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Fleur-de-Links September 5, 2010: Saints 2010 NFL Preview Edition

Now that we've digested the roster moves and injury designations (IR, PUP), it's time to either get busy living, or get busy dying.  Shawshank Redemption, anyone?  I'm sure it's playing on TNT somewhere in the world right now.

Big thanks to Dave for sticking with that story and the updates into the beginning of the New Orleans nighttime hours yesterday.  It seemed to take FOREVER for the news to break!

As we move forward, we are not just preparing for the Vikings, but also the entire NFL season, too.  Hooray!!  College games were on yesterday, and that's fun, too, as Summer turns to Fall.  

What I have for you today are a few more pieces on the Saints final 53-man roster, the Times-Picayune's Saints/NFL Preview, a Brad Childress conference call transcript, and video of Sean Payton igniting the crowd at the Pep Rally for the big homecoming game against Bogalusa this Friday.  

Let's get ready to rumble, everybody!!!!  Start your game prep by making the jump and reading and commenting.

Four more days until we smack down the Vikings on NBC in prime time and in living color!!!!  Banners will be unfurled and Norsemen will be annihilated.  Good times.


Official_Saints - FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY: You won't see a cooler hat all year!

usama_young28 Bout to get wit the fellas at champion's square... Ready to have a good time wit the fans

T_Porter22 RT @Official_Saints - More fan creativity - a true @T_Porter22 fan!

jgoody76 Kind of proud of the boys in maize and blue. I hope they keep it up for the rest of the season. #goblue

jgoody76 What a play!

LanceMoore16 Shoutout to the players having a hard time today. Trust me I've been thru it. Being cut is not the end. Gotta work hard and prove them wrong

dmpressley Me and my boo out and about for her birthday.... Isn't she gorgeous????

j_bushrod7475 It bugs me when people take their sweet time to get out of a parking spot when someone is waiting on them#youknowthefeeling

sharper42 I will not be attending the who dat house of blues event tonight due to last minute contract dispute with promoters.

T_Porter22 Mama jus cooked some smothered chicken and rice b4 she I love her!

HeathEvans I just had to run out 3 different times to get dinner right for my 3 girls...trying to b Husband/Father of the yr! #fb

dmpressley Thanks everyone for your tweets... Don't worry, jus means I need to put in some more H.A.W. TIME!!!!!

iWillSmith Had a good time meeting some of the fans @verizon 's "Believe Again Bash" Time to Rest. Back to work in the am #2Dat

jgoody76 Happy to say my boy Tim Duckworth is now a rival. He is now a Carolina panther.

alexbrown96 EA Simulates 2010 NFL Season, Predicts Super Bowl Champs

JonVilma51 hope you guys had as much fun as i did tonight at the pep rally!! for my Who Dats that didnt make it,, you better be there thurs!

LanceMoore16 Its saturday night and I'm in bed fairly early lol. Good reason tho, practice early tom morn. Getting ready for thurs night #lego

j_bushrod7475 In the beeeed!!!

jgoody76 Somebody got away with a pass interference. Lol

usama_young28 Had a good time with everybody at Verizon's Believe Again Bash. Back to work in the AM. Time to get horizontal... Good night folks

dmpressley Thanx @bobbymccray

bobbymccray thank you..RT @Ellen_Jordan: Blown away that @bobbymccray isn't a 2010 SAINT. Something's not right! He's awesome!

usama_young28 Good morning. Time for work. Stay focused

T_Porter22 Asking n praying for guidance and answers....

LanceMoore16 Hope everyone is having a great day. Ur boys are putting serious work in preparation for Thursday night.#whodat

GregBensel Quint Davis who is producing the NFL KICKOFF SHOW on NBC in my office showing me the concert layout


Roster Ramblings | Saints | Saints make moves — Baton Rouge, LA
Sheldon Mickles - I thought this bit about the PUP list was interesting - "Sharper can begin practicing any time during a 21-day window after the Saints’ sixth game and can be activated at any time in that period. If he isn’t activated by the end of the three-week period, the Saints would have to make a decision to add him to the roster, release him or put him on reserve/PUP for the remainder of the season."

New Orleans Saints announce 53-man roster |
Nakia Hogan details the cuts and roster designations

NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Y's analysis of the roster moves.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said plenty went into backup quarterback decision |
Nakia Hogan


Saints 2010 NFL Preview

NOLA | Special Sections | Saints Season | Page 1
Here's the Times-Picayune's special pull-out section of the Saints 2010 NFL Preview in a web-reader/acrobat type format. If you don't want to click into each article link posted below, just go to this page and see it exactly as thousands of T-P subscribers and customers are seeing it today.

Drew Brees key ingredient in New Orleans Saints' recipe for success |
Jeff Duncan. Goal of multiple Super Bowl titles possible with MVP at the helm. Trivia challenge - can you spot the error in the list of QBs with multiple Super Bowl rings at the end of this article?

New Orleans Saints offensive line in perfect harmony |
Unit has mastered the game's on-the-fly adjustments. Mike Triplett

Drew Brees sounds off on New Orleans Saints starting offensive lineman |
QB breaks down his front five.  

New Orleans Saints defense going full speed ahead |
Peter Finney. Big plays in 2009 complemented high-powered offense, but defense expects more this season.

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton rolls the dice with confidence |
Coach isn't afraid to take calculated risks. John DeShazier

New Orleans Saints say they're hungry for another Super Bowl title |
Team says last season's success is irrelevant in 2010. Don't call it a repeat. We're going to win this year's Lombardi in a totally different way. Rip off the rear view mirror so we can't look back at it.

New Orleans Saints 2010 schedule breakdown |
A closer look at the Saints' opponents. Mike Triplett and James Varney. Eagle-eye challenge: in the picture of Hartley kicking us into the Super Bowl from this article, do you see a dude wearing a pink Aaron Brooks jersey in the stands? Really?  Look just above and to the right of Brees.

NFC South preview: New Orleans Saints |
Breaking down the Saints' division. Mike Triplett

NFC South preview: Atlanta Falcons |
Breaking down the Saints' division. Triplett.

NFC South preview: Carolina Panthers |
Breaking down the Saints' division. Triplett

NFC South preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers |
Breaking down the Saints' division. Triplett

NFC South preview: Division's best |
Breaking down the Saints' division. Triplett

Food goes hand-in-hand with football for New Orleans Saints fans |
Local chefs offer their recipes for winning appetites. Ted Lewis

New Orleans Saints fans, brace for an overload of Brett Favre |
His saga's going as strong as ever in 20th season. Peter Finney

Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress wonders if the Saints are too agressive or even dirty |
Nakia Hogan. Not sure why this is newly posted on today. It seems a total rehash of what they reported a few weeks back, but here it is, regardless.


Pep Rally

New Orleans Saints hold rally for Who Dat Nation |
Fans appear ready for football at Champions Square. Andrew Astleford




Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress

Conference Call With New Orleans Media

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How do you get the players involved in last year's NFC Championship Game to get past that and realize this is a different game, because there was such an emotional weight on that game?

"First of all, at the end of the season, that's a push all your chips to the middle, loser go home (game), which is what we did. Obviously with the first game of the season, it's important because it's an NFC game, but as I've said here often lately, every year kind of stands on its own merits. We've got 15 games after that. Miami's coming to town. You beat New Orleans, Miami's coming to town You lose to New Orleans, Miami's coming to town. First games often carry a lot of emphasis because offseason moves and the enthusiasm that accompanies it and of course this being the first game of the whole NFL. Obviously it will be another electric atmosphere. Our guys understand that. It took a while to get by it, but you keep moving."

Where is your team preparation wise with Brett Favre coming in late, Sidney's Rice's hip surgery and Percy Harvin's migraines? Are you where you want to be at this point?

"Not such that if all those guys were here and they took every rep of the preseason and training camp. We're very much still a work in progress."

A couple of years ago, you recalled being at Wisconsin facing Drew Brees and Purdue. You've seen Drew a long time. As a guy who's coached a lot of quarterbacks, what impresses you about him, not only as a quarterback but as a guy who continues to improve himself after he's reached an elite status?

"It speaks to the mettle of the man. From all the way back, going late to Purdue and scrapping, probably fighting against the odds and the stature that  he has, the arm strength that he has, I find him to be probably one of the elite accurate quarterbacks. He's a great anticipatory thrower. He's going to let it go early, not that he can't drill it in there to you. He does just that. He finds another way to condition himself. He's finds another way to know more about your defense than anybody else. He knows pre-snaps if you give him any tells. He has a great team sense from that standpoint. That's what continues to impress."

Last year you guys saw the Gregg Williams approach to defense where he says he wants players living on the edge and he's told us he won't apologize for that and he can accept personal fouls if they're a result of aggression as long as they're not the result of stupidity. I know there was a lot said about that. Heading into this game, could you give us your thoughts on the Saints defense, their approach and that fine line you have to walk between being aggressive and not being dirty?

"His defenses have always been aggressive. We were able to face them for a number of years when we were with the Eagles when he was with Washington. It's always been a storm the castle type of approach. (He's) kind of known for that, even when he was back at Tennessee back with Jeff (Fisher). I understand a quarterback's going to get hit, people are going to get hit. It's football. I don't have any illusions about that. What I hate to see are late hits or attempts to hurt anybody. I don't think there's a place for that in the game."

Did you wonder if that was going on last year in that game?

"Yes, I would have to say that, yes."

Darren Sharper's on PUP, a veteran safety who causes trouble. Now Brett Favre's going to be looking down the field at a second-year  converted cornerback to safety at that spot. What are your thoughts on that?

"It's kind of like when you move a tight end to the offensive line. You have a more athletic guy in there. My thoughts about Jenkins going back to safety. We probably saw it the same way. He'd be a more athletic free safety. I'm sure it's taken him a little more time to get up to speed, play the middle of the field, but he has corner type skills, so I don't think there's a tremendous downside to that."

From a wide receiver standpoint, how is it going into the regular season?

"As of today Percy's (Harvin) in great shape. As you know with migraines, they can rear their head at any time. You have to manage those things I think. We don't get any alerts. It's not like a hurricane coming where you can see it from far off in the distance. As of today, he's fine. Sidney Rice was a great piece of the puzzle last year. He's back in the building today and he's still on crutches. I don't think he's going to throw them down and be there in New Orleans. It's one of those deals where we have four guys we feel good about. We grabbed Greg Camarillo from Miami and sent them Benny Sapp. You go with the guys we have. This is a typical business from this standpoint. You hate to see guys get injured, but you know the drumbeats going to continue but you know you're going to show up with your 53 then 45 healthiest guys."

Do you feel like you're the Christians being thrown to the lions on Thursday night with the championship banner dropping?

"No, I just think it was going to be on the calendar somewhere. We had initially heard that Pittsburgh was coming down there. I don't think that happened for whatever reason. You have to look at the upside of it in that you'll have ten days for your next opponent. We knew they were there. We knew we were going to play them. Whither we were going to play them later in the year or not, this one counts, as an NFC win an it's an important one."

Can you talk about the progress Brett Favre is making with the ankle?

"He's battling through that. Aside from putting his foot on the ground everyday as a soon to be 41-year old, he has those aches and pains. I think the thing that's helped him this year is he knows our drill. He knows the coaches. He knows most of our players and so, he's just kind of building his body of work. I would tell you last year against Cleveland, he was going to be a game manager and not be able to throw it deep and all this. I think we've kind of kicked all those things off. It's just ramping things up to full speed. We're a work in progress on offense."

The last time you played a game in this building it was heated, players have been tweeting about this back and forth. Do you anticipate emotions being unusually high?

"I think it will all take care of itself from our standpoint and their standpoint. You better play this game from an emotionally aroused level. I don't have any illusions that they will. All you want to make sure is you give your best shot and that's what I want from my players."

The naysayers say the Saints have had to deal with a lot of distractions being Champions with book signings and ring ceremonies. You guys have had a lot of distractions, the largest to bring number four into the fold. How has your team dealt with them?

"I think they're steeled to it pretty well. It's a really veteran group and to a man with the exception of maybe Sage (Rosenfels) who's a Giant now and Tavaris (Jackson)...Joe Webb's too young to know, probably everyone had open arms to have Brett come back. I don't think they see it as a distraction. We went through it all last year. He's been a good teammate. There haven't been a hell of a lot of other distractions."


V-Roll Roll Call

Sean Payton rocks the mic @ the Pep Rally.  Do you Believe Dat?