Saints News 2/21/13: Cowboys Fired Rob Ryan Because He Used Too Many Schemes

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In a story on the Dallas Morning News website, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said "too many schemes" caused them to remove Ryan and replace him with Monte Kiffin.

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Dallas executive says Rob Ryan was fired in Dallas because he used too many schemes, according to report | NOLA.com
"I think Rob is a very smart guy," Jones said told the DMN. "His schemes are very sound. There are a lot of schemes. That becomes a question. We made a tough decision. We felt like too many schemes can cause problems regardless of how good they are and how sound they are. If there is more than the players can digest in this day and time - as you don't keep players for long, they move on and you have injuries - you just had to make a decision. And we made a tough one."

New Orleans Saints will have five draft picks in 2013 draft | NOLA.com
The list does not include compensatory selections, which will be awarded at the bottom of Rounds 3-7 and announced next month.

Johnny Patrick was a popular waiver-wire name | ProFootballTalk
After being released by the Saints, he was claimed off waivers by the Chargers. But according to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Seahawks and Colts also put in claims for the former Louisville corner.

Draft rewind: Saints' five-year recap - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Worst choice: Sedrick Ellis. Taken with the seventh overall pick in 2008, Ellis was supposed to have a huge impact. That never has happened. Ellis hasn’t been a total bust, but he’s never delivered the type of production you would expect from a top-10 pick. That’s why I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Saints let Ellis walk into free agency in March.

Restricted free agents could finally draw interest

DL Arthur Jones, Baltimore Ravens: Last seen sacking 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the play before the lights went out on the Super Bowl, the 2010 fifth-rounder is a versatile lineman who could serve as a tackle or end for a 3-4 defense. The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles are teams looking to make the switch to a 3-4 scheme and could use some personnel to better serve it.

2013 NFL Combine: Five DEs/OLBs the New Orleans Saints should watch

While there are numerous positions on the defensive side of the ball that need an upgrade, two spots that will certainly require some new talent are defensive end and outside linebacker. Seeing as the majority of the leftover talent is fit for a 4-3 defense, a facelift will be needed to make sure that the Saints don’t go into 2013 with the wrong people in the wrong places.

Charean Williams: Drew Brees says no excuse for 7-9 season | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald

The Saints were 62-34 in Sean Payton's first six seasons with four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title. They were 7-9 last season without Payton, who was suspended in 2012 for his role in the team's bounty program.

Safety May Be A Position of Need For Saints In 2013 NFL Draft - Who Dat Dish.

I’m suggesting that the New Orleans Saints trade a couple of their picks to trade back into the later part of the 1st Round to draft a local talent. Trading up to pick before the Falcons (30th) and the Ravens (32nd) would be best, and I’m hoping they’d take LSU Free Safety Eric Reid with said selection.

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The Draft, NFL Combine, Salary Caps

Mock Draft version 2.0, the pre-combine edition
15. New Orleans Saints - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - The Saints are switching to a 3-4 and need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball, so why not roll the dice with Ansah, who has one of the highest ceilings in the draft. He's an athletic, explosive talent who some have compared favorably to Jason Pierre- Paul.

NFL draft analyst Mayock high on LSU players, sees OLB pick for Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
By the end of the annual NFL scouting combine, which gets going in earnest on Saturday, eyes will have seen 13 players with LSU ties at some point.

Adding Perspective to NFL Combine Results: Part 1 | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com continues his analysis of NFL Combine results

Adding Perspective to NFL Combine Results: Part 2 | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com continues his analysis of NFL Combine results

Bell: Catfishing aside, Te'o might not be that good
INDIANAPOLIS -- Manti Te'o won't have any problem distinguishing himself from the roughly 300 other prospects who will roll through the annual meat market that is the NFL scouting combine. Sometimes that can

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Lagniappe

Nnamdi Asomugha among NFC veterans on the bubble - NFL.com
6-7. Brodrick Bunkley and Jabari Greer, New Orleans Saints: I love Greer as a player, but the Saints have way too many defensive players making a ton of money on an awful defense.

NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines - CBSSports.com
"We need to be much more disciplined about where our coaches go in terms of the box," said Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president of football operations, "and venturing out on the field beyond traditional markers is something that is just not appropriate. It can interfere and it can be viewed as intimidating, and we really are going to rein that in."

Calvin Johnson broke receiving record playing through broken fingers | ProFootballTalk
Johnson played with at least two broken fingers most of the season and is still being seen around Detroit with his hand wrapped, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.

Brian Cushing: Defensive players have to be protected, too | ProFootballTalk
"I’m happy they’re taking the initiative to look at this," Cushing said. "To me, it’s an acknowledgement that defensive players have to be protected, too. I wasn’t the first guy to go down like this; there have been similar injuries. What happened, that’s a play that can be eliminated. You look at the play, it doesn’t need to be done. So for them to go back and really acknowledge that guys need to be protected, that’s moving in the right direction."

Reggie Bush could still have a role in Miami, GM says | NOLA.com
Despite some speculation that Bush, who was traded to the Dolphins in 2011 and is an unrestricted free agent, won't be back with the Dolphins next season, Miami General Manager Jeff Ireland said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine the team still values Bush's skills as a runner and receiver.

Red flag rule on track to be tweaked | ProFootballTalk
The Texans-Lions game on Thanksgiving had everything. Included a horrible call that led to a long touchdown run that wasn't reviewed via replay because Detroit coach Jim Schwartz threw the red challenge flag when he shouldn't have thrown it.

WWE’s Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Is a Big Fan of Fellow Miami Alums Jimmy Graham and Jonathan Vilma
WWE Champion The Rock calls New Orleans, home of WrestleMania XXX, a special place for him

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