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Fleur-de-Links: January 16, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Coach Aaron Kromer leaves Saints to join Bears. Sean Payton still not reinstated.

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So Manti Te'o was essentially showing people a picture of "Man-Hands" and claiming it was his dead girlfriend? Really?

Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend, the most heartbreaking and inspirational story of the college football season, is a hoax.

Brees talked about his birthday, Sean Payton, his gameday routine & Johnny Manziel on the today (video/quotes)

Today we're starting a 3 day contest for one family to win 4 FREE tickets to the Hornets game this Monday on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

2012 Photos: Jermon Bushrod ( )

Still no action on Sean Payton's reinstatement

RT Met w/ 2day. No question about the commitment of New Orleans to hosting a perfect 10th Super Bowl

Eagles fans can't be feeling positive about Chip Kelly's appearance at his introductory press conference.

Jan 16, 2013: A date which will live in infamy. NOLA mayor says be nice to Roger, Saints QB roots for Falcons while grooving to Bieber.

"A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL via" if ur stuck at work this will cheer u up!

Carville say the real star of the Super Bowl will be the city itself.

RT : RT : Stunned recruit Nico Falah tweets Chip Kelly was "at my house 2 days ago" sad reality

RT : Heath Evans: "I am going on the record calling Chip Kelly one of the worst hires in pro football history."

I would love to hear anyone disagree that public enemy #1 Roger Goodell is utterly drunk off power.

Why even dangle carrot of Payton might be reinstated after season, only to re-affirm suspension till SB? He's jerking Saints around for fun

It's now the Nola Legitimate Media's duty to badger Goodell about Payton at his SB presser until he walks away in a huff (cc:)

NFL VP of Events Frank Supovitz says people in NOLA do a good job of making their own celebrations on a daily basis. Happy to hate NFL's

I applaud Landreiu's handling of the Falcons question and just like that, "Goodell is a friend of the city." F***.

Landrieu says the major projects (streetcar, Superdome, airport, convention center) are 99% done, just minor things to finish.

Landrieu said Canal Street where the streetcar work is going on should be done in days.

. It's the new Most Duncan Thing EVER!: Landrieu: act right during SB47: Goodell has always been a friend of NOLA.

Landrieu says not to look at the SB impact as # of people in NOLA, by rather as opp to build things that last a long time.

mayor Mitch Landrieu, imploring folks to act right during SB47: Goodell has always been a friend of the city of New Orleans."

Landrieu: "I want everybody to be in their best behavior."

Landrieu says if Atlanta gets in the Super Bowl he'll struggle. But says he'll ultimately be a gracious host like he hopes others will be.

Mitch is just trolling everybody. Exponentially.

Enough is enough. Goodell won. Saints' 2012 was in shambles. Give us draft pick back, let Payton do job. Unfair Punishment has been served

Goodell now affecting 2013 Saints, not allowing Payton to have contact w/ team regarding replacing Kromer as OL coach. This is absurd.

Sign the petition! ": Payton can't have any contact w/ about replacing assistants, Greg Aiello said today."


Aaron Kromer leaves Saints to join Bears

Chicago Bears news: Aaron Kromer leaving New Orleans Saints for Chicago Bears offensive coordinator job -
ew Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will serve Marc Trestman both in that role and also as offensive coordinator, which suggests that Trestman will call the plays.

Handwerger: Timing of Kromer leaving will be tough for Saints to find replacement | New Orleans
Say what you will about Aaron Kromer’s job as interim interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints but the fact that the Chicago Bears’ new coach Marc Trestman hired him as offensive coordinator says all you need to know.

New Orleans Saints have significant void to fill with Aaron Kromer gone |
Sean Payton should be allowed to help land a replacement

New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer leaving to become Bears' offensive coordinator, report says |
Aaron Kromer went 2-4 as interim to the interim Saints coach in 2012

Aaron Kromer will join Bears staff | ProFootballTalk
The Bears hired Marc Trestman as their new head coach overnight and he isn't wasting any time putting together his coaching staff. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Aaron Kromer will be the team's new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.


Bountyfarce continues

Still no action on Sean Payton’s reinstatement | ProFootballTalk
With the Super Bowl festivities descending on New Orleans soon, the pressure on the league office to consider the reinstatement will only increase. Some believe that, at a certain level, the delay traces to a personal conflict between Goodell and Payton. Regardless, the one-year suspension is now potentially impacting future years, given the impact on Payton’s ability to fill the holes on his staff.

Roger Goddell Hung up on me today!!!
i called roger goddels office this morn, as i do every few weeks, to leave a nasty voicemail, and to my surprise a lady answered the phone..i was a little surprised for a second, i asked for Roger and...


NFL Coaching Carousel

Uncertainty still looms over Jason Garrett in Dallas | ProFootballTalk
The news that Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett has applied for the head-coaching job at Delaware meshes with a weekend report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to give up play-calling duties and possibly to fire his brother, John.

Eagles hire Chip Kelly as new head coach | ProFootballTalk
In a stunning and unexpected reversal, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has agreed to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Wednesday that Kelly had taken the job, and the Eagles officially announced the hiring shortly after.

Short list of defensive coordinator candidates in Philly possibly sends bad message | ProFootballTalk
Typically, an NFL team hires a head coach who then hires his staff. Sometimes (like in Oakland, when Al Davis owned the team), the team hires members of the staff before hiring the head coach. Rarely does that approach work.



Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Brett Favre spotted playing Dodgeball

Katherine Webb to work for 'Inside Edition' at Super Bowl - College Football News | FOX Sports on MSN
DAMN! She's HOT!!

This Week in Saints History: January 16-22
1970—Saints are re-aligned into the new National Football Conference Western Division with the 49ers, Rams and Falcons.

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead to raffle Super Bowl tickets |
Mostead seeking to raise money for his foundation

Report: Richardson plans to have Panthers sold after he dies | ProFootballTalk
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been quiet about negotiations with the city for a little extra money ($125 million) to help upgrade his stadium. But he’s been even quieter about his plans for the future of the team he founded, particularly after firing his sons from the family business in 2...

Former New Orleans Saint Chris Reis reflects on co-writing 'Recovery of a Lifetime' |
Book details Reis' father's battles with addiction

Super Bowl 2013 secondary ticket market still developing |
By midday Tuesday, the cheapest tickets into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3 were going for $1,999 a piece, near the end zone.

Former Giants player attacks Drew Brees for Saints QB's comments about retired players |
Former Giants WR Phil McConkey on Drew Brees: 'If he got in front of a group of ex-players, I don't know what would happen'

Gary Estwick column: Seau's story ignored by players, fans and future players | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
One of the most significant moments in NFL history occurred last week, an announcement which had little impact on the weekend's playoff games. Professionals who play the sport were forced to ignore the news or risk performing with a perplexed conscience.