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Fleur-de-Links: October 3, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Sean Payton is finding ways to enjoy his time away from the NFL.

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Brees: Says Sproles was upset about the dropped pass. Says they ran the play today after practice and completed every pass.

Brees said there is no doubt NFL intentionally set the schedule to where he could break the record vs Chargers "That isn't a coincidence"

In 8 of past 12 seasons, at least 1 team with 1-3 or worse record through 4 games qualified for playoffs.

Brees said he sees a lot of similarities in Graham & Gates in how basketball helped them in getting position & how they attack the ball

Brees said he sent Joe Unitas an email today to thank him for the letter

Brees on Johnny Unitas "He revolutionized the game and the QB position"

Aaron Kromer says when Brees has hot hand, he tells OC Pete Carmichael to keep throwing. Run game is just to calm down pass rush.

": Jordin Sparks to Perform National Anthem at Saints-Chargers Game Sunday Night" All fans are excited to see a past winner!

Kromer: "There is a chance every week Ivory could see action. He is healthy and available"

Good God. Please tell me I'm getting Adarn'd ": Saints worked out former Browns and Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace."

Jeff Duncan suggests perhaps Saints Hall of Fame will dedicate a wing to SUPERFANS, and Fleur D Licious's outfit will be the Shroud of Turin

Jeff Duncan IS Bleacher Report

Saints are signing one of those 5 WRs they worked out - Jason Hill

Sorry, got confused there - the Jets signed WR Jason Hill. Bracing for loss of Santonio Holmes for season

Today the ask ourselves the most difficult question in the world "WHO are we?"

I'm in a great mood... Woke up ,came in early to get a stretch, grab some food, and watch a little film before we get going!

Hope everybody has an awesome hump day!

Shoutout to hope you feel better after breaking your foot. Get well soon so you can come see a game with in Nola



New Orleans Saints bring back WR Greg Camarillo, release CB Elbert Mack - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Both players have been on and off the Saints roster a couple of times this season

Saints re-sign WR Greg Camarillo, cut CB Elbert Mack to make room | New Orleans
To make room on the roster, New Orleans let go of cornerback Elbert Mack, who the team re-signed on Sept. 17 after cutting him at the end of training camp. Mack was a healthy scratch in each of the two games he was on the roster.

New Orleans Saints worked out quarterback Seneca Wallace - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
It isn't clear how the workout went or exactly why the Saints would be interested in the 32-year-old Wallace with a healthy Chase Daniel already on the roster. The Saints haven't signed Wallace. However, the team did re-sign receiver Greg Camarillo and released cornerback Elbert Mack.

Saints workout QB Seneca Wallace, wideouts
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints have worked out former Browns and Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace. New Orleans continues a recent tradition of carrying just two quarterbacks on the active roster (Drew Brees and Chase Daniel) and are likely just doing their due dilligence with a player in Wallace who has significant starting experience.



Saints hold out WR Lance Moore, S Roman Harper from practice Wednesday | New Orleans
Moore sat out with a right hamstring injury while Roman Harper was held with a right hip injury. Running back Travaris Cadet (right shoulder) did not practice, the first time the undrafted rookie free agent missed practice this season. Defensive end Turk McBride (left ankle) and linebacker David Hawthorne (right hamstring) also didn’t practice.

New Orleans Saints injury report: Roman Harper, Lance Moore, David Hawthorne among five players who missed practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who missed Sunday's loss with a neck injury, was limited Wednesday. Free safety Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) were listed on the report but both practiced fully.

Chargers-Saints scouting report | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN: 7:20 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans TV/RADIO: NBC/WTGE-FM, 100.7; WWL-AM, 870. RECORDS: Chargers, 3-1; S…

New Orleans Saints Press Conference October 3 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Join the Saints coverage team for live updates as the Saints get ready to face the San Diego Chargers

Aaron Kromer: We’re ready to bust out | ProFootballTalk
It has not been an easy start for the Saints, but their interim head coach thinks things are about to get a lot better. Aaron Kromer believes his team is on the verge of busting out after an 0-4 start that some have attributed to the hangover from the tumultuous offseason that left Kromer in char...

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Saints Interim Head Coach Aaron Kromer: "We’re Ready to Bust Out At Any Time Now"
Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer joined Deke Bellavia and Bobby Hebert on WWL in New Orleans to discuss some of the things that the team has struggled with during its rough start, including the lack of a pass rush, a lack of balance on offense, the team’s turnover ratio, and being on the verge of breaking out.

Acee: Right team, right time for Norv Turner? |
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Cornerback Chris Carr to sign with Chargers |
Cornerback Chris Carr is "San Diego bound," the veteran announced Monday on Twitter.

It's your move, Chargers. Who's going to go? |
It's got to be somebody. Nate Kaeding? Micheal Spurlock? Soon, the Chargers must name who.

5 Things to Watch: Chargers at Saints on Sunday night | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- The Saints (0-4) host San Diego (3-1) on Sunday at the Superdome, hoping to win their first game of 2012.

San Diego the wrong team to start slow against | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
Chargers D forced three INTs, two fumbles and two punts last weekend on its first eight defensive possessions vs. Kansas City.

Scouting Report: San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints



Payton, Loomis, Vitt will attend Chargers-Saints game | ProFootballTalk
It’s possible, if not probable, that Brees made the request not because he wants them there, but because he knows in his capacity as a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee that a rejection would have helped the cause of the players who face re-issued bounty suspensions, particularly Vilma. Even with permission granted, the handling of Williams’ situation justifies suspicion regarding some sort of a quid pro quo, and it means that if/when Williams testifies at an appeal hearing before Commissioner Roger Goodell, Williams will face a withering cross examination that will give new meaning to one of his favorite terms: Kill the head.

Johnny Unitas, a record-setting quarterback who didn't care about records - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Teammate Raymond Berry remembers man whose record Drew Brees has matched

Unitas’ son sends Brees letter about TD record | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — With Drew Brees in position to break Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass,…



Payton says Saints can 'turn things around' | New Orleans
"Granted it's a tough challenge, but I just know how that team is made up, and I know how we put together the parameters of what we look for in character and toughness and intelligence, and I think it's the one thing, that foundation, that gives them a chance," he said, "and without that it would be much more difficult."

Saints Nation Podcast: Did Bounty Gate Ruin the Defense? | October



Zach Strief, Rotolo’s Visit Bridgedale Elementary
The Saints tackle met with 3rd-5th grade students to stress the importance of literacy

NY Jets dealing with mounting injuries; sign wide receiver Jason Hill
NY Jets dealing with mounting injuries; sign wide receiver Jason Hill.

Saints are dropping the ball - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints used to have some of the most sure-handed receivers in the NFL. The roster hasn’t had a lot of turnover, but the Saints n

Aaron Rodgers named NFC offensive player of week | ProFootballTalk
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was chosen as the NFC offensive player of the week after engineering Green Bay's Week Four win over the New Orleans Saints, 28-27. The defending NFL Most Valuable Player completed 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.

Aaron Rodgers finds mistake from regular refs "frustrating" | ProFootballTalk
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the most critical players of the NFL's use of replacement officials, and he was glad when the lockout ended and the regular refs came back. At least, he was glad until he saw the regular refs work on Sunday.

Meet New Orleans Saints super fan Ed Becker, Fleur D Licious - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Chalmette native says his job is to fire everyone up

Drew Brees' passing game against the Green Bay Packers: Graphic - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday

NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Houston Texans jump Atlanta Falcons for No. 1 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints slip to No. 28 after loss to Green Bay Packers