Fleur-de-Links: January 11, 2013

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints GM Mickey Loomis tells Bobby Hebert that team will ask league to have their 2nd round draft pick returned.

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Atlanta promotes Lionel Vital to Director of Player Personnel. Takes over for Dave Caldwell, who took over for Les Snead, who became Rams GM

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In Dallas this week, shocked how excited people are for a guy that was so bad at his last job he was fired by his own son.

I can't stomach any espn right now, talkin bout this football team and who's gon make it... Next yr it's gon b us!

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Just started watching this show on . Pretty good show. And the best part....no commercials 😁

Kissed me my momma goodbye lol sent pops a text my brother dropped me off at the airport and I'm outro 😳☀😎

"Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone, and more fragile than a rose." ~Turkish proverb

Mickey Loomis talks about Sean Payton's contract extension & expectations for 2013 (Audio/Quotes):

17 NFL Hall of Fame finalists just announced. Semifinalist Morten Andersen not one of them though. Final vote Feb. 2 in N.O.

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Mickey Loomis Audio Interview with Bobby Hebert

Mickey Loomis on WWL Radio 1/10/13
Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on WWL Radio about HC Sean Payton's contract extension, similarities between working in the NFL and NBA and Saints' offseason plan on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

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Saints

'Beasts' gets Oscar love, Lance Moore is man of the year and other Jazzes: Editorial | NOLA.com
JAZZ: Saints wide receiver LANCE MOORE was named the team's 2012 Man of the Year. The Saints also have nominated him for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Lance Moore Community Cares Program serves disadvantaged children and families who are in need of financial, educational and communal assistance. In addition, Moore was recently awarded the 2012 United Way Hope Award for his commitment to the community.

Commentary: No do-overs for Saints in 2012 | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Looks like the Saints are calling a mulligan on their 2012 season without suspended coach Sean Payton.

Saints Nation's Top 10 Plays of the 2012 Season: #10 - Devery Henderson's One Handed Catch | January | 2013 Articles

Newcomers, Skill Players Make Up 2012 All-Opponent Team
Jahri Evans, G, NO – The Saints racked up 562 yards of offense and did it both through the air and on the ground. Drew Brees threw the ball 53 times but was never sacked. Evans and fellow guard Ben Grubbs did a nice job of keeping a clean pocket for Brees, but also provided some running lanes as the Saints piled up 116 ground yards.

How many more games would the New Orleans Saints have won if Sean Payton was the coach in 2012? | NOLA.com
Saints question of the day

Loomis: Saints won’t ‘sweep anything under rug’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Still feeling the sting from the franchise’s first losing season since 2007, New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis vo…

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Hall of Fame Inductees

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Aeneas Williams named finalist, Morten Andersen missed cut
Four first-year eligible nominees – Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Michael Strahan – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

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2013 NFL Draft

Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Eddie Lacey, D.J. Fluker enter NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Three members of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide are leaving school early to enter the 2013 NFL draft. Alabama confirmed today that cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacey and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker have all decided to turn pro.

Manti Te’o looks like a first-round pick, but Alabama game will hurt | ProFootballTalk
Alabama dominated Notre Dame in Monday night's college football national championship game, and Alabama's offense was particularly successful going directly at what was supposed to be the strength of Notre Dame's defense: The Crimson Tide ran for 265 yards, often going right up the middle at linebac...

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Playoffs? Don't talk about.....Playoffs?

Chick Fight: Packers vs Niners
Chick fight!

Contrary to reports, Wade Phillips did not insult Wes Welker | ProFootballTalk
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did not say anything controversial or disrespectful when asked on Thursday about how Houston will cover Patriots receiver Wes Welker this weekend. But that didn't stop Phillips' comments from becoming a story.

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NFL Coaching Carousel

Monte Kiffin agrees to become Cowboys’ defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett wanted Monte Kiffin, and now they got their man. Kiffin has agreed to become the Cowboys' next defensive coordinator, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

Carolina Panthers will need new OC after Rob Chudzinski heads to Cleveland Browns
Carolina Panthers will need new OC after Rob Chudzinski heads to Cleveland Browns.

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Lagniappe:

NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing before MLB | ProFootballTalk
With major-league baseball implementing random blood testing for HGH, the NFL and the NFLPA are facing extra pressure regarding their lingering failure to do the same.

NFLPA calls on Congressional committee to review player safety following report on Junior Seau | NOLA.com
Former linebacker Junior Seau had CTE

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