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3 candidates to replace Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL’s hiring cycle is winding down, and the New Orleans Saints appear to have escaped with their coaching staff largely intact. But there was one big departure in overqualified linebackers coach Mike Nolan, who was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys as their new defensive coordinator. Nolan’s loss with the team is huge; before he was hired in 2017, the Saints largely acted without a plan or presence in the middle of their defense.

Since Nolan’s arrival, the unit has put up some of the best performances in recent memory, or at least since Sean Payton was hired as head coach. They’ve hit on draft picks like Alex Anzalone (when healthy), free-agent signings such as Demario Davis and A.J. Klein, and trade acquisitions like Kiko Alonso. Nolan did a terrific job of identifying his players’ strengths and putting them in positions to succeed. That’s not something that could be said out of his predecessors in New Orleans.

However, the Saints still haven’t announced his replacement. It’s likely that they’re waiting for the NFL to converge on Mobile, Ala. in the week leading up to this year’s Senior Bowl. Coaches and team personnel gather from all around the league’s orbit to socialize and scout draft prospects, and it’s where Payton has found new hires before (such as Nolan himself, and defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen).

With that in mind, here are three candidates we’d like to see the Saints target as their next...

The Saints can’t afford to lose Taysom Hill. Here’s how they can keep him.

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

The New Orleans Saints have employed their share of athletic freaks over the years, that is, players who defy logic in terms of their God-given talent and unique physical qualities.

But Saints “Gadget Man,’‘ Taysom Hill, is a friggin’ football freak.

He would be comfortable and capable of playing any and all positions between the lines. You name it and the BYU product could play it; on offense, defense and special teams. If it’s in the game, he could do it and not embarrass himself.

In fact, I’d love to see Saints coach Sean Payton give Hill a chance to do just that in a preseason game. The sheer novelty of finding “Waldo’‘ would put more fannies in the seats at a meaningless home exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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The NFL’s analytics movement has finally reached the sport’s mainstream

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By Sam Fortier | Washington Post

Joe Banner wasn’t expecting the phone call, but it didn’t surprise him. The former NFL executive sensed the current NFL head coach on the other end of the line, an old-school guy, needed a confidant outside his organization. The coach had spent his life around the game, knew it as well as anyone, but now it was being transformed by numbers he didn’t understand. So, the coach asked, what should he know about analytics?

Banner, an advocate and early adopter of advanced football statistics, understood why coaches feared them. It felt like a threat to their decision-making power. But he explained to the coach that they were basically advanced versions of the “tendency reports” he had been receiving from assistant coaches, who would scout opponents to determine how they approached every game situation, for years.

“Analytics are sophisticated, accurate and quality information,” Banner said. “There should be no coach afraid of that.”

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If Teddy Bridgewater leaves in free agency, who could replace him?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What are the New Orleans Saints going to do at quarterback this year?

t’s an easy question to ask, and almost too simple to try and answer. They should re-sign Drew Brees for one more year if he’s willing because he gives the Saints their best shot at winning a Super Bowl title. They should also keep Teddy Bridgewater around as a top-paid backup because he impressed while winning all five of his starts. And Taysom Hill should return on a cheap restricted free agent tender; he’s a fun weapon who can run and catch but has shown some serious limitations as a passer. It’s fine if his future isn’t at quarterback.

But things rarely go according to plan in the NFL. Bridgewater should be a hot commodity in free agency — we’ve already highlighted several teams who could try to sign him away from New Orleans. While the Saints can’t afford to pay a starter’s salary to both Brees and Bridgewater (or other top free agents like Dak Prescott, Ryan Tannehill, or Jameis Winston), he’s definitely earned it, and it’s very possible the backup leaves town in pursuit of a starting gig.

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NFL Playoff Picks 2020: Conference Championships

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The New Orleans Saints suffered another unfortunate playoff loss in the Wild Card round, dashing the Saints’ Super Bowl hopes once again and putting a damper on these playoffs since that time. Of course, the NFL Playoffs steam ahead as the road to the Super Bowl comes near its end. Now, let’s take a look at the matchups ahead.

The NFL’s final four take the stage to determine who moves on to Super Bowl LIV. The AFC title matchup features an interesting contrast in...
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Tom Brady to New Orleans? No, but still more likely than Joe Burrow

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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As we head into the 2020 offseason, the New Orleans Saints currently have a grand total of zero quarterbacks under contract. Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill are all free agents (the latter a restricted free agent) and could theoretically all leave for a different team in 2020.

The free agent quarterback class is incredibly deep as it stands now, beyond the likes of the Saints trio listed above. Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, the resurgent Ryan...
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Saints LB Demario Davis finalist for NFLPA's Alan Page Community Award

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is one of five finalists for the NFLPA's Alan Page Community Award, the association announced on Thursday.

The award is the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player.

Davis, along with Cincinnati defensive tackle Geno Atkins, Baltimore cornerback Brandon Carr, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland and Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner, were named finalists after winning at least one NFLPA weekly community MVP...
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CSC Lagniappe Thread: Are you entertained

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Have you heard the news?!?! That’s right, the head of the crew that blew the biggest call in the history of the playoffs in 2018, will referee Super Bowl LIV.

Some twitter reactions:

Whichever side of the debate you are on Happy Born On Day Drew Brees!

And Odell Beckham Jr. continues to entertain.

Hans, aka, fanny, aka, ghostly, aka... wants some reading material...

Ole buddy one of my favorite authors is Diana Gabaldon. The Outlander series is a must read in my...
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In 24 hours, the Panthers’ identity completely changed

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On Tuesday night, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his retirement from the NFL in this heartfelt and articulate video.

Only 28 years young, Kuechly was one of the smartest players in the league and he routinely matched wits with Drew Brees as the two players constantly tried to out smart the other.

In Brees’ own words from an interview last season, “Obviously, Kuechly is one of the best to ever do it. He’s the quarterback of that defense and got a lot of...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 17: Alvin Kamara named to Pro Bowl roster, reportedly sign Maurice Harris, and mock draft predictions

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Alvin Kamara is named to the NFC Pro Bowl team, bringing the total number of Saints players in Pro Bowl to 11.

The Saints have reportedly signed Maurice Harris to a reserve/futures contract.

A look back at Demario Davis’s 2019, where he has been named an All-Pro for the first time.

University of Louisiana becomes the official higher education partner for the New Orleans Saints.

A roundup of projected picks from across the internet for the New Orleans Saints.

Who...
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McCaffrey opts to skip Pro Bowl; Kamara gets nod

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey has pulled out of the Pro Bowl after a memorable season.

McCaffrey isn't injured. Rather, he decided not to play in the Pro Bowl because Carolina's spring workouts have been moved up two weeks after the team hired a new head coach in Matt Rhule. The team can open camp as early as April 6. The third-year running back wanted enough time to allow his body to recover and be ready for the workouts...
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Saints to sign WR Maurice Harris to reserve futures deal it has been reported

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The Saints are signing former Redskins, Patriots, WR Maurice Harris to a reserve/future deal

Maurice Harris was signed by the Redskins in 2016 as an UDFA. He spent time on both the practice squad and active roster while in Washington. Week 10 of 2016 he had 3 receptions for 28 yards. In 2017 he caught a one handed 36 yard pass for his first NFL touchdown. His career high is 10 catches for 124 yards against our #1 rival, the Atlanta Falcons in 2018. In 2018 he had 28...
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Alvin Kamara Added to Pro Bowl Roster

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Third year running back Alvin Kamara has now been named to his 3rd straight pro bowl. Kamara had what some say an off year. It is a little drop off from his year 1 and 2 numbers. The biggest drop off was his touchdowns, his rookie year he had 13 touchdowns, year 2 he had 18 touchdowns, and this season he only had 6 touchdowns.

Every year of his career he has amassed 81 receptions. Since year 1 his numbers have slowly declined from 826, 709, to 533 yards this season...
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Saints mock draft roundup: Wide receiver and LSU's stars the trendy picks at No. 24

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The Saints' season is done and their draft slot is set -- all that's left is the process.

New Orleans will own the No. 24 pick in the NFL draft with all but the final four selections set ahead of the NFC and AFC title games this weekend. Below is an aggregation of 25 mock drafts and the player that was selected at that spot for the Saints, with the largest number predicting that the team will add some help for star Michael Thomas and quarterback Drew Brees at the...
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Alvin Kamara named to Pro Bowl, giving Saints an 11th all-star

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The Saints have added an 11th player to the Pro Bowl, increasing the franchise record.

Running back Alvin Kamara will join teammates Michael Thomas, Cameron Jordan, Marshon Lattimore, Deonte Harris, Wil Lutz, Drew Brees, Terron Armstead, Jared Cook, Andrus Peat and Larry Warford. Cook, Peat and Warford also were injury replacements.

The NFL announced the addition of Kamara to the NFC team Thursday.

Kamara will replace Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey...
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Kamara becomes Saints franchise record 11th Pro Bowl player

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad, it was announced by the Saints and the National Football League today. It is Kamara’s third consecutive and third overall, with the Saints now having a franchise-record 11 players named to the league’s all-star game, surpassing the eight named from the 2018 squad. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Kamara, 5-10, 215, is a...
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Alvin Kamara becomes 11th Saints player named to NFC's Pro Bowl roster

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is headed to the Pro Bowl, the team announced on Thursday afternoon, becoming the 11th Saints player either originally named to the team or added on later for various reasons.

Kamara finished the 2019 campaign with 171 carries for 797 yards rushing with five rushing touchdowns and 81 receptions for 533 yards receiving with one receiving touchdown.

Kamara, now a three-time Pro Bowler, is replacing Carolina Panthers...
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Saints sign WR Maurice Harris to reserve/future contract: source

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have signed wide receiver Maurice Harris to a reserve/future deal, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Thursday.

Harris is the 10th player the Saints have signed to a reserve/future deal since the season ended after the wild-card round.

Harris, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound Cal product, was most recently with the New England Patriots this past offseason. The Patriots released him in August with an injury designation, and was...
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