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TWEETS:

Payton, Brees & Bush will be on the SportsCenter Special/NFL Live on ESPN tomorrow. Show starts at 2 pm CT

New Orleans Saints
Brees will also be on the Scott Van Pelt Radio Show (2 pm CT) & ESPN2's Sportsnation (3 p.m. CT)
New Orleans Saints
Congrats to the 25 students that signed their NLIs today at our facility - We hope to see you all in the NFL soon!

Jeff Duncan
About face.... RT @: Gregg Williams has withdrawn from consideration for Titans job. Will not interview there.

Adam Schefter
After being scheduled to interview for Titans HC job Thurs, Saints DC Gregg Williams withdrew from consideration. Loyalty to Fisher, Saints.

New Orleans Saints
"Beer Man", Vince & Fast Freddy RT @: Awesome day got to meet @

Lance Moore
Why thank u! RT @: @ I commend U for all you've done for others,just shows how awesome U R ...

Usama Young
Here's a pic with me and the Mecklenburg Intermediate School book club. Had a great time

New Orleans Saints
Many fans have asked if Willie Roaf is elected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, will he go in as a Saint or Chief?....

New Orleans Saints
Enshrinees are not asked to "declare" a team nor does Hall of Fame "choose" a team...

New Orleans Saints
They are honored for their accomplishments as a player, coach, or contributor.

New Orleans Saints
RT @: Have no fear everyone who is braving the cold, Punxsutawney Phil said spring is on its way! Have to believe the little guy!

 

GREGG WILLIAMS AND THE TITANS:

Gregg Williams won’t interview with Titans, after all | ProFootballTalk
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn't going anywhere. Although Williams was expected to interview for the Titans head coaching job Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter now reports that Williams withdrew from consideration.

Titans receive permission to talk with Saints coordinator Gregg Williams | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
A person familiar with the situation says the Titans have received permission to talk with Mike Mularkey, Gregg Williams and Perry Fewell as coaching candidates to replace Jeff Fisher.

Perry Fewell joins the mix for Tennessee job - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
If in-house candidates Mike Munchak and Mike Heimerdinger are favorites in Tennessee to replace Jeff Fisher as... - National Football League news

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will reportedly interview for Tennessee Titans head coaching job Thursday | NOLA.com
Many reports have speculated that Munchak is the front-runner for the job, though it's probably safe to assume that Williams and Mularkey wouldn't agree to interviews if they didn't believe they were realistic candidates.

 

SAINTS:

Saints: Who will stay and who will go - Defensive Line | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger offers his ideas as to which players could be back with the team next year and could not be. Today we go over the defensive line.

Saints fans have reasons to jump on Super bandwagons
This year’s Super Bowl, unfortunately for Saints fans, is unique for a far less enjoyable reason. It’s the first one Who Dats have to experience after the euphoria of last year’s game. Kind of hard to get fired up for this Packers-Steelers game, huh?

Saints' run to title recognized | HoumaToday.com
Unlike an onside kick to start the second half of a Super Bowl, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Headliner of the Year for 2010 is no big surprise.

Saints Host 25 High School Students on National Signing Day

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams addresses signees on National Signing Day | NOLA.com
But he doesn't talk about Tennessee Titans opening

 

SUPER BOWL XLV:

Super Bowls not meant to feel the chill

Rodgers, cold-weather Pack feel at home with indoors Super Bowl - Don Banks - SI.com
DALLAS -- The early morning ice storm that hit North Texas with a vengeance on Tuesday, just hours before most Green Bay players got their first-ever look at Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl media day, no doubt gave the Packers even more reason to count the roof over their heads as a great blessing.

Green Bay Packers news | Creators of 3-4 zone-blitz, Green Bay Packers Dom Capers and Pittsburgh Steelers Dick LeBeau, to face off in Super Bowl | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Dick LeBeau and Dom Capers didn’t invent the concept of zone blitzing, but beginning late in the 1992 season, they did begin devising the 3-4 zone-blitz scheme that is getting the ultimate endorsement this week as the defenses for both Super Bowl teams.

Bernie: Super Bowl coaches surprise skeptics
"He didn't want anybody to know he was a 'brain' in high school," said Tomlin's mother, Julia Copeland. "He wanted to be a regular football player like everyone else. He didn't want the other players to call him a nerd. He kept it quiet, but in his junior year he made straight A's and they put his name in the newspaper. So he couldn't keep it hidden."

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger intent to prove he's a changed man - Damon Hack - SI.com
This story appears in the February 7, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Perception of Ben Roethlisberger cuts both ways with Pittsburgh Steelers fans | NOLA.com
His popularity with female fans has taken a hit

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor offers hometown shout-out at Super Bowl XLV | NOLA.com
"A shout-out to the whole New Orleans, aka 'nola,' aka 'Crescent City,' I think the Super Bowl will be there in a couple of years, right? It's definitely going to bounce back - the city I'm talking about."

Super Bowl 2011 coaches insist arctic weather is no impediment to preparation | NOLA.com
As the Dallas-Fort Worth area hunkered down amid the coldest temperatures to hit the area in 15 years, the coaches of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers who will oppose each other Sunday in Super Bowl XLV insisted Wednesday the unexpected chill hasn't hurt their teams' preparations.

 

NFC SOUTH:

Hitting the NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog - ESPN
David in Mobile, Ala., says he believes Drew Brees has three to five years left and wonders when the Saints should draft his replacement. He also asks if Chase Daniel could be that guy.

Smith or Morris for Coach of the Year? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, The Associated Press will announce its Coach of the Year. The Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards already have

Falcons could be scrambling for coaches - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons, already in the market for a quarterbacks coach, could also be looking for an offensive coordinator.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Tom Brady wins AP's 2010 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award | NOLA.com
He easily beats out Michael Vick for honor

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Kyle Turley | Marijuana Interview Outside The Lines | SportsGrid
Kyle Turley is known as well for his erratic behavior as he is for his football skills. On Outside the Lines, Turley spoke about his choice of painkiller.

NFL players gone broke - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Despite their median $900,000 annual salaries, a surprising number of NFL players squander their fortunes. - National Football League news

 

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