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Saints News, 1/9/15: Ryan Pace Goes To Chicago Plus Other News

I chose to lead with another Ryan Pace article today simply because of this really cool comment Mike Florio at PFT.com made about Pace and Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis: "As to Pace, the thinking is he’ll become one of the better General Managers. He got first-hand experience on the job in 2012, taking over while G.M. Mickey Loomis was suspended for whatever it was that he supposedly did to merit an eight-game suspension for a bounty scandal that he had zero responsibility for." Thank you, Mike. Bravo, sir!

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wonder the same thing RT <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a>: Could Ryan Pace hire in Chicago result in a Doug Marrone reunion? <a href="http://t.co/SL9IPnTzPh">http://t.co/SL9IPnTzPh</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/553569051516370944">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Last day to buy discounted Hogs for the Cause tickets!  Make sure to include my team &quot;The 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon&quot;&#10;&#10;<a href="https://t.co/o2VHrmt77E">https://t.co/o2VHrmt77E</a></p>&mdash; Zach Strief (@ZachStrief) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZachStrief/status/553568578197139456">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>How 2 different websites graded New Orleans Saints players in 2014 <a href="http://t.co/vKoXKfdrz6">http://t.co/vKoXKfdrz6</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@nolanews</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/553568435821477891">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Last night, Morten Andersen was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 <a href="http://t.co/vQIoK53ahy">http://t.co/vQIoK53ahy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/553560181938737152">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL didn&#39;t need Mueller Report or smoking gun video to do obvious in Rice case – yet it failed (<a href="https://twitter.com/eric_adelson">@Eric_Adelson</a>) --&gt; <a href="http://t.co/pgZnlVik5o">http://t.co/pgZnlVik5o</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/status/553556331542880257">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>How did <a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12">@AaronRodgers12</a> really tweak his calf muscle??? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/conspiracytheory?src=hash">#conspiracytheory</a> <a href="http://t.co/fkjdnQtXM1">pic.twitter.com/fkjdnQtXM1</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/553398004506316800">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great look at Ryan Pace, especially from Mickey Loomis, via <a href="https://twitter.com/patrickfinley">@patrickfinley</a> <a href="http://t.co/KPYrzL93Hq">http://t.co/KPYrzL93Hq</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/553397196562128896">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Big congrats to Morten Andersen for being a HOF finalist again. I hope he gets in this year. But I&#39;m still angry he joined Falcons</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/553393900602523649">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We never talk about it anymore but I would love to see those two 2nd round picks <a href="https://twitter.com/nflcommish">@nflcommish</a> took away on the Saints roster right now.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/553393584364605445">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Morten Andersen has said he&#39;d like to see more Ks, Ps in Hall of Fame, in general, but said he&#39;s realistic and knows a lot of worthy guys...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/553392817838780417">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Andersen: Regardless of whatever happens, it’s certainly been a great career for me ... proud and grateful for all who helped along the way.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/553393045706932225">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/Hub_Arkush">@Hub_Arkush</a>: Ryan Pace the right choice for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash">#Bears</a> GM: <a href="http://t.co/VvMHxu5sVz">http://t.co/VvMHxu5sVz</a> <a href="http://t.co/iAgWiqLhJ2">pic.twitter.com/iAgWiqLhJ2</a></p>&mdash; Chicago Football (@ChiFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiFootball/status/553385945748082688">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Question...what the hell does fleek mean</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/553374867135791104">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And what is it about People on IG that comment on a picture just to say 1st like is that an accomplishment</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/553375297526333440">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Whoever coming up with these crazy words and slang need to start getting paid for it lol</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/553377333839933442">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Appreciate the luv and the article&#10;No coaching anytime soon tho, thanks! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tbt?src=hash">#tbt</a> If only she had stayed this size... <a href="http://t.co/jWAuNMbCXJ">pic.twitter.com/jWAuNMbCXJ</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/553362257934290944">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Nationwide">@Nationwide</a> too funny man... But not really</p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/553343058864263172">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mueller Report: Ravens &quot;should have shared&quot; information gathered on elevator video with NFL <a href="http://t.co/EX2glQmIds">http://t.co/EX2glQmIds</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/553342708396199936">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a> not punting on music. Collaborates with <a href="https://twitter.com/TipsFoundation">@TipsFoundation</a> to donate 24 new instruments.&#10;<a href="http://t.co/3yThfZN2La">http://t.co/3yThfZN2La</a></p>&mdash; NOLA Defender (@NolaDefender) <a href="https://twitter.com/NolaDefender/status/553296218852700163">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Buccaneers announced former Falcons OC Dirk Koetter as their new OC.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/553336068251348992">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to my buddy Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears. Loved talking football with the guy. Down to earth fellow</p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/status/553314331224330241">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead to present school marching band with new instruments Friday | NOLA.com
Morstead's foundation--What You Give Will Grow-- is collaborating with the Tipitina's foundation

New Orleans Saints fans vote Thomas Morstead as team’s 2014 special teams MVP
Thomas Morstead led the NFC in net punting average in 2014

Vitt Not Fit to Coach Saints LB's Any More
In the 35 year history of Saints linebacker coach Joe Vitt's NFL assistant coaching career, his now nine seasons spent in New Orleans is the longest amount

Saints Nation’s Top 10 Plays of the 2014 Season: #6 The Brief Return of Joe Morgan | The Saints Nation

Scouting the New Orleans Saints with Matt Williamson - ESPN
Mike Triplett and Matt Williamson try to identify some of the reasons why the New Orleans Saints struggled in 2014.

Saints Draft Analysis: Quarterbacks - New Orleans Saints - NFL News - Pro Football Spot - Forums
Forum dedicated to the coverage of the NFL, NFL Draft, and fantasy Football. We are an online community of NFL fans that have established a platform to provide and discuss quality football information.

Saints praise Bears for landing Pace
The Saints congratulated the Bears on hiring Ryan Pace as general manager Thursday, calling him an "outstanding member" of their organization.

Morten Andersen 1 of 15 modern-era finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame | NOLA.com
Will the third time be the charm for Morten Andersen? Time will tell.

Mickey Loomis still excited about Stanley Jean-Baptiste s potential - ESPN
Second-rounder Stanley Jean-Baptiste didn't see the field much in 2014, but Saints coaches still have high hopes for the 6-3 cornerback.

New Orleans Saints will miss new Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace - ESPN
Ryan Pace won't be easily replaced in the New Orleans Saints' organization after leaving to become the Chicago Bears' general manager.

New Orleans Saints 2014 season review: defense
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Mickey Loomis statement on Ryan Pace
Bears have hired former Saints personnel executive as GM

Saints' 'little secret' out as Ryan Pace becomes NFL's youngest GM: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
Only a matter of time before rising star left Saints for a general manager job

Hiring of Ryan Pace from New Orleans Saints lauded by Chicago media | NOLA.com
Pace outlined plan to build sustained winner, one report said

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NFL News

Could Pace hire result in Marrone reunion? | ProFootballTalk
As to Pace, the thinking is he’ll become one of the better General Managers.  He got first-hand experience on the job in 2012, taking over while G.M. Mickey Loomis was suspended for whatever it was that he supposedly did to merit an eight-game suspension for a bounty scandal that he had zero responsibility for.

Bears poach Saints Dir. of Player Personnel Ryan Pace
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Buccaneers announce Dirk Koetter is their new offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers have their new offensive coordinator. Dirk Koetter, who spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the division rival Falcons, is now the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay.

Warner, Seau, Pace highlight Hall of Fame finalists | ProFootballTalk
Former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau and Rams teammates Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner highlight the list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was announced tonight.

Report: Marshawn Lynch loses appeal of $100,000 fine | ProFootballTalk
When Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch blew off the media after a November game against the Chiefs, he was fined $100,000 by the league. Lynch appealed that fine, which was made up of a $50,000 fine for that infraction and the imposition of a $50,000 fine from the 2013 season that was suspende...

Patriots extend safety Patrick Chung’s contract | ProFootballTalk
Patriots safety Patrick Chung bet on himself this year, and it paid off. The veteran safety turned a one-year prove-it deal with the Patriots into a starting job, and now has a new contract to go with it.

Speculation Mounting Over Which Fired NFL Head Coaches To Be Emasculated As Coordinators Next Season | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
NEW YORK—With several names circulating as possibilities for the unique brand of public humiliation, speculation continued to mount Thursday over which recently fired NFL head coaches will be utterly emasculated by working as coordinators next seaso...

Mara, Rooney back Goodell after Mueller report is released | ProFootballTalk
Giants President John Mara and Steelers President Art Rooney were the two owners who oversaw the hiring of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate the NFL's conduct in the Ray Rice case.