce Roster Moves

New Orleans Saints place LB Jonathan Vilma on physically unable to perform list - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints officially add WR Adrian Arrington back to 53-man roster

New Orleans Saints aren't going overboard after loss to the Washington Redskins - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints players say they'll regroup from loss

Saints remain defiant after post-bounty loss | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Strief appreciate that the Saints' season-opening loss did nothing to change the minds of those who expect the bounty scandal and related suspensions to undermine their 2012 season.

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LAGNIAPPE:

NFL Coaches Association leader meets with Goodell, team execs - CBSSports.com
Players have new CBA. Game officials want a new bargain. Now, the NFL's coaches are quietly working behind the scenes to better their relationships with the owners as a memo obtained by CBSSports.com details.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 2 Brings A New No. 1 - SBNation.com
Week 2 of SB Nation's power rankings sees a shake-up at the top with the Baltimore Ravens taking over the top spot.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons suffer blow; lose CB Brent Grimes for the season
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons suffer blow; lose CB Brent Grimes for the season.

Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter has excellent debut for Denver Broncos
Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter has excellent debut for Denver Broncos.

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