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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, January 12

Your daily collection of Saints and NFL-related news, analysis, commentary, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints news on the weekend is drying up, folks!

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The 67 cents is critical RT : Nick Saban's total compensation for this past season, with bonuses is $5,841,666.67 (via )

Going in. I'm hungry!!!

Reign got a nice lol crowd

Knew I was gone see some people i know

One day after interviewing former Bears HC Lovie Smith, Chargers are interviewing former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt today for their HC job.

Both the Seahawks coordinators will have job interviews today in Atlanta -- Darrell Bevell with the Bears and Gus Bradley with the Eagles.

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart said he underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday on his left ankle.

Yep. Christmas tree still up.

It is 3 degrees right now in Denver..... 3. And the Broncos & Ravens are going to play football here today. Should be interesting.

Great spank bank for RT : Mickey Loomis: "We Can’t Blame 7-9 Record On Anybody But Ourselves"

The volume of Seahawks and Falcons guys drawing interest really is a testament to the work of Dimitroff, Smith, Schneider and Carroll.


From the Saints Sideline

Mickey Loomis: "We Can’t Blame 7-9 On Anybody But Ourselves" |
WWL radio interview transcript from 1/10/2013.

2012 Photos: Saintsations |
Michael C. Hebert - ooooooh la la!!

Who would the New Orleans Saints take if they could redo the 2007 NFL draft: Jeff Duncan's Weekly Reader |
Jeff Duncan - Welcome to this week's Weekly Reader, your one-stop weekly online shop for great reading on the web and social media.


Divisional Weekend

Seahawks coordinators have a minor Saturday distraction | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - Today’s the day on which offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will interview with the Bears, and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley (pictured) will sit for the Eagles, via Albert Breer of NFL Network.

NFL Divisional Playoffs: What to watch Saturday |
Michael Potter - Here are six things to watch – three for each of Saturday's NFL divisional playoff matchups – as four teams battle to get one step closer to the Super Bowl.

Stacking up remaining playoff teams | The Advocate
The first weekend of the NFL playoffs weren’t as crazy as they have been in recent memory.

NFL playoff picks from panel |
Which teams will advance to the NFC and AFC championship games?

Our Picks For The NFL Divisional Round! - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Jay Vise - We surveyed our prognosticating pontificators in the WWL Radio Sports Department for their picks in this weekend's playoff games.

Always Be Covering: The Best Weekend of the Year and Top Chef Stuff | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Unsilent Majority - Divisional weekend picks.


Coaching Carousel

The daily coaching/G.M. update | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - Well, I forgot to do it on Friday. But the beauty of a daily update is that with the setting and rising of the sun, there's another opportunity to forget to do it again.

Dallas Cowboys hire Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator |
Associated Press - The Dallas Cowboys hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the replacement for Rob Ryan on Friday.

Rob Chudzinski takes over as coach of new-look Cleveland Browns |
Associated Press -- The Browns have always been a part of Rob Chudzinski's life. Now, he's the man in charge.

Jay Gruden to interview with Eagles, Chargers | ProFootballTalk
Michael David Smith - Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will be a busy man in the days ahead.

Rob Ryan: I’m on a beach, haven’t accepted Rams job | ProFootballTalk
Michael David Smith - The Friday night report that the Rams hired Rob Ryan to be their next defensive coordinator has been denied by Ryan.



NFLPA will not demand investigation into injury suffered by Robert Griffin III |
The NFLPA will not demand a formal investigation of the Washington Redskins' handling of the knee injury suffered by quarterback Robert Griffin III, as is allowed under the sport's collective bargaining agreement.

Super Bowl Recipe Month: Pizza Gougeres, Ficelle, Oven Roasted Gnocchi, Tortellini Salad | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Sarah Sprague - My favorite new treat this season? Pizza gougeres, an Italian take on a classic French cheese puff. Easier to make than you think and incredibly addicting just out of the oven.

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