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From Mike Triplett: Veteran running back Pierre Thomas said the message of "Get your mind right" was sent to veterans and young players alike. And he said there was more focus and less goofing around than any time he's seen in his eight years in New Orleans. "It doesn't matter how long you've been in this league. He put it out there," Thomas said. "Because this is not a game. If you see what direction he's going in, we as players, we gotta buckle down and pay attention to details. It's intense. ... We just know what we need to do. The season's just about over, and what are we gonna do to change it? You see a lot more focus since it's toward the end, we're right there, and guys want it."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: Good stuff from Kenny Vaccaro on career-changing meeting with Sean Payton and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> being on &#39;red alert&#39; <a href="http://t.co/7j0iVsgFND">http://t.co/7j0iVsgFND</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/543395505984655361">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton: &quot;Inaccurate&quot; to say Kenny Vaccaro&#39;s been benched <a href="http://t.co/p0GKEru8aq">http://t.co/p0GKEru8aq</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/543361325179891712">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Report: Aaron Kromer apologizes to Bears players for anonymously ripping Jay Cutler <a href="http://t.co/7xshrXen91">http://t.co/7xshrXen91</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/543280256405094400">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Some hunts leave a greater impact on you as a hunter than others. By far this south Texas hunt will… <a href="http://t.co/1lhSQlOqsL">http://t.co/1lhSQlOqsL</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/543275648744427521">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Four sources told the Tribune of Kromer&#39;s emotional apology, which Cutler was present for. Kromer confirmed it. &#10;<a href="http://t.co/ScZK2q6MGq">http://t.co/ScZK2q6MGq</a></p>&mdash; Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rich_Campbell/status/543257214794739712">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We&#39;ve been working hard to make <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodatnation?src=hash">#whodatnation</a> proud on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNF?src=hash">#MNF</a>. Proud of the work ethic this week, <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>.</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/543208791827685376">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeAtallah">@GeorgeAtallah</a> Don&#39;t do it guys! Don&#39;t pull me back in!</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/543191811062132736">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints receiver Seantavius Jones &#39;couldn&#39;t stop smiling&#39; after promotion to 53-man roster <a href="http://t.co/40bZtLX6Np">http://t.co/40bZtLX6Np</a> <a href="http://t.co/QO6OVYiuvZ">pic.twitter.com/QO6OVYiuvZ</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/543188486560292864">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton leaving after 2014 season? Come on, it&#39;s not happening: Larry Holder <a href="http://t.co/3VMgsFr8me">http://t.co/3VMgsFr8me</a> <a href="http://t.co/hUzjtOIf7h">pic.twitter.com/hUzjtOIf7h</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/543188321963216896">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Someone just sent me this pic. 15 years ago to the day at the Heisman Trophy presentation in NYC 1999. Good stuff! <a href="http://t.co/tFhMWw9qN7">pic.twitter.com/tFhMWw9qN7</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/543178204605726720">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton calls reports of Kenny Vaccaro's benching 'very inaccurate' - ESPN
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton dismissed the reports of safety Kenny Vaccaro being benched as very inaccurate.

Sean Payton: 'Absolutely no way' he'd leave Saints after season - ESPN
Sean Payton shot down the notion that he would consider walking away after this, his ninth year as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Payton calls another report 'silly'; Strief explains post-game exodus
Sean Payton isn't quite ready to jump ship and abandon the New Orleans Saints at the end of the season despite a speculative report asserting otherwise.

Vaccaro: conversation with Payton 'changed my career'
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Despite speculation he’s itching to move on, Sean Payton’s ‘heart is in New Orleans,’ Saints say | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Lately, it has almost become as much a part of the New Orleans Saints’ weekly routine as watching game film: The team loses a game, there’s a national media report of dysfunction within the organization and coach Sean Payton eviscerates whoever wrote the story.

Film study: Reviewing the New Orleans Saints defense - ESPN
We take a look back at the film of the Saints' defense against the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette, Terron Armstead miss practice - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints' Terron Armstead said he expects to practice Friday and play on Monday night, but Junior Galette...

Saints' shake up brings new role for Vaccaro | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro expects to look back on this week as a turning point in his career.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Saints' Season is a Soap Opera
Who Dat Dish Columnist Barry Hirstius takes a look at the ongoing soap opera-like drama surrounding the Saints' dramatic 2014 Season

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Bears News

Top Reasons Marc Trestman Should Be Fired, Immediately
The Chicago Bears could be the most dysfunctional team in the entire NFL, there's only one person to blame for that.

Aaron Kromer apology adds to Bears' ever-growing dysfunction | CSN Chicago

Aaron Kromer's Tearful Apology to Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer made a tearful apology to the team for his criticism of Jay Cutler that sparked an NFL Network report.

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears preview - ESPN
Any way you bill it, Monday nightâ

Report: Aaron Kromer apologizes to Bears players for anonymously ripping Jay Cutler | ProFootballTalk
The turmoil surrounding the coaching staff and future of the Chicago Bears may have just gotten significantly worse. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer apologized to players Monday for anonymously criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler to Ian Rapo...

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NFL News

Darren Sharper's New Orleans rape case could be at decision point, Fox 8 reports | NOLA.com
A grand jury investigation into allegations that former Saints star Darren Sharper and another man raped two women in September 2013 could be decided Friday (Dec. 12), according to a WVUE Fox 8 report citing unnamed sources.

Bill Belichick messes with Rob Gronkowski about cat photos | ProFootballTalk
Gronk have soft side. Gronk like kittens. Gronk get crushed in locker room. As you might imagine, his Patriots teammates had plenty of fun with the cat pictures of Rob Gronkowski featured in ESPN the Magazine.

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Video

VIDEO: Drew Brees' Bears week press conference
Drew Brees speaks with reporters on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Kenny Vaccaro on meeting with Sean Payton
Kenny Vaccaro speaks with reporters on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Thursday Bears press conference
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss. (New Orleans Saints video)