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Fleur-de-Links: September 28, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Drew Brees gave passionate speech to teammates on Wednesday. Will it help Saints avoid 0-4 record?

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Kromer said McBride (ankle), Hawthorne (hamstring) & Casillas (neck) have been ruled out for Sunday

Injury updates: Bulaga-knee, full participation, probable; Crabtree-shoulder, full, probable; Jennings-groin, limited, probable

Things you don't realize until you look at the stats -- Kansas City has the NFL's No. 1-ranked offense.

Honestly do people work in New Orleans? Why is it traffic at 1:30pm

": Time to right the ship. 13-3 still a damn good record." Dig that

Even if Barrett Ruud is completely washed up, it's time to play him. Hawthorne/Casillas are out and we gave up a draft pick for him.

RT XLVII will be NOLA's record-tying 10th as SB host (So Fla.) RT Happy b'day . Opened this date in '75

The meeting between the league and Scott Fujita will take place 1 pm ET in NYC this afternoon, per source.

Time is here, time to step it up to a level not yet seen this year! Improving daily on all accounts!

No point in pointing out all the hypocrisy in the Goodell form letter. But full-time refs - any full-time refs - ARE a good thing.

Love that Goodell pointed out that the league will BE ABLE TO hire full-timers, without even promising to do so. Pathetic.

NFL sent a memo to all club presidents, GMs, coaches on the practice of faking injuries. Threatened fines, suspensions, docked draft picks.

NFL Films' video preview of Sunday's showdown between the Saints and Packers

interview (VIDEO)

This week find ourselves in a hole & the 1st rule of holes is: "When you find yourself in a hole STOP digging!"

Jumped outta bed like I was about to be late for somethin, lol really

O well betta early than late... Betta jump start the day and try to be great. Beat my alarm clock by half an hr snaps

Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints screen passes have been as inconsistent as the rest of their offense: First-and-10

": Too funny. "lol

Drumroll, please...Cincinnati and Jacksonville officials have been informed that, for Sunday, they will have Ed Hochuli and his crew.

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Saints list three as out against Green Bay Packers | New Orleans
Linebackers David Hawthorne (right hamstring) and Jonathan Casillas (neck) along with defensive end Turk McBride (left ankle) all won’t play against the Packers after not practicing all week.

Saints Injury Report: Three defenders still out again Wednesday
For the Packers, right tackle Bryan Bulaga has been limited for the last two days after giving up three sacks in Green Bay's loss at Seattle. Pro Bowl wideout Greg Jennings, who missed most of the past two weeks but played Monday night, is still expected to be available Sunday despite limited participation in workouts this week.

Brees speaks, Saints listen –
Brees is frustrated. Frustrated with the team's 0-3 start. Frustrated with Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling in the Bountygate case that has taken away his head coach for this season and interim coach Joe Vitt for the first six weeks. Frustrated with the negativity surrounding a team and a city that had enjoyed four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in the previous six years.

Drew Brees sends message to Saints offense | ProFootballTalk
Coming into the season, the Saints had plenty of distractions that could get in the way of focusing on the task at hand and, according to interim coach Aaron Kromer, the team hasn't done a good job of handling them during an 0-3 start to the season.

Saints visit Packers in battle of desperate NFC squads
New Orleans must get back to the offensive roots that catapulted the team to greatness over the past few years. And that starts with Brees, who has seven touchdown passes to five interceptions this season. Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 46 straight games and can tie Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a scoring strike on Sunday.

In spite of record, game in Green Bay in 2011, playing at Lambeau still special | New Orleans
There’s Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in baseball. There’s Estadio Azteca, Camp Nou and Old Trafford in soccer. And in the NFL, there’s Lambeau Field.

Brees thrives on adversity; can he turn the season around? | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- This is not the Drew Brees Saints fans know and love.

There are 5 Things The New Orleans Saints Must Do To Beat The Green Bay Packers
How will the New Orleans Saints beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field? Here are five things they must do to secure a victory.

Mickles: Playing at Lambeau not an easy task | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After what happened to them Monday night in Seattle, the Green Bay Packers are probably going to be in a surly mood Sunday afternoon. Not e…

Packers vs. Saints: Five key matchups
2. Clay Matthews vs. Jermon Bushrod—The Saints offensive line, by its coach’s admission, is struggling. Bushrod will get a large dose of Matthews on Sunday.

NFL Week 4 storylines: Darrelle Revis’ loss a gain for Niners, AFC West puzzle | Audibles
Saints, Packers in trouble already

Saints OT Zach Strief shoulders blame for problems | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — In the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints’ meltdown Sunday, when they surrendered a 24-6 third-quarter lead and dropped a 27-24…



Drew Brees can tie Johnny Unitas' TD pass record | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ pursuit of another longstanding NFL record will continue in historic Lambeau Field on Sunday. Br…



Jerry Richardson, Woody Johnson initially dug in after Monday night debacle | ProFootballTalk
Judy Battista of the New York Times reports that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and Jets owner Woody Johnson initially wanted to dig in. Others, like Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Giants co-owner John Mara, were concerned that damage was being done to the NFL.

Jimmy Graham thinks regular refs will help Saints offense | ProFootballTalk
"We’re such a rhythm offense and there has been zero rhythm these past three games," Graham told Alex Marvez of "Literally, the minute you have some kind of momentum there’s a 10-minute delay.

Saints players happy to have officials back | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Before each game, Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton makes it a habit to greet the officials, inquiring about things such as their …

Saints voice thanks to replacement officials, happy regulars are back on job | New Orleans
It’s not that New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was exceedingly happy to see the NFL’s lockout of the referees end. But he’s certainly not sad to see the replacement officials go.

Roger Goodell's legacy always will include replacement officials mess - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
League was forced to act after numerous bad calls

Commissioner Roger Goodell sends note to NFL fans - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Roger Goodell stresses his most important job is to improve the game

Roger Goodell attempts apology to NFL fans involving referee lockout
Roger Goodell attempts apology to NFL fans involving referee lockout.



Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita to meet with NFL today; suspensions reinstated?
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita to meet with NFL today; suspensions reinstated?

Saints' Will Smith satisfied by meeting with Roger Goodell | News |

Report: Fujita will deny existence of bounty program in Goodell meeting | ProFootballTalk
Here’s the primary issue, which continues to be largely ignored or misunderstood. No one has disputed that the Saints had a pay-for-performance system. And it appears that the pay-for-performance system included payment for clean, legal hits that prevented opponents from continuing.



Morten Andersen among first-year eligible 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates
Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, defensive back John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen, are among the 13 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Chick Fights: Clash of the Fans
When it comes to female football fans, hitting a rival where it hurts is all about getting the "W" on the field. That’s why the female fan site Chicks in the Huddle has teamed up with to profile the fiercest, most loyal female football fans around as they prepare for their teams’ most anticipated match-ups of the season.

Fans in the Superdome need to do their job: Letter |



Video Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers