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2021 QB carousel could bring the Saints just what they need

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Who starts at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in 2021? They have three passers under contract in Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and Trevor Siemian (who finished the 2020 season on the practice squad), but Brees is expected to announce his retirement and begin a career in the NBC broadcast booth.

The Saints went 3-1 with Hill starting in Brees’ place. Jameis Winston showed the coaching staff plenty to like in a year of practice, but he’s an unrestricted free agent. And this year’s quarterbacks carousel is taking quite a spin.

It’s a solid free agent class in its own right, with quarterbacks like Dak Prescott (a franchise tag candidate returning from a serious ankle injury) and Cam Newton, and veteran backups like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Jacoby Brissett, and Mitchell Trubisky all joining Winston on the open market. ...

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Report: Falcons GM Terry Fontenot tried to take Saints cap guru with him

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

So, this isn’t a great development. The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan reports that the New Orleans Saints are competing with Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot for the right to keep one of their best-kept secrets in the building: Khai Harley.

Fontenot, of course, spent the last decade-plus climbing the ladder in New Orleans to become the team’s vice president of pro personnel and assistant general manager. That rise catapulted him into the G.M. chair in Atlanta, where he’s been working to recruit one of his former coworkers.

Harley, who owns the formal title of vice president of football administration, is the man behind the spreadsheets in New Orleans, the salary cap wizard who has navigated the team through all of its creative accounting: restructures, ghost years, and all. He’s been a pioneer of maneuvering the salary cap to keep the books in order for the Saints, allowing them to scoff at the dangers of “salary cap hell” every offseason. ...

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ESPN predicts the Drew Brees-less Saints will miss the 2021 playoffs

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell picked the New Orleans Saints as one team he doesn’t expect to see in the playoffs next season, with their projected losses mounting too high for the team to overcome after Drew Brees moves on to his expected retirement.

It’s bad enough to see the Saints out of the 2021 playoff picture altogether. But the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Barnwell’s projected No. 1 seed, and the always-rebuilding Atlanta Falcons are one of his choices to sneak in as a wild-card team. Just how bad does he expect the Saints to be? Here’s some of his explanation:

“The New Orleans Saints are the team most conspicuous by their absence, but you can probably guess why I’m skeptical. Drew Brees‘ expected retirement and the $100-plus-million cap hole the Saints find themselves in heading into 2021 mean this roster will be significantly less talented than the one we saw over the past several seasons. Coach Sean Payton is still going to be an offensive genius, but New Orleans’ 2021 season feels like it could be similar to the Patriots’ 2020.” ...

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Chargers announce hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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The Chargers made it official with their three coordinators on Monday, announcing the hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton.

Lombardi will serve as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator after spending the last five years in his second stint as the Saints’ quarterbacks coach. He held the same role from 2009-2013 before spending two seasons as Detroit’s offensive coordinator.

“I’m just so excited about Joe coming here,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said in a statement. “The wealth of knowledge and experience he possesses, having operated within one of the premier...
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Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi to take Chargers offensive coordinator job: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are losing another member of their coaching staff, as former quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is set to become the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator, according to an NFL Network report.

The Saints will now have three vacancies on their coaching staff, with Lombardi joining former tight ends coach Dan Campbell (Detroit Lions head coach) and secondary coach Aaron Glenn (Lions defensive coordinator) on the way out of New Orleans.

Lombardi has spent 12 of the last 14 seasons as an assistant on the Saints coaching staff. He broke that time up between two...
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2021 New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rest of the Draft

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head. So here is my first mock draft of this off-season here on Canal St. Chronicles:

For the rest of the draft, the Saints officially only have three picks right now, but have at least two compensatory picks waiting in the third round. In...
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Senior Bowl prospects to watch for the New Orleans Saints

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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In the Sean Payton era the New Orleans Saints have drafted a Senior Bowl player, in all but two seasons (2007 and 2012.) Saints fans should pay attention this week, as at least one of the players suiting up will probably be in a Saints uniform next year. These are a couple players I wanted to highlight, as I’m very excited for them.

The other Melifonwu is also a big, crazy athletic defensive back. The Syracuse product has tremendous upside. He is the type of player that will excel this week. He will be bigger than most of the people he lines up against, and ball skills have been improving...
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The New Orleans Saints should explore a trade for QB Matt Stafford

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Even though New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t officially retired, it feel enough like a forgone conclusion that inspecting potential options for the future makes sense. With the future of the position uncertain, another veteran quarterback could help the Saints maintain their competitive streak if acquired.

Assuming that both Brees and Ben Roethlisberger retire this offseason, Stafford would then be fourth in career passing yardage amongst active passers next season. Fifth, obviously, if Big Ben does play another year for Pittsburgh.

Going from the guy that’s currently...
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5 pressing questions for the Saints this offseason

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The 2020 season is over, but the questions are just getting started. If anything, there are more questions now that the season is over than there were when the season was still going.

So what are the biggest questions now that the season is officially over and the offseason is here? I’m not sure what your biggest questions are, but here are mine.

What are your pressing questions this offseason? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, on Instagram @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re...
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The nine best trade fits for Matthew Stafford: NFL execs weigh in

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What's clear after Saturday night's news, after asking around NFL front offices: Matthew Stafford wants to be a winner. He doesn't care about the stats. He wants a chance to contend.

That's the crux of his trade request, which the Detroit Lions will honor by exploring options for the quarterback on the market. He gave it 12 years in Detroit. It didn't work. That's OK for both parties to admit. And never was there a cleaner time to do this, for three reasons.

Age: Stafford turns 33 next month (OK, so maybe 40 in Lions years) and should have a few more prime seasons left.

Contract: His...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 25: Saints lose their secondary coach in offseason

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at how successful the Saints were at balancing their passing game and rushing game during the 2020 season.

Emmanuel Sanders speaks on Tom Brady’s success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Michael Thomas Tweeted out multiple times during the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC championship game, seemingly calling out his quarterback.

Fan confidence in the Saints hits the lowest it has been since the beginning of the 2020 season following the Saints elimination from the playoffs.

Both the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks are interested in interviewing Saints...
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Report: Chargers close to hiring Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

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The Chargers are expected to hire Joe Lombardi as their new offensive coordinator, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Lombardi served as quarterbacks coach for the Saints the past five years.

New Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and Lombardi both have a Dayton connection. Staley played quarterback at Dayton in 2001-04 after Lombardi began his coaching career there as defensive line coach from 1996-98.

After Staley transferred to Mercyhurst for a final season in 2005, Lombardi was Staley’s offensive coordinator and position coach.

Lombardi also has coached for the Falcons and Lions...
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Sources: Chargers poised to hire Lombardi as OC

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New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is tracking to become the new offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

New Chargers coach Brandon Staley played quarterback in college at Dayton, and Lombardi used to coach the defensive line there.

Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, spent seven seasons with the Saints before being named offensive coordinator of the Lions in January 2014, but he was fired by Detroit midway through the 2015 season.

He then landed back in New Orleans, leading a QB room this past season...
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Chiefs vs. Bills: AFC Championship open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in tonight’s AFC Championship Game. This is Kansas City’s third consecutive AFC Championship Game, winning the conference title at home a year ago. This is Buffalo’s first trip to the AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season where they defeated, of all teams, Kansas City. Here’s to an entertaining AFC title game!

Kickoff - 3:40pm PST / 5:40pm CST / 6:40pm EST

Location - Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri

Network - CBS - Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Online Streaming:

Enjoy the AFC title game along with us!
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 24th, 2021

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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Are you a fan of the New Orleans Saints? Looking for New Orleans Saints podcasts now that Saints football is over? Just because there aren’t any more Saints games, doesn’t mean Saints podcasts stop during the offseason.

We have got you set with all the best local podcasts for all of your Saints coverage. That’s right, podcasts like Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Bleav in Saints and so much more!

Featuring Brenden Ertle

Featuring Ross Jackson

Featuring Kade Kistner, Maddy Hudak, and Delvin Breaux

Featuring Ralph Malbrough, Andrew Juge, Kevin Hale, and Dave Cariello

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What’s next for Matthew Stafford?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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After a dozen seasons in Detroit, quarterback Matthew Stafford will be moving on. So where will he go?

Plenty of teams will be interested, especially with a contract that pays out only $20 million in 2021. (He may want a new deal on the way through the door, however.) Despite being only a one-time Pro Bowler (which seems very strange), Stafford has been one of the better quarterbacks of the past 12 years.

Or maybe the better phrase is “better passer.” As full-blown quarterbacks go, something always has been just a bit off. Stafford has seemed reluctant to lead in the way that players...
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The Saints will look different in 2021, but how many changes will there be? A look at how we got here:

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Sheldon Rankins admittedly hadn’t thought about what the future holds for him just yet.

The New Orleans Saints defensive tackle was fresh off a loss to Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, and he'd been focused on trying to make a run at a Super Bowl, not on what could happen during his upcoming free agency.

“This city has been amazing to me,” Rankins said. “From the day I got here, they took me in and they embraced me. You guys know I don't say too much. I kind of just go about my business and I work my a** off and let the results handle themselves. And the city has...
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