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Fleur-de-Links: January 18, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints' Lombardi may go to the New York Jets.

Ronald Martinez


Goodell RT : Who is hated the most right now?? ARMSTRONG or TEO?

Can't F'n stand when politicians (of any sort) bend the rules to give themselves safe districts.

Feds: Nagin exploited office for cash, gifts, and trips

Malcolm Jenkins’ offseason training will include film study of every 2012 Saints game & boxing:

Malcolm Jenkins Says Saints Will Learn From 2012's Disappointing Ending

For Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans: will sing national anthem & will perform at halftime

New Orleans Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi interviewed for Jets offensive coordinator job Wednesday, sources say

Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi interviewed for Jets offensive coordinator job Wednesda...

Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive coordinator

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, charged with taking bribes while in office -

Ray Nagin indicted. ": 21 counts. Conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns"

Saints Fan Photos:

Lance Armstrong my brother NO ONES IMMUNE TO THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF LIFE!!Was it wrong yes but only god can judge Lance not us!!!

Man everytime kobe plays clown james he sits back and let this big head dude steal the show.Kobe when your nose was hurt u played better man

Up way to early and can't sleep so gunna watch the Australian Open. Sharapova vs Williams!


Saints QB Coach Joe Lombardi interviews for Jets' OC job.

Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
Lombardi has been with the Saints since 2007 and has been the quarterbacks coach since 2009. It should go without saying that a move to the Jets would leave Lombardi with a lot less to work with at quarterback.



After dismissal of lawsuit, Vilma is considering his options | ProFootballTalk
"We are obviously disappointed, strongly believe that the CBA does not give anyone — including a Commissioner — a license to misrepresent and to manufacture facts, especially at the expense of another person’s reputation," lawyer Peter Ginsberg told PFT via email.

Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed | New Orleans
U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan finally put an end to the Saints remaining item pertaining to the bounty scandal, dismissing linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Forecast: Goodell handing Lombardi Trophy to Atlanta would be a nightmare | New Orleans
Does the thought of Atlanta being handed the Lombardi trophy by Roger Goodell make you want to take a long nap in a running car? It does for me.

New Orleans Saints bounty case has some closure now - but no winners |
The one result of this bounty saga that I know for certain is that I've learned to be even more cynical about how the NFL works.

Jonathan Vilma’s lawsuit dismissed | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with t…

Vilma's defamation suit dismissed | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge on Thursday.

New Orleans Saints Fans Won't Feel Justice Has Been Served In Vilma Lawsuit Dismissal - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
All this was done without the due process on the front end that all Americans have been trained to expect as being their "God given right" in this country. Now that federal court has decreed that the NFL is a country unto itself we’ve all been thrown to the wolves. A precedent has been set that will forever allow the NFL to violate due process at will as it’s done every day in third world countries.


NFL Coaching Carousel

Rob Ryan to interview with Rams on Saturday | ProFootballTalk
It's been more than five minutes since he was fired by the Cowboys, but Rob Ryan might be closing in on a new job. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ryan will interview with the Rams about becoming their defensive coordinator on Saturday.

Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers tried to hire John McNulty a year ago, but the Cardinals blocked their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job. Now that he’s available, he gets to join them in a lesser role.

Browns hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
It didn't take long for Ray Horton to find a new job. Horton, the former Cardinals defensive coordinator who was reportedly unhappy when he was passed over for the head-coaching job in Arizona, has landed in Cleveland as the Browns' new defensive coordinator.

NFL says hiring of coaches and General Managers reflects "disappointing lack of diversity" | ProFootballTalk
This year, eight NFL head coaches were fired. All eight jobs went to white men. Last year, there were seven. Six were filled by white coaches. The only minority, Romeo Crennel, was fired after one season.

It’s been six years since an African-American head coach was hired via external search | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has acknowledged disappointment regarding the lack of diversity in this year's round of coaching and G.M. hires. There's another trend that the league should regard as even more troubling.

Jets G.M. candidates included Randy Mueller, too | ProFootballTalk
It's been difficult to keep track of the various candidates for the Jets G.M. job because, well, there are just too many of them. There's another one who previously had been unknown. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that former Saints and Dolphins G.M.

Pete Carmichael Jr Expected To Stay With The New Orleans Saints
It looks like the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator will not be going anywhere. Find out why this will be a mutually beneficial move.



Super Bowl 2013 trademark crackdown nets Kenner flea market dealer |
Investigators found that an undercover purchase of what was presented as an official NFL jersey was actually counterfeit.

Alicia Keys to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans
Beyoncé will perform at halftime

What ALS takes away, Steve Gleason and technology can cure |
Former Saints standout, Chase unveil plans for world's second ALS residence hall in New Orleans

Saints Nation's Top 10 Plays of the 2012 Season: #6 - Patrick Robinson's 98 yard INT Return

Mickles: NFC game has N.O. fans in quandary | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
OK, New Orleans Saints fans. If you thought the crazy 2012 season, which began with three key members of the organization suspended and end…

Manti Te’o’s "Scandal": What Would Olivia Pope Do?

What would the Saints offense look like with Chase Daniel behind center? (Gerry V podcast) |
Would you change the playcalling or philosophy?