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Saints News, 12/23/14: Saints Need Major Changes To Become Elite Again

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From Jarrett Bell at USA Today: "The Saints couldn't even win a game on their own turf – which they used to do, not too long ago, with intimidating consistency – while facing elimination. When's the last time, besides now, New Orleans lost five consecutive home games in a season? Trivia answer: 1980."

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Saints News (This just in: They SUCK!)

Forecast: Golden age of Saints football is over
The 2014 Saint season ended appropriately with Osi Umenyiora scooping up a Drew Brees fumble and taking it 86 yards for a touchdown to put a cherry on top of the Atlanta Falcons 30-14 domination of the New Orleans Saints.

John DeShazier: 'Disappointment' operative word for Saints following Falcons game
No one is satisfied with this season's results

New Orleans Saints soul-searching with one game to play | Black and Gold Today | NOLA.com
Your daily snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints

Terron Armstead unsure if he will play in New Orleans Saints final game | NOLA.com
Armstead said he didn't know yet whether he would undergo offseason surgery to fix the lingering neck injury.

Dock Saints for poor play, give money to charity: A letter to the editor | NOLA.com
After another embarrassing Saints loss, let's face the facts. The entire organization is to blame -- from management's poor personnel decisions to transparent and uninspired coaching to the unfocused, unenthusiastic and undisciplined players. "Pay for play" would work here. When a game is played poorly, all salaries for that game should be donated to a worthy cause such as Team Gleason because no one with this team is earning those huge salaries. The Who Dat Nation deserves better. Jackie Brenner Metairie

Payton favors incorporating technology to "get calls right'
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had no qualms with the way officials handled the review of Jimmy Graham's fumble at the goal line during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Saints eliminated in 30-14 loss to Falcons
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Saints squander fast start with poor offensive showing
It was quick and powerful opening statement made by the New Orleans Saints, as they wasted no time pouncing on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Pride, jobs on the line for New Orleans Saints in Week 17 - ESPN
Eliminated from the playoff race, the New Orleans Saints said they would find motivation in auditioning for roles next season.

Saints currently slated for 10th pick in NFL draft - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
It appears the Saints could still wind up picking anywhere between seventh and 14th overall.

Sean Payton: Officials fair on Jimmy Graham fumble call - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Sean Payton didn't have many complaints about the way the officials handled the Jimmy Graham fumble call during the Saints' loss to the Falcons.

New Orleans Saints players offer strong support for Rob Ryan - ESPN
As they have all season, Saints players continued to offer strong support for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in the locker room Monday.

New Orleans Saints will play starters, treat Week 17 like any other - ESPN
Sean Payton insisted the Saints will treat Sunday's season finale at Tampa like any other game, even though they've been eliminated from the playoffs.

Even with the most wins in the NFC South, the Saints would still miss the playoffs | For The Win
A Saints win and Falcons-Panthers tie in Week 17 still won't get New Orleans into the playoffs.

Sean Payton's Monday review of Falcons contest
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Monday, December 22, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

Bell: Saints need major changes to become elite again
It's unrealistic to expect a complete overhaul, but they need a lot of personnel hits. Again.

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NFL News

Week 17 schedule moves Panthers-Falcons to 4:25 on CBS | ProFootballTalk
Two NFC division title games will air simultaneously on Sunday, one on FOX and one on CBS. The NFL has released the final Week 17 schedule, and it includes moving Lions-Packers to 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX and moving Panthers-Falcons to 4:25 on CBS.

John Harbaugh knows Jim is done in San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
It's the worst-kept secret in the NFL. And in the Harbaugh family. With 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh saying nothing about his future, Ravens coach John Harbaugh seems to acknowledge the obvious:  Jim is entering his final days as the San Francisco coach, after taking the team to three straight NFC t...

Week 17 playoff scenarios | ProFootballTalk
The road to the playoffs in the AFC will go through New England. That's one thing we know for sure. But other than the Patriots, who have clinched home-field advantage, and the Colts, who have clinched the No.

Johnny Manziel Does His Job Better Than Sports Reporters Do Theirs
Sports reporters are often like a dumb herd of sheep, heading all in the same direction at once for reasons they don't understand. Here at the end of the NFL season, they've seemingly all decided to salary-shame the players they don't like. After Browns coach Mike Pettine announced today that Johnny Manziel was done for the season, a couple of them dumped on him: