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Saints News, 9/30/14: Saints Humbled But Not Hopeless After 1-3 Start

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This USA Today article pretty much sums up the Saints' current situation, in my humble opinion. "Coming off an 11-5 season in 2013, the Saints talked in the preseason about having the most talented roster in Payton's nine-year tenure. They pointed to the addition of three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and wide receiver Brandin Cooks, a first-round draft pick. But September has told a different story. The contrast between their performance against Dallas last season and on Sunday was dramatic." Now that the Saints know very well that they've got lots of problems to address, will they find solutions in time to turn their season around?

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Saints humbled, but not hopeless after 1-3 start

New Orleans Saints bombed in every phase vs. Dallas Cowboys: Film Study | NOLA.com
The Saints fail to handle the Cowboys on offense, defense, special teams, and coaching.

Week Four power rankings | ProFootballTalk
17. New Orleans Saints (No. 11; 1-3):  At least Rob Ryan won’t be able to blame the lack of head coaching opportunities on his hairdo.

Cowboys exact revenge on anti-road warrior Saints - SportsNOLA
It was just a year ago in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that the Saints embarrassed the Cowboys 49-17, amassing 40 first downs and 625 yards, setting all kinds of records in the process. Suffice it to say that the Cowboys did not forget the humiliation and were suitably motivated. This time, they did the embarrassing to the black and gold.

Forecast: Cowboys loss a sign of bad times ahead
On December 10, 2006 the New Orleans Saints went to Dallas, annihilated the Cowboys 42-17, and announced to America the Drew Brees/Sean Payton led Saints would be a serious title contender.

Saints have no reason to be angered by 1-3 start
OPINION - METAIRIE, La. -- The Saints' loss to Dallas on Sunday evening elicited a wide-range of emotions from players and coaches.

Saints' offense struggling to keep pace - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ARLINGTON, Texas -- In one sense, the New Orleans Saints' offensive performance in Sunday night’s 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton regrets fake punt - ESPN
ARLINGTON, Texas -- To be fair, there is no such thing as a high-percentage play when you are down 31-17 and facing a fourth-and-9 with 7:45 remaining

Terron Armstead will go through concussion protocol - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – There were no updates available Monday on New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead’s status for this week's game aga

Saints: We'll find out what we're made of - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints seemed to have the proper mix of anger/frustration/confidence/realism/focus on Monday after a 38-17 loss to th

Rex and Rob Ryan looking defenseless

Player Adjustments During The Offseason Are Coming Back To Haunt The Saints
Player Adjustments During The Offseason Are Coming Back To Haunt The Saints

NFL Power Rankings: Underwhelming Saints need to turn it around quick - NFL - CBSSports.com
A trendy pick to win the Super Bowl, the Saints are 1-3 and can't stop anyone on defense. Will a brutal upcoming schedule bury them? Also in big trouble? The Pats.

New Orleans Saints' Week 4 snap counts - ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts in their 38-17 loss at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4: OFFENSE (61 snaps) Quarterback -- Drew Brees 61

New Orleans Saints weekly film review - ESPN
A weekly look at what the New Orleans Saints must fix: Nobody needs the backing of the Dome crowd more than the New Orleans Saints' pass-rushers when

Tim Lelito visited Morris Jeff Community School as a part of Rotolo's Literacy Program
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One-Hit Wonder: Has Rob Ryan Worn Out Welcome in N.O.?
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius takes a look at whether or not Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is truly to blame for the Saints' struggles

Should the Saints cut Shayne Graham?
Here we are, sitting at 1-3 with our souls crushed after a disappointing (to say the least) loss to the Dallas Cowboys on national TV.

The 10 worst New Orleans Saints losses in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era | NOLA.com
There have been plenty more good times than bad in the past nine seasons for the New Orleans Saints. But, of course, there have been potholes along the way.

This date in New Orleans Saints history: Saints dominate Dolphins on MNF; Saints safety Frank Wattelet scores again | NOLA.com
Saints facts of the day

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NFL News

Tampa Bay's quarterback still up in the air, plus more Buccaneers links | NOLA.com
Mike Glennon, who was starting in place of injured starter Josh McCown, passed for 302 yards in the Bucs' surprising 27-24 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FCC unanimously dumps blackout rule | ProFootballTalk
The NFL wants to "Protect Football on Free TV."  The FCC did just that on Tuesday, voting unanimously to abandon the blackout rule. "This is a historic day for sports fans," Sports Fans Coalition chairman David Goodriend said in a release.

Oakland Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen, report says | NOLA.com
Allen was a former Saints position coach

Raiders settle on Tony Sparano as interim head coach | ProFootballTalk
Tony Sparano is set to become the Raiders' interim head coach after the firing of Dennis Allen. After several conflicting reports emerged over the last 12 hours about who the Raiders would go with as Allen's replacement, Jim Trotter of ESPN reported on Tuesday that it's Sparano, who had the title...

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton on playing with great effort
New Orleans saints Coach Sean Payton spoke with the media MOnday, Sept. 29, 2014 about the need for each member of the team to play with great effort.

VIDEO: Sean Payton talks about tweaking team's approach
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton met with the media Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 and touched upon what needs to be done this week.

VIDEO: Zach Strief: "We have to improve in all areas"
Zach Strief speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Keenan Lewis: "We have to regroup"
Keenan Lewis speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Pierre Thomas: "I still have faith in this team"
Pierre Thomas speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Jairus Byrd: "It's shocking"
Jairus Byrd speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Junior Galette: "We still believe in this team"
Junior Galette speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)