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Saints News, 1/21/14: Saints To Lose Their Lombardi!

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Roger Goodell has reviewed the Saints 2012 pay-for-performance scandal and decided he didn't go far enough with his ridiculous punishment. This villainous D-bag has decided to strip the Saints of their.....Just kidding! Relax. The Saints' Super Bowl XLIV Lombardi Trophy is safe and isn't going anywhere. The real story is that the Saints are losing QB coach Joe Lombardi to the Detroit Lions. The grandson of Vince Lombardi became their new offensive coordinator today after working for the Saints since 2007. Sorry if I almost drove any of you into cardiac arrest. Everyone take deep breaths. You can curse my name if that helps.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>AP Source: Saints QB coach Lombardi to take job with Lions- <a href="http://t.co/NMe0hdokl7">http://t.co/NMe0hdokl7</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425683678035836928">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mickey Loomis talked about a number of topics at the Senior Bowl this morning. Watch the full interview: <a href="http://t.co/myXBSH3mHf">http://t.co/myXBSH3mHf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/425677498613895169">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> GM Loomis not worried about franchise tag, eyes long-term deal with Graham | <a href="http://t.co/9eqZFY7ROX">http://t.co/9eqZFY7ROX</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425698607267082241">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good season recap/offseason preview with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> GM Mickey Loomis on a variety of topics at Senior Bowl ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/425675030127595520">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Loomis didn&#39;t want to get into hypotheticals with free agent Jimmy Graham but stressed that they definitely see him as a tight end.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/425675320058839040">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Loomis said salary cap is a challenge but trusts smart people in organization. Said its even more important to avoid mistakes in FA.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/425675716005359616">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Talking <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA">@PelicansNBA</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/eTQEBFvuZK">http://t.co/eTQEBFvuZK</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanKelleyLive">@SeanKelleyLive</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/425685343161962496">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Typical bandwagoner. "<a href="https://twitter.com/Deadspin">@Deadspin</a>: A 49ers fan allegedly shot two men after they accused him of being a bandwagoner: <a href="http://t.co/JhaMsxmMOn">http://t.co/JhaMsxmMOn</a>"</p>&mdash; Sean Orleans (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/statuses/425695888279748608">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Get to know Saintsation <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookeRafidi">@BrookeRafidi</a> <a href="http://t.co/HnsEKGsleg">http://t.co/HnsEKGsleg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/425708406087770112">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Enter $2 raffle 4 unreal SB experience in NY that includes airfare, tix to parties &amp; SB incl lunch w me <a href="http://t.co/xmCCybMtHR">http://t.co/xmCCybMtHR</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/425667918802587649">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wake up with determination … go to bed with satisfaction <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConquerToday&amp;src=hash">#ConquerToday</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/425664843232714753">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis was adamant about Graham being a tight end. Said that&#39;s where he was drafted and that&#39;s what he is.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425658422844227584">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis said Sean Payton wouldn&#39;t be here at the Senior Bowl. He&#39;s taking care of football stuff at the office</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425658745616474112">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis hinted Saints will once again go best player available instead of targeting a specific position.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425659048940154880">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> gm Mickey Loomis said the team will franchise tag Jimmy Graham if the ten has to. In other words, he&#39;s not going anywhere.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/425657997512429569">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Add Lombardi to the Payton tree of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> assistants to move to higher positions: Marrone, Dennis Allen, Curtis Johnson, Kromer.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/425653394846412800">January 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Joe Lombardi, grandson of Vince Lombardi, to be hired as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator - ESPN
The Detroit Lions will hire New Orleans Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi as their offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Lions hire Lombardi as offensive coordinator, Joe that is | ProFootballTalk
There's a perception the Lions may settled for Jim Caldwell as their head coach. But he's already delivered a Lombardi. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Caldwell has hired Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as his offensive coordinator.

Lions nab Saints QB coach Lombardi for offensive coordinator opening | wwltv.com New Orleans
Turns out, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton will have some staff work to do at the Senior Bowl after all.

Lions say they’ll hire Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi to become as new offensive coordinator | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The Detroit Lions say they plan to hire Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi to be their new offensive coordinator. Lombardi will join t…

Detroit Lions hiring Joe Lombardi, Saints QB coach, as offensive coordinator | MLive.com
Lombardi, the grandson of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, has worked with Drew Brees the past five seasons in New Orleans.

Lions to hire Saints' Lombardi as offensive coordinator | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
MOBILE, Ala. — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis knew it was just a matter of time before someone lured quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi …

Loomis not worried about franchise tag, eyes long-term deal with Graham | wwltv.com New Orleans
Mickey Loomis stood in the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and let out a quick, light chuckle. Of course Jimmy Graham is a tight end. Why wouldn’t he be considered one?

Loomis says Graham is a tight end, not a receiver | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
MOBILE, Ala. — With the Saints prepared to use the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham if needed, a debate looms about whether he should be desig…

GM says New Orleans Saints will tag Jimmy Graham if necessary - ESPN
Mickey Loomis said the Saints will use the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham if necessary -- a move that could trigger a groundbreaking battle over whether the pending free agent should be officially considered a tight end or a wide receiver.

Loomis: Saints will franchise Graham as a tight end if no long-term deal | ProFootballTalk
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has finished the final year of his rookie deal, leaving the Saints with a couple of choices if they don't want to risk losing him as a free agent.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis insists Jimmy Graham’s a tight end — not a wide receiver | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says team will franchise tight end Jimmy Graham if necessary | NOLA.com
Loomis said the Saints view Graham as a tight end, not a wide receiver

Drew Brees: 2013 season in review
Quick recap of the New Orleans Saints QB's 2013 season

Saints' 2013 snap counts: Offense - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints' total snap counts on offense from the 2013 regular season (out of 1,127 possible snaps): Quarterback: Drew Brees 1,

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NFL News

Seven of 49ers’ eight Pro Bowlers decline to attend | ProFootballTalk
Being selected to the Pro Bowl is an honor to which every NFL player aspires. Actually playing in the Pro Bowl? Many NFL players view that as more trouble than it's worth.

Bucs to hire Jason Licht as new G.M. | ProFootballTalk
With Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital saying Monday that he'll be back in Atlanta, it should have been clear that the Buccaneers were closing in on giving their G.M. job to someone else.

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Video

VIDEO: Mickey Loomis' interview at the Senior Bowl
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis speaks with reporters on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)