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Top 10 Drew Brees Moments from 2020

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It's not difficult to appreciate the things Drew Brees has done for the Saints since 2006. We look at his top moments of the 2020 season.

John Hendrix | SI

Sunday ended in heartbreak for Drew Brees and the Saints, as they fell to Tom Brady and Bucs. It certainly felt like the last time we will see No. 9, as the evidence of his impending retirement is compelling. Naturally, Brees will take some time to think about things before he gives New Orleans a final decision. While we hope that isn't the case, in no particular order, we take a look at some of the best moments Brees delivered for the Saints in 2020.

1. Fighting through broken ribs and a collapsed lung to rattle off 10 points against the 49ers.

If you ever doubted a quarterback's toughness, then look at what Brees did against the 49ers in Week 10. It was later revealed that he suffered some cracked ribs in the prior game against the Bucs, but then had suffered a collapsed lung and more broken ribs from the San Francisco game. Despite that, Brees played through some of the pain, leading New Orleans to 10 points before the half after being down 10-0. ...


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Falcons hire Terry Fontenot as general manager, Saints to receive draft compensation

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By Josh Edwards | CBS Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have completed their search for a new head coach and general manager. After hiring Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to be the team's new head coach, the Falcons announced the hire of former Saints vice president and assistant general manager for pro personnel Terry Fontenot as the team's next general manager.

In a statement from the team, owner Arthur Blank expressed his appreciation for the Louisiana native's ability to build relationships.

"When we started this process we were focused on finding someone that not only has a track record of identifying key building blocks that result in successful teams, but also someone who focuses on cohesive relationships within the building. We feel very strongly that we've found that individual in Terry Fontenot."

As a result of an initiative to promote more minority hires in leadership roles, New Orleans will receive a compensatory third round choice in the 2021 and 2022 NFL Drafts. ...

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Top 5, bottom 5 PFF player grades from Saints' loss to Bucs

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from the playoffs after falling short to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in large part due to their offense fraying at the seams. Drew Brees and two of his regular playmakers, Michael Thomas and Jared Cook, each ranked among the lowest-graded players in the game by Pro Football Focus. Thomas didn’t catch a single pass for the first time in his career, while all three Buccaneers touchdowns were scored after Brees or Cook gave the ball away.

But there were some bright spots, too, giving reason for optimism in the future. Here’s the final list of top five and bottom five Saints player grades of the 2020 season: ...

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Report: Dan Campbell to finish Saints exit interviews before taking Lions job

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By John Sigler | Saintswire


The Detroit Lions can hire their new head coach at any time, but Dan Campbell wants to handle all the responsibilities left on his desk before leaving the New Orleans Saints. Because of NFL rules, he was only allowed to speak with suitors until the Saints’ season ended, at which point he can join a new team. Their playoffs loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opens the door for him and others to go pursue new opportunities.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Campbell is expected to be announced as Detroit’s next head coach later this week, once he’s formally met with the team in person after interviewing virtually. That’s when he’ll be able to put pen to paper. ...

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Sources: Nielsen gets Saints deal, won't join LSU

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Defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen is staying with the New Orleans Saints after getting a promotion to assistant head coach rather than becoming the defensive coordinator at LSU, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Nielsen has received a new three-year contract with the Saints and will replace Dan Campbell, who left to become head coach of the Detroit Lions, as the assistant head coach while continuing to coach the defensive line under Sean Payton, a source told ESPN.

Nielsen, who played under LSU coach Ed Orgeron and worked under Orgeron at Ole Miss, had emerged as the top candidate for the...
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Ryan Nielsen will stay with Saints

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Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen will stay in New Orleans after LSU tried to hire him away to be its defensive coordinator.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Nielsen will remain on the Saints’ staff.

Nielsen appeared to have a deal done with LSU, but the Saints reportedly told him his contract prevents him from leaving. NFL coaches who are under contract are often prohibited from leaving for another NFL team, but it’s rare that a contract blocks a coach from leaving for a college job.

The Saints gave Nielsen a new three-year contract and the title of assistant head coach...
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Report: Saints WR Michael Thomas likely to have surgery on injured ankle

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After having an All-Pro season and signing a big new contract, Michael Thomas had no where to go but down off such a high in his career. That is, unless the New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl.

It didn’t happen, and the injured wide receiver appears destined for surgery.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Thomas may need to address the issue through repair now that his season is over. A torn deltoid ligament and other ligament damage in the ankle would be addressed through a medical procedure if the 27-year old decides to go that route.


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Saints face extreme roster management challenge due to salary cap crunch

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Since joining the New Orleans Saints organization in 2000, Mickey Loomis has worked the salary cap as well as anyone in the NFL.

Loomis, who started his career in New Orleans as the financial person managing the salary cap as Director of Football Administration in his first two years before ascending to General Manager, has perhaps the biggest challenge of his over two decade stint with the Saints now.

Along with current Vice President of Football Administration Khai Harley, Loomis now has the daunting task of managing a payment structure which is the worst positioned in the league in...
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Falcons hire Saints executive Terry Fontenot as new general manager

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When opportunity knocks, you answer. That’s true even if an archrival is involved.

Saints executive Terry Fontenot has been hired to be the Atlanta’s general manager.

“When we started this process we were focused on finding someone that not only has a track record of identifying key building blocks that result in successful teams, but also someone who focuses on cohesive relationships within the building. We feel very strongly that we’ve found that individual in Terry Fontenot,” said Arthur Blank, the Falcons owner and chairman.

New Orleans will receive two added third-round picks in...
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Former Saints front office executive Terry Fontenot officially named next Falcons GM

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have in recent years largely kept together a front office that built one of the NFL's most consistent contender, but Tuesday they lost one of their key architects in Terry Fontenot.

Fontenot, who began his time with the Saints as an intern in the marketing department and rose through the ranks to his latest post as the team's Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Pro Personnel, was named the next general manager of the Atlanta Falcons.

The announcement of this news was something of a formality, as Fontenot was understood to be the choice for the last week...
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Saints star Michael Thomas to receive offseason surgery on his ankle: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After a difficult and injury-plagued 2020 season, New Orleans Saints star wideout Michael Thomas will undergo surgery on his ankle this offseason, according to an ESPN report.

Thomas injured his ankle in a Week 1 win against Tampa Bay and dealt with the after effects of that injury for the remainder of the 2020 season.

He missed six weeks immediately following the injury — though one of those absences stemmed from a coach's decision after Thomas got in a practice altercation. He briefly returned to the lineup before the Saints shut him down for the final three weeks of the regular...
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Source: Saints' Thomas facing multiple surgeries

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New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas is likely to have surgeries on both the torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his high ankle this offseason, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Thomas knew it was likely Drew Brees' last year and didn't want to miss out on the final opportunity to try and win a Super Bowl with him. He often wouldn't practice all week yet would still play in games -- at much less than 100% -- after taking pain medication, the source said.

The coaches told him even as injured as he was, they were much better off with him than without him, the...
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Michael Thomas likely to have ankle ligament surgery

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas injured his ankle in the first week of the regular season and he may finally go for surgery to address the issue now that his season is over.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Thomas is likely to have surgery to repair a torn deltoid ligament and other ligament damage in the ankle. It’s not clear when a final decision will be made.

Thomas did not return until Week 9 after his initial injury and then missed the final three games of the regular season before returning for the team’s two playoff games. Thomas had five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown...
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Saints' Fontenot named Falcons general manager

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The Atlanta Falcons have hired Terry Fontenot as their general manager, pairing him with recently hired coach Arthur Smith to try to return the franchise to the playoffs.

The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes the Falcons' first Black general manager. Under the NFL's new hiring guidelines encouraging minority hiring, the Saints will receive two third-round draft picks.

Fontenot has spent the past 18 years with the New Orleans Saints in a variety of capacities, most recently as the vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel. He began his career as a marketing intern before moving...
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Saints should do whatever it takes to get Deshaun Watson

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The New Orleans Saints just came to terms with the end of what was undoubtedly the greatest era in franchise history.

From 2006 to 2020, the franchise that had previously been known best for losing went 150-90 in regular season games, won seven NFC South Division titles, won the franchise’s lone Super Bowl and posted a winning record in the playoffs (9-8).

That all started with one thing: the signing of Drew Brees.

You can cite any other reason you want: a strong coaching staff, a solid offensive line, some good defenses as of late, some really good draft classes, etc.

But no matter...
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Drew Brees: A farewell to the greatest New Orleans Saint

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Let’s start with one simple fact: Drew Brees gave everything of himself to New Orleans and to the Saints. For 15 years the future Hall of Fame quarterback helped usher in an era of football to the city never seen before. Perhaps, it will never be seen again.

Regardless, the negativity surrounding Brees after the 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round has been deafening. Yes, it was once again an early and disappointing playoff exit, this time at the hands of Tom Brady. But, since the very first season that Brees stepped foot in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome he...
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Falcons announce hiring of G.M. Terry Fontenot

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Atlanta Falcons have officially hired General Manager Terry Fontenot.

Fontenot had emerged as the favorite and his hiring was announced this morning. He’ll work with new head coach Arthur Smith as the Falcons attempt to rebuild after a disappointing end to the tenures of former G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn.

“When we started this process we were focused on finding someone that not only has a track record of identifying key building blocks that result in successful teams, but also someone who focuses on cohesive relationships within the building. We feel very strongly...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 19: Reactions from players and fans following Saints loss

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Answers as to how the Saints lost their playoff game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Drew Brees speaks on his decision to return for the 2020-21 season.

Sants fans and players take to social media to share their thoughts after the Saints playoff loss.

Saints fans share photos of meeting Drew Brees.

Sean Payton, Alvin Kamara, Cam Jordan, and more share their thoughts about the previous season, the playoff loss, and Drew Brees.

Drew Brees does not give an answer about whether or not he will play in the upcoming season.

The Saints’ “initial draft slot” is 28th in the 2021 NFL draft.
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