Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 1/30/13

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: 49ers return man Kyle Williams "shocked" that NY Giants didn't also get Goodell's over-the-top Bountyfarce treatment.



Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Jimmy Graham's recovery from surgery 'going well' - NFL.com
"For me, I'm not really into hiring and firing, I just play the game," Graham said. "Sean knows what he's doing, obviously he's in my opinion the best coach in the NFL. He's going to do what's right for the rest of us."

Breakdown of which NFL teams are running 3-4 defenses vs. 4-3 defenses | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints' planned switch to 3-4 will make them one of an estimated 15 teams running 3-4 this season

49ers punter Lee was worried about Saints’ Morstead breaking his record | wwltv.com New Orleans
For much of 2012, San Francisco punter Andy Lee kept one eye on his counterpart with the Saints, Thomas Morstead.

New Orleans Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones takes job with Seattle | NOLA.com
Jones is the fifth Saints assistant to leave this offseason

Seahawks to hire Saints assistant Travis Jones as defensive line coach | ProFootballTalk
The Jacksonville Jaguars hiring or Gus Bradley as their head coach didn't just cost the Seattle Seahawks their defensive coordinator, it cost them their defensive line coach as well as Todd Wash elected to follow Bradley to Jacksonville.

Three Saints, Including Jimmy Graham, Visit Bush Junior High School as Part of NFL PLAY 60 Program
Saints tight end, DT Akiem Hicks and Ambassador Michael Lewis visited the St. Tammany school on Tuesday

Adderley: Brees greedy, misinformed
"You know, the NFL Network just put out a thing with the 100 greatest players; I was on that list ... No. 64 on that list. ... The guys deserve something, but Brees came down so tough on us. And none of us are fans of Brees because of him being misinformed. I needed the money. I needed to put my daughter through school, and she ended up being a very successful dentist at the particular time in Washington, DC. If I don't do that, she don't end up going to college. I think he'll change his mind if he understands what guys needed the money for."



Drew Brees: Gregg Williams sounded 'like a madman' - NFL.com
"My point is, you've got to be able to separate rhetoric from intent. Can you measure intent? Can you say the New Orleans Saints or anybody else went out with the intent to seriously hurt somebody? No, I don't think you can. You can take an audio tape, you can take a microphone off the field and read into it all you want. But there's certain things about this game -- I don't know if you're ever going to eliminate guys talking crazy when they're all hyped up, ready to go hit somebody."

49ers return man Kyle Williams ‘shocked’ that NY Giants weren’t disciplined for admitting they were targeting him because of his concussions - NY Daily News
"The only thing that was crazy to me was that nothing came of it," Kyle Williams said. "That was the only thing. Because I fully expected it to because of what just had happened with the Saints. When that came out I was like, 'Oh, OK there'll be the same type of thing.' But there was nothing. "I don't know if that was because (the Giants) won it, or if it just wasn't a big deal. But I just thought it would be exactly the same type of thing."

Kyle Williams "shocked" NFL didn’t investigate Giants targeting him | ProFootballTalk
"When the bounty stuff came out and Gregg Williams had said the same things, basically, they went for his neck with that and they took that to the absolute highest level they could. But it was almost like when the Giants said it, it was not a big deal," Kyle Williams said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. "That’s the only thing that kind of shocked me. I thought that would have the same reaction because it was the same exact thing."

Marshall Faulk: Patriots cheated the Rams out of a Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
"Am I bitter about how the league handled them taping people? If Bountygate was that bad and Sean got suspended for a whole year? If we want to talk about some unfair assessment of how we’re assessing things? Man. If you lost a game and your brother cheated you, you’ll remember that."


Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans Saints | NFL Experience Autograph Schedule
The NFL released its schedule of autograph sessions for the NFL Experience this week. The event runs from Wednesday to Super Bowl Sunday. It’s being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Lewis Tells Harbaugh `nothing To' Report
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says star linebacker Ray Lewis assured him "there's nothing to" a magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.

Super Bowl referee Jerome Boger is qualified for assignment - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Whispers about Super Bowl referee Jerome Boger a result of lingering hard feelings between NFL, officials. Super Bowl referee Jerome Boger is qualified for assignment

Jerry Rice 'surprised' by Randy Moss' claim to be greatest receiver of all time - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Jerry Rice says hes "surprised" at Randy Moss claim to be the greatest receiver ever, and that he himself has been "very productive." But Rice won’t come out and say that he’s the best. Jerry Rice surprised by Randy Moss claim to be greatest receiver of all time

Best Super Bowl Ad Teasers
Your team isn’t in the Super Bowl so you could care less about the actual game. Oh wait, that’s not you. It’s me! Yep, this year I’ll be "that chick", the one getting all geeked about the Super Bowl ads. Because let’s face it, after Ray Lewis does the squirrel dance and someone botches the National Anthem, it’s all going down hill.

York says Niners hope to keep Kaepernick and Smith | ProFootballTalk
After the 49ers cleared the Superdome following media day, CEO Jed York made his way to Radio Row, where we "borrowed" the set of NBC Sports Radio for a quick interview, as Vagabond Week continues at PFT Live.

Ravens’ Ed Dickson: 49ers’ defense has a lot of holes we can exploit | ProFootballTalk
Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is watching tape of the 49ers, and he likes what he sees. Dickson said at Super Bowl Media Day that watching the 49ers' defense give up 24 first-half points to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, the Ravens became confident that they'll have similar success.

Jim Harbaugh calls Greg Roman’s offense "revolutionary" | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh says his offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, is changing the way people think about offensive football. At his press conference on Wednesday morning, Harbaugh made a specific point of bringing up Roman when asked about the team's offensive success, saying that...

Media Day turns into Media Circus | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Now I know what it feels like to be a goat at a petting zoo.

Why The Super Bowl Is A Great Showcase For Revitalized New Orleans - Forbes
Tourism in New Orleans has been booming for the past several years and its recovery from Hurricane Katrina is complete (from a tourism perspective). This week it will get to showcase that revitalization as the eyes of the world are on this year’s Super Bowl host city. I recently had a [...]



Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events
Because it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL. Most of the responses aren't surprising or interesting (Lots of people watch football! Even more people watch the Super Bowl!), but two specific questions and results are worth highlighting.

Players, coaches defend NFL risks in wake of Obama, Pollard comments - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Well, this is not what the NFL wanted during its glorious Super Bowl week: Baltimore Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard predicting the league will be extinct in 30 years, brought down by too many rules policing player safety and fans turning away from a watered-down product.

The Rooney Rule must be broadened after 15 NFL head coaches and general managers were hired this offseason, none of them minorities - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Rooney Rule must be broadened after 15 NFL head coaches and general managers were hired this offseason, none of them minorities. The Rooney Rule must be broadened after 15 NFL head coaches and general managers were hired this offseason, none of them minorities

Report: Bucs Hire Former Saints And Jags Assistant As DBs Coach-Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
According to reports the Buccaneers have hired former Saints and Jaguars assistant Tony Oden to replace Ron Cooper as Tampa Bay's secondary coach. Oden will be the third new coach to Greg Schiano's staff after assistants Ron Turner and P.J. Fleck took college heach coaching jobs and Cooper was let go and is now at USF.

Tuiasosopo describes relationship with Te’o as "romantic" | ProFootballTalk
"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love,’’ McGraw told NBC’s Today. "I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’ And he says yes. I said, ‘Are you then therefore gay?’ And he said, ‘When you put it that way, yes.’ And then he caught himself and said, ‘I am confused.’’’

Doug Williams broke down barriers with Super Bowl XXII MVP run | NOLA.com
He's back at Grambling as the Tigers' coach


Video - Drew looks annoyed with reporter sitting next to him

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees thinking long term on player safety - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees discusses the importance of player safety and gives his thoughts on former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacts to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis allegations - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gives his thoughts on the allegations that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis took a banned substance and how it could be a distraction.

Baking beignets at Cafe Du Monde - NFL Videos
Michelle Beisner and New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper took to the historic Cafe Du Monde to learn how to make one of New Orleans' staple dishes, beignets.

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