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Fleur-de-Links: September 13, 2012



Saints gave up 40 points in Week 1 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Spags' 2007 Giants gave up combined 80 pts in 1st 2 games. Won SB.

Kromer: "Practice today was very fast, very determined"

Saints Injury Report: Did Not Practice-McBride (Ankle), Henderson (Concussion), Patrick (Thigh); Limited-Shanle (knee); Full-Greer (Groin)

NFL study finds 2 fewer Week 1 replays overturned officiating decisions this year. 2011 46% of Week 1 challenges overturned, 28% last week

At the expense of my typical overly analytic approach: The Saints better beat the Panthers on Sunday or I'll be pissed!

Ron Rivera says Panthers shut Steve Smith down today when his knee got sore. Still expects him to play.

Going to work everyday is fun when you have quality ppl around u... I love the closeness of our team beyond just football.

NFLPA sent memo reiterating that use of Adderall/Ritalin w/o BOTH a prescription AND Therapeutic Use Exemption = min. 4-game suspension

Brees, Kromer, et al are beating the Do Your Job thing into the ground. Last WWL article had eight mentions of "job"

Peter Ginsberg, Vilma's lawyer, taken aback by NFL's statement on suspension ruling

Have to admit, I never thought it'd happen. RT : Reggie Bush's last 12 games: 1,036 yards & six TDs on 190 carries (5.45 YPC).

Goodell is going to resuspend all the players for the same amount of time. You know it's true.

I just think he's too far gone to do what's sensible, which is, of course, reducing the suspensions

": The and Saints have met 34 times in the regular season and have split the series, 17-17. "

This yr I'm thinkn home games I'm wearin a different super hero every home game, and every away game... A super villain!

If U don't know what is going to happen today Why not expect to have a good day? If trouble comes- deal If not- keep smiling

I keep it 100 don't worry about the Proof...Get better at whatever u do whatever ya hustle is we all on A Grind

Work, work, work, work, work. Because nobody is gonna just give it to us. Be good today everyone.

Speak on it!RT I got the Lord on my shoulders!

Weeks work done on total access. Now time to enjoy rest of week and weekend. Anyone know of any good travel spots?

": i swear ESPN talks about more than they talk about sports, just give the man his own damn segment already"lol

Love the work ethic and attitude of this team to be a part of. Always staying humble and hungry



Aaron Kromer: "We Were A Lot Faster In Practice This Week"
Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer met with the media following practice on Thursday to discuss the upcoming contest against the Carolina Panthers

Saints injury list remains unchanged: Henderson, Patrick, McBride still out | New Orleans
"We have to be very cautious with Devery Henderson," Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer said. "Any time you have a head injury like he had, we’re going to err on the side of caution and make sure his health comes first in this situation. We’ll see as the end of the week comes, but we’re going to make sure we do the right thing for the team and him."

Devery Henderson, Johnny Patrick, Turk McBride miss Thursday's New Orleans Saints practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (concussion), defensive end Turk McBride (ankle) and cornerback Johnny Patrick (thigh) missed their second consecutive practice sitting out Thursday's session as the team continued its preparations for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Taking a look at the first Tryout Tuesday (and Wednesday) | ProFootballTalk
The Saints looked at linebackers Jerrell Harris, Austin Johnson, Ernie Sims, and Nate Triplett, along with running back James Bryant.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson is up for the challenge - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"All those business decisions come down to a lot of things," Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer said. "But we are planning on (Robinson) taking that step and being a top-notch starting corner in the league.

Panthers holding grudge for Saints running up the score | ProFootballTalk
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith wasn’t biting earlier this week when asked about the Saints bounty allegations. But that’s not the only thing the Panthers have to be tight about.

Panthers still boiling from Saints' disrespect |
If there wasn’t bad blood between the Panthers and Saints already, there is now.

Panthers’ Stewart returns to practice, status uncertain for Saints |
After his first full practice back since spraining his ankle more than three weeks ago, running back Jonathan Stewart wasn’t willing to say he’d be ready to go for Sunday’s game against New Orleans. "We’ll see," he said. "Only time will tell."

New Orleans Saints Press Conference 09.13.12 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Join the Saints coverage team as they get the latest on the preparations for the Carolina Panthers

Saints trying to focus on doing their own jobs against Carolina Panthers | New Orleans
"I think it was a collective effort of everyone," Kromer said. "The biggest thing we came out of that game talking about is everybody do their own job. There were a lot of people trying to cover for other people it appeared watching the game live and watching it on tape.

Carolina coach Rivera says still early to judge Saints defense | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera might be a little biased, but he said fans shouldn’t be down on the New Orleans Saints’ defe…

Carolina Panthers still fuming over last season's loss to New Orleans Saints: links - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
The New Orleans Saints 45-17 defeat of the Carolina Panthers last season is still on the minds of both teams. For the Saints, the game was a once-in-a lifetime chance to break several records. But for the Panthers, it was sign of disrespect.

Saints hoping others can step in place of WR Devery Henderson if needed | New Orleans
"Joe Morgan is a fast player for us," Kromer said. "Lance Moore can get up the field as well as having great quickness. Jimmy Graham can cover a lot of ground quickly. Darren Sproles can cover a lot of ground. Without Devery, it will be different.

New Orleans Saints calm, determined after loss | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Strief appreciate that the Saints’ season-opening loss did nothing to change the minds of those who exp…

Saints QB Drew Brees says little mistakes led to big loss to Redskins | New Orleans
"Sunday, it’s disappointing," Brees said. "We’re not used to losing. We haven’t lost in that building in a long time. We didn’t lose there last year. Do the math and it’s probably 500 days since we lost in that building. Just the disappointment in that and knowing we’re better than that."

New Orleans Saints will have to make a roster move sooner or later
New Orleans Saints will have to make a roster move sooner or later.

Drew Brees: Offense can rebound without Payton | ProFootballTalk
The Saints have no shortage of ready-made excuses for their stumble out of the gate against the Redskins. If they were so inclined, they could blame an offseason filled with distractions of their own doing and Mother Nature's, they could blame quarterback Drew Brees' holdout and they could blame ...



League, Vilma’s lawyer issue new statements on bounty case | ProFootballTalk
Some of you have wondered why I'm not convinced that the bounty players actually will meet with the Commissioner, despite multiple reports that the meetings will happen. Here's some tangible evidence to support our theory/hypothesis/whatever.

Goodell set to meet with Jonathan Vilma on Monday, 3 others Tuesday | New Orleans
Vilma’s meeting comes a day ahead of Goodell’s meeting with the other three players – Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and unsigned free agent Anthony Hargrove – the source said.

Jonathan Vilma to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Goodell is meeting with the other three players Tuesday

Will Jonathan Vilma play for the New Orleans Saints this season?
Will Jonathan Vilma play for the New Orleans Saints this season?

League possibly benefits from do-over in bounty suspensions | ProFootballTalk
Amid reports that Commissioner Roger Goodell will be meeting with the four players whose bounty suspensions were vacated, it's still not entirely clear what the meetings will entail.



Pylon camera not ready for Bears-Packers
"The pylon cameras are still being tested and thus won't be used in (the Packers-Bears) game," Riethmiller wrote in the email. "We're still weeks away from using them."

Which teams should panic already, which will recover? - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
No need to panic yet - NEW ORLEANS



Aaron Kromer's Interview 9/13/12

Jimmy Graham's Interview 9/13/12

Malcolm Jenkins' Interview 9/13/12