Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/13/13


Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints reportedly to interview former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince for running backs coach.



Who dat talkin' ' bout dem Saints?

Alex Smith, Super Bowl QBs headline USA TODAY Sports' 21st All-Joe team
Marques Colston (Saints): Six 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 58 TD grabs, but he's never been to a Pro Bowl. Seriously? But that will happen when you're a wideout who merely works hard and says nothing. Colston is one of those players we'd like to see graduate beyond All-Joe recognition.

NFC South cap update - NFC South Blog - ESPN

New Orleans Saints. They have $141.6 million committed toward the cap. Veterans Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Will Smith all have high cap figures and could be released or restructured.

New Orleans Saints Could Target Star Free Agent

The New Orleans Saints could be looking to add some star power in their linebacker corps. Click here to find out who the Saints could add.

New Orleans Saints can find defensive tackle help in April's NFL draft, experts say | NOLA.com
Kiper said a team like the Saints could find quality defensive tackles in this year's draft anywhere from Rounds 1-4 with players who can play the nose, three technique or five technique.

Success for Sean Payton, Rob Ryan depends on improved talent on defense
When the Saints defense was the NFL's best in the late 80's and early 90's, the inside of the 3-4 was manned by underrated but effective players like Tony Elliott, Jim Wilks, and Frank Warren.

From the Coach’s Office: Why the Change? Comparing the 4-3 to the 3-4
Simply put, with more linebackers, the 3-4 allows for more flexibility than the 4-3 especially when it comes to pass rush. It can be a chore for the offense to determine which of the four linebackers will be involved in the quarterback pressure.

2013 NFL Scouting: NFC South Team Needs
Current defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Cameron Jordan will have no trouble moving to defensive end in the new 3-4, but there should be some concern about where Brodrick Bunkley will fit in the new scheme. He's been the nose tackle in a Saints' 4-3 defense, but he's undersized to hold that same role in a 3-4.

New Orleans Saints reportedly to interview former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince | NOLA.com
The report, authored by Pete Roussel, said current Saints running backs coach Bret Ingalls will move to offensive line coach to replace Aaron Kromer, who left to become the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

Saints Nation: Should the Saints Become a Run First Offense? | February | 2013 Articles

Devery Henderson: A new contract with New Orleans Saints unlikely
After eight underwhelming years with the New Orleans Saints, it appears that WR Devery Henderson's time with the team is at an end.


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Clowney joins list of future NFL players insuring future - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Jadeveon Clowney joins list of future NFL players seeking insurance in case of injury Clowney joins list of future NFL players insuring future

NCAA makes $5 million in insurance available | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today, Alex Marvez of FOX reported that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is seeking $5 million in insurance via a private broker.

Falcons, Smith are ideal match for long term
Falcons coach Mike Smith could be another Bill Cowher, in terms of carving his legacy with just one team.

Report: Harvin could be seeking Megatron/Fitzgerald money | ProFootballTalk
We reported on Monday that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is planning to hold out if he doesn't get a long-term deal from the team this offseason, something that could be complicated by his reported contract demands. Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Redskins still upset about cap penalties, but what can they do? | ProFootballTalk
As one league source explained it, the Redskins remain extremely upset about the situation, strongly believing they did nothing wrong. In our view, they’re right. Each and every player contract that supposedly violated the "spirit of the salary cap" was approved by the league in 2010 and complied with the rules that were on the books.

Troy Aikman: Fans don’t realize how good Tony Romo is | ProFootballTalk
Troy Aikman is a Tony Romo fan. And Aikman wishes more NFL fans were Tony Romo fans. Aikman, the Hall of Fame former Cowboys quarterback, said on 105.3 The Fan that it's frustrating that the average fan doesn't recognize how good a quarterback the Cowboys have in Romo.

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