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Fleur-de-Links: January 21, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Pete Carmichael says it would be difficult to ever leave Saints.

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Can we put a moratorium on the phrase "elite quarterback"? Used to spark mindless debate, mailed-in columns. Newsflash: There can't be 8-10.

We agreed on something!!! (And yeah, oops for me too) RT: My preseason Super Bowl picks: Green Bay to beat New England. Oops.

On Matt Ryan's sprained AC joint -- Tom Brady played for over a month with one last year, thru SB46. Ryan would've been ok to play.

RT : Matt Ryan won't play in Pro Bowl, but Mike Smith says he'd have played in Super Bowl

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

49ers can no longer re-sign K Billy Cundiff. Once a player is cut in postseason, he cannot sign with a team until after postseason.

Jim Schwartz says critics of the Lions' Wide 9 defensive alignment don't know what they're talking about

Spreading Love

Dear NOLA, When u see this man , plz shower him w/ the same sweet luv u have given me. He is my brother -SG

Hawaii bound. Heading back across that water.

Show some respeck™ ! RT : The choker angle is lazy.

Know who the Falcons could have used yesterday? Tebow.

Happy MLK Day everybody! Hope you have a great day and start to your week.


Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Saints, Carmichael working on new contract to keep OC around longer | New Orleans
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said Monday it was an easy decision to turn down interviews to stay in New Orleans, keeping intact the highest parts of the team’s coaching structure for another season.

Saints not worried about finding replacement for Kromer | New Orleans
Joe Vitt isn’t worried about how the Saints are going to replace offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

Finding Aaron Kromer's replacement at Senior Bowl an unlikely proposition for Saints |
Mobile, Ala. - Typically, the Senior Bowl is a one-stop shop for finding new assistant coaches if an NFL head coach has a vacancy on his staff. It's a job fair for unemployed coaches and it's a promotion ground for lower-level assistant searching for a better gig. It happens ever year all over the league.

Pete Carmichael calls it "easy decision" to stay with Saints | ProFootballTalk
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael's contract is set to expire soon, but he isn't planning on going anywhere. Carmichael got nibbles from other teams about jumping to run their offenses this month, overtures that he turned down without ever speaking to the teams.

Saints Nation: Jermon Bushrod Joins Morstead, Evans and Brees With Trip to Hawaii

New Orleans Saints chat up a wide receiver prior to Senior Bowl
Shane Hallam who is a draft analyst for, tweeted a picture yesterday of a scout for the New Orleans Saints sitting and talking with University of Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King.

Pete Carmichael says it would be difficult to ever leave New Orleans Saints |
Saints offensive coordinator says a new contract with the team is going to happen


NFL Playoffs

Falcons fan stabbed in throat by 49ers fan after loss in NFC Championship Game
Falcons fan stabbed in throat by 49ers fan after loss in NFC Championship Game.

Man taken to hospital after fight following Atlanta-San Francisco game |
Man is in stable condition

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan injures shoulder in loss |
Saints QB Drew Brees now could be NFC's starter in Pro Bowl

Super Bowl 2013 will be Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh as Ravens roll past Patriots 28-13 |
Ravens defense shuts down high-powered Patriots attack

Former LSU running back Stevan Ridley leaves AFC title game after taking brutal head shot |
Ridley rushed for 70 yards before injury, fumble

Bill Belichick: We’re disappointed, what else do you want me to say? | ProFootballTalk
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't talk to CBS immediately after Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but he did talk to the media afterward, and he continued emphasizing the same things: He was disappointed in losing, and he didn't think the loss could be pinned on any one problem.

Bernard Pollard rips Tom Brady for trying to kick Ed Reed | ProFootballTalk
When Tom Brady went into a feet-first slide with 20 seconds remaining in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, most people focused on the way Brady bungled the clock management on the play, preventing the Patriots from running another offensive play before halftime.



O'Hara's Monday Countdown: Can John Bonamego give the Detroit Lions special teams a boost?
He has had two one-year stints as special teams coordinator at Jacksonville - 2002 and 2012 - and was special teams coordinator of the Packers (2003-05), Saints (2006-07) and Dolphins (2008-11), and also assistant special teams coordinator of the Saints in 2011.

The Garrett Brothers are no more in Dallas
The Garrett Brothers are no more in Dallas.