Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 1/31/13

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Sean Payton says coaching searches will speed up once Super Bowl 2013 passes.


What the hell happened to Thomas Morstead? Anyone know why he's in the hospital? Must be minor surgery. His Facebook page doesn't offer an explanation but only says it was a procedure that has been long planned and not a result of playing in the Pro Bowl. Get well soon, Legatron.


Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Steve Spagnuolo may be leaving the New Orleans Saints, but he's also leaving a smile on young cancer survivor's face | NOLA.com
Hearing about defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's heave-ho from the New Orleans Saints made me sad. But the reasons had less to do with football and more to do with my son, Paul Morris, now 21, who was diagnosed last summer with Hodgkins lymphoma. Thanks to Saints cornerback Jabari Greer and A Child's Wish, an organization similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Paul and I spent a day at Saints training camp in August. That was at the beginning of Paul's treatment, which included 12 grueling rounds of chemo at the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner.

This Week in Saints History: January 30-February 5
1996—Jim Haslett is promoted to defensive coordinator after Monte Kiffin steps down to take the same job in Tampa Bay.

Saints’ Brees sees problems 3-4 defense can cause, but says success is more about execution | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints quarterback Drew Brees can see why his coach has decided to switch to a 3-4 defense. But he knows ultimately it’s about more than the scheme.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton says coaching searches will speed up once Super Bowl 2013 passes | NOLA.com
Ravens, Niners possess viable candidates for the Saints' open defensive coordinator job.

Jimmy Graham: New Orleans Saints TE Will Start Rehab Soon
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will begin rehab soon after having surgery on his injured wrist a few weeks ago.

Photo gallery: Saints thrill crowd at NFL Military Outreach | NOLA.com
Current Saints Isa Abdul-Quddus, Akiem Hicks, Tavaris Cadet and Justin Drescher joined former Saint Michael Lewis and members of the Saintsations to sign autographs and pose for pictures with over 1,000 servicemen and their families during the NFL Military Outreach program at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Current and Former Saints Join NFLPA in Training Camp for Life and Fitness Clinic in LaPlace
Players discussed overcoming adversity and the importance of proper nutrition and exercise

Tom Benson, Saints Players and Local Leaders Promote Play 60 at NFL Experience
The Play 60 event took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Greer Campaign Hosts "Shoe-Pa Bowl 2013"
Jabari Greer's foundation's mission is to provide education to fathers to assist them in their rights and responsibility to their children

Saints Nation: A Look at the 2013 Saints' Free Agents
The last two years have been brutal for the standpoint of high profile Saints players in the final year of their contract.


Media Hypocracy: this same ESPN writer was one of Goodell's biggest cheerleaders during Bountyfarce

ESPN Writer Says Ray Lewis Deserves A Free Pass On PED Use | Kissing Suzy Kolber
I’m sure you could find some asshole Saints fans who think their team has done nothing wrong. However, for the most part, Saints fans are and were pissed because their team was made an example and punished overly harsh for something that had been standard practice in the NFL for DECADES. Yes, other players other than Ray Lewis have used PEDs, but the ones who have been caught have also been punished. Even popular ones. All people want is a consistently enforced standard.


Bountyfarce & other negative press for the league office

Foxworth says mistrust between NFLPA, NFL an impediment to HGH agreement | ProFootballTalk
Wednesday's edition of PFT Live: Vagabond Week included a chance meeting with NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, which led to an unscheduled special segment of the show. Foxworth, who will be entering Harvard Business School later this year, addressed a wide variety of topics.

Gregg Williams faces big challenges if hired by Titans, former Saints player says | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
Th0e Titans want to hire suspended former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to help repair a defense that gave up franchise-record points in 2012.One of his former players said Williams should expect to face issues with players and has to change his ways.Jim Wyatt in New Orleans: Tweets | Photos | More: USA Today

NFLPA appeals decision in NFL collusion case - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

NFLPA appeals decision in NFL collusion case NFLPA appeals decision in NFL collusion case

Ed Reed is not fond of the league office | ProFootballTalk
"If you’re just somebody who is upstairs just wearing a suit who is just fining people and stuff like that for the wrong things; we’re policing the wrong things," said Reed, per J. Michael of CSN Baltimore. "I really don’t know what to say about our commissioner, honestly. It’s probably more him and his staff that came up with the things that we’re being fined for. It’s not just Mr. Goodell. I think he needs more help at the fining process and not just have do-boys that want to please you."

Saints fan/ref said John Harbaugh saw photos in preseason | ProFootballTalk
Stropolo also said he felt like he was hung out to dry by the NFL, after being part of the crew that officiated the opener, and was ranked highest in the preseason by the league.

Replacement official Brian Stropolo isn't angry or bitter, but feels NFL left him hanging | NOLA.com
He was fired after a Facebook photo was discovered of him in Saints gear


Super Bowl XLVII

Ravens move practice to Saints’ facilities | ProFootballTalk
Some Ravens players said the turf at Tulane’s baseball field was too hard, and that the wide receivers and defensive backs felt it in their knees when running. So after the 49ers have cleared out of the Saints’ facility, the Ravens will take it over on Thursday afternoon.

49ers embrace indoor life to ready for Super Bowl
The weird site was seeing the practice with a Sean Payton ``Do Your Job'' picture overlooking every 49er play. Harbaugh, in fact, stood near an endzone in which a Saints World Championship picture hung proudly above him, and Harbaugh had no problem with that. ``We're in their house,'' Harbaugh said. ``We try to respect their hospitality.''

Super Bowl XLVII: Good guys don't exist in sports - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Exposing sports giant myth, Jen Floyd Engel says. Super Bowl XLVII: Good guys dont exist in sports

Chris Culliver still apologizing, surrounded by reporters | ProFootballTalk
The Chris Culliver interrogation is ongoing as we type, with a throng of reporters surrounding the previously unknown 49ers corner after his homophobic remarks made him the hottest property at the Super Bowl since deer antler spray.

Toomer unloads on Ray Lewis, calling him a caricature and a hypocrite | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of words can be used to describe this year's Super Bowl week. Boring isn't one of them. Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer, who currently has a show on NBC Sports Radio Network and contributes to Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, used plenty of words to describe Ravens linebacke...

Moss says Titans "blackballed" him in 2010 | ProFootballTalk
After the Vikings fired receiver Randy Moss during the 2010 season, the Titans claimed his contract on waivers. And then Moss languished in Tennessee, with six catches for 80 yards in eight games.

Former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin hits it big again after joining 49ers
"There were definitely some doubts,'' Goodwin said Tuesday to reporters who had assembled for Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. "When I came to New Orleans (in 2006), I kind of took a leap of faith, because for whatever reason, they weren't winning when I got there. I ended up telling myself I had to do the same thing.

Q. and A. With Wendell Pierce, Super Bowl Edition - NYTimes.com
The view from New Orleans: The actor Wendell Pierce, a Saints fan, talks about the Super Bowl, New Orleans and beignets.

Mike Ditka "loves" New Orleans and commends the city's handling of Super Bowl 2013 crowds | NOLA.com
Mike Ditka says New Orleans "put up with him" for three years when he coached the New Orleans Saints

More Than 500 New Orleans High School Students Attend Super Bowl XLVII NFL PREP Sports Career Expo
Students learned about sports business and various career options



NFLPA survey: Nearly four in five football players don’t trust team medical staffs - The Washington Post
In NFLPA survey, 78 percent of players say they are not satisfied at all with teams’ medical staffs.

NFL will have independent neurological consultants on sidelines next season | ProFootballTalk
With the focus on head injuries in football being put under a microscope the past few seasons, the NFL is taking an important step in making sure players don't return to the field while still suffering from the after-effects of a concussion.

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino paid to keep child secret - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Former Miami Dolphin quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Dan Marino fathered a child with a CBS Sports employee and paid her millions to keep it secret, according to the New York Post. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino paid to keep child secret

Team Gleason May Produce This Week’s True Legacy
"This vision," Gleason said of his foundation’s efforts, "will not only affect the world of ALS, but the entire world." He expects that everyone, not just ALS patients, will be able to navigate the Internet or perform other tasks in the near future with the use of only their eyes and brain.

Shelter of last resort: Catching up with National Guard commander Doug Mouton | NOLA.com
New Orleans native bullish on the progress his hometown has made



New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees on Payton return: 'He'll be intense' - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees dishes with Rich Eisen on all the New Orleans hot spots, as well as what he's expecting from his head coach Sean Payton next season.

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