Saints News, 9/25/13: Source Says Mark Ingram Hopes To Play vs. Dolphins

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This year's Saints lightning rod for criticism and debate is reportedly hoping to get back onto the field this Monday night against the Dolphins, according to an unnamed source for The Advocate. In other news, Saints players got an extra day off today, so we won't get the first injury report of the week until tomorrow. Many Who Dats may not be anxious to see Ingram return, but I'm sure we all very much want to see the return of guard Jahri Evans. Let's hope his hammy has healed and he returns to practice tomorrow.

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Who dat talkin' ' bout dem Saints?

Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints' offense - ESPN
After watching the tape, though, I understood why there was so much optimism about the run game in the postgame locker room. The Saints’ blockers were completely in sync on their final drive, when they ran five times for 49 yards. Sure, the Cardinals' defense was whipped by that point, but it was a good example for the Saints of how well the blocking scheme can work when they’re on point. Fullback Jed Collins and extra lineman Bryce Harris had some great lead blocks, among others.

Déjà vu? Payton’s message in ’13 remarkably similar to that of ‘09 | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton stood in front of a banner at the Saints’ indoor practice facility Monday and professed that all talk of records at this point and similarities to 2006 and 2009 is just "noise."

Saints can make Super Bowl run without strong running game
As the running game of the New Orleans Saints flounders, it is time to ask one thing. Can a team compete for a Super Bowl championship without a quality running game?

Black and Gold Today: Saints not looking past Miami - Video | NOLA.com
In today's episode of Black and Gold Today, host Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Larry Holder look at the upcoming Miami game. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: Set It Off
Through three games, the Saints' defensive line looks as deep and talented as exists in the NFL.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Sixteen in the Clip and One in the Hole
Feelin' a little better this week? I sure as hell am.

Drew Brees' passing game vs. the Arizona Cardinals: Graphic | NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees talks 3-0 start, Jimmy Graham's contract, running game woes and more | NOLA.com
Drew Brees touches on not feeling pressure in the pocket, Jimmy Graham, what's up with the running game

Saints might not face Josh Freeman next time they play Bucs: reports | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The next time the New Orleans Saints play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they may be facing rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. According to more t…

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, September 25
There will be no media availability today

Saints morning report: Prime-time players - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Over the past five years, the New Orleans Saints have never been more dangerous than when they’re playing at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Saints TE Jimmy Graham earns NFC offensive player of week honor | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, a game in which he broke a team record for touchdowns by a player at his position was good enoug…

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Week 4: Dolphins @ Saints on MNF

Saints RB Mark Ingram hopes to play Dolphins on Monday night: source | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After missing the New Orleans Saints’ 31-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, running back Mark Ingram is hoping to return to action…

Quotes from Mike Wallace and Joe Philbin conference calls on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
“Coach Ryan is doing an excellent job. They are very multiple as you mentioned, sometimes it looks like a 3-4, sometimes it looks like a 4-3.  He has bear defense in there. He is doing an excellent job. One thing you see on the tape is they pursue well to the football, their defensive backs are playing well, their pass rush is very, very good, their two ends are playing excellent, and they cover guys down field and they tackle. It is kind of good ole’ fashion defense.  I don’t know if there is anything elaborate, but they are playing really well.”

In a zone: Dolphins have NFL’s hottest red-zone offense | www.palmbeachpost.com
Wipe away the image of Tony Sparano wildly celebrating another chip-shot field goal by Dan Carpenter.

Miami Dolphins QBs since passing on Drew Brees in 2006 - Sun Sentinel
Dolphins signed Daunte Culpepper over Brees

More work likely for Dolphins DE Dion Jordan - Miami Dolphins - MiamiHerald.com
With the recent success of young pass-rushing studs — think along the lines of Denver’s Von Miller and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith — the bar was set impossibly high when the Dolphins traded up to take Dion Jordan in April’s draft.

Can Dolphins fix run game vs. Saints? - Miami Dolphins Blog - ESPN
DAVIE, Fla. -- There are a lot of interesting matchups in Monday's battle of undefeated teams between the Miami Dolphins (3-0) and New Orleans Saints

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A weekly analysis of the Miami Dolphins' quarterback play. Rewind: Miami second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill improved to 3-0 as a starter this sea

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Tragic News

Former Charger Paul Oliver dies at 29 | ProFootballTalk
No cause of death was noted by the Chargers, but Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports that Oliver, who he called "a good dude," took his own life. Oliver’s family also released a statement, via Acee’s colleague .

Former Chargers DB Oliver dead at 29 - Yahoo Sports
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Oliver committed suicide. He was with the New Orleans Saints for a short time in 2011 before re-signing with the Chargers.

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What gives Jeff Duncan the right to be so damn judgmental!?

Von Miller is the Dunce of the Week: The Daily Duncan - Video | NOLA.com
Columnist Jeff Duncan tells us why the Broncos linebacker and the NFL should be ashamed of their actions.

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Around the League

Violence still an issue at Candlestick Park | ProFootballTalk
When the 49ers move from Candlestick Park to the Field of Jeans, the franchise surely hopes fans no longer will try to hit each other with candlesticks. Or any other weapons.

Cris Carter offers strong response to Roddy White about Aldon Smith controversy - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Cris Carter offers strong response to Roddy White about Aldon Smith controversy Cris Carter offers strong response to Roddy White about Aldon Smith controversy

Schiano: Glennon gives "best chance to win today" | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano began his Wednesday press conference explaining the Josh Freeman benching by saying that on Monday, when he said Freeman was still the starter, Freeman still was. But after talking with General Manager Mark Dominik and ownership, it became clear a change was coming.

Freeman is available, but who’ll want him? | ProFootballTalk
With three separate reporters simultaneously reporting that the Buccaneers are open to trading quarterback Josh Freeman, the message is clear -- the Bucs want people to know that Freeman is available.A media-erected billboard isn't really necessary.

Colin Kaepernick favorites the haters on Twitter - NFL.com
Like any public figure, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick gets plenty of criticism on Twitter. But Kap seems to be using that criticism for motivation. At least, that's what we think he's doing.

2013 Player Health & Safety Report

Torrey Smith, Vonta Leach dismissive of Ray Lewis' criticism of Ravens' leadership - baltimoresun.com
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t see the leadership void that retired linebacker Ray Lewis said exists now that he and safety Ed Reed are no longer on the team.

Favre making return to NFL? No, says his agent, Bus Cook, but he could if he chose to do so | al.com
Accepting an invitation to 'take a couple of kids' to play golf led Cook on his career path as a sports agent.

Union concerned about handling of Terrelle Pryor concussion | ProFootballTalk
On Monday night, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion on a (legal) helmet-to-helmet hit while he was attempting to run the ball near the Denver goal line.

Los Angeles reminds NFL that it wants a team or two | ProFootballTalk
Whenever the NFL prepares to stage a game in London, plenty of chatter emerges regarding the possibility of a team moving there. With the first of two 2013 London games about to be played there, the folks in Los Angeles apparently hope to disrupt that talk. Via CBSLA.

Hugh Douglas Arrested For Assault, Claims He Was Having Rough Sex (Mugshot) | Kissing Suzy Kolber
He denies it was a assault and said the two were just having "rough sex" but it sounds more like this would fall under Mike Vicks definition of "Doggystyle" then yours or mine folks.

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Lagniappe

Saints Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon tickets on sale
The Saints Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will take place on November 15 at noon at the Airport Hilton

New Orleans Saints and Rotolo’s Literacy Visit: St. Clement of Rome
Kevin Reddick, Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks visited St. Clement of Rome this morning to promote literacy

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Video

VIDEO 'NFL Fantasy Live': New Orleans QB Drew Brees provides Saints scouting report
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees explains why head coach Sean Payton makes such a big difference and gives some fantasy advice for Saints offensive weapons.

VIDEO Lance Moore's Football 4 Her Event
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore hosts a Football 4 Her event on Tuesday, September 4, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

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