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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dispatch from salary cap hell: How the Saints will rebuild without any money

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 2:38 PM

New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. - DERICK HINGLE
  • DERICK HINGLE
  • New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis.


It all would have worked out brilliantly if not for Junior Galette.

The Saints' need to cut the controversial (and, for fans like me, hated) pass rusher before this season resulted in a "dead money" charge of over $12 million against New Orleans' 2016 salary cap. That charge alone took the Saints from a manageable $8 million under the projected 2016 salary cap of around $150 million to $4 million over

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Maybe Sean Payton has had this all under control the whole time

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM

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So the Saints aren't dead after all. Their ongoing reboot attempt has been encapsulated by events on the field twice in the past two games, first with Michael Mauti's punt block against the Atlanta Falcons and then, yesterday, with a two-play sequence that was both current and vintage Sean Payton.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Where the Saints rank so far in 2015

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM

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Six games, almost half a season, is plenty enough time in football to build a sample large enough from which to drawn conclusions. On the other hand, there's still a lot of football left to play, and things may change as the Saints get healthier or as their young defense gets more experienced.

Still, the statistical picture of the year so far is, as you probably expect, pretty, uh, mixed.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What if the 2015 Saints don't suck?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:47 AM

DERICK HINGLE
  • DERICK HINGLE

You know the cliche. It was produced by Sean Payton mentor Bill Parcells: "You are what your record says you are."

The Saints are 2-4 and sit beneath every other team in the NFC South. Even with last Thursday's satisfying win over the Atlanta Falcons, these Saints are bad.

But the line between bad and good is thin. In the case of the Saints, the difference between being bad at 2-4 and being good at 4-2 is thin too.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Going through the motions with the 2015 Saints on Falcons night

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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Bury the Saints. They're done.

Here's a relevant song for you to listen to while you read, because if you're anything like me, with these Saints you're just going through the motions.
When the Saints are this bad and the Falcons are this good, what's the point? Why am I even going to the Dome tonight? Do I just enjoy watching things I hate obliterate things I love? In terms of contending this year, the team is entirely hopeless, and its coach is eyeing potential lifeboats. So what am I even going to cheer for? 

Here's a few ideas.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

It's time for the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton to break up

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 11:58 AM

click image In 2012, banners and T-shirts around town urged "Free Sean Payton." Now, with word the Miami Dolphins might want the services of the New Orleans Saints coach, perhaps it's time for the team to do just that. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MICHAEL BENTLEY
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  • In 2012, banners and T-shirts around town urged "Free Sean Payton." Now, with word the Miami Dolphins might want the services of the New Orleans Saints coach, perhaps it's time for the team to do just that.

Before yesterday's bad team vs. worse team beatdown in Philadelphia, news broke that the Miami Dolphins, among other NFL teams, will attempt to trade for Saints coach Sean Payton after the 2015 season comes to a merciful end.

If the Saints do find themselves with the opportunity to trade Payton, they should take it. Here's why.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The 2015 New Orleans Saints just need to find one great strength

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 2:58 PM

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After their 1-3 first quarter-season, the Saints face a schedule mostly composed of losers and pretenders. They don't need to become a particularly good football team. They just have to be better than awful.

The Saints opened 1-3 in 2000, too — their only win was over the Ryan Leaf-led San Diego Chargers — and that year also were up against an easy schedule. They ripped off six wins in a row over bad teams and took control of the then-NFC West. They did so by doing one thing exceptionally well: rushing the passer.

These 2015 Saints won't spontaneously generate the likes of Joe Johnson, Darren Howard, La'Roi Glover and Norman Hand, even if rookie linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha does build on his fast start, so their pass rush won't save them. Fortunately the Saints' one great thing doesn't have to be their pass rush. There are other contenders for what could carry the Saints to the top of their garbage heap schedule.

Let's take a look at a couple of them.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Behind one-armed superhero Drew Brees, these New Orleans Saints could get really fun

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 1:30 PM

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after an overtime triumph over the Dallas Cowboys. - DERICK HINGLE
  • DERICK HINGLE
  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after an overtime triumph over the Dallas Cowboys.


Without a fully functional throwing shoulder, Drew Brees completed 10 of his last 11 passes (the incomplete one was dropped) for 189 yards and a game-winning touchdown and a passer rating of 149.

You know what the last one looked like:
The game-winning 80 yard pass to running back CJ Spiller was the best moment so far of a young season that has been mostly bad but also kind of fun — and the ratio between those two things may be starting to tilt towards fun.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sean Payton's Ahab Complex: Do the Saints have any idea what they're doing?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 11:28 AM

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Yesterday, the Saints traded defensive lineman Akiem Hicks to the New England Patriots for bottom-of-the-depth-chart tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. The move was surprising, to say the least, because Hicks is ostensibly a starting lineman, ever on the verge of a breakout year, a physically-imposing man with the most magical of athlete words attached to him: potential. Hoomanawanui has a cool name.

What on earth is Sean Payton thinking?

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Luke McCown's success vs Carolina Panthers means Sean Payton's still got it — kinda

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM

The least surprising thing about the New Orleans Saints' performance against the Carolina Panthers yesterday is they lost, 27-22. The most surprising thing is they didn't lose because they deployed a backup quarterback, veteran Luke McCown.

McCown was good. He made the game interesting, giving the Saints a chance to win in the final moments with a poised drive that ended with an interception that was more a great play by Panthers cornerback Josh Norman than a bad one by the Verizon commercial star.


But as efficient and confident as McCown was yesterday, most of the credit for his performance should go to Sean Payton, who proved he can still put together a nice game plan.

At least for his offense.

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