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Saints News, 1/9/14: Mark Ingram Never Lost Faith And Teammates Never Gave Up On Him

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A lot of Saints fans sure gave up on Mark Ingram earlier this season, even if players didn't. Ingram says he never lost faith in himself. “I’ve always been confident in myself. I know what I can do,” Ingram said. “I’m confident in my abilities. It’s just having the opportunity to get those touches and show what I could do and it was great to do it in a playoff game on the road, get that first win in franchise history. We’ve just got to keep building on it.” Pierre Thomas missed another practice yesterday and is looking doubtful for Seattle, so Ingram should see plenty of touches again this Saturday. Check back later for today's Saints injury report.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: &quot;The most important thing we do is Coaches is say &#39;Who is our best 11 for this&#39; and then put them in as best as possible&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421374738250747904">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pete Carroll: Percy&#39;s playing</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/statuses/421389549315444736">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Only player on active roster who it appears won&#39;t play is KJ Wright.</p>&mdash; Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) <a href="https://twitter.com/bcondotta/statuses/421391218606501888">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kam chancellor and Luke Willson practiced today and will play vs saints.</p>&mdash; Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) <a href="https://twitter.com/bcondotta/statuses/421390881480908800">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Harvin says plans to return kickoffs and will have no limitations Saturday.</p>&mdash; Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) <a href="https://twitter.com/bcondotta/statuses/421388878084198400">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell">@Kat_Terrell</a>: Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a>, the 2013 winner of the Jim Finks &quot;Good Guy&quot; award, which is voted on by the local media.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/421394480206340096">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell">@Kat_Terrell</a>: Award is given to a player for his professionalism and cooperation with the media throughout the course of the season</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/421394642278424576">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I heard that&#39;s how Seattle does it RT <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a>: Sean Payton says team blew out speakers trying to simulate SEA crowd noise.</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/421381329402331136">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rob Ryan said the last Seattle game was the only game this season he didn&#39;t feel like his defense was itself.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421379146103533568">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>When asked if he had a better understanding of Wilson/SEA offense, Ryan responded, &quot;We better.&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421379276097585152">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ryan says this is the season he has been waiting for since he was with New England.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421380079516545024">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ryan: &quot;I have a smile on face every day.&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421380195208028160">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>National Weather Service&#39;s latest forecast is possibly 2 inches of rain by Saturday midday. Wind around 20-35 mph w/ gusts of up to 50 mph</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421378231791386626">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT "<a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a>: Payton said he thinks the Saints blew out two different speakers in trying to blast noise at practice."</p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel/statuses/421377040952999936">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on simulating crowd noise at Saints camp: &quot;We blew out two different speakers in here. We&#39;ll be ready for it.&quot; And he&#39;s done.</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421375090970726401">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on confidence: &quot; Its not about should they be more confident. You win, you continue, you lose, you dont. Its that simple.&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421374352546750464">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton calls Percy Harvin a dynamic player and you have to pay attention to wherever he may be on the field.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/421374343453503489">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on Jimmy G: &quot;Hopefully we can get him some touches in this game, whether its zone or man or 3rd down or base&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421374065320796160">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton at his press conference <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a> <a href="http://t.co/mMpWTKihuL">pic.twitter.com/mMpWTKihuL</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/421373922794156032">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton mentioned how the team went through &quot;wet ball&quot; drills throughout the week to try to simulate the expected wet conditions.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/421373910844600320">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on simulating CenturyLink: &quot;Wet ball drills, all those things we did during the week earlier.&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421373393179381760">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: &quot;When you&#39;re playing the #1 seed, we&#39;re gonna have to have our best effort&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421373587828641792">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on Hawks: &quot;They do a great job, a lot of bump and run, they&#39;re confident... 3 of their starters are 1st string Pro Bowl players&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421373705239805953">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said they should be able to handle the expected wind and rain just fine. Point to it being cold in New Orleans this week as a plus.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/421373290913865728">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>would&#39;ve been more concerned bout weather forecast for <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> until i saw them run rock last week! wildcard teams win w ground game/defense</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/421372110217289730">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Angry Ingram is not impressed RT <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks">@skooks</a>: &quot;Seahawks have held two of their past three opponents to 25 yards or less on the ground&quot;</p>&mdash; Fred Chicken (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/421368379531100160">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Most of the nat&#39;l media give the Saints little or no chance of winning in Seattle. Do you believe in the Saints? Angela @ 1:30</p>&mdash; Helen (@HelenWCentanni) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelenWCentanni/statuses/421360559825494016">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seismologists to measure noise during Saints-Seahawks game. <a href="http://t.co/4L8DJ4l3KR">http://t.co/4L8DJ4l3KR</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/421395826825379840">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Saints have also invited Guiness as the team pursues records for Spiciest Chicken and Quenchiest Thirst.</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/421359671065067520">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Unbelievable! Have you seen this crazy video the NFL made to preview Saturday&#39;s game? We&#39;re not scared! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="http://t.co/52vuPKyXts">http://t.co/52vuPKyXts</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/421358981039153153">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jim Henderson previews the Saints-Seahawks game on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/NHPFkkDq1k">http://t.co/NHPFkkDq1k</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/421356144607514624">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;WHO DAT&quot; <a href="http://t.co/rvTePvpZeH">pic.twitter.com/rvTePvpZeH</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/421330677997383680">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints Prepare for Seahawks

Podcast: Ryan says "this is what I've been waiting for" | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
During his conference call with the New Orleans media on Thursday, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talked about how he loves working …

Podcast: Carmichael knows Seattle defense is tough | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael talks, during a press conference with the New Orleans media, about the difficulty of gameplann…

Matchups to watch: Saints vs. Seahawks - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks hope we’ve seen this weekend’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game before. Seattle scored a decisive 34-7 home victory in

Saints' Sean Payton as impressive as ever - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Last Saturday's 26-24 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles was the best example yet of his ability to adapt to the moment. The Eagles had the No. 32 pass defense in the NFL -- but Payton saw how well the run game was working early, and he stuck with it all night.

New Orleans Saints' top CB Keenan Lewis practices fully Wednesday - ESPN
New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis practiced fully on Wednesday, confirming that he will almost certainly play Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Inside Slant: Sean Payton's methods - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
An NFL coach is charged with, among other things, providing a winning message to his team in the days leading up to a game. And so everything Sean Pay

Scouting the Seahawks: A look at their offense
Seattle’s offense produced 41 touchdowns and 33 field goals

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
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John DeShazier: Cam Jordan, Junior Galette have been bringing pressure all season
They will face a difficult task Saturday against Russell Wilson

Saints need Brees to cut down on road turnovers for chance Saturday | wwltv.com New Orleans
Drew Brees fully admits he didn’t see DeMeco Ryan flash in front of Lance Moore in the second quarter of Saturday’s Saints’ playoff win at Philadelphia.

Trent Dilfer s thoughts on New Orlenas Saints-Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Dilfer: "I said this the first time, obviously I looked like a fool, but I still stand by it. Seattle has a very difficult time covering the tight end. Whether it’s man, their man coverage matchups aren’t very good, Kam Chancellor on the tight end, their linebackers on the tight end, especially with K.J. Wright out. And then they play this coverage that’s been pretty well-documented, where it’s zone with the linebackers and the corners play a man technique as long as possible. When you play that, then in a single high safety look, you expose yourself big-time from that hashmark-to-number area on deep crossing routes.

Forecast: How the Saints can win and why they won't | wwltv.com New Orleans
Have you been trying to talk yourself into believing the Saints can win in Seattle on Saturday after getting run over in December? Of course you have! I'm here to help.

Peter Schrager Podcast: Did John Lynch get Manning to Denver? | FOX Sports on MSN
"He's got such a diverse background," said Lynch. "The West Coast offense. The Bill Parcells connection. He still uses Parcells' lessons all the time. He had a gas can in the locker room last week, an old Parcells trick. I think the world of Sean. He knows how to get teams ready and he's been here before. He's a special coach."

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Seahawks Prepare for Saints

Percy Harvin says he’s "absolutely" playing this week | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks have gotten pretty far without him, but it appears they're going to get a boost at wide receiver this week with Percy Harvin returning. According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Harvin just replied "absolutely" when asked if he planned to play this week against the Saints, indi...

Saints expect better Brees against team that ‘got him’ | Seattle Seahawks | The Olympian
METAIRIE, LA. — The last time Drew Brees visited Seattle, he was limited to the kind of numbers a likely Hall of Fame quarterback might take personally.

12th Man playoff primer - Field Gulls
Some basic tips to making this Saturday easier for yourself, and the Seahawks players on the field.

Seahawks vs. Saints weather report: Menacing, tempestuous - Field Gulls
Hold on to your butts.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: "Ozymandias" (for the 2013 Seahawks)

Russell Wilson cool under playoff pressure - NFC West Blog - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Just like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, receiver Jermaine Kearse was one of seven Seattle rookies in the 2012 season who were

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Other Saints News

Mark Ingram never lost faith and teammates never gave up on him | wwltv.com New Orleans
"I’ve always been confident in myself. I know what I can do," Ingram said. "I’m confident in my abilities. It’s just having the opportunity to get those touches and show what I could do and it was great to do it in a playoff game on the road, get that first win in franchise history.

Peyton Manning, Drew Brees two tremendous free-agent signings | FOX Sports on MSN
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Playoff Flashback: NFC divisional playoffs, Jan. 13, 2007, Saints 27, Eagles 24
Deuce McAllister set a team playoff record with 143 rushing yards

NFLN survey/feared player: Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
This might have been the most interesting question of all the ones I presented to New Orleans Saints players, since it was so open to interpretation.

Saints morning report: Brees' NFL highs - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Quarterback Drew Brees has broken so many NFL records during his tenure with the New Orleans Saints that we’ve become pretty nu

New Orleans Saints' line was proud to lead the way - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- To win a game the way the New Orleans Saints did last week -- rushing for 185 yards and running the final 4:54 off the clock -- is al

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NFL News

Report: Jay Gruden agrees to become Redskins head coach | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins and Jay Gruden were reportedly making progress toward an agreement for Gruden to become the team's next head coach when Thursday got underway. It seems that process has reached its finish line.

Suh, Megatron are "most feared" in poll of NFL players | ProFootballTalk
The Detroit Lions were not a good team last season, but they were a feared team. Players on the Lions came in first and second in a poll of NFL players conducted by ESPN that asked, "Who is the most feared player in the NFL?" Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh came in first, with 19 percent ...

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "Percy Harvin is a dynamic player"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 9, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham on returning to Seattle
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 9, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks: the sequel
A playoff sequel three years in the making. Find out if the Saints can pull off a blockbuster in Seattle.

VIDEO: Corey White talks up Saints-Seahawks showdown
New Orleans Saints DB Corey White speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Malcolm Jenkins: "Russell Wilson can do a lot"
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Divisional Round X-Factor: New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints rookie running back Khiry Robinson had 54 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown in a limited role in 2013.