Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/6/13

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: 49ers say no to Saints' request to interview Ed Donatell.

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Saints' 3-4 scheme DC search not over yet

Ed Donatell says it’s fair to block him from interviewing | ProFootballTalk
"Nothing is better than this. I’d give up the years of advancement to be a part of this. There is so much that goes along with it. This is the highest high. This is why you coach," Donatell said, via CSNBayArea.com.

Crennel was never contacted by Saints | ProFootballTalk
In the aftermath of the announcement from Saints coach Sean Payton that the team would be shifting from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front, it was reported that former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel was on the short list to replace Steve Spagnuolo. It appeared on the surface to be a great idea.

PFT Live: Another defensive storm brewing in New Orleans? | ProFootballTalk
Saints beat reporter Larry Holder joins Mike Florio and talks about New Orleans as a Super Bowl host, leading defensive coordinator candidate Rob Ryan, where the Saints defense is going to end up, Drew Brees' contract and more.

New Orleans Saints are willing to look past warning signs with defensive coordinator candidate Rob Ryan | NOLA.com
Ryan has similar background, personality to former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

49ers block New Orleans Saints from talking with Ed Donatell for defensive coordinator position, report says | NOLA.com
Ed Donatell said during last week's Super Bowl XLVII media day that he was unsure if he would be allowed to interview for other openings

Saints wanted to talk to Donatell, 49ers said no | ProFootballTalk
The Saints are still expected to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, but they’re also trying to talk to others, as well. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints asked permission to interview 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, but the 49ers refused.

Payton denies Ryan hire imminent, speaks in-depth on BountyGate
"Yeah, I think this is going to be a huge challenge for us and our team going forward," Payton said. "I spent two weeks, Mike, with those feelings and emotions and maybe a little bit more. But for me to be removed from it for eight months, I wasn't going to be able to spend eight months feeling that same anger, going crazy. I think it's going to be important for all of us to move forward. Our team, our players and our coaches, our challenge is 2013. Based on some of the tape I'm watching, we've got a lot of challenges to get better at. I think there are situations that come up that if you can't let it go, it can haunt you the following year and the following year and so that's something I'm going to deal with when the players get back and certainly, if I'm able to move on from it, then they're going to as well, something we put in the rear view mirror. Our focus has got to be on making the improvement and getting our team back to winning football and getting back to the playoffs. We continue to hold that bitterness, that anger, those emotions and I understand them. But I just feel like it become at some point counter-productive. I experience that in that eight month period. All of have to be able to turn the page on this or its going to be something that just hurts our team."

Saints will interview Grantham then Ryan | ProFootballTalk
Earlier tonight, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team's next defensive coordinator. Thereafter, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Ryan will be interviewed on Friday, a day after coach Sean Payton interviews Georgia defensive...

Ryan reportedly in mix for Saints’ opening | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With Super Bowl XLVII and all the festivities surrounding the weeklong event over with, the search for the next New Orleans Saints’ defensi…

Source: Rob Ryan to Saints "basically a done deal" | ProFootballTalk
Last night, differing (and not necessarily contradictory) reports emerged regarding the status of Rob Ryan as the Saints' next defensive coordinator. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Saints "plan" to hire Ryan.

Saints Sean Payton says should be "a week" before new defensive coordinator is hired
Saints Sean Payton says should be "a week" before new defensive coordinator is hired.

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Other Saints news

Jed Collins Reads to Elementary School Students for NFL PLAY 60 – Scholastic Read and Rise Event
Saints fullback spoke and read to over 450 children leading up to the Super Bowl

Chris Chamberlain, Will Herring Help With Preparations for Super Baskets of Hope
Saints linebackers joined almost 100 volunteers at De La Salle High School to support ill children across America

Sam Gordon Talks About New Orleans Trip
Youth Football Star Sam Gordon talks about her time in New Orleans at the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

This Week in Saints History: February 6-12

2010—Saints play in their first-ever Super Bowl. Their opponent, the Indianapolis Colts led by New Orleans native Peyton Manning, fell to New Orleans, 31-17.

New Orleans Saints Courage House opens at Rickey Jackson Community Hope Center in Marrero | NOLA.com
Former New Orleans Saints player Rickey Jackson, interim head coach Joe Vitt, Saints player Mark Ingram and others gathered recently in Marrero to celebrate The New Orleans Saints Courage House at the Rickey Jackson Community Hope Center, 1150 Barataria Blvd. (formerly Hope Haven).

Saints Nation Podcast: Super Bowl Recap and Still Hating Goodell | February | 2013 Articles

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Lagniappe

ESPN Turns Athletes Into Music Superstars
Seahawks QB Josh Freeman, I’ll never look at you again without wanting to do the Moonwalk. And you can thank ESPN for that.

Joe Horn responds to Deion Sanders on concussions | ProFootballTalk
At one point during the NFL Network's supersized pregame show for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Deion Sanders addressed the issue of concussions in the NFL and said he thought that he thought people were exaggerating their problems to get involved in lawsuits against the league.

Raiders will lower seating capacity | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders are taking a page out of the Jaguars' playbook, not on the field but in the stands. In what is being termed a "capacity adjustment," the Raiders are planning to block off many upper-deck seats, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Giants part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw | ProFootballTalk
Well, apparently there's a roster spot open in New York for Brandon Jacobs. The Giants have released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The move comes as Bradshaw's base salary moves from $3 million to $3.

Superdome power an issue before big game | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — Concerned the Superdome might not be able to handle the energy needed for its first Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina, offic…

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