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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: 49ers say no to Saints' request to interview Ed Donatell.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>whoever Saints hire need to bring backattitude &amp; swag we had in 2009-11&amp; no it wasn't because of $50 pool we had. Save da bounty comments</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/299261484129722368">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/nolagirl">nolagirl</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">thomasmorstead</a> Don't forget Muses tomorrow night. Muses float 21, neutral ground side, bottom level, 5th person."Done!!!</p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/status/299267044203974656">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Giints have cut Canty as well as Bradshaw</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/299262870607237121">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Chris Canty's market will be interesting ... Has played well, and is experienced as a 3-4 DE and 4-3 DT.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/299261868453806080">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The cuts, likely to continue for some time, come in large part thanks to the cap staying flat. Teams used to be able to account for growth.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/299260725245911040">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/sportscenter">sportscenter</a>: BREAKING: Giants release RB Ahmad Bradshaw....all these cuts to free up $ to pay cruz and hicks!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/299258921162530816">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Can confirm @<a href="https://twitter.com/rapsheet">rapsheet</a>'s report that the Niners blocked Ed Donatell from talking with the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a>. (Not that I ever doubted it, though.)</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/299257101103009792">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints never contacted Romeo Crennel, but technically they still could <a href="http://t.co/5pTNiQgT" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-7c3C">wp.me/p14QSB-7c3C</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/299256122378960896">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Giants also release Chris Canty. He was due $6.25M in salary and a $250K workout bonus in 2013.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/299255501710041089">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ed Donatell says it's fair to block him from interviewing <a href="http://t.co/L8zbdyiH" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-7c2G">wp.me/p14QSB-7c2G</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/299251492353871872">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are!!</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/299249746407747584">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>ABC's "The Taste" is a glimpse at what a cooking competition would look like if Roger Goodell were in charge. Nobody knows WTF is going on.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/299244922832302080">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Word around the campfire is that Georgia DC Todd Grantham is still looking to get back in the NFL, whether it's this year or down the line.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/299244668456148993">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>1) Grantham said several times he "fully expects" to be at Georgia next year. 2) He never denied he will interview for the Saints or Eagles.</p>&mdash; Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) <a href="https://twitter.com/SethEmerson/status/299243433627897857">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton wants to create his own NFL 'coaching tree.'Harbaugh wants to tape his assistants to the goalposts.</p>&mdash; Boat_Lawyer (@Boat_Lawyer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Boat_Lawyer/status/299242150808412160">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Barring assistants from interviewing for promotions is just SOOO Harbaugh. Who's got it better than us? You ain't gonna find out! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23doosh">#doosh</a></p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/299237434430984192">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Twitter sure is uptight today. Everybody drop whatever you're doing and masturbate right now.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/299235054918443010">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>In Alabama getting my forklift on!! <a href="http://t.co/rHgF13cl" title="http://instagr.am/p/VZlFcpQc5D/">instagr.am/p/VZlFcpQc5D/</a></p>&mdash; Jeremy Shockey (@JeremyShockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeremyShockey/status/299223784483872770">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Missing <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> football? "America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints" airs on @<a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork">nflnetwork</a> at 2 pm CT</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/299223499514474496">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sorry to hear that!RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/mattbdav">mattbdav</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/curtislofton50">curtislofton50</a> Who Dat Nation lost a loyal member this morning. Janna Pearson lost... <a href="http://t.co/CYeE2F8B" title="http://tl.gd/kv2d1k">tl.gd/kv2d1k</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/status/299213319800229889">February 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints' 3-4 scheme DC search not over yet

Ed Donatell says it’s fair to block him from interviewing | ProFootballTalk
"Nothing is better than this. I’d give up the years of advancement to be a part of this. There is so much that goes along with it. This is the highest high. This is why you coach," Donatell said, via CSNBayArea.com.

Crennel was never contacted by Saints | ProFootballTalk
In the aftermath of the announcement from Saints coach Sean Payton that the team would be shifting from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front, it was reported that former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel was on the short list to replace Steve Spagnuolo. It appeared on the surface to be a great idea.

PFT Live: Another defensive storm brewing in New Orleans? | ProFootballTalk
Saints beat reporter Larry Holder joins Mike Florio and talks about New Orleans as a Super Bowl host, leading defensive coordinator candidate Rob Ryan, where the Saints defense is going to end up, Drew Brees' contract and more.

New Orleans Saints are willing to look past warning signs with defensive coordinator candidate Rob Ryan | NOLA.com
Ryan has similar background, personality to former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

49ers block New Orleans Saints from talking with Ed Donatell for defensive coordinator position, report says | NOLA.com
Ed Donatell said during last week's Super Bowl XLVII media day that he was unsure if he would be allowed to interview for other openings

Saints wanted to talk to Donatell, 49ers said no | ProFootballTalk
The Saints are still expected to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, but they’re also trying to talk to others, as well. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints asked permission to interview 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, but the 49ers refused.

Payton denies Ryan hire imminent, speaks in-depth on BountyGate
"Yeah, I think this is going to be a huge challenge for us and our team going forward," Payton said. "I spent two weeks, Mike, with those feelings and emotions and maybe a little bit more. But for me to be removed from it for eight months, I wasn't going to be able to spend eight months feeling that same anger, going crazy. I think it's going to be important for all of us to move forward. Our team, our players and our coaches, our challenge is 2013. Based on some of the tape I'm watching, we've got a lot of challenges to get better at. I think there are situations that come up that if you can't let it go, it can haunt you the following year and the following year and so that's something I'm going to deal with when the players get back and certainly, if I'm able to move on from it, then they're going to as well, something we put in the rear view mirror. Our focus has got to be on making the improvement and getting our team back to winning football and getting back to the playoffs. We continue to hold that bitterness, that anger, those emotions and I understand them. But I just feel like it become at some point counter-productive. I experience that in that eight month period. All of have to be able to turn the page on this or its going to be something that just hurts our team."

Saints will interview Grantham then Ryan | ProFootballTalk
Earlier tonight, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team's next defensive coordinator. Thereafter, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Ryan will be interviewed on Friday, a day after coach Sean Payton interviews Georgia defensive...

Ryan reportedly in mix for Saints’ opening | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With Super Bowl XLVII and all the festivities surrounding the weeklong event over with, the search for the next New Orleans Saints’ defensi…

Source: Rob Ryan to Saints "basically a done deal" | ProFootballTalk
Last night, differing (and not necessarily contradictory) reports emerged regarding the status of Rob Ryan as the Saints' next defensive coordinator. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Saints "plan" to hire Ryan.

Saints Sean Payton says should be "a week" before new defensive coordinator is hired
Saints Sean Payton says should be "a week" before new defensive coordinator is hired.

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Other Saints news

Jed Collins Reads to Elementary School Students for NFL PLAY 60 – Scholastic Read and Rise Event
Saints fullback spoke and read to over 450 children leading up to the Super Bowl

Chris Chamberlain, Will Herring Help With Preparations for Super Baskets of Hope
Saints linebackers joined almost 100 volunteers at De La Salle High School to support ill children across America

Sam Gordon Talks About New Orleans Trip
Youth Football Star Sam Gordon talks about her time in New Orleans at the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

This Week in Saints History: February 6-12

2010—Saints play in their first-ever Super Bowl. Their opponent, the Indianapolis Colts led by New Orleans native Peyton Manning, fell to New Orleans, 31-17.

New Orleans Saints Courage House opens at Rickey Jackson Community Hope Center in Marrero | NOLA.com
Former New Orleans Saints player Rickey Jackson, interim head coach Joe Vitt, Saints player Mark Ingram and others gathered recently in Marrero to celebrate The New Orleans Saints Courage House at the Rickey Jackson Community Hope Center, 1150 Barataria Blvd. (formerly Hope Haven).

Saints Nation Podcast: Super Bowl Recap and Still Hating Goodell | February | 2013 Articles

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Lagniappe

ESPN Turns Athletes Into Music Superstars
Seahawks QB Josh Freeman, I’ll never look at you again without wanting to do the Moonwalk. And you can thank ESPN for that.

Joe Horn responds to Deion Sanders on concussions | ProFootballTalk
At one point during the NFL Network's supersized pregame show for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Deion Sanders addressed the issue of concussions in the NFL and said he thought that he thought people were exaggerating their problems to get involved in lawsuits against the league.

Raiders will lower seating capacity | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders are taking a page out of the Jaguars' playbook, not on the field but in the stands. In what is being termed a "capacity adjustment," the Raiders are planning to block off many upper-deck seats, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Giants part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw | ProFootballTalk
Well, apparently there's a roster spot open in New York for Brandon Jacobs. The Giants have released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The move comes as Bradshaw's base salary moves from $3 million to $3.

Superdome power an issue before big game | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — Concerned the Superdome might not be able to handle the energy needed for its first Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina, offic…

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