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Saints News, 12/9/14: For Saints, Everything Must Be Questioned, Including The Coach

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Our good friend Ralph Malbrough sums up my feelings (and probably many other's) very well in a WWLTV.com article: After careful consideration, I've decided I'm rooting for the Saints to crash, burn, and salt the earth in regards to the rest of 2014 season. It stinks to feel that way but I have my reasons. Mostly, I don't want the 2014 Saints to get to the playoffs, win a game in some fluke manner, be competitive the next week, and then tell themselves "Everything is ok, we will get healthy, make some minor changes, and be in the hunt." Everything is not OK. The 2014 Saints need to burn to the ground so everyone at Airline Drive understands they have a crisis. The New Orleans Saints have never been further away from the Super Bowl under Sean Payton and Drew Brees then they are at this very moment.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>David Hawthorne and Corey White have two of the three interceptions thrown by Aaron Rodgers. I have one word to say: How?</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542154157671858176">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Everybody killing Saints right now but can guarantee to u the 2 wildcard teams will hope and pray anybody but New Orleans wins the south!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/542152232255229952">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Imagine how many missed tackles will occur when Saints-Falcons square off in 2 weeks? It will just continuously move like the national debt.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542141706473201664">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Connor Payton <a href="https://twitter.com/ctpayton19">@ctpayton19</a> sporting his Michigan Blue turns 13 Today!! FUTURE PELICAN &quot;Happy Birthday Connor&quot; <a href="http://t.co/BfVJ2jNDdV">pic.twitter.com/BfVJ2jNDdV</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/status/340648510573666306">June 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Is this real life that ESPN is promoting a Pelicans game?</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542131660964106240">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tonight is 34-year anniversary of nation learning John Lennon was shot during Pats-Dolphins Monday Night Football game.</p>&mdash; Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewperloff/status/542125875396108289">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pierre Thomas hosting the annual <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>/<a href="https://twitter.com/Mortons">@Mortons</a> Celebrity Servers Charity Dinner to support <a href="https://twitter.com/ICAN_Foundation">@ICAN_Foundation</a> <a href="http://t.co/0k4AwD84ox">pic.twitter.com/0k4AwD84ox</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/542113924921847808">December 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints, and Falcons have tougher schedules to finish than Carolina. Bottom line Saints have to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/finishstrong?src=hash">#finishstrong</a>, and take care of business.</p>&mdash; Bobby Hebert (@BobbyHebert3) <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyHebert3/status/542065084487327745">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>There are no words for that debacle in the dome yesterday. Good news is the fat lady hasn&#39;t sung yet. Saints still control their destiny.</p>&mdash; Bobby Hebert (@BobbyHebert3) <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyHebert3/status/542061978718457856">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just a friendly reminder. This is how we are supposed to be dressing starting next year. <a href="http://t.co/Dp7KoTMw4p">pic.twitter.com/Dp7KoTMw4p</a></p>&mdash; Justin Hustle (@justinhustle) <a href="https://twitter.com/justinhustle/status/541248576420999168">December 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Perhaps the root of the problem? Timid RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett">@MikeTriplett</a>: Galette not singled out by Saints veterans demanding more maturity, professionalsim</p>&mdash; Fred DiBiase (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/542056010102611968">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ron Rivera defends <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Panthers?src=hash">#Panthers</a>&#39; actions <a href="http://t.co/tC5ZQFZV7O">http://t.co/tC5ZQFZV7O</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL">@espnnfl</a></p>&mdash; David Newton (@DNewtonespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/DNewtonespn/status/542042112909254656">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/theMMQB">@theMMQB</a>: The Saints are talented. They&#39;re also losers. <a href="https://twitter.com/GregABedard">@GregABedard</a> looks at their underlying problems. <a href="http://t.co/gQedvc064Q">http://t.co/gQedvc064Q</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542028030529794049">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell">@Kat_Terrell</a>: Payton: If it&#39;s not happening on tape, we haven&#39;t covered it enough or we need to look at who we&#39;re asking to do it.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542028403038494721">December 8, 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 harped on the dropped passes. Said Jimmy Graham, like a lot of guys, has to be better.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/542017844679311360">December 8, 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 said it&#39;s not the right time yet to discuss any possible changes needed in the offseason. Anxious to see how guys respond now</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/542017159330009088">December 8, 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 reiterated: &quot;I don&#39;t rule out any changes&quot; with regards to personnel changes.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/542017028488720384">December 8, 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 said he didn&#39;t see much loafing on the game tape -- but didn&#39;t see many guys making plays. Rattled off long list of woes.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/542016788213817344">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said Bryce Harris tweaked his ankle but kept playing because he knew there was no plan B.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/542012063347113985">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on end zone scrum: &quot;The quickest way to stop that is not let them in the end zone.&quot;</p>&mdash; Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat/status/542013446338785280">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: we had 8 dropped passes yesterday. 8.</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/status/542013920404193280">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton : when we have success early we are a different team. Not sure how mentally tough this team is</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/542014599835316224">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on watching film from Panthers game &quot;it was as bad as it looked yesterday&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/542011042096635904">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Forecast: Everything must be questioned, including the coach
My mom and I have had Saints season tickets for 25 years and for the first time ever we left a New Orleans Saints game in the third quarter.

New Orleans Saints: Salary Cap Crisis Looming In 2015
he New Orleans Saints are heading to a salary cap crisis this offseason. Just getting under the cap will be difficult. Improvement could be impossible.

Sean Payton: Saints were 'as bad as it looked'
Typically, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is hesitant to impart judgment on his team's game-day performance until he's reviewed game film the following day.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera: Cam Newton didn’t taunt Saints to start fight | CharlotteObserver.com
Sunday’s fight between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints was still a topic on Monday, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he didn’t think quarterback Cam Newton did anything to start it.

Saints' Zach Strief: Lack of energy unprofessional, unacceptable - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
"I think a lot of it is the expectation that showing up and playing is enough. It's not," Zach Strief said.

Khiry Robinson doesn't play Sunday as early deficit shifts Saints' strategy | NOLA.com
The Saints fell behind early and didn't run the ball as much as planned.

Junior Galette's comments, locker room friction not to blame for Saints' slide, says Zach Strief | NOLA.com
His comments about professionalism weren't meant to single out Galette, Strief said.

New Orleans Saints now on notice following blowout loss to Panthers | NOLA.com
Payton hinted that changes could be coming soon

John DeShazier: Sean Payton says Saints are 'that' team right now
Payton disappointed with team's performance at home

Panthers-Saints brawl spills off field into concourse - SBNation.com
No love was lost in New Orleans on Sunday. After Cam Newton scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in Sunday's matchup between the Panthers and Saints, a brawl erupted at the Superdome between the heated division rivals,

Keenan Lewis, Junior Galette, Terron Armstead among injured Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Injuries mount for New Orleans Saints in loss against Carolina Panthers.

Junior Galette could earn $6.5 million in bonuses if he finishes season with 12 sacks | Black and Gold

Junior Galette not singled out by New Orleans Saints veterans - ESPN
Some current and former New Orleans Saints veterans chaffed at the way Junior Galette belittled former team leaders last week.

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton again stresses changes could be made - ESPN
Sean Payton's message to the New Orleans Saints on Monday morning: Right now, we're "that team."

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NFL News

Jon Gruden Impressed By Every Blade Of Grass On Football Field | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
GREEN BAY, WI—Hailing their contribution to the game as "extraordinary" and "totally underrated," ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden was reportedly full of praise for every single blade of grass at Lambe...

Peter King Can't See That The MVP Award That He Votes For Is Pointless | Kissing Suzy Kolber
J.J. Watt doesn't care about the MVP award. He shouldn't.

Marvin Lewis calls Johnny Manziel "a midget" | ProFootballTalk
The Browns haven't yet officially announced whether they will stick with incumbent quarterback Brian Hoyer or turn to rookie Johnny Manziel for Sunday's game vs. Cincinnati. Either way, the matter doesn't worry Bengals coach Marvin Lewis much.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Monday recap of Panthers game
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Monday, December 8, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Zach Strief: "We lacked energy"
Zach speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Corey White talks about team's approach this week
Corey White speaks with reporters on Monday, December 8, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Week 14 Report Card
Daniel Jeremiah is handing out the New Orleans Saints report card grades for their Week 14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.