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Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/11/13

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The NFL is reportedly considering widening the playing field by 35 feet?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Welp, the Eagles are gonna be a trainwreck for at least one more year. High five!</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/301074636920201216">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat">jmthegreat</a> and @<a href="https://twitter.com/ghartley5">ghartley5</a> are on bourbon! This is the only reason I wish I was on bourbon street!</p>&mdash; David Rainey Jr (@Rain3y_Days) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rain3y_Days/status/300867318832046080">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drivin round chandler with my mother n her mother... Why are they both in the back of the car wit no one In the front seat... Smh women! lol</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/301046318435033089">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>See yourself doing what you wanna accomplish if you can't visualize great things it's not gone happen.</p>&mdash; Chris Ivory (@ivory_29) <a href="https://twitter.com/ivory_29/status/301044022716289025">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Enjoying representing the @<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a> up in Philly at Wharton's Executive Education program through NFL<a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23selfimprovement">#selfimprovement</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/301038966910644225">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>While the rest of the country prepares for the work week, New Orleans will be... celebrating life.-SG<a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23MardiGras">#MardiGras</a></p>&mdash; team gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/status/301017041538801664">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Black Keys and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band rocked at the Grammys last night <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Grammys">#Grammys</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/301012114661863427">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. It's truly humbling to me and my family.</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/status/300995978650066944">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You guys are in rare form w Pope news this AM workin in Favre, Rooney Rule, Vikes on a plane to make him reconsider to BountyGate. Nice work</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/300987141645815811">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.@<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffduncantp">jeffduncantp</a>'s column: Catholic church has only itself to blame for Pope's resignation</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/300978239717904384">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brittany and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend. Couples massage, sunset walk, trip 2 farmers market, park w boys. Great weekend</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/300969259973095425">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Legitimate Media™, citing league sources, reporting Pope Benedict XVI is currently negotiating contract terms to become next Ayatollah.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/300968396261052417">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sources: Saints revoke Ryan deal, set to hire former Pope as new DC? RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/brianpmoore666">brianpmoore666</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/editilla">editilla</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/hungrytermite">hungrytermite</a> I got no Pope material.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/300964307385061376">February 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Can Rob Ryan bring immediate change to Saints? - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: For the players, it will go much deeper than Xs and Os.

Faulk replaces Brees as host of celeb golf tourney - Yahoo! Sports
In December, Brees and his foundation sued tournament organizer David Miller and his firm, Integrated Sports Marketing, in San Diego Superior Court, saying he cheated benefactors of the foundation out of thousands of dollars he kept for his company.

The NFL's reinstatement of Gregg Williams was the right thing to do because the problem is bigger than one man. - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
It is a fairy tale, this idea that Gregg Williams was singular in his lack of regard for the health of his opponents.

Saints Nation: What To Do With the Running Back Position? | February | 2013 Articles

The Wolfman Of The Big Easy | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Sean Payton: I’m back, men. I’m finally back. It seems like forever ago that I was coaching you guys, but I think I’ve used my time away from the game constructively. My long journey of discovery gave me perspective and a brand new lease on life. Also, I met Jozzylyyyn here. She really is quite a treat. It’s like a Super Bowl onside kick every night.

New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush says he has re-signed with the team | NOLA.com
Rafael Bush played mostly special teams, but was solid on defense as well.

Gregg Williams' return marked Bountygate's quiet end. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier Article
If any executive on Earth appeared immune to the appeals process or the basics of American jurisprudence, Goodell was the guy. The NFL's ability to act unilaterally started taking a beating late in the 2011 lockout, but the result of the bounty scandal marks the end of the reign of Goodellus Maximus. If you don't see that as a good thing, then you were not paying attention as the bounty investigation started to sound like a medieval witchcraft trial. As player safety issues continue to define this era of football, the system of checks and balances to administrative power becomes even more important.

Report: Rob Ryan’s Saints contract limits his contact with the media | ProFootballTalk
Michael David Smith - New Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been known to run his mouth from time to time.

Saints call report on Rob Ryan’s media rules “100% false” | ProFootballTalk

Michael David Smith - This morning we passed along a report from an NFL.com senior editor saying that new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan isn't allowed to talk to the media without the approval of Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.

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Other NFL news

NFL has considered widening the playing field 35 feet, and reportedly may revisit the idea | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: The NFL reportedly might consider widening the playing field to Canadian Football League standards, a drastic idea that would be one of the bigger rules changes the game has seen in a long time – if it comes to pass. … Continue reading →

Bills continue veteran purge with George Wilson | ProFootballTalk
After dropping linebacker Nick Barnett, they’ve apparently also parted ways with safety George Wilson, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.

Redskins go passive-aggressive on nickname debate | ProFootballTalk
At a time when many are debating the appropriateness of the Redskins nickname, the team is taking a decidedly passive-aggressive approach. Rather than risk offending anyone, and coming out with a statement telling the offended to buzz off, the Redskins posted a bizarre story on their official web...

Michael Vick, Eagles agree on restructured one-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles didn't cut quarterback Michael Vick before the February 6 deadline that guaranteed $3 million of his 2013 salary and it doesn't look like they'll be cutting him at any other point either.

NFL reviewing Super Bowl sneak-in incident | ProFootballTalk
When the power went out during Super Bowl XLVII and I started getting texts from Florio Jr. regarding the situation, I tried to calm him (and myself) down by pointing out that the Super Bowl is the most secure location in the world. Maybe it isn't.