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Saints News, 11/18/14: Sean Payton Agrees The Saints Were 'Somewhat Flat'

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: After watching the tape again Monday morning, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he "felt the same thing I think our fans felt: We were somewhat flat" in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. "We have to look clearly at who we're doing it with, what we're doing, and then how to get ourselves a little bit more emotionally ready to play," said Payton, who admitted that last category falls squarely on the shoulders of himself and the coaching staff. "We have to look at the work week and make sure we're ready physically and mentally to play better than we did yesterday."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Most blown 4th-quarter leads, 2014&#10;1. Tampa Bay (5)&#10;2. New Orleans (4)&#10;3. Atlanta, Carolina, Tennessee (3)&#10;&#10;Titans ruined my NFC South stat.</p>&mdash; Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) <a href="https://twitter.com/FO_ScottKacsmar/status/534594065237811200">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Turned on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BattleOfTheBergers?src=hash">#BattleOfTheBergers</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNF?src=hash">#MNF</a> in time to <a href="https://twitter.com/mettshow">@mettshow</a> throw that last TD! Remember when he was just a little kid. I feel old. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoProud?src=hash">#SoProud</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/534550052669112320">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> are without their top two punt returners with Cooks, Byrd injured. Cadet is listed as Cooks&#39; backup. Does Stills, Morgan get a look?</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/534533860353011712">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I get it peeps. Cooks wasn&#39;t getting it done anyway at punt returner. Still have to figure out who at least stands back there.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/534536853156687872">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Keep the faith... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDatNation?src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> <a href="http://t.co/BcAS4ZkZna">pic.twitter.com/BcAS4ZkZna</a></p>&mdash; Need. More. Defense. (@StevieRod) <a href="https://twitter.com/StevieRod/status/534512788887306240">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Meet <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> players, <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> &amp; mascots tomorrow (5-7 pm) at <a href="https://twitter.com/WinnDixie">@WinnDixie</a> on Airline in Metairie to support <a href="https://twitter.com/2ndHarvestGNOA">@2ndHarvestGNOA</a>!</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/534503762455322625">November 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wanted to thank everybody for their calls,text, social media,etc really appreciate it I’ll be fine I’ll bounce back trust me</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/534483599115182080">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mixed reviews on Kenny Vaccaro&#39;s comments; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Sean Payton likes passion, Curtis Lofton prefers to stay in-house <a href="http://t.co/8cw4SvCVGA">http://t.co/8cw4SvCVGA</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534482923198488576">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Joe Morgan (<a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat">@jmthegreat</a>) will be doing a free autograph signing on Tues. Nov. 18th (6-7pm) at <a href="https://twitter.com/Academy">@Academy</a> in Covington, LA (7205 Pinnacle Pkwy)</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/534482088049664000">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A nice thank you from military veteran to <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a> for his donation of service dog Gumbo. Story at 5:00 <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> <a href="http://t.co/hVAYXXzSWx">pic.twitter.com/hVAYXXzSWx</a></p>&mdash; Mike Hoss WWL-TV (@MHossWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/MHossWWL/status/534478300551598081">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s Monday press conference (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/87jRHvEIS4">http://t.co/87jRHvEIS4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BALvsNO?src=hash">#BALvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/5MpxpkCSOg">pic.twitter.com/5MpxpkCSOg</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/534477313992167424">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No transactions for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> today. So we&#39;ll wait to see if S Rafael Bush lands on IR (and if they add new S). Don&#39;t practice again til Thurs</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534476057731416064">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton, players&#39; most repeated message today: It&#39;s a 6-game season. Has to be the focus.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534468410911256576">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> LB Curtis Lofton said defensive players got together without coaches to break down film today. A tweak from normal routine. ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534469719781572609">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Lofton said players have done that before, but usually coaches are involved in film breakdown. Today they put it on players.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534469892259717120">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton agrees <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> were &quot;flat&quot; <a href="http://t.co/pb84yzx40Z">http://t.co/pb84yzx40Z</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/534465181271592960">November 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Sean Payton agrees New Orleans Saints were flat - ESPN
Sean Payton agrees the New Orleans Saints were 'flat' in the lopsided home loss to the CIncinnati Bengals and hints that changes could be coming.

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton on late punt: Gotta trust your gut - ESPN
Decision worked initially with Cincinnati Bengals pinned at their 2, but two first downs by Bengals foiled coach's plan.

Mixed reviews on Kenny Vaccaro's comments; Payton likes his passion - ESPN
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro told his frustrations to the media, and coach Sean Payton said he didn' have a problem with anything Vaccaro said.

New Orleans Saints could look 'outside the building' to build depth after injuries | NOLA.com
At safety, the Saints are down to starter Kenny Vaccaro, first-year player Marcus Ball and recently signed veteran Jamarca Sanford.

DEA agents visit Bengals in New Orleans about prescription drugs | NOLA.com
The unannounced inspections are part of an investigation sparked by claims from former players that teams dispensed prescription drugs improperly for decades.

Sunday's questioning of NFL teams' medical staffers was no 'sting operation,' says former players' lawyer | NOLA.com
WASHINGTON -- Interviews with medical staff for visiting NFL teams Sunday, including representatives of the Cincinnati Bengals at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, "should put the NFL on notice" to clean up the league's use of pain killers, says a lawyer representing 1,300 former players in a class action suit.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton pleased to see passion as 'six-game season' begins | NOLA.com
Safety Kenny Vaccaro was exasperated that the team had searched high and low for answers since a sluggish start and yet still found itself humbled at home after its 10th game of the season.

Guard Ben Grubbs named Landry's Community Player of the Week
By Connor Tarter

New Orleans Saints showed support for Devon Still's daughter Leah at Sunday's game
Coach Sean Payton, Devon Still met after game

ESPN's Keith Olbermann calls Saints' ball swiper worst person in 'the entire world' | NOLA.com
"Real men can look a woman in the eyes while stealing something from her," Olbermann said.

Reports; Brandin Cooks, Rafael Bush out with injuries
The NFL Network and Cox Sports TV are reporting that Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks has broken his thumb and will be out of action for about four weeks.

Saints' Brandin Cooks has surgery, among growing list of injured
Not only are the losses piling up, but the injuries are, as well – and on both sides of the ball.

Saints fan not giving up prized football despite outcry
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Saints wideout Brandin Cooks has surgery on broken thumb, will be out 4-6 weeks, agent says | Black and Gold

Brandin Cooks out 2-4 weeks with broken thumb, per reports | Black and Gold

Saints LB Curtis Lofton: ‘You don’t express (frustrations) to the media’ | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints defense continues to crumble on third-and-long - ESPN
The Bengals opened their rout Sunday with three third-and-8 conversions on their first touchdown drive.

Slow and steady doesn't work for Saints' offense - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Sunday was a shockingly-uncharacteristic performance by a Saints offense that suddenly seemed to go from too risky to too conservative.

John DeShazier: Sean Payton, Saints focused on six-game stretch run
First up: Baltimore Ravens on 'Monday Night Football'

Jahri Evans, Curtis Lofton talk about Sunday's loss to the Bengals
Quotes from linebacker Curtis Lofton and guard Jahri Evans conference call with the New Orleans media on November 17, 2014

Sean Payton reviews the Cincinnati Bengals game
Quotes from Sean Payton's Monday review on November, 17, 2014

Source: Saints safety Rafael Bush has broken fibula, not more serious fractured tibia | Black and Gold

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NFL News

Rex Ryan "stunned" NFL fined him $100,000 for profanity | ProFootballTalk
Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 by the NFL for using profanity toward an official. Ryan says the letter from the league office informing him of that fine took him by surprise. "I was stunned by it to say the least," Ryan said.

Charles Tillman helps Bucs to win, without even playing for them | ProFootballTalk
Veteran cornerback Charles Tillman isn't able to help the Bears win games this year, since they put him on injured reserve in September. But that doesn't mean he can't help others.

Peterson ruling could come by Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
As expected, arbitrator Shyam Das conducted a hearing on Monday regarding the effort to reinstate Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the hearing was conducted and fully completed on Monday.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Monday review of Bengals game
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Monday, November 17, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Mark Ingram on the tough loss to the Benagls
Mark Ingram speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Corey White: "It's on us to turn this around"
Corey White recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Cameron Jordan on the Bengals' offense
Cameron Jordan recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)