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Saints News, 11/19/15: How the Saints' Defense Became the Worst in the NFL, Again

From Mike Triplett at Five defensive coordinators in eight years. That's all the evidence needed to show the New Orleans Saints' defensive problems run much deeper than just Rob Ryan. Ryan joined Gary Gibbs, Gregg Williams and Steve Spagnuolo in the parade of coordinators who have been sent packing. That pins a good portion of the blame on those who have been constants throughout the Saints' years of defensive struggles -- head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, the scouting department, and veteran defensive assistants Joe Vitt and Bill Johnson.

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Saints News

How the Saints' defense became the worst in the NFL … again - NFL Nation - ESPN
The Saints have fired yet another defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, but the problems with the team's defense are far deeper than that.

Ben Watson on race: 'First step to dialogue is always honesty' - NFL Videos
Saints tight end Ben Watson joins "Around the NFL" to talk about the team's performance, what they're focusing on this week, and his new book, "Under the Skin," which tackles the issue of race relations.

New Orleans Saints 2016 salary cap means big decisions
With the New Orleans Saints' 2016 salary cap figures looking cloudy and in need of fixing, the team will have some big decisions to make in the offseason.

New Orleans Saints' Benjamin Watson tackles racial conflict in book - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is now a published author. His first book, 'Under Our Skin' was released this week.

John DeShazier's New Orleans Saints mailbag senior writer answers your questions about the team

Gruden praises performance of Redskins' defense vs. Saints | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Despite a lot of talk about how well the offense played against the Panthers, Jay Gruden wanted to make sure the Redskins defense got some recognition.

How Dennis Allen will impact the New Orleans Saints' defense: Scout's Take podcast |
Allen becomes defensive coordinator after team fires Rob Ryan.

10 defensive breakdowns that exemplify the Saints' issues: Film study |
Continuous issues plague Saints defense leading to Rob Ryan's firing

With playoffs a pipedream, what can we still hope for from 2015 Saints? | The Saints Nation

Saints mailbag: Questionable plays, what to expect from Dennis Allen and wish lists - Black and Gold


NFL News

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Brady faces #DeflateGate questions, avoids them | ProFootballTalk
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Stephon Gilmore: We have game plan to take Gronk out of game | ProFootballTalk
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Darren Sproles on role: Things get kind of frustrating | ProFootballTalk
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