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Fleur-de-Links: January 14, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Bad weather hinders Garrett Hartley's bow hunting. Yeah, the news is that slow, folks.



Wish this weather would work with us... 70 one day 25 the next with rain.. Filming for our new show NEAUX MOTIVES

Blaming Carroll for going for 4th-&-1 & not a FG? Read why Brian Burke says don't blame the decision, just the play:

Jaguars DC Mel Tucker is interviewing today for Jacksonville’s HC job; Rams OC Brian Schotteneheimer interviews Tuesday for Jaguars HC job.

Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson is interviewing today with the Panthers for their offensive coordinator job.

How incredible was Jodie Foster last night?! Wow.

Lol feet were n the sand, water was warm, ;p thanks Miami, this could b interestin

Practice kicks are the consequence of dumb ice-the-kicker strategy that doesn't work. But I still always hated the stupid last-second TO.

This ice the kicker simple. Field goal team comes on, the official asks the other coach "would you like a time out?"

Eagles confirm they have interviewed former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt today.

Sitting here watching "happy days" lol this show is pretty funny I remember watching it with my grandfather as a kid

That moment when you realize Twitter might very well be mankind's greatest achievement. RT : Just took a dump at Chili's.

Brees’ record-setting game vs Chargers is up for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year! Vote:

Lions continue coaching staff shakeup

San Francisco has moved from 3-point favorite to 3 1/2-point fave. New England has moved from 9-point to 9 1/2-point. Do those seem right?

Chargers interviewing Broncos' Mike McCoy today and Cards now want to bring McCoy back in for 2nd interview tomorrow

Union sent a memo to all agents this morning, concerning "egregious shortcuts and errors in collection protocol" in NFL drug testing. ...

Yesterday w/ my friend's 6 y/o boy. Q: "So, little dude. Besides Drew, who's your favorite Saints player?" A: "Hm, probably Thomas Mustard."



Saints, NFL to host officiating academy at end of January | New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints and the National Football League will host a football officiating academy on Tuesday, January 29 at the club’s practice facility in Metairie.

New Orleans Saints, NFL To Host Football Officiating Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 29
Academy Will Take Place at the New Orleans Saints Facility

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 19 DVOA Ratings
BEST: 2002 New Orleans Saints at Washington, Week 6

Sean Payton Will Have The Final Say On The Saints Coaching Staff
Sean Payton will have the final say on the Saints coaching staff. Find out which coaches he should keep and which coaches he might let go.

Saints Nation's Top 10 Plays of the 2012 Season: #9 - Martez Wilson Punt Block & Courtney Roby Score

New Orleans Saints' Jahri Evans, Thomas Morstead Earn Associated Press All-Pro Honors
Jahri Evans and Thomas Morstead earned Pro Bowl honors in 2012


Niners fans are officially the most obnoxious in the NFL

Cracking Down on Malevolence at Candlestick -
Fan behavior in San Francisco has led to an increased police presence at 49ers games; 92 people were ejected from the game against the Packers on Saturday.


Playoffs? Don't talk about .........Playoffs?

The World’s Most Clueless Man - Who Dat Social Club
When we first caught up with Tumba, he was squatting in a small clearing in the forest. He was fashioning a penis sheath, carefully peeling the bark from creepers and laying the curls flat in the vain hope they might dry in the breathless humid fetid air.

Texans begin circling wagons around Schaub | ProFootballTalk
Knowing he’s going to be under fire the entire offseason, many of his Texans teammates are rushing to the defense of quarterback Matt Schaub. Which is a prudent course to take, of course, since they’re stuck with him. "Have they ever been in his shoes?" defensive end J.J.

Broncos, Manning are 9th top seed to stumble since '05 | New Orleans
No one should be surprised that the Super Bowl favorites are already out of the playoffs.

Seahawks and Broncos Fans…Welcome to the Darkside

As a fan who has been there, I can recommend as a temporary solution channeling the bottled up hatred you feel into wishing for the demise of the team that bested your own. It’s how I coped last year after a pass from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to tight end Vernon Davis in the final seconds of the divisional playoff game ended the Saints season and sent a rusty blade through my heart. But being a hater will only bring you brief gratification. Eventually, the horror of how your team ended its season will consume you again. You can’t stop it.

San Francisco 49ers extra points: Leftover thoughts from impressive victory over Green Bay Packers |
Not to pick on the Saints, but I don’t think there’s a single position where you’d take a Saints player over a 49ers player. The only two possibilities are cornerback Jabari Greer, if you’d be allowed to use him as your second cornerback along with Rogers, and left end Cameron Jordan if you’re playing a 4-3 scheme and want Smith and McDonald at tackle.

Pete Carroll offers novel excuse for kicker-icing backfire | ProFootballTalk
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant Norwooded a 49-yard field goal attempt that came after a timeout was called at the end of Sunday's NFC playoff thriller, and FOX cameras promptly showed an incredulous Seahawks coach Pete Carroll apparently arguing to an official that the Seahawks didn't call the timeout.

Russell Wilson proves he’s the rookie of the year | ProFootballTalk
Two weeks ago today, we declared Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to be the PFT offensive rookie of the year, based on the regular season. Plenty of you disagreed. Two weeks later, no one should.

John Abraham vows to play in NFC Championship Game | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons' victory over the Seahawks was marred a bit by defensive end John Abraham's early departure due to a sprained ankle he originally suffered in Week 17 against the Buccaneers.

Tom Brady breaks Joe Montana's postseason victory record |
Brady win his 17th postseason game


NFL Coaching Carousel

After losing SD job to Telesco, Raye takes his Indy spot | ProFootballTalk
New Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said he wanted to keep personnel man Jimmy Raye, the guy considered one of the early favorites for the Chargers GM job. Instead, Raye’s going to slide into Telesco’s old chair.

Paton out of Browns G.M. mix, but reason isn’t clear | ProFootballTalk
In the days after the Browns fired G.M. Tom Heckert, word emerged that the Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton. But an interview never happened. There are two different versions in league circles as to what happened. One source says that Paton passed.

Cardinals want a second interview with Mike McCoy | ProFootballTalk
The Mike McCoy train is gaining speed, and it looks like you better hurry if you want on board. As we mentioned earlier, the Broncos offensive coordinator is interviewing with the Chargers today.