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Forecast: Why Saints punter Thomas Morstead is invaluable

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By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS — Thomas Morstead won his second NFC special teams player of the week award in 2019 for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and it got me to thinking. Morstead has quietly become one of the most beloved Saints players of all time, which for a punter is sort of amazing and ridiculous.

It's such a New Orleans thing and I love it so much.

On my podcast in the offseason, I asked the question, “If Bill Belichick, who is basically a Thomas Morstead groupie if you ever listen to him talk about punting, offered the Saints a 1st round pick for Morstead should the Saints say yes? The results were heavily in favor of the Saints refusing the offer and keeping Morstead.

In what hypothetical world do you turn down a 1st round pick for a punter? In New Orleans. But why?

Thomas Morstead is amazing at his job and his game in Seattle was a master class on punting a football and an exhibition showing how great punting can swing a football game. Morstead is the greatest punter in Saints history but a 1st round pick for a punter seems so irresistible, why would 64% of people in a poll refuse that trade?

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PFF: Saints center Erik McCoy among NFL's highest-graded rookies

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints may have struck gold with Erik McCoy, their top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. McCoy hasn’t just filled in for Max Unger after the Saints’ longtime center retired — he’s been an upgrade. According to the analysts at Pro Football Focus, McCoy is one of the ten best rookies on the year so far.

What’s most impressive isn’t that McCoy is outperforming the rest of the rookie class (including centers drafted ahead of him like Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Garrett Bradbury, and Elgton Jenkins, who the Green Bay Packers picked four spots before the Saints traded up to get McCoy, only to move Jenkins to left guard despite his college success at center). McCoy is playing like a top-five center throughout the entire NFL. Here’s what PFF analyst Anthony Treash wrote about McCoy’s first month-and-a-half on the job:

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Saints bring four-game win streak to Chicago

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By Field Level Media

The New Orleans Saints will go for five wins in a row when they visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.

They might have to do so without star running back Alvin Kamara, who reportedly is dealing with a high-ankle injury.

Oh, and they expect to remain without quarterback Drew Brees, who is recovering from thumb surgery.

But New Orleans (5-1) is undeterred. They have won four consecutive games with Teddy Bridgewater under center and with determined groups on offense, defense and special teams. All five Saints victories this season have come by single digits.

“We know that when we’re out there playing, it’s going to take all 11 guys on the football field to win these football games,” Bridgewater told reporters after the Saints’ latest win, a 13-6 decision over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The Saints have a new identity — and it’s their defense

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Just in time for the end of the Drew Brees era, the Saints built a defense that can take
over as the backbone of the franchise.


By Adam Stites | SBNation

It wasn’t that long ago that the Achilles’ heel for the New Orleans Saints was their awful defense. The team was bottom five in the NFL in points allowed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. That dragged an elite offense to a 7-9 record three straight years.

When the defense finally shaped up to become a middle-of-the-pack unit, the Saints were a playoff team again.

Now — for the first time since Drew Brees signed with the Saints in 2006 — defense is the reason why New Orleans is a contender.

The post-Brees era isn’t far off the horizon, but now it doesn’t look so scary for the Saints. The young group of defensive talent stands to carry the team for the foreseeable future.

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No QB, no problem? Saints and Bears still in the thick of it despite losing signal callers

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Between them, the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears have won eight games, lost three and started four different quarterbacks.

It has not all gone according to plan, but both teams have arrived at this Week 7 juncture not only with their head above water, but in the thick of the NFC playoff picture.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said the first order of business is to get your starting quarterback healthy and keep him involved. Perhaps the Saints had the same mindset.

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Interview with the Enemy: Chicago Bears

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’re back again with the next segment in the Interview with the Enemy series. This week, Jeff Berckes of Windy City Gridiron answers 5 quick questions before the Week 7 matchup on Sunday: an NFC defensive showdown in the Windy City against the Chicago Bears.

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Do we expect Mitchell Trubisky to play this week? If so, what can we expect at quarterback?

Sean Payton has game planned perfectly for each opponent while Teddy Bridgewater has been the starter. If you...
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New Orleans at Chicago matchups: Saints offense vs. Bears defense

  • News source: BobRose
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Not many people would have thought that the New Orleans Saints would win four games in a row after quarterback Drew Brees was lost to a thumb injury. That's exactly what the 5-1 Saints have done though, and are one of only six NFL teams without at least two losses. They now travel to Chicago to take on one of the league's most feared defenses in the 3-2 Bears. Chicago has allowed an average of only 13.8 points per game this season and have forced 10 turnovers. The...
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Saints injury report static Thursday ahead of Bears game

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Five New Orleans Saints players were listed on Thursday’s Injury Report for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Position Name Injury Wednesday Thursday QB Drew Brees Right Thumb DNP DNP WR Tre’Quan Smith Ankle DNP DNP RB Alvin Kamara Knee/Ankle DNP DNP TE Jared Cook Ankle DNP DNP DE Trey Hendrickson Neck LP LP

CHICAGO BEARS

Position Name Injury Wednesday Thursday LB Joel Iliegbuniwe Hamstring LP FP OL Ted Larsen Knee LP LP WR Taylor Gabriel...
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Chiefs vs. Broncos: Thursday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Mile High City tonight. These longtime divisions rivals always tend to have close game no matter their records. Can Denver build upon their success from a week ago? Will Kansas City snap their two game skid? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!
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Saints at Bears Thursday Injury Report: Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook Do Not Practice

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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The same four do not practice for the Saints, QB Drew Brees (Right Thumb), WR Tre’Quan Smith (Ankle), RB Alvin Kamara (Ankle/Knee), and TE Jared Cook (Ankle).

DE Trey Hendrickson (Neck) was again limited.

For the Bears OL Ted Larsen (Knee) was again limited.

LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Hamstring), limited on Wednesday was full. WR Taylor Gabriel (Concussion), DT Bilal Nichols (Hand), and QB Mitchell Trubisky (Left Shoulder) were again full.
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'Slippery' issue in Saints vs. Bears: Players, coaches ready for grass at Soldier Field

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Every variable matters for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, and this week's detail is the Kentucky Bluegrass at Soldier Field in Chicago.

To the average person, grass is grass. But in football, the difference matters.

"If you're not careful and you wear shoes that are designed for surfaces that we play on down here, you're going to have footing issues," Payton said.

Bermuda grass has a wiry texture, making it resilient. Kentucky Bluegrass on the other hand...
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Chuck Pagano calls Raiders loss “wake up call” for Bears defense

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Over the first four weeks of the 2019 season, the play of the Bears offense generated a lot more questions than the play of the defense but the latter unit’s last outing caused a little more scrutiny on that side of the ball.

They gave up 169 rushing yards to the Raiders after allowing an average of 61.5 yards in their first four outings and didn’t record a sack after averaging over four a game to open the season. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said that the performance...
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If you're a superstar like the Saints' Michael Thomas or Cam Jordan, extra attention from the other team just part of life

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Here is a fact of life if you are one of those game-changing, money-making, super star NFL players: You’re going to get a lot of extra attention, and it won’t just be from the TV cameras and the adoring fans.

In addition to the guy directly in front of you, there’s going to be the other guy somewhere else in your field of vision who is also responsible for you. There’s going to be entire parts of the opposing game plan focused on lessening your impact on the game...
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The Edge: Saints vs. Bears — Assessing how New Orleans, Chicago stack up at each position

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints continue their two-game road stretch on Sunday with their Week 7 match against the Chicago Bears.

The Saints hold the all-time regular season ledger against the Bears at 15-13, though the Saints have won the last four meetings. Historically, the Saints are 8-8 at Soldier Field.

A look at all the Saints and Jaguars' position groups, the intangibles and who has the edge:

QUARTERBACK:

Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't have his best...
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Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook miss Thursday’s practice

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The Saints will be facing one of the best defenses in the NFL on Sunday. And they’ll possibly be missing three of their best offensive players.

Already, quarterback Drew Brees is out as he continues to recover from a thumb injury. Running back Alvin Kamara and/or tight end Jared Cook also may be out.

Kamara has both an ankle injury (which existed before Sunday’s win at Jacksonville) and a knee injury (which didn’t). Cook, who scored the only touchdown in the...
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Saints' RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Cook miss Thursday's practice with injuries

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook both missed Thursday's practice due to injuries, continuing their respective absences.

Kamara has two injuries: one to an ankle and one to a knee. Cook has an ankle injury.

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged Kamara's injuries after the Jacksonville game, saying Kamara's ankle was swollen before the game and that he tweaked the knee during the game.

Cook was seen in the locker room after the...
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Drew Brees must wear brace on thumb when he returns to field: 'That's doctors orders'

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When Drew Brees makes his long-awaited return to NFL competition, he'll also be contending with an extra piece of equipment.

The Saints quarterback said in an interview Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio that he'll have to wear a brace to protect his surgically repaired thumb.

"That's doctor's orders," Brees said in the interview.


The 18-year veteran hasn't played since he suffered a ligament injury during the Saints' loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. He's been...
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NFL Picks Week 7: Getting Defensive

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints face the Chicago Bears in the Windy City this week. This battle of top-10 defenses will certainly be a must watch if you love defensive football, but if you prefer high-flying offense you may just have to grit your teeth and bare through this one. Many fans have the perception that Soldier Field is a place the Saints have not had success in, mostly due to the 2006 NFC Championship experience paired with the losses there in 2007 and 2008. The...
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Saints coach Sean Payton: 'Ultimately we're going to be dealing with full-time officials'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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If things keep going on their current track, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton believes the NFL could be on its way toward having full-time officials.

Payton touched on that during an appearance on Brett Favre’s weekly SiriusXM radio show this week, when Favre’s co-host Bruce Murray asked the Saints coach his opinion on how games have been officiated this season.

To preface the question, Murray brought up both the newly reviewable interference calls and the...
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