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Sean Payton may have let slip news on Drew Brees’ future. Either way, Saints need a QB

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

Did New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton merely misspeak Tuesday on ESPN’s “Get Up’‘ when he proclaimed the 2020 season would be quarterback Drew Brees’ swan song?

Or, did Payton speak the truth and accidentally let the cat out of the bag?

When asked to clarify himself a day later to local reporters, Payton laughed it off, calling himself a “big dummy’‘ and walking back from his original claim, saying nothing has changed with Brees’ career plans.

“I honestly don’t know if it’s his last year,’‘ Payton explained. “I think the thing he’s done, and we’ve all done, is taken it year-by-year.’‘

OK, no harm, no foul.

Payton can be excused since he’s barely a week removed from being declared coronavirus-free.

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NFL's 17-game schedule might force New Orleans to give up 2024 Super Bowl

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By Jacob Hancock | Sporting News

Most cities would do anything to host a Super Bowl, but it turns out there's one thing New Orleans won't give up, no matter what, to have the honor: Mardi Gras.

The city has been chosen to host the 2024 game, but that arrangement has come into question with the recent ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement, which includes a 17-game regular season beginning as soon as 2021.

The final game of the NFL season is normally played on the first Sunday in February, which in 2024 will be Feb. 4. The additional week in the regular-season schedule might mean that the 2024 game is pushed back to Feb. 11. The problem? That's the final weekend of the Mardi Gras celebration, with the official holiday taking place Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Sean Payton on Saints’ NFL draft war room at brewery: Maybe ‘safest setup’ in league

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By Jarrett Bell / USA TODAY

Drafting from a brewery?

The New Orleans Saints’ decision to relocate their draft war room to a brewery owned by team owner Gayle Benson surely raised some eyebrows in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but Saints coach Sean Payton – recently recovered after contracting the COVID-19 virus – staunchly defends the arrangement as a solid option.

The war room, which the team began using on Wednesday for draft meetings, is situated in upstairs office space at the Dixie Brewery, located in a remote area of New Orleans.

“We might have the safest setup in the league for these meetings,” Payton texted to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Remote location. Nobody here!”

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Saints By Position: Top 5 safeties in franchise history

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Patrolling the deep.

Providing the last line of defense.

Going against huge tight ends.

Lining up in the box to take on blockers and to make tackles.

There are many demands on the safety position, whether as a free or strong safety. There are many hybrid players who can handle all of the requirements.

The New Orleans Saints have been fortunate to have some very good safeties over the course of 53 seasons.

The very best was a ball hawk and a tremendous hitter...
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2006 Week 3: Key matchups to look for in Saints’ Monday night duel with Falcons

  • News source: Andrew_Bell
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If everyone isn’t too busy watching American Idol or High School Musical, I’d highly recommend tuning in to ESPN on Monday night, as two undefeated NFC South rivals in the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons square off.

The Saints and the Who Dat fan base will return to the Louisiana Super Dome for their first home game since 2004.

While it undoubtedly looks to be an unforgettable night in New Orleans history, what will make it most special is if they come away...
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Saints still in bottom half of ESPN’s 2006 Week 3 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s obviously been a rough year for the New Orleans Saints, the city of New Orleans, and the entire Gulf Coast region. But just like the area, the New Orleans Saints appear to be turning a corner and heading into the right direction.

ESPN had the Saints ranked 29th (out of 32 teams) before heading into Week 1 of the 2006 NFL season. Before Week 2, ESPN moved the Saints up five spots to 24th, saying this about the team’s performance 19-14 victory over the Cleveland...
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Saints offseason overview: Offensive line

  • News source: Les East
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METAIRIE – One of the most important factors in the New Orleans Saints’ run of three consecutive NFC South championships has been the consistently high level of performance of the offensive line.

The Saints made sure that the starting unit remained intact for next season by signing left guard Andrus Peat to a five-year $57.5 million contract. Peat’s status as an unrestricted free agent had been the only threat to the continuity of the line.

Peat was as eager to...
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More is less after NFL adds two playoff teams

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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The NFL’s move to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, has flown under radar.

And for good reason.

America has much bigger concerns than a professional sports league diluting its product in order to charge the broadcast networks more money to show it.

But there’s no doubt the NFL is looking more and more like the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.

That is not good.

In the new format, seven teams from each conference will make the...
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New Orleans may lose Super Bowl LVIII, gain Super Bowl LIX

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The combination of the expanded regular season and the ever-shifting dates for Easter and all related dates of interest could cause New Orleans to lose Super Bowl LVIII.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily reports that the confluence of a 17-game season and the dates for Easter and in turn Ash Wednesday and in turn Mardi Gras could result in the NFL shifting the Crescent City’s next Super Bowl from early 2024 to early 2025.

The problem, per the report, is that...
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National media outlets seek to unseal files from 2015 Tom Benson mental competency lawsuit

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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National media outlets are asking a New Orleans court to unseal confidential motions and other documents filed when estranged relatives of late Saints owner Tom Benson challenged his mental competency five years ago.

The sealed filings stem from a blockbuster lawsuit in 2015 that pitted Benson against his daughter and grandchildren. They argued that the billionaire owner of the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans was mentally unfit when he transferred ownership of his...
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2024 Super Bowl may clash with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, contingency plans being made

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Two things New Orleans loves more than anything are Mardi Gras and the NFL, but the two could potentially be at odds in 2024 when the city is supposed to host the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Super Bowl host rotation has already been determined through 2024, but now that a 17-game season is potentially on the table, contingency plans are being made.

Why? With a 16-game season, the Super Bowl for 2024 is scheduled for Feb. 4, but if there's a week...
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N.O. may lose '24 Super Bowl over 17-game slate

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METAIRIE, La. -- The 2024 Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in New Orleans, may have to be moved to another location because of a calendar conflict if the NFL switches to a 17-game season.

If the Super Bowl gets pushed back a week to Feb. 11 that year as expected, then it will run into Mardi Gras. So the NFL, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation have been working on contingency plans.

The most likely scenario is moving the...
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2006 Week 3 picks: Home Sweet Dome

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Two weeks in the books, with two road victories for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will now finally come back home to host the Atlanta Falcons in the most anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Saints franchise. Both teams come into this one undefeated and look to move to 3-0 for the season. With the win, the Saints have the golden opportunity to stand alone in first place in the NFC South, and sorry Atlanta, in the words of America’s new favorite movie...
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NFL, city officials work to keep 2024 Super Bowl in New Orleans

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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The 17-game NFL regular season, beginning in the fall of 2021, could force the Super Bowl in 2024 out of New Orleans.

The game is scheduled to be played at the Superdome, February 4th 2024. But, if the season is pushed back an additional week, the game would be played February 11th. That would be in direct conflict with the final weekend of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras day in 2024 is February 13th.

One option to keep the game in New Orleans is to eliminate the bye week...
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Saints keep marching as they enter Week 3 of the 2006 season

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints are rolling into Week 3 as they set their sights on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. After an abysmal 3-13 season in 2005, the new additions of head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees seem to be paying dividends almost immediately.

New Orleans began their season by travelling to Cleveland where the gutted out a 19-14 victory over the Browns. Brees clearly looked rusty, and it was obvious Payton was holding Brees...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 cornerbacks in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Finding a true cover corner is so important in the NFL.

Finding a shutdown corner is rare.

When the latter occurs, your team is typically going to be extremely successful.

The New Orleans Saints have had good but not great corners in franchise history.

The best was clear, based on longevity and productivity. The second person on our list is well on his way to a very good career. The other spots were hard to separate.

Another player was superb at cornerback for...
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Home Sweet Dome: How CSC will cover ESPN’s “Domecoming” re-air

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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As a part of the NFL and ESPN’s five-week series broadcasting Monday Night Football classics, one of the most important games in New Orleans Saints history will be re-visited on Monday March 6th. Canal Street Chronicles and our colleagues over at the SB Nation mothership and The Falcoholic are joining forces to commemorate this event by setting the scene, reacting in real time, and recapping this iconic NFL evening as if it were happening live.

That means for the...
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