Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/7/13

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Gregg Williams reinstated by NFL and hired by Tennessee Titans.

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Gregg Williams reinstatement

Gregg Williams reinstated by NFL, hired by Titans | ProFootballTalk
With Williams back, all of the suspensions for both players and coaches handed out in the Saints’ bounty scandal have come to an end, concluding one of the most controversial chapters of NFL history.

NFL reinstates Gregg Williams and the Titans hire him | NOLA.com
The former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator will be a senior assistant coach for the defense.

Titans Add Gregg Williams to Defensive Staff

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t address rumors regarding New Orleans Saints opening, Rob Ryan also under consideration - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t address rumors regarding New Orleans Saints opening, Rob Ryan also under consideration. Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t address rumors regarding New Orleans Saints opening, Rob Ryan also under consideration

Payton confirms interviews with Grantham, Ryan
Payton was interviewed by Fox Sports Television during the telecast of the New Orleans Hornets-Phoenix Suns contest at New Orleans Arena, where Payton was in attendance Wednesday evening.

An early look at potential draft options for the Saints
The 2013 New Orleans Saints are in an obvious rebuilding mode, at least on defense. Some of the recognizable veterans will be playing elsewhere if at all while new arrivals - both free agents and rookie newcomers - will fill their spots on the roster.

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Lagniappe

Pilot of 'Free Payton' plane kills his children, himself, WWL-TV says | NOLA.com
He killed his two teenage children and family dog in California home before turning gun on himself

Whitlock: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's lie could come back to bite him - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Jim Harbaughs lie in the 49ers QB controversy between Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith could come back to haunt him. That, and other NFL Truths from Jason Whitlock. Whitlock: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaughs lie could come back to bite him

Takeaways from an epic season - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Kaepernick (and RG3, Wilson) help change the prototype for QBs. Takeaways from an epic season

Agent: Flacco should be best-paid
Flacco now has as many career playoff wins as Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. He has as many Super Bowl titles as both Manning and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Only Joe Montana is the only other quarterback to record 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in the playoffs during a single season.

Cowboys' Casillas: We used DMSO in '90s
Former Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas told KRLD-FM 105.3 the players in his day used a liniment intended for horses.

Dockett, McCarron resume Twitter feud
After last month’s BCS Championship Game, AJ McCarron fired up the ol’ twitter machine to defend himself and his girlfriend from unsolicited advances from several people, including, most notably, Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett. McCarron got the better of that little spat, and it seems to have left a bad taste in Dockett’s mouth, as he was at it again Monday night. This time, however, it wasn’t McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb with whom Dockett was seeking to spend time, but McCarron himself.

Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery | ProFootballTalk
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from surgery. The Vikings announced on Thursday afternoon that Peterson had successful surgery for a sports hernia, and that there is no reason to be concerned that the injury will be an issue going forward.

Bucs finalize coaching staff, add a new LB coach | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers released a full list of their coaching staff for the coming season Thursday. Several of the moves we knew, such as hiring quarterbacks coach John McNulty, receivers coach John Garrett and special teams coach Dave Wannstedt.

Report: Scott, Pace among Jets cuts | ProFootballTalk
The Giants got the ball rolling on veteran cuts over the last few days and it seems they'll have some company from the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home in the near future.

Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team together | ProFootballTalk
When the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, they restructured a lot of contracts to ensure that the nucleus of their title team remained together as long as possible. The result was not a repeat championship.

NFL offseason storylines: Joe Flacco, Darrelle Revis contracts in spotlight | Audibles - SI.com
Finally, there is a sense of normalcy being restored in the Saints’ organization. After a tumultuous and frustrating 2012 season, New Orleans is eager to deliver a bounce-back 2013 effort — and the recent reinstatement of head coach Sean Payton from his year-long NFL suspension ought to help.

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