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Fleur-de-Links: New Year's Day 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints fans to learn just how stubborn and arrogant Roger Goodell is as we needlessly await Sean Payton's reinstatement.

Alex Wong


Got my pic with Purdue Pete today at the Heart of Dallas Bowl

So proud of my cats!!! A long time coming. A dominating win against a very quality SEC school. Let the celebration begin...

Jus cuz it's a new year don't mean you have to act brand new

Replay angles are so bad in college football

Have a blessed 1st day of a new year... This could be the new beginning, Make today the start of a great year for u. God bless

Ok seriously has Sean Payton been reinstated yet? Lets go. Enough is enough

I believe more special teams coaches should be considered for HC jobs. Often fiery guys & the only assistant coach who deals w entire roster

Bears requested permission to interview Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis for their head coaching vacancy. Very respected coach

Lets go huskers. Hanging tough against a georgia team that was 1 play away from national championship game!

Congrats my boy

It's Still WHO DAT! just sayin

Lol thx bro RT : Haha congrats man RT : Another baby girl, more gray hair for me b4 I hit 30

Haha congrats man RT : Another baby girl, more gray hair for me b4 I hit 30

Season ending thisearly is tough. Adversity we face today will only make the good times to come that much sweeter! Thanks for the love Nola!

Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim is scheduled to interview this week for the San Diego Chargers' GM job.

Buffalo has asked for permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for its HC job.

What woman would agree to be married on a float at the Rose Bowl Parade? I hope their kids become Big East fans.

Lets gooooooooooo. Gotta get this W today.

Excited to see my Purdue Boilermakers battle the Ok St Cowboys in person in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.


Saints shift focus to 2013 season:

Saints not using bounty scandal as excuse for 7-9 season, believe better days are ahead | New Orleans
It’s not that Jonathan Casillas was looking for an excuse Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the Saints’ disappointing 7-9 season came to a close.

10 key questions the New Orleans Saints have to address this offseason |
Fixing the defense is a huge part of the offseason agenda

2013 National Football League Important Dates
The NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 in New York City

2013 New Orleans Saints Opponents Announced
Saints will face teams from the NFC West and AFC East

2013 NFL Draft Order
The New Orleans Saints hold the No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft

New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt ready to move on past this 7-9 season |
Sean Payton expected to return after Super Bowl


A look back at the season Roger ruined:

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: 2012 Season Index
Here's a partial archive of content from 2012, if you're twisted enough to re-live it.

Forecast: 2012 was year in purgatory for Saints and their fans | New Orleans
If the New Orleans Saints 2012 season was a movie Sunday's 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers would have been the right ending.

Defenseless Saints lose to Panthers 44-38 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — Pardon the New Orleans Saints and their fans if they saw Sunday what they’ve seen so many times this frustrating season. What…

Joe Vitt 2012 Season Recap
Vitt reviews the 2012 New Orleans Saints campaign.

Saints reflect on 7-9 record at season's end | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- As Saints right tackle Zach Strief prepared to empty his locker Monday afternoon, he pondered this season's 7-9 record, a mixture of game day performances and Bountygate controversies that were as disappointing as they were frustrating.

New Orleans Saints players admit that bounty penalties impacted the season |
Losing Sean Payton for entire season was a major blow to team's chances

Mickles: Saints start picking up the pieces | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — On Monday, the New Orleans Saints began the process of picking up the pieces of a fractured season that went terribly wrong from…

Saints set sights on rebound season in 2013 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Less than 24 hours after losing their chance to finish a frustrating and disappointing season with a break-even record, the New …


Bountyfarce continues: When will Payton be reinstated?

Roger Goodell needs to let Sean Payton return to New Orleans Saints now |
Saints have to make decisions now that will affect 2013 season -- including possible defensive changes


NFL Coaching Carousel:

Marrone to interview with Bills, Browns - Yahoo! Sports
He was a position coach with the New York Jets from 2002-05 and offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08.

NFL Black Monday: Tracking coaching, GM moves - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
NFL Black Monday: Tracking coaching, GM moves. NFL Black Monday: Tracking coaching, GM moves

Chargers denied in attempt to interview Broncos’ Matt Russell | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers were interested in interviewing Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell about their general manager job. But the Broncos said no, and Russell sort of did as well.

Norv Turner: Chargers aren’t close to playoffs | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers fired coach Norv Turner on Monday and, as in most of these cases, a big reason why was his failure to make the playoffs. Many felt the Chargers underachieved the last three years under Turner, a notion that Turner took issue with in some post-firing comments.

Jon Gruden speaks on his future, sort of | ProFootballTalk
One thing that most of the reports about Jon Gruden’s "will he or won’t he," offseason plans lack are quotes from Gruden himself. As it turns out, the reports might be more revealing without them.

Phil Emery makes clear: Lovie Smith failed at building the offense | ProFootballTalk
Lovie Smith is a good defensive coach who was never able to build a consistent offense in his nine seasons as head coach of the Bears, and that's what cost him his job.

Nick Saban talk not going away in Cleveland | ProFootballTalk
As Alabama coach Nick Saban prepares to coach in the college football national championship game on Monday night, he can expect to hear some questions about whether it will be his last game at Alabama.

Report: Cardinals "very close" to hiring Andy Reid as head coach | ProFootballTalk
A day after he was fired by the Eagles, Andy Reid may be close to getting another head-coaching job. Tim Ring, the sports director at KTVK-TV in Arizona, is reporting that the Cardinals are very close to hiring Reid as their next head coach.



Denver Broncos No. 1 in final regular season NFL power rankings |
New Orleans Saints finish season at No. 18



Jabari Greer Interview 12/31/12
DB Jabari Greer speaks with reporters on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Joe Vitt Interview 12/31/12
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt speaks with reporters on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Jonathan Casillas Interview 12/31/12
LB Jonathan Casillas speaks with reporters on Monday, December 31, 2012.