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Fleur-de-Links: January 25, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE QUESTION Who will replace Spagnuolo as the Saints' new 3-4 scheme defensive coordinator?

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Media members covering the Super Bowl: you will be greeted by a Mardi Gras Float in Radio Row

A banner of each Super Bowl ring hangs in the New Orleans Convention Center. Your favorite one:

Two defensive coaching candidates the Saints will consider adding to staff include Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel, per…

For those asking about Romeo Crennel, he has drawn plenty of interest (at least 6 teams). Just a matter of his interest/plans going fwd.

2 ways to win a trip to the Super Bowl from : & :

Check out this Lombardi Trophy display near the

Honey was found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharoahs. It was tasted by archaeologists & found edible. It does not spoil!

": The real cost to Miami for Marlins Park? It's in the billions: " ouch should have rebuild the orange bowl!

Dave makes a good point. Old Vilma is not Young Vilma.

Tickets still available for Super Bowl Media Day next Tuesday. Meet, & :

A DC that makes a 3-4 work in Nola again will be a hero right up there with Payton

RT : just like , I will always consider you a Saint....thank you! Feeling is mutual

Good morning to all you cloistered, close-minded pre-Katrina fans.

Hire Ray Horton for DC, draft Te'o and call next year's defense Horton Mantivirus. *ba dum bum*


Steve Spagnuolo fired after one terrible season as Saints DC

Saints fire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo | New Orleans
"As I looked at the team last year, I thought we needed to mix up our fronts," Shanle said. "Martez (Wilson) and Junior (Galette) could have been outside in a 3-4 with Jonathan (Vilma) and Curtis (Lofton) on the inside. I think the personnel makes sense."

Handwerger: Payton took little time to regain control | New Orleans
Though not with the franchise this past season due to his bounty-related suspension, it’s likely Payton was hoarding information about the defense in his "off" time, striking his forehead with the palm of his hand time and again.

Sean Payton Fired Steve Spagnuolo and Will Switch to 3-4 Defense, What Impact Will It Have? | The Big Lead
In the case of New Orleans, if the New Orleans Saints get the average impact that teams switching to the 3-4 defense have received, they will be Super Bowl contenders again in 2013. New Orleans has rarely had a good defense in the Sean Payton era. When they have been merely closer to average than horrible, they have been contenders. In the three seasons since 2006 when New Orleans has ranked in the bottom 8 in points allowed, they have never had a winning season. In the other four seasons, they are a combined 47-17 with four playoff appearances, two trips to the NFC Championship Game, and one Super Bowl title.

Saints fire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
Saints switching to a 3-4 scheme after finishing last in yards allowed this past season.

PFT Live: Sean Payton, PFT Planet | ProFootballTalk
We hoped to have Saints coach Sean Payton on PFT Live on Thursday, but it didn't work out. So we'll have him Friday instead. Payton has returned to work following his reinstatement and didn't waste any time shaking things up.

Mickles: Sean Payton gets right back at it with Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
If Sean Payton was looking for a blessing in disguise during a season-long suspension from his team last fall, he found it when he went bac…


Saints are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Who will lead it?

Report: Saints interested in Crennel and Mangini | ProFootballTalk
Crennel and Mangini have worked together before and both run the 3-4 defense that New Orleans is looking to put in place this offseason. Both men were on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England when the Patriots won three Super Bowls before Crennel moved to Cleveland to become their head coach. Mangini took over as defensive coordinator and then jumped to become the Jets head coach in 2006. Mangini wound up replacing Crennel with the Browns before moving to ESPN and Crennel was fired by the Chiefs on New Year’s Eve.

Saints take whole new direction on defense with dismissal of Spagnuolo
Spagnuolo's still-to-be-named replacement (Joe Vitt?) will oversee the transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4, a move that Payton announced just two days after being reinstated from a season-long suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Sean Payton says New Orleans Saints will take their time before hiring next defensive coordinator |
Payton explains reasons for firing Steve Spagnuolo, switching to 3-4 defensive system

Five defensive coaches to watch as the New Orleans Saints search for a defensive coordinator |
Former Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel could be the early favorite to become defensive coordinator

Payton’s in no hurry to hire a new defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
With the 2013 hiring cycle nearing a conclusion, the Saints are just getting started in their search for a new defensive coordinator. But coach Sean Payton isn't concerned about that. He says that the team will take its time in finding someone to run its new 3-4 defense.


Saints interview transcripts

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Drew Brees Believes The Saints Can Create A Legacy Of Winning Multiple Super Bowls And Is Excited To Have Sean Payton Back

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Sean Payton: "There’s No Promise of us Being an 11- or 12-Win Team just Because the Head Coach is Back"


Today's brilliant Jeff Duncan rant brought to you by the Angry Who Dat. Bravo, sir!

Jeff Duncan Is A Pretentious Goddamn Moron Troll, Episode 1,573 (featuring Fake Jeff Duncan) The Angry Who Dat
Jeff Duncan is a miserable, self-loathing troll who f***ing hates his job and his readership and loves the penises of powerful commissioners and Sports Illustrated blowhards.



Tattoo artist living his dream with the help of Colin Kaepernick as his canvas - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Nes Andrion's work on the body of San Francisco's new starting QB has garnered a great deal of attention.

NFL doesn’t always put the highest-graded officials in the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
For the 49ers and Ravens, the path to the Super Bowl was clear: They won their divisions, then won their playoff games, and now they have a chance to earn the right to be considered the best team in the NFL.

Some officials cry foul over Jerome Boger refereeing the Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Jerome Boger will referee Super Bowl XLVII, but some of his colleagues think he was the wrong choice. Several officials told Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports that they believe the league office first decided it wanted to give the game to Boger, then changed his grades so that he would come out as the...

New Orleans Pelicans Announcement
New Orleans Saints and Hornets Owner Tom Benson announced on Wednesday, January 24, 2013 that at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the name of the Hornets will become the New Orleans Pelicans.



Drew Brees has some Pro Bowl fun - NFL Videos

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees mic's up during Pro Bowl practice and chats with Russell Wilson, displays his elite skills and has some fun with his fellow teammates.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: 'We want to get this thing back on track' - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joins "NFL Total Access" from Pro Bowl practice in Hawaii to give us his thoughts on Sean Payton being reinstated as the Saints head coach.