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Fleur-de-Links: November 7, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The sports media is still drooling over the possibility of Sean Payton coaching the Cowboys.

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Vitt said Sproles, Roby, Strief & Galette did not practice today due to injury

Many QBs won't be happy that league has banned use of Gorilla Gold towels until comp committee reviews. Will explain on ESPN2 5 ET

Chargers found not to have been illegally using sticky towels in loss to Denver, but fined $20k for failure to turn them over immediately...

Club staff found not have turned over towel immediately when asked for by game official. But NFL finds SD did not violate competitive rule

Saints been much in news but ths time it's good news: owner Tom Benson donated $7.5 mm to Tulane to help build new on-campus stadium.

Rehab while everyone practicing Sucks....What's up Twitter World I'm Bored

Falcons QB Matt Ryan talks about facing the Saints (AUDIO)

Ellen Degeneres RT : People with the same number of NFL playoff wins as Matt Ryan. Go.

Honey boo boo People with the same number of NFL playoff wins as Matt Ryan. Go.

111 NFL quarterbacks have thrown at least as many touchdown passes in the playoffs as Matt Ryan

NFL QB's with 0-3 playoff record: Hebert, Matt Ryan, Todd Collins, Cuozzo, Ken O'Brien, Frerotte, Bert Jones, Mike Phipps

According to Pro Football Reference, 124 quarterbacks have won more playoff games than Matt Ryan (>10 pass attempts)

I bought a tube of Colgate this morning. It has the same amount of playoff wins as Matt Ryan.

As many playoff wins as Matt Ryan: Peter King, Joe Biden, Mr. Clean, Charlton Heston, Jimi Hendrix, Felix Baumgartner, Snoopy, P Diddy

Aaron Brooks has more playoff wins than Matt Ryan.

Falcons HC Mike Smith on a conference call with NOLA media members "Lofton is still a tackling machine. You see that every week"

Falcons QB Matt Ryan on a conference call with NOLA media members "Lofton was a great teammate & worked tremendously hard when he was here"

Eagles QB Michael Vick on his brother Marcus' tweets: "You'll never see that again." Says if it didn't come from him, doesn't mean anything

The NFL announced there will be no flex scheduling changes for Thanksgiving weekend. Saints home game vs 49ers (Nov. 25) stays at 3:25 pm CT

gotta get it off my chest I am saddened and disappointed by the actions of some students at my University. We have come a long way but still

Have a way long way to go. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and can voice it how they choose. Hopefully you will choose to be a part of

The solution and not a re-occurring negative issue.

Marques Colston has 54 career TDs, 1 away from tying Deuce McAllister () as the Career TD Leader

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it" Today we all need to find the Beauty in the process and unite in the result

For all Who-Dats incensed by my Payton story, we'll be talking about it on from about noon-2. Listen at .

love wakin up early on a day your allowed to sleep n.Lol.O well another day another opportunity being presented...Time to get after it

Sean payton! RT : if you don't mind my asking who did you vote for mr moore



Drew Brees says talk of voided contract extension for suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton is overblown - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Brees says no one on the Saints is worried about Sean Payton's voided contract saga

Voiding of Payton contract is fishy situation
BRIAN ALLEE-WALSH: "If I'm Tom Benson, I wouldn't pay Payton one cent more than was agreed upon back in September 2011. Obviously, Payton felt comfortable with the compensation offered him, and last time I looked all he has done is given the franchise a perpetual PR black eye. That said, under no circumstances would I get into a bidding war with another franchise for his services."

SATCH NOTE: To those who don't know, Allee-Walsh absolutely, positively hates Sean Payton. It's my understanding that Payton got him fired from the Times-Picayune or something. So, take Brian's opinion with a grain of salt.

Payton coaching headlines add to confusion over future plans | New Orleans
It’s two days since Saints fans were hit with a ‘mini-bomb’ of sorts by finding out that their already forgettable offseason and struggling season could possibly compounded by losing the only coach to ever have long-term success here.

AUDIO: Adam Schefter on Mike & Mike fanning the 'Payton might leave Saints' flames, NFL - ESPN
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter dishes on whether there will be any coaching changes before the end of the season, Sean Payton's future with the Saints and more.

Sean Payton joining the Dallas Cowboys is a very real possibility -
Could Sean Payton really end up as coach of the Dallas Cowboys? Albert Breer investigates the rumors and shares his findings, and also hits on several other hot topics going into Week 10.

Can Sean Payton be lured to the Dallas Cowboys? -
The Dallas Cowboys might not even have the opportunity to pursue Sean Payton in the offseason, but one source told and NFL Network's Albert Breer he could see it happening.

Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck, Sean Payton, Doug Martin, more Week 9 thoughts - Peter King -
On FOX, Jay Glazer, who is close to Payton, quoted Payton as saying he "absolutely plans'' to stay with the Saints, and the Saints, angry that the story leaked in the first place, insisted Payton was going nowhere other than on their coaching payroll in 2013 and beyond.

Sean Payton can't save Dallas Cowboys from Jerry Jones - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
But if Jerry doesnt get out of the way, even Payton cant save Cowboys, Jen Floyd Engel says. Sean Payton cant save Dallas Cowboys from Jerry Jones

Sources: Saints owner considering making Sean Payton highest-paid coach in NFL -
Sean Payton expects to be the highest-paid coach, and the New Orleans Saints owner is prepared to make that happen. Tom Benson wants to do whatever it takes to keep Payton, including opening his wallet as wide as possible.

Mickey Loomis returns to New Orleans Saints with another fire to put out
Mickey Loomis returns to New Orleans Saints with another fire to put out.

Mickey Loomis hits ground running on return to Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Now that New Orleans General Manager Mickey Loomis has returned to work, the Saints need his crisis-management skills to be shar…

Payton close to becoming NFL's highest paid coach | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Sean Payton is on the verge of becoming the NFL's highest-paid head coach, according to multiple reports. The only question is whether it will occur with the Saints or elsewhere.

Payton’s contract might not be resolved quickly | ProFootballTalk
Given that the Saints have permission to finalize their contract extension with coach Sean Payton now and that no other team can talk to him until his suspension ends after the Super Bowl, Payton's current employer has a huge advantage when it comes to the question of continuing his employment.



" Mixed Signals The Angry Who Dat

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: Week 9, Eagles at Saints: Strange Magic

The Crap Chronicles, Volume Eight - Who Dat Social Club

New Orleans Saints did all the little things right for big rushing gains: Film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints runners Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas were terrific -- but so was the supporting cast in 28-13 victory over Philadelphia Eagles

Time is now for more Chris Ivory
I don't design the offense, but I'd love to see two back sets with Sproles, Ingram, or Thomas paired with Chris Ivory. Bad intentions for opposing defenses, good intentions for the Black and Gold.

Saints RB Ivory rewarded for his patience, impresses against Eagles | New Orleans
For seven weeks, Chris Ivory sat on the sideline, his patience growing thinner and thinner as he watched the Saints run game founder.

Saints Spagnuolo: Blitzing not always the answer | New Orleans
Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo saw the same thing everyone else saw Monday night – a fast, aggressive New Orleans defense taking the fight to the opponent, helping to carry the team to a 28-13 win over Philadelphia.

32 Observations: Week 9 |
New Orleans Saints: While dime safety Isa Abdul-Quddus has been in coverage for 109 snaps, he has only allowed two catches for 14 yards. His 0.13 Yards Per Coverage Snap is tied for the lowest amongst safeties.

Saints three and out for Nov. 6, 2012 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
What we learned As tough as the first half of the season has been, the Saints won’t lay down and give up. They gained momentum for the fin…

Defense shows life despite stats | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
In the late-night hours of Monday, New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt, a linebackers coach by trade, was asked about his team giving…

Eagles Rewind: For Eagles, red zone was a black hole
Here are some observations and notes after a review of the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday: On second thought Why were the Eagles so bad in the red zone on Monday night? On five trips inside the Saints' 20-yard line, they came away with only two field goals.

Drew Brees' passing game against the Philadelphia Eagles: Graphic - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 28-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles

Reid still believes Eagles can get back on track
Andy Reid reiterated his belief that the Eagles can get back on track with just one win, a day after being thumped in New Orleans.

Eagles Film Study: Coaching played large role in loss
While there was plenty of blame to share after the Eagles' loss to New Orleans, Ray Didinger explains that the coaches deserve a large share.



Darren Sproles, Zach Strief, Junior Galette among New Orleans Saints players to miss Wednesday's practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Plenty of Falcons also banged up leading into Sunday's game in New Orleans

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons: Week 10 Scouting Report - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Breaking down Sunday's Saints-Falcons matchup

Atlanta Falcons entering Sunday's game against New Orleans Saints playing like Super Bowl contenders - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints interim coach Joe Vitt calls Falcons best team in NFL

" Falcons Hate Week: An Introductory YouTube Playlist The Angry Who Dat

Q&A: Mike Smith, Matt Ryan talk with New Orleans media before Falcons visit Saints
What were your thoughts about losing Curtis Lofton to the Saints? How did that affect your team’s defense?

New Orleans Saints: Live updates from Joe Vitt, Drew Brees press conferences - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Coach, quarterback should talk about upcoming Atlanta Falcons game

Falcons at Saints scouting report | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN: Noon Sunday. WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. TV: Fox. RADIO: WTGE-FM, 100.7; WWL-AM, 870; 105.3-FM. RECORDS: Falcon…

A look at the numbers for Saints vs. Falcons
A look at the numbers for Saints vs. Falcons.

Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Reynolds placed on IR; Manley added to roster | Atlanta Falcons
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Gleason released from hospital | New Orleans
Former Saints safety Steve Gleason has been released from the hospital and is feeling better, according to a Team Gleason spokeswoman.



NFC South players lead in dropped passes - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Falcons and Saints are tied with the Cowboys for No. 4 in team drops with 20. The Buccaneers are tied for No. 25 with 12 drops and the Carolina Panthers are No. 28 with 10 drops.

Meet New Orleans Saints super fan, Larry Rolling: The Sign Man - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Longtime fan popular with photographers, videographers

Where they rank on offense, defense - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The NFL’s latest rankings are out and the Saints remain at No. 32 overall. They’re No. 32 against the run and No. 29 against the pass.

Cameron Jordan Named Morton's the Steakhouse Community Player of the Week
Saints defensive end has spent time teaching students about protecting the environment and energy efficiency

New Orleans Saints make roster change on practice squad
New Orleans Saints make roster change on practice squad.