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Worse, Better, or the Same, 2020 New Orleans Saints Defense

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By Greg Larnerd

The New Orleans Saints have assembled a strong defensive unit stemming from their 2017 draft class in which they selected two pillars of the secondary in Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams.

This off-season there have been some additions and subtractions but has the defense gotten better, stayed mostly the same or has gotten worse?

According to pro football focus, at the end of the 2019 season the Saints as a whole ranked 7th overall, the defense allowed 341 total points which ranked 13th and Demario Davis was the highest-graded defensive player at 90.4.

We'll go position by position group to examine the Saints defense as a whole to determine if they've gotten better, stayed mostly the same or in fact gotten worse. ...

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Saints' Alvin Kamara shares his experience with racism: 'Don't act like this doesn't exist or isn't real'

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By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News

New Orleans Saints star Alvin Kamara shared his experience with racism and social injustice in a series of tweets on Thursday.

Kamara, the Saints’ running back, tweeted he may have experienced these injustices “on a deeper level” because his mother was an illegal immigrant when he was growing up in Atlanta. He tweeted that he’s had the police called on him at banks and has been asked to leave restaurants because the establishment he was at told him he had dressed “inappropriately.”

“I’m saying all of this to say... until you are black in America, you won’t truly understand what it is to be black in america and that’s fine. But don’t act like this doesn’t exist or isn’t real,” he tweeted.

“Black boys go from 'cute little kids' to 'threatening' within the same breath even if all they were doing was walking home. And A man walking in the wrong neighborhood becomes a casualty simply because he looks like he doesn’t belong. ...


“I’ve been in enough situations where the color of my skin was seen as a big enough threat to cost me my life. And i know there are countless others that that fit my description that could say the same.” ...

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Drew Brees National Anthem Controversy Won’t Hinder New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl Chances

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Terence Moore | Forbes

Sorry to interrupt the glee of others around the NFL, but the New Orleans Saints will be just fine, thank you.

The combination of Drew Brees giving his version of patriotism, fuming teammates in the aftermath and protesters responding to the George Floyd murder is already yesterday’s news.

Literally. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying.

The Saints are moving on with the rest of their impressive NFL lives, especially since Brees (ahem) apologized Thursday for continuing his clueless mantra of the last four years involving kneelers during the national anthem.

For nearly 24 hours, Brees had a bull’s-eye threatening to replace the No. 9 on his Saints jersey, but it didn’t matter if he responded with regret or defiance after getting ripped by even teammates for his comments.

Among the most overrated things in sports is the need for harmony in locker rooms and clubhouses at the professional level. ...

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Drew Brees, the NFL and the fight over the American flag

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Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

Drew Brees is free to say what he wants. He has that right. The New Orleans Saints quarterback is also free to stand during the national anthem and place his hand over his heart and think about his grandfather who served during World War II.

None of that is illegal. Nor should it be.

But he’s not free from criticism, from others disagreeing with his opinion, or his stance, or his notion of what the anthem and the American flag symbolize — Brees said Wednesday he’d never agree with anyone kneeling during the anthem and that it was disrespectful to the flag.

The condemnation to his words was swift and wide, especially from players in the NFL, including some of his teammates. Thursday, he issued an apology. And then later that night, he issued a second apology.

His words, he said, “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.”

The key word here is “awareness.” A close second is “empathy.” In other words, Brees thought about what he said in the context of the backlash. ...

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WATCH: Brees, "I Want You to See in my Eyes How Sorry I am"

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By Greg Larnard | ESPN 1420

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram once this morning where he penned a very lengthy apology to the black community and his black teammates (Brees Issues Apology). He stated that his initial comments regarding kneeling for the flag and giving his perspective on racial injustice in this country lacked empathy.

He can't take back those words and some, like former NFL cornerback Eric Davis, said he doesn't even think he should have tried to walk back his comments and apologize for them (listen to the ED interview). Davis believes he should stand in his truth and explain exactly why he feels that way and with the apology he finds it confusing as to where exactly Brees stands now.

Personally, I believe the apology was necessary if in fact he truly believes he was wrong and not just apologizing to save face after social media torched him Wednesday. I believe Drew Brees is an outstanding person, a terrific football player, and has done a ton for the great city of New Orleans.

His initial comments did lack empathy and I truly hope he means every word he's putting out there as an apology and will use this as a moment in his life to learn and grow.

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Saints' Michael Thomas organized viral video featuring NFL players demanding to be heard

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The video that surfaced Thursday evening featuring a handful of the NFL’s brightest young stars demanding the NFL to take seriously their protest against systemic racism was New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas’ idea, according to multiple reports.

Thomas leads the video off by saying, “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered,” and the video then cycles through several other prominent NFL players reading a collective statement.

According a TMZ report, Thomas organized the video after quarterback Drew Brees stated he would “never agree...
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How other Saints leaders spoke up after Drew Brees became center of turmoil

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- It seemed almost impossible after the fires that were ignited throughout the New Orleans Saints' roster on Wednesday that by 9 a.m. Thursday, coach Sean Payton could be tweeting the words, "This is another example of why I love OUR team. #ChangeIsComing"

Payton was applauding team captain and NFL Players Coalition leader Demario Davis, calling Davis a "special man" for the way he went on multiple national TV stations to accept quarterback Drew Brees' apology and even suggest that it was "leadership at its finest" for Brees to admit his comments on...
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Adrian Peterson: Drew Brees isn’t racist, but he should see things from our view

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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Drew Brees‘ national anthem stance. Even President Donald Trump has weighed in on Twitter.

The controversy surrounding the Saints quarterback has become the biggest story in the NFL.

So naturally, Washington running back Adrian Peterson was asked his opinion while helping families in need in Houston on Friday.

Peterson briefly played with Brees in New Orleans in 2017 before the Saints traded him to the Cardinals.

“When I first seen it, I didn’t really know what to think,” Peterson said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26. “I didn’t...
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President Trump: Drew Brees doesn't need to apologize for his anthem protest comments

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The President of the United States has weighed in on the controversy surrounding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

In a Wednesday interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States or our country” when asked about the potential of anthem protests returning to NFL sidelines this fall. After receiving swift backlash from teammates and NFL peers, Brees issued a pair of apologies Thursday.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he is “a big fan of Drew Brees,” but that Brees...
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Donald Trump: Drew Brees should not have apologized, we all should stand

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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President Trump weighed in today on the controversy surrounding Drew Brees, saying the Saints’ quarterback was right to criticize kneeling during the national anthem and wrong to apologize for his statement.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Brees should stand by what he initially said, when he suggested that kneeling during the anthem is disrespecting the country. Brees has apologized but has not taken back his initial statement.

“I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on...
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Malcolm Jenkins has been silent, for the most part

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Since posting a pair of passionate, emotional videos on Wednesday reacting to Drew Brees‘ controversial comments reiterating his belief that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has posted nothing new on social media.

Beyond former NBA star and current NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal explaining that Jenkins accepted Brees’ apology during a virtual team meeting in which O’Neal participated, Jenkins has said or done nothing to indicate whether he believes the matter has been resolved by Brees’ public and private...
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Report: More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The NFL allowed coaching staffs to return to the workplace Friday with the approval of state and local authorities. The 49ers coaches weren’t allowed to go back to the team facility because a Santa Clara County mandate remains in place, and the Raiders are in the process of moving to Henderson, Nevada.

But more than half the teams in the NFL continued to work remotely Friday, according to Barry Wilner of the Associated Press.

Coaches in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta returned to their training complexes Friday. While entire...
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Charles Barkley calls reaction to Drew Brees’ comments “overkill”

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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As Saints quarterback Drew Brees has taken significant criticism this week for equating kneeling during the national anthem with disrespecting the country, not everyone thinks that criticism is fair.

Charles Barkley has spoken out in defense of Brees, saying that while he disagreed with Brees’s statement, he also disagreed with the extent to which Brees was criticized afterward.

“Drew’s original statement, I thought, was insensitive. It was very insensitive, especially during this time. But I thought the negative reaction from every talking head on television and...
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Three Saints primed for breakout years

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Every season, there are players who come out of nowhere and surprise fans, contributing to their team’s success more so than previously expected, based on past performance. Likewise, there are players who under-perform compared to assumed expectations.

Hence, the balance of season-to-season positive and negative regression. It’s what makes up rosters in the NFL every season. You can count on regression, in either form, like you can count on the sun to come down every evening.

The only hard part is figuring out beforehand which players are due for which type of...
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Can the Saints maintain their locker room amidst backlash?

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Between an offseason unlike any other, free agency and drafts from home, and caring for family and loved ones throughout a global pandemic, the New Orleans Saints are already stretched thin heading into the 2020 season.

WebX and Zoom meetings galore as opposed to in-person, real practices and contact have already been a burden on teams. But for the Saints, it did not stop there. The team faced another major obstacle this week with backlash and response to Drew Brees’ comments, or lack of, on a Yahoo! Finance interview Wednesday afternoon.

Brees has since issued...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 5: Drew Brees issues an apology

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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Drew Brees’ initial statement and some teammates’ immediate reactions.

Drew Brees’ full apology for his previous statement, saying he “missed the mark completely.”

Wide receiver Michael Thomas says that he accepts Drew Brees’ apology.

NFL players from around the league, including Saints players Michael Thomas and Marshon Lattimore, team up to create a video asking the NFL to take action.

Shaquille O’Neal listened in on a...
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Deion Jones: Drew Brees’ apology needs to turn to action

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has apologized (twice now), and has work to do to convince his teammates he’s sincere.

Naturally, people who aren’t on his team aren’t as eager to offer him the benefit of the doubt, after his comments this week suggesting that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag and military.

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, for one, wasn’t moved by Brees’ attempt to save face.

“I appreciate the apology,” Jones said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I feel like apologies at this time are not...
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Players send message to NFL on racial inequality

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NEW YORK -- Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.

The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Jarvis Landry, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.

Thomas, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver who has led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: "It's been 10 days since...
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Shaquille O’Neal was on Saints’ call during Drew Brees’ apology

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints aren’t saying much about what went on in their team meeting this morning, wanting to keep things in-house. A handful of players, including Alvin Kamara, Terron Armstead, Michael Thomas and Demario Davis, indicated they accepted their quarterback’s apology.

Little else has been said about the meeting.

But at least one non-Saints player was on the call, and he is saying more than anyone inside the organization has said about the meeting.

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, who now works as an NBA analyst, said on TNT on Thursday night that he spoke to...
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