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Saints News, 12/15/14: Sean Payton Shoots Down Michigan Speculation

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From Mike Triplett: For the second time this week, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton shot down speculation about his coaching future. This time he denied that he would have any interest in the vacant University of Michigan job. "Listen, I've got two kids right in Dallas, alright. … I've got no interest in any other job but this one," Payton said. "And I know you guys will preface all that by, ‘Well, he's gotta say that.' It seems like every three years I answer that question, and every three years, sure enough, he's the head coach here. …This is the job I'm most interested in, only interested in."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>With <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Falcons?src=hash">#Falcons</a> losing, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> could theoretically clinch the NFC South by next week. Need to beat Chicago, Atlanta and have Carolina lose...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/544263176993636353">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/JClarkCSN">@JClarkCSN</a>: Here&#39;s video of Malcolm Jenkins, Dez Bryant gettin into it pregame. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash">#Eagles</a> <a href="http://t.co/9W00RqBtGb">http://t.co/9W00RqBtGb</a> <a href="http://t.co/IKo1lrzFVT">pic.twitter.com/IKo1lrzFVT</a>&quot; </p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/544308570779443201">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seahawks defeat 49ers 17-7, eliminate San Francisco from playoff contention <a href="http://t.co/us1WsDK4AT">http://t.co/us1WsDK4AT</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/544294577125875713">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Landed safely </p>&mdash; Brandon Coleman (@B_Cole16) <a href="https://twitter.com/B_Cole16/status/544259670647779328">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If the Saints lose Monday, the Panthers would control their own destiny w/games vs CLE and ATL. Amazing.</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/544245388560314368">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WOW! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Panthers?src=hash">#Panthers</a> fan dressed as Cam Newton, crash victim. (ht <a href="https://twitter.com/Plizott9">@Plizott9</a>) <a href="http://t.co/MMxsmnU5Px">pic.twitter.com/MMxsmnU5Px</a></p>&mdash; Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) <a href="https://twitter.com/CorkGaines/status/544234529875951616">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Panthers went over 2 months without a win, and now are in first place.</p>&mdash; Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) <a href="https://twitter.com/FauxJohnMadden/status/544238551953838080">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So the Saints just lost first place to the Panthers by percentage points. They&#39;ll need to beat Bears to be 1st.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/544239400126001152">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Arredondo: Looks more likely that rain will be around for MNF in Chicago. Chilly and breezy for game with rain. <a href="http://t.co/XrUaaYn1Ei">pic.twitter.com/XrUaaYn1Ei</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/544235724879306753">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints' Sean Payton shoots down Michigan speculation - NFC South Blog - ESPN
For the second time this week, Sean Payton shot down speculation about his coaching future -- this time about the University of Michigan job.

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Rob Ryan in unfamiliar territory with Saints defense
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Sean Payton's final presser before the Chicago Bears game
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Rob Ryan previews the Chicago Bears game
Transcript of Rob Ryan's post-practice press conference on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

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Saints' Junior Galette returns to practice on limited basis - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Junior Galette is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's game.

Rob Ryan tried yelling, crying to motivate Saints' defense | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
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Joe Morgan: 'I wasn't a part' of the New Orleans Saints' future plans | NOLA.com
The fourth-year pro was cut by the Saints on Tuesday

Blogging with the Enemy – @ChicagoBearJew | The Saints Nation

Saints vs. Bears Monday Night X-Factor: Coach Sean Payton
In so many past games throughout the Sean Payton Era, we have come to this point in the season before: a desperate Saints team looking for a win against th

Saints need Jimmy Graham to bounce back at Chicago - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The Saints need Jimmy Graham to be a huge part of the solution on Monday.

Updated NFC South playoff scenarios: Saints, Falcons still control own destinies | NOLA.com
If the Saints beat the Bears on Monday night, they could clinch the NFC South on Dec. 21 with a win over Atlanta and a loss by Carolina to Cleveland.

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Bears News

Chicago Bears elevate QB David Fales to active roster - ESPN Chicago
Injury to linebacker Darryl Sharpton prompted roster move.

Chris Conte doubtful for New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears - ESPN Chicago
Safety has battled injuries all season.

Breaking down the Chicago Bears' matchup with the New Orleans Saints - ESPN Chicago
Saints still in playoff hunt, have more to play for.

Jay Cutler privately upset with Bears OC, per report - SBNation.com
Jay Cutler may have publicly said that his relationship with Aaron Kromer is fine, but privately it appears to be a different story.

Crying and Dysfunctional: Your 2014 Chicago Bears
The current situation the Chicago Bears face is beyond messed up, it's completely dysfunctional. When, why and how did it come to this?

Bears to face tough test Monday night
The Bears defense will face a difficult challenge Monday night against a Saints offense that features quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham.

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NFL News

Panthers stay in playoff hunt, top Bucs 19-17 | NOLA.com
The Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 on Sunday to remain alive in the NFC South playoff race

Big Ben leads Steelers to 27-20 win over Falcons | NOLA.com
The Falcons (5-9) ensured themselves of a losing season and slipped out of first place in the NFC South.

NFLPA issues strong criticism of NFL’s new personal conduct policy | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL Players Association privately considers potential legal challenges to the new personal conduct policy, the NFLPA has issued a strong public statement criticizing the league's new policy.

Peterson plans to play in 2015 | ProFootballTalk
Yes, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently talked about retiring from football and taking at run at the Olympics.  No, he's not going to be doing that. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson plans to play in 2015.

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Video

VIDEO: Pierre Thomas on playing in inclement weather
Pierre Thomas talks with John DeShazier about playing in inclement weather on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)