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(Delayed) Observations from the Rams game

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Hey guys, I won't be able to do any sort of in-depth X&O's breakdowns this week. The travel back from Italy and other stuff has just eaten up my time, and I haven't even been able to look at the coaches' film from the Rams' game yet (I will probably do so before Sunday). But here are my observations from the previous game:

- Losing Drew Brees is devastating... emotionally. But it shouldn't be devastating to the Saints' season. This is the reason why the Saints paid Teddy Bridgewater to stay in New Orleans and not go elsewhere to compete for a starting job. I haven't had a chance to read many of the reactions to his play vs. the Rams, but I thought he performed admirably, especially early on. I saw him moving around in the pocket, finding throwing lanes, coming off of his progressions and executing on time 2nd window throws. The offense was hampered by an insane amount of drive-killing penalties, negating momentum plays and keeping points off the scoreboard. Bridgewater won't be Drew Brees, but with him and Taysom Hill on the roster, the Saints are in a better backup QB situation than 31 other teams in the league.

- Speaking of Hill, I would expect to see a lot more of him at QB this week since he will (hopefully) be less demanded at WR.

- After coming off one of the best blocking performances I've ever seen vs. the Texans, the OL completely shat the bed vs. the Rams...

Seahawks Know Saints Are Still “A Very Difficult Challenge” Even Without Drew Brees

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(Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

By John Boyle |

When the Seahawks host the Saints at CenturyLink Field Sunday, someone other than Drew Brees will be at quarterback for New Orleans, which will be an unusual sight, to say the least.

Since becoming the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2006, Brees has missed only three starts, and two of those were in Week 17 games after New Orleans had locked up playoff seeding. On Sunday, however, Brees will miss just his second game as the Saints’ quarterback due to injury, the result of a thumb injury sustained in last week’s game in Los Angeles that led to Brees having surgery on Wednesday.

Former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater took over for Brees last weekend after the injury and figures to be the starter, though for now Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t divulging whether Bridgewater or Taysom Hill will start, because, well, there’s not much upside to him divulging that information earlier than necessary. But regardless of who starts, it won’t be Brees, who has faced the Seahawks six times, playoffs included, since joining the Saints. ...

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Safety in Numbers

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By Claude Coupee GSEZ Correspondant| Girod Street Endzone

As The GOAT noted a couple of days ago, we’re back. Sunday pretty much sucked, but the first thing we have to do is resuscitate the patient, i.e., you, the fan base. You’re why we’re here.

1. 2024

That’s the year through which Sean Payton’s contract now runs. Unless Drew Brees actually plays until he’s 45, this is an indication that Payton either (1) shook down Mrs. Benson or (2) this is home now and he’s not going anywhere, new quarterback notwithstanding, and wanted to send a signal to the rest of the organization, the NFL and the fans. (And it’s not like he took a pay cut; I’m not saying he did it to be generous, but he’s beyond the point of his career where he’d be playing games with the owner and his best friend the GM.)

How glorious would it be if he came out to a press conference in the next few weeks with a giant fleur-de-****in’-lis neck tat? Epic, I tell you. ...

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How Sean Payton will tailor the Saints game plan to suit Teddy Bridgewater

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

As news of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees requiring surgery on his injured throwing hand makes the rounds, the reality of backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking over is beginning to set in. Despite a rough outing against the Los Angeles Rams where he was thrust into position to lead his team to victory against one of the NFC’s toughest teams, the quarterback has shown promise in the past.

Saints coach Sean Payton recently inked a new five-year extension that will lock him in with New Orleans through the 2026 season. The ability for Payton to game plan and bring out the best abilities in all of his players was a significant part of the thinking behind signing Bridgewater to a contract extension. His mettle will be tested on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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David Moore nearing return for Seahawks

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Defensive end Ziggy Ansah may not be the only one making his season debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Wide receiver David Moore appears on track to return to the lineup as well after missing the first two games of the season due to a hairline fracture in his humerus sustained during the preseason.

Moore was a full participant in practice with Seattle on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. He returned to practice last week after being sidelined for a...
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Watch: Climb the Superdome roof with the fearless men responsible for '9 ' tribute to Drew Brees

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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In the aftermath of last Sundays’ devastating injury to Drew Brees, one of the men cleaning the Superdome roof took it upon himself to send the beloved Saints quarterback get-well message.

On Tuesday Andrei Bobeica, used his pressure washer like a paintbrush to produce a 25-ft. tall number “9” on the sooty surface of the Dome. Bobeica’s gracious graffiti became a sensation among Who Dats who needed something to smile about.

The Superdome roof is like the moon...
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Saints' injury report remains status quo on Thursday

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Thursday's injury report for the New Orleans Saints was the same as Wednesday's.

The two players did not practice on Thursday due to injury were quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees underwent surgery for his right thumb on Wednesday, saying the surgery was "successful," and Smith left the game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

The same four players were limited again in practice, as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a thigh...
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Saints at Seahawks Thursday Injury Report: FB Zach Line Limited

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Once again not practicing were QB Drew Brees and WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, G Andrus Peat ankle, and DT Sheldon Rankins achilles were once again limited.

According to Ian Rapoport on NFL Now the Surgery for Drew when not only very good but excellent. You will have to listen to Aaron Donald’s injury new first.

Not practicing were G Ethan Pocic neck, CB Neiko Thorpe hamstring, S Tedric Thompson hamstring, and G D.J. Fluker...
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Titans vs. Jaguars: Thursday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South rivalry game. The Titans come in with a 1-1 record, while the Jags enter this game at 0-2. Can Jacksonville finally make their way into the win column this week? Will Tennessee continue to stay atop the division? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!
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David Griffin, Rickey Jackson among featured speakers at Tuesday’s Greater New Orleans QB Club meeting

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin, Pro Football and Saints Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson, Tulane offensive coordinator Will Hall, LSU lead personnel analyst Jeff Martin and St. Augustine coach Nathaniel Jones will be the featured speakers at the weekly meeting of the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon at Rock’n’Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.

Griffin, who was...
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5 Questions for the Saints in Week 3

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Welcome back to a new series piece for 2019. Before each game, I’ll point out the five questions I have for the team that I’ll be looking out for in the upcoming game.

In Week 3, the New Orleans Saints are staying out West to face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in what is likely Teddy Bridgewater’s first NFL start in over three years. Here are the biggest questions I have for the team:

So those are the things I’m looking at in the game. What about you...
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Saints re-sign DT Taylor Stallworth to practice squad, agent says

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Taylor Stallworth wasn't away from the New Orleans Saints for long.

According to a tweet from his agent Brett Tessler, the second-year defensive tackle is back with the organization on the practice squad.

"Despite offers elsewhere, wanted to stay where he's been and should be back on a 53-man roster soon," Tessler wrote.

Stallworth was inactive on Sunday for the Saints' game against the Los Angeles Rams, and was waived by the organization on Tuesday...
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Watch: A get-well song for Drew Brees from a barbershop quartet in New Orleans

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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If you’ve noticed an unusually high number of female barbershop singers wandering the streets of New Orleans this week, it’s no wonder. The Sweet Adelines’ 73rd Annual International Convention and Competition drew 6,000 such singers from coast to coast and as far away as New Zealand, Sweden and Hawaii. The highly harmonious convention is underway at the Smoothie King Center.

On Wednesday, the ClassRings (the reigning Sweet Adelines champion quartet) appeared in the...
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Watch Saints tailgaters take the party to L.A. before disastrous Rams game

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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“Oh my God, it was so painful,” said Rachelle Defillo of the Saints defeat at the hands of the Rams on Sept. 15. Defillo was among the members of the Jager Gators tailgating club who traveled to Los Angeles for a rematch with the team that – with the help of...
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25 percent of anticipated Week One starting quarterbacks aren’t

  • News source: Mike Florio
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It started 26 days ago, with the sudden retirement of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. It culminated today, in the benching of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. With the decision, a full 25 percent of anticipated Week One NFL starting quarterbacks currently arent.

First, it was Luck. Then came Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, who broke a collarbone on the first Sunday of the season. Next came Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who fell victim to, of all things, mono...
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The Edge — Assessing how the New Orleans Saints stack up with the Seattle Seahawks

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — The New Orleans Saints are staying on the west coast and practicing in Seattle ahead of their Sunday afternoon contest with the Seahawks.

The Saints (1-1) haven't played Seattle (2-0) since 2016, and the two teams have only squared up 15 times, with two of those games happening in the preseason. The Saints lead the regular season ledger, 7-6, while the Seahawks hold the playoff marks, 2-0.

A look at all the Saints and Seahawks' position groups, the...
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NFL Picks Week 3: Follow The Yellow Flag Road

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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After two weeks, the New Orleans Saints find themselves with a 1-1 record which, like last year, represents the best start the team has had over the first two weeks since 2013. That’s about where the good news ends. The Saints are without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for the foreseeable future, and the team is coming off an embarrassing loss in Los Angeles. Things certainly won't get any easier with a trip to the Pacific Northwest, where the Sean...
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Sean Payton has the brains, bravado to win without Drew Brees

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SEATTLE -- The timing was impeccable.

Coach Sean Payton just signed a five-year extension with the New Orleans Saints before Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Rams.

Then his role suddenly became more important than ever when quarterback Drew Brees suffered a thumb injury that could sideline him for at least six weeks.

“I think this is what he lives for, making these types of game plans and being tested in certain situations like this,” Saints guard Larry Warford...
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Seahawks not fretting over Saints QB choice

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints coach Sean Payton won’t say which quarterback he’s starting this week, hanging on to the perceived advantage of the unknown.

But the Seahawks aren’t worrying too much about how things might change if the Saints put Taysom Hill on the field alongside of instead of Teddy Bridgewater.

“You’ve got to know where he is,’’ Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said of Hill, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “But you can’t get too caught up in [worrying about where...
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