Fleur-de-Links: February 5, 2013

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Report says Romeo Crennel & Rob Ryan are Saints' top choices for defensive coordinator.

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Romeo Crennel, Rob Ryan sit as top choices for New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator job, report says | NOLA.com
Saints reached out to Crennel shortly after the firing of Steve Spagnuolo

Rob Ryan on Saints’ radar | ProFootballTalk
Rob Ryan has been out of work for closer to five weeks than five minutes, but he may be close to landing another job. Ryan is a candidate to become the next defensive coordinator of the Saints, according to NFL Network's Gil Brandt.

With Super Bowl 2013 out of the way, Sean Payton will fill out New Orleans Saints coaching staff | NOLA.com
Sean Payton will hire his fourth defensive coordinator since 2006

Saints Nation: Pro Football Focus Scores For Saints Players in 2012 (Defense & Special Teams)

New Orleans Saints: NFC South Favorites Heading Into 2013?
Should the New Orleans Saints be considered favorites heading into the 2013 season?

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Super Bowl XLVII

NFL spokesman debunks reports about halftime concerns | ProFootballTalk
If the NFL is good at anything (other than making money, which it is great at), it’s maintaining the appearance of order. So there’s no surprise that as reports mount about concerns about the logistics of an outdoor Super Bowl halftime show in MetLife Stadium next year, the league played it c...

If NFL doesn’t put on a halftime show, someone else will | ProFootballTalk
Regardless of the potential for rain, snow, sleet, and/or a plague of locusts, the NFL will have a halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII. It'll happen for one very good reason. If the NFL doesn't do a halftime show, someone else will.

Whitlock's NFL Truths: Ray Lewis got the last laugh on his critics in Super Bowl XLVII - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
How Ray Lewis got the last laugh on his critics, Jason Whitlock says. Whitlocks NFL Truths: Ray Lewis got the last laugh on his critics in Super Bowl XLVII

Flacco sheds his dullness label, a little | ProFootballTalk
The Super Bowl victory tour has taken Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco from New Orleans to Orlando to New Jersey to New York City, where he finished a whirlwind day with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman (which tapes much earlier than 11:30 p.m. ET).

Bernard Pollard played with six cracked ribs | ProFootballTalk
Playing a football game with a cracked rib is difficult enough. Playing with six cracked ribs is incredible (albeit possibly crazy). Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard did just that in helping the Ravens take home their second Vince Lombardi trophy on Sunday.

CBS criticized for failing to bleep Flacco F-bomb | ProFootballTalk
As Joe Flacco celebrated on the field after the Ravens won the Super Bowl, he yelled to a teammate, "This is f--king awesome." Unfortunately, the CBS microphones picked up the F-bomb and broadcast it to 100 million or so people who were watching.

Trevor Pryce thinks Ray Lewis didn’t earn his Super Bowl check | ProFootballTalk
Ray Lewis was able to ride off into the sunset as a Super Bowl champion, but he did not play well on Sunday. In fact, one of Lewis's former Ravens teammates thinks Lewis shouldn't even keep his Super Bowl game check.

Super Bowl Blackout: You’re Welcome
Oh New Orleans, you did it again! In what would otherwise be considered a snoozer of a Super Bowl, you added a little color. (What? Black is a color!) Without that bizarre power outage in the dome in the 3rd quarter, the highlight of the game would have been Jacoby Jones’ touchdown dance a.k.a The Beanie Weenie.

Joe Flacco hitting free agency with all the leverage after performance in Super Bowl 2013 | NOLA.com
He threw for 11 TDs and no interceptions in playoffs

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Lagniappe

Gronkowski gets some heat in New England for partying in Las Vegas | ProFootballTalk
For the second consecutive year, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is getting some criticism for a post-Super Bowl party. Last year, the criticism was that Gronkowski's post-Super Bowl partying called into question how much he cared about the fact that his team had just lost.

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