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Saints News, 8/26/14: Sean Payton Rated Among NFL's Top Coaches

Mike Triplett gives the highlights from an article that only those dumb enough to pay for ESPN Insider can see: "Sean Payton is the third-best head coach in the NFL, according to a sampling of 30 current and former general managers, team executives and assistant coaches. ESPN’s Mike Sando polled eight current general managers, four former GMs, four personnel directors, four executives, six coordinators and four position coaches for the project...Payton was one of three coaches ranked in Tier 1, along with the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick and the Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll. Coaches were graded on a scale of 1 to 4, 1 being the best, and Payton averaged a rating of 1.30. Sando’s breakdown of the opinions on Payton was especially compelling."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees talks about his baby girl (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/xYReJ6IOEC">http://t.co/xYReJ6IOEC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/0bOtudpzoJ">pic.twitter.com/0bOtudpzoJ</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504359323813023744">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steve: Brees back at practice after helping deliver baby girl <a href="http://t.co/RGcWAPj0QA">http://t.co/RGcWAPj0QA</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/504363915971923969">August 26, 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> release LB Victor Butler; never played a snap with team after big expectations as FA last year <a href="http://t.co/5gQgCl5RMR">http://t.co/5gQgCl5RMR</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL">@espnnfl</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504357312723578880">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Top Vine videos from Tuesday&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> practice <a href="http://t.co/8L11QuGVSv">http://t.co/8L11QuGVSv</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504348302083518465">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Panthers move Charles Godfrey back to safety out of necessity <a href="http://t.co/oY0b6ksqQ5">http://t.co/oY0b6ksqQ5</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/504346939526508544">August 26, 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> WR Joe Morgan after getting up gingerly from long reception: &#39;In all honesty, I am fine.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/504344653723103233">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sexist. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate">@RVargasAdvocate</a>: Brees on his girl: she has three older brothers, so plenty of built in protection when daddy&#39;s not around.</p>&mdash; Pope of Chili Town (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/504344967448629249">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees said he doesn&#39;t expect anymore kids &quot;4 is a good number&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504344492141711360">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees said he thinks he&#39;s done with having more kids. Mentioned a vasectomy could be next. Hello!!!</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504344051706232833">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees said the support they have received for the newborn is awesome. Adding all his children are &quot;New Orleans babies&quot;</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504343835313700865">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees said he got to &quot;take the snap, so to speak&quot; when his daughter was born. Quite an image.</p>&mdash; Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoanNiesen/statuses/504343447763820544">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees having a quick presser. Baby girl was born at 7:43 last night. No name on birth certificate yet. &quot;They&#39;re all New Orleans babies.&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504343406513225729">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>LOL Drew &quot;got to take the snap&quot; last night.</p>&mdash; Pope of Chili Town (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/504343234097606656">August 26, 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> Champ Bailey raving about new teammate Keenan Lewis. Said doesn&#39;t understand why he wasn&#39;t Pro Bowler, All Pro last year ... Amen</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504341663339544576">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bailey told Byrd a couple of years ago at a Pro Bowl that he always wanted to play together. Never thought it would happen in NO.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504341785129525249">August 26, 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> Bailey said he didnt want to get too specific, said foot injury was same foot as last year but different issue. Called it good thing</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504342353042501633">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bailey said he&#39;s getting close to where he wants to be. Always something. Did say it was the same foot injured from last year. Feels good.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504341307653758976">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bailey said he&#39;s seen PRob do some things others can&#39;t do.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504340845613838336">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said PRob is looking healthy coming back from hamstring injury. Said Thurs. is more evaluation.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504338860441362432">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PRob with a PBU in team red zone on Toon from Brees. Looking better every day.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504328010905169920">August 26, 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 was ankle issue for Victor Butler these past three weeks</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504340358017581056">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: Overall this group of 75 is fairly healthy</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/504339611142074369">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said Ben Grubbs also had a baby last week. That one got a little less attention.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/504338411470471168">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said it wasn&#39;t a knee injury for Butler. But didn&#39;t reveal what. Feels like he&#39;ll have another opportunity elsewhere.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504338325675982848">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said there was a role they envisioned for Butler when they signed him last year. Just didn&#39;t work out.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504337670492135426">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said Butler just didn&#39;t have enough reps needed to make an evaluation. Said it was frustrating for Butler obviously.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/504337051555483649">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Saints have also released QB Logan Kilgore, LB Kevin Reddick, DB Rod Sweeting &amp; DE George Uko</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504337120740515840">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> with fans after practice <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/E2qLMrHmhi">pic.twitter.com/E2qLMrHmhi</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/504336637052989441">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton officially announces that they&#39;ve cut Milhouse.</p>&mdash; Pope of Chili Town (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/504336058398425088">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rob Ryan ends training camp by making the defense do up downs.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504333594526240769">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Before that, not sure what ended <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> hurry-up drive. Joe Morgan made great diving catch on Brees deep ball that hung up in wind.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504333253344387072">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Another FG competition at end of practice. Both kickers appeared to miss at least one. Dimke missed twice. In windy conditions ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504332686589054976">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kicking drills again. Dimke 2-4. Graham 3-4. End of practice.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/504332482981134337">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Inconclusive whether <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> first team scored on red-zone drill. Looked like Brees was sacked on first down play but threw TD to Morgan</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/504329032973185024">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here&#39;s the Robin Williams Mets game Billy Crystal mentioned at the Emmys (VIDEO): <a href="http://t.co/wqhkYSJpTK">http://t.co/wqhkYSJpTK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MLB?src=hash">#MLB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Emmys?src=hash">#Emmys</a> <a href="http://t.co/ewvlYmt1Mv">pic.twitter.com/ewvlYmt1Mv</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/statuses/504327723247235072">August 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Sean Payton rated among top coaches - ESPN
Sean Payton is the third-best head coach in the NFL, according to a sampling of 30 current and former general managers, team executives and assistant

Drew Brees and his wife Brittany announce birth of fourth child
Drew and Brittany Brees welcomed their first daughter to the world Tuesday morning

It s a girl! New Orleans Saints Drew Brees welcomes fourth child - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany welcomed their fourth child and first baby girl on Monday night. Bree

Saints’ Camp Report: Day 21 - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New Orleans Saints training camp: It may have been a good news/bad news day for li

New Orleans Saints waive Andy Tanner, Ty Nsekhe, Ty Zimmerman - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints waived three injured players Monday: receiver Andy Tanner, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe and safety Ty Zimmerman.

Saints kicker battle going down to wire - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints still haven't decided on their kicker, according to coach Sean Payton, who said both Shayne Graham and Derek D

New Orleans Saints release Victor Butler - ESPN
The Saints have released pass-rusher Victor Butler, a free agent signee who never ended up playing a down for the team.

Top Vine videos from Tuesday's New Orleans Saints practice
Team is practicing in Metairie

New Orleans Saints announce roster moves
NFL rosters need to be at 75 players or less by 3 pm CT Tuesday

Cruise Control: Saints RB Pierre Thomas Keeps Moving On
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius looks at the durability of Saints RB Pierre Thomas, who continues to "cruise" along though nearing his career's end

New Orleans Saints Trim Down to 75 Players
The New Orleans Saints were able to trim down their roster to the mandatory 75-player limit before the 4PM deadline on Tuesday. Who was released? Find out!

KSK 2014 NFL PREKKAKE: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS | Kissing Suzy Kolber

Jairus Byrd leads transformation of New Orleans Saints' secondary | NOLA.com
Byrd was brought in for his playmaking abilities

Saints waive defensive end George Uko as deadline cuts continue | NOLA.com
Uko played at Southern California and signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Saints over the summer.

QB Logan Kilgore among players missing in final Saints' training camp practice | NOLA.com
The Saints must cut five more players to reach the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday afternoon.

New Orleans Saints cut Victor Butler, waive Rod Sweeting and Kevin Reddick | NOLA.com
Logan Kilgore was also waived

Sean Payton throws to running backs, plus other highlights from Tuesday's Saints practice | NOLA.com
View highlights here

Saints Nation ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | The Saints Nation

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NFL News

Terry Bradshaw is No. 4 on Louisiana's list of all-time top 51 athletes | NOLA.com
Bradshaw is one of just two quarterbacks to lead his team to four Super Bowl victories.

Panthers place three on IR, put De’Andre Presley on PUP | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers got to the 75-man limit Tuesday, without cutting any more players. They put wide receiver De'Andre Presley on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, and placed three others on injured reserve: Quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and center Kevin Matthews.

Gilbert platform advocates blowing up CBA, 18 games | ProFootballTalk
Next March, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will face re-election for the second time since getting this job.  This time around, Smith may be facing an opponent. Former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert has announced his intention to run for the job.

Richie Incognito has "very constructive" meeting with Bucs, but doesn’t sign | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers met with guard Richie Incognito for several hours on Monday night, but the meeting did not end with a contract that would bring Incognito back into the NFL.

Bucs trade for Logan Mankins | ProFootballTalk
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Bucs have agreed to the parameters of a deal that will bring Logan Mankins from the Patriots.  In return, New England gets tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick.