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Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/8/13

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Gregg Williams is sporting a totally different look complete with goatee, new glasses, and apparent weight loss. Looks like someone out of a Quentin Tarantino film.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gregg Williams says he had no communication with the Rams during his suspension <a href="http://t.co/RdecdfBJ" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-7d9G">wp.me/p14QSB-7d9G</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/299959909280264192">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>One off the LA list. RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/profootballtalk">profootballtalk</a> Panthers reach 15-year deal with city of Charlotte in exchange for $143.75M <a href="http://t.co/DvqQpULk" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-7dc4">wp.me/p14QSB-7dc4</a></p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/299988880843747328">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Most fans say @<a href="https://twitter.com/thejimmygraham">thejimmygraham</a> would be the best Saints player to have at a parade. Being 6-7 with a 40-inch vertical would definitely help!</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/299983544447557632">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton said on ESPN Radio Chicago that he's approaching 2013 like it's his first season. So are we going back to Millsaps? <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23sillyhot">#sillyhot</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/299973126115176448">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a> Much easier getting through crowds with @<a href="https://twitter.com/jedcollins45">jedcollins45</a> leading the way!</p>&mdash; Murph (@ThatMurph) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThatMurph/status/299971298178764800">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If you could go to a Mardi Gras parade with ONE Saints player, WHO would you take and WHY?</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/299953618281439232">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/299952015033905152">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="http://t.co/wkhjAZO5" title="http://NFL.com">NFL.com</a>: Rob Ryan could decide New Orleans Saints' DC search <a href="http://t.co/ZqSrL3Xw" title="http://on.nfl.com/11V0eew">on.nfl.com/11V0eew</a></p>&mdash; Saints Sideline (@SaintsSideline) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsSideline/status/299946843251560449">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Got my picture with @<a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">thomasmorstead</a> !!!!! <a href="http://t.co/ycNzy8np" title="http://twitter.com/ali_j12/status/299923437978259456/photo/1">twitter.com/ali_j12/status…</a></p>&mdash; Ali Johnson (@ali_j12) <a href="https://twitter.com/ali_j12/status/299923437978259456">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> plan: Talk to Grantham Thurs, Rob Ryan today, try to get 1 more assistant interview, wrap up by Tues. Unless they lock up Rob today</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/299930107152306176">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I dont usually s/o a hotel, but L'ermitage hotel in beverly hills is on point. Great hospitality, I'm a fan.</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/299930891680104448">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The greasing of the poles down at Royal Sonesta HotelOnly in New Orleans!!<a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23HappyMardiGras">#HappyMardiGras</a> <a href="http://t.co/lBWpzHA2" title="http://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/299926217581277184/photo/1">twitter.com/JedCollins45/s…</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/299926217581277184">February 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Sean Payton’s Mindset: "This is My First Year Here and I Just Got Hired"
Sean Payton joined Carmen, Jurko, and Harry on ESPN Radio Chicago to discuss his suspension, his return to the Saints, expectations in New Orleans, the team’s search for a new defensive coordinator and the distraction factor that came with the bounty scandal. He also weighed in on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

The New Orleans Saints have Super Bowl talent to consider | NOLA.com
The Ravens and 49ers have some talented free agents.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton bringing back 2006 mindset | NOLA.com
On the defensive coordinator search: "We're waiting on a third interview for next week. But with the combine two weeks away, I don't want to have to hurry to make the decision, but yet there's a sense of urgency."

Sean Payton says he’s treating this year like his first | ProFootballTalk
Saints coach Sean Payton is back to work, and working hard to make sure all his focus and the focus of his team is forward.During an interview with ESPN Radio Chicago (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), Payton said it’s easy to approach his return to the Saints as a fresh start.

Rob Ryan: New Orleans Saints Hope He's the Answer to Fix Defense
Is Rob Ryan the answer for the New Orleans Saints when it comes to turning around the league's worst-ranked defense in 2012?

Could Saints make run at Anthony Spencer? - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas

IRVING, Texas – With Rob Ryan at least in the mix to be New Orleans' next defensive coordinator -- if he's not already the guy -- let’s pl

Browns hire former New Orleans Saints secondary coach Ken Flajole as ILB coach | NOLA.com
Sean Payton fired Flajole the same day he fired Steve Spagnuolo

New Orleans Saints will face second-toughest schedule in 2013 based on 2012 records | NOLA.com
The Carolina Panthers will play the toughest schedule next season.

Saints Drew Brees' record-breaking touchdown makes NFL.com's list of top 2012 moments | NOLA.com
Brees broke Johnny Unitas' 52-year-old record against San Diego Chargers on Oct. 7.

Saints Nation: Can the Saints Defensive Problems Be Solved Internally? | February | 2013 Articles

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The new Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams says he had no communication with the Rams | ProFootballTalk
Defensive specialist Gregg Williams is back with the Titans, sporting a goatee that would make Walt Frazier and Keith Hernandez proud. It’s Williams’ first actual job since being fired by the Saints.

Williams seeks trust by improving players - AFC South Blog - ESPN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In a blue sports coat over a lighter blue shirt, a skinny Gregg Williams with a dark goatee but a wisp of gray in his hair re-emer

Williams offers apology for Saints bounty scandal | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
"I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I’ve used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession," Williams said, reading from a statement. "I’m grateful for this opportunity."

Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each other - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Munchak undeniably will be fighting for his job in 2013, and if Tennessee doesn't get its defensive problems fixed to a degree this season, Munchak won't be around to deal with the fallout of the sure-to-be-controversial move. That's the reality of the situation the third-year head coach faces in Nashville.

Gregg Williams apologizes for New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal | NOLA.com
The league issued a statement saying that Goodell cited several reasons for reinstating Williams, including Williams accepting responsibility for his role in the bounty program, his commitment to never be involved in any pay for performance system and pledging to teach safe play and respect for the rules.

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Lagniappe

Cam Cameron lands at LSU | ProFootballTalk
Cam Cameron, the offensive coordinator whose firing in Baltimore corresponded with an offensive turnaround that led the Ravens to a championship, has landed a new job. Cameron is the new offensive coordinator at LSU, Bruce Feldman of CBS reports.

John, Jim Harbaugh still haven’t spoken since Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke to his brother, Jim, immediately after Super Bowl XLVII ended. Since then, John Harbaugh has had more conversations with David Letterman. Appearing Thursday on Letterman's CBS late-night show, John Harbaugh talked about his post-game chat with Jim.

Ravens would be interested in having Ray Lewis as a coach, but Ray isn’t | ProFootballTalk
Throughout his career (and especially in recent years), Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has operated essentially as an on-field coach. Now that Lewis is retired as a player, the door is open as a coach. Not surprisingly, Lewis isn't interested.

Jimmy Smith: I didn’t interfere, Michael Crabtree ran into me | ProFootballTalk
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith says the officials made the right call by not flagging him for pass interference on the 49ers' final pass to Michael Crabtree in the Super Bowl. "He ran directly into me," Smith said of Crabtree in an interview on ESPN 102.3 in Denver, via SportsRadioInterviews.

Boldin says he’ll retire if he’s cut by Ravens | ProFootballTalk
Friday's truncated it-never-snows-much-in-New-Jersey-in-February-so-why-are-we-worried-about-playing-a-Super-Bowl-there? edition of Pro Football Talk includes an interview with Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin. And Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin says he'll always be Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.

Panthers owner: "I never would want our team to move" | ProFootballTalk
The Los Angeles scare-tactic reared its head predictably when the team began looking for public money to upgrade Bank of America Stadium, but Richardson denied that was anything he was looking at.

Packers Cheerleader Fights Bullying (Must See)
It’s been a tough year for Bears fans. Their team failed to make the playoffs AND they lost their coach. So in typical, classy Bears fan fashion, they took their aggression out on the person who REALLY deserved it. A former cheerleader for the Green Bay Packers.

Kaepernick’s New Tattoo:Sexy-licious
"Colin Kaepernick was shirtless" sounds like a good start to any story. This one ends with the words "…getting a new tattoo." Apparently while some 49ers fans were drowning their sorrows (and setting trees on fire) after the team’s Super Bowl loss, "Kaep the cutie" was drowning his chest in fresh body ink.

With Super Bowl XLVII in the books, here are six observations from '12 season - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Take a final look back at a rollicking '12 campaign.

NFL Announcer Rankings | Audibles - SI.com
With the passing of each NFL season, the tradition started by Sports Illustrated‘s Dr. Z was to take a look back and break down pro football’s best and worst announcing teams.