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Saints News, 1/22/14: Loomis Happy With Season, But Knows Saints Didn't Meet Expectations

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis answered questions from the media yesterday and acknowledged that the Saints' offseason focus will be more balanced between offense and defense this year after focusing more on defense in previous years. He also spoke about the contributions of young offensive rookies this season and suggested that we could see a lot more from them next year.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The NFL always says it wants to be the ultimate reality show. Doesn&#39;t get much more real than how Sherman acted in the title game aftermath.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/426099742213689345">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On my list of those who missed games on defense, I didn&#39;t even include those who played big roles like Brodrick Bunkley, Roman Harper...</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/426095363066327040">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Malcolm Jenkins, Akiem Hicks. I just went with players who finished the season on the IR. Add in those guys and the missed games balloons</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/426095508092772352">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good times at big easy sport complex this morning. U know its a good workout when your legs feel like jello..</p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/426092476382732290">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>John Madden thinks Richard Sherman&#39;s actions were &quot;embarrassing&quot; <a href="http://t.co/x2dld22Xma">http://t.co/x2dld22Xma</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/426086337330962432">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Absurd price ($822,800) for one Super Bowl suite: <a href="http://t.co/PHdKrlATEx">http://t.co/PHdKrlATEx</a> &#39;Only&#39; $31,600 per person <a href="http://t.co/BbYO2hjn6x">pic.twitter.com/BbYO2hjn6x</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo (@Yahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Yahoo/statuses/426070346999947264">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sound from Mickey Loomis and more on the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA">@PelicansNBA</a> in today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/IKqzPhEySa">http://t.co/IKqzPhEySa</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/426060394763784193">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a> !!!! &#10;&#10;"<a href="https://twitter.com/RobRyansHair1">@RobRyansHair1</a>: Mt. Saintsmore. Behold it! BEHOLD IT, I say! <a href="http://t.co/2mUH29LG0I">pic.twitter.com/2mUH29LG0I</a>"</p>&mdash; Annabelle Signorelli (@WhoDatSigs) <a href="https://twitter.com/WhoDatSigs/statuses/426048064076275712">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Blessed to be awake and able to have my mornin prayer out on the balcony overlookin the beach <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23godisgood&amp;src=hash">#godisgood</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23probowl14&amp;src=hash">#probowl14</a> <a href="http://t.co/jlwOJwkByA">pic.twitter.com/jlwOJwkByA</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/426039866594316288">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis happy w/ season, but knows <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> didn&#39;t meet expectations | <a href="http://t.co/RGTxEobKqt">http://t.co/RGTxEobKqt</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/426038464098758656">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>That moment when you got gas on the plane and the person beside you don&#39;t know it&#39;s coming do I hold it or let that ish ride</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/426035174468755456">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/unkfrank1">@unkfrank1</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason">@TeamGleason</a> Can we get a shirt like <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55">@sfujita55</a> has? <a href="http://t.co/GA0R9IZOp0">pic.twitter.com/GA0R9IZOp0</a> &#10;...Shirt?! All i see is stache!&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/426002627621838848">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Q&A with Mickey Loomis
Video and quotes from Mickey Loomis' press conference at the Senior Bowl

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It’s not that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is conflicted about the 2013 season.

Will focus shift back to Saints' offense? - ESPN
"It's a good question," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said when I asked if the team's focus needs to shift this offseason toward stocking that next generation of offensive talent. "The last few years the focus has been more on defense in the offseason and with the draft. I think it's going to be more balanced this year."

Saints’ GM glad to deny Dolphins a chance to pick up Pace | Black and Gold
"I kind of feel like he’s been our secret for a while … but look, he’s a great, young personnel director," a smiling Loomis said of Pace, who was elevated to his current position this past summer. "He’s got a great eye for talent, and (players) that fit what we are doing and what we want to do. He’s very talented. He’s a guy that we’re going to lose at some point."

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John DeShazier: Saints GM Mickey Loomis ready for another busy offseason
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Saints’ Loomis favors playoff expansion - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
MOBILE, Ala. -- Count New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis among the proponents for NFL playoff expansion. (And it sure seems like he'll

Charles Brown: 2013 season in review
Charles Brown started 14 games in 2013

Kenny Stills voted as most impressive New Orleans Saints offensive rookie by fans
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Brees first pick in Pro Bowl draft | wwltv.com New Orleans
NFL great Jerry Rice is already bucking conventional fantasy football wisdom in a new Pro Bowl format inspired by the popular hobby.

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NFL News

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Eight years ago (yes, it's been that long), Vince Young was on top of the world. Now, it's all hitting rock bottom. Out of the NFL for two full regular seasons, Young has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, according to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.