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Sean Payton Talks Coronavirus and Saints Offseason; Gotham Chopra On Tom Brady Doc

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Saints coach Sean Payton has been the NFL’s most prominent coronavirus patient.
He opens up about what it was like, how his plasma donation has made a difference
and what he likes about the Saints’ offseason plans. Plus, producer Gotham Chopra
talks all about Tom Brady's upcoming documentary—and why it’s not The Last Dance

By Albert Breer | Sports Illustrated

Sean Payton’s pretty recognizable on the Gulf Coast, so being stopped by someone isn’t the rarest occasion for a guy who’s been the Saints coach for a decade and a half. But there was a point in April, when all of us knew less about COVID-19 than we do now, where his recent history—having had COVID-19 in March—gave him a sort of encounter he’s not used to having.

He’d stopped at a gas station off the interstate in Mobile, Ala., and was in line at the Subway inside with his car sitting at the pump. A couple football fans were there too and, in a weird, only-in-2020 twist, they were being sure to keep their distance.

“And I could tell the customers in front of me, they saw that I was the head coach. But then I could also tell there was this elephant in the room,” Payton said, laughing at the memory of it. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m clear. I’m clean, I’m probably the safest person in here. But I do appreciate the concern.’”

Payton was fine then, weeks removed from having contracted the virus, and he’s fine now, as he and his staff work through what’s been a very different spring...

NFL executive Troy Vincent: 'We failed miserably' on pass interference review

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By Matthew Paras | The Washington Times

Pass interference won’t be up for review next season. There’s a reason for that, a prominent league executive said.

In an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, said the NFL “failed miserably” in their implementation of reviewing pass interference plays last season.

“Those outcomes were not good for professional football,” Vincent said. “Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow. We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again.

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ESPN's Bill Barnwell ranks Saints with a top-10 2020 NFL offseason

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints accomplished a lot in the 2020 offseason, retaining critical starters in David Onyemata and Andrus Peat while upgrading with free agents like Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins. In the draft, the Saints landed a big addition in Cesar Ruiz while getting deeper at both linebacker (with Zack Baun) and tight end (picking Adam Trautman).

And they’re now in position to start re-upping some of their own free agents ahead of the 2021 cycle, such as Alvin Kamara, Demario Davis, and Marcus Williams. It’s a great spot to be in before you even consider that this team has won 13 games in each of its last two seasons.

According to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, that was enough for the Saints to clock in as the NFL’s ninth most-successful team of the summer. But he took issue with one big move the Saints made: a weighty contract extension with Taysom Hill. Barnwell wrote:

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NFC South Report: Can the Falcons dethrone the Saints in 2020?

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By Kyle T. Mosely | SI

Winning the NFC South title for three consecutive years hasn't been an easy task for the New Orleans Saints. NFL oddsmakers are still favoring the Saints at 10.5 wins. Their odds dwindled since the arrival of six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, to the NFC South this offseason with the Buccaneers. Today, our attention will focus on the Saints' most hated rival in all of football, the Atlanta Falcons. I solicited help from Falcons Reporter and Frenemy (Friends & Enemies), Jeremy Johnson reporter at the Falcon Report. Jeremy will give us his Pros and Cons to why the Falcons can dethrone the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

Top 5 Key Players for the Falcons

  • QB Matt Ryan
  • WR Julio Jones
  • RB Todd Gurley
  • WR Calvin Ridley
  • LB Dante Fowler, Jr.
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Q&A: Saints' Erik McCoy on being a 'big soup guy' and finding ways to grow in quarantine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Count New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Erik McCoy as one who is finding the bright side in being cooped up at home.

He and his wife, Bianca McCoy, got their wedding day and honeymoon off without a hitch just before things started closing down, and they have relished the time this has afforded them to spend with each other in their newlywed phase.

McCoy is using this time to add skills to his repertoire, both in the kitchen and on the field. He hopes others are able to find some of the same bright side he and his wife have during these strange times.

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3 Saints make NFL’s Top 25 under 25 list

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The 2017 NFL Draft really was something for the New Orleans Saints, wasn’t it?

When CBS ranked their “Top 25 NFL players under 25” the Saints were well-represented, with three members of the 2017 draft class appearing on the list, the most players from any team in the NFL.

First name appearing on the list? Safety Marcus Williams.

This is a sentiment that has been echoed by many Saints fans and media for a while. While the Minneapolis Miracle is a nasty stain on Marcus Williams’s resume, the point remains that he does not deserve to be the scapegoat on defense...
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Louisiana by the Numbers: The best of every uniform (20-29)

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Part 8 of a series

This is what happens when history meets numbers.

Crescent City Sports has decided to go back through the list of greatest players to compete on the fields, courts and diamonds of Louisiana and decide who was the best to wear every number from 0 to 99.

Our rules are simple: To be eligible for our list, you had to play for a college or professional team in Louisiana, and the list is based on the number you wore while in Louisiana.

The eighth of our 10-part series looks at Nos. 20-29, and as the numbers get lower, the choices get even tougher...
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5 best running backs Saints will face in 2020

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It has been 44 combined regular and postseason games since any opposing running back has eclipsed the century mark against the Saints impressive run defense. The last to do it was Semaje Perine in the 11th week of the 2017 season with 117 rushing yards in an overtime thriller in the Dome.

New Orleans will visit and play host to some talented backs in their upcoming season. Can the defense, who has retained the majority of its personnel, maintain their streak against them? Ranked below are five of the top backs they will face in the 2020 season as well thoughts on...
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NFL failed miserably with pass interference replay, Troy Vincent says

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For the first time in 2019, pass interference was reviewable on replay. That worked so poorly that in 2020, it won’t be. And NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent says the NFL needs to learn from its mistake.

Vincent told Peter King for Football Morning in America that the league has to be better prepared to make significant changes than it was when it made that change.

“We saw, a year ago, when [the pass-interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year . . . Those outcomes were not good for professional...
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Sean Payton didn’t want to overwork his veteran roster this offseason

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints have built a talented roster, and it skews older.

That’s not just at quarterback, where 41-year-old Drew Brees is back for another push, but across the board. And all that experience, coupled with the obvious restraints created by the coronavirus pandemic have led coach Sean Payton (who knows about the virus too well, as the league’s first known case) to deliberately pull back on what he’s trying to do with his team this offseason.

They’re still having some degree of videoconferencing meetings with his players, but the sessions are designed for the...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 25: Sean Payton trolls Tom Brady on Twitter and Saints players share workouts

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

A look at the Saints current cornerback roster, including short profiles on players like Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins, and Patrick Robinson.

Sean Payton trolls Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s quarterback Tom Brady via Twitter after Brady’s lackluster performance during The Match.

A list of all 90 draft picks made by Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints, with a brief profile on each player.

In a recent interview with...
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Best of ‘The Match’: Sean Payton jabs 'Florida Tom,’ Drew Brees calls next and Peyton’s wardrobe

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Tom Brady may be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but the six-time Super Bowl champion doesn't golf like he plays on the grid iron.

Twitter erupted Sunday at Brady's expense when his golf outing with legend Phil Mickelson was less than ideal during the Sunday broadcast of 'The Match' — a live golf competition for charity aired on TNT that pit Brady and Mickelson against NFL legend Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods.

The 18-hole challenge took part at the Medalist Gold Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, Brady's new home state after he opted to leave the New...
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Reggie Bush calls Tampa Bay a 'real threat' to Saints NFC South dominance

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush will always side with his former club, but he believes New Orleans’ path to a fourth consecutive NFC South title became tougher after the way this offseason unfolded.

Speaking with Playboy magazine to promote his TV show Celebrity Watch Party, Bush said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers addition of quarterback Tom Brady this offseason makes them a “real threat” to the Saints’ divisional supremacy.

“Tampa Bay just quickly climbed the ladder,” Bush said. “... It’s crazy, because now we know it’s going to be Drew Brees’ last...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, May 24th, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We have got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Saints Talk- Nick Underhill

Sports Overtime - Nadar Mirfiq and Bryan Bienemy

WBOK 1230 AM Tuesday/Thursday 7-9 PM
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Tulane PA announcer Doug Moreau on what he misses about sports: 'For this, I'm patient about it'

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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The people you're about to read about are like most of us during this COVID-19 pandemic.

They all love sports.

They all miss sports.

And they are all longing for its return.

The sports staff at The Advocate and Times-Picayune caught up with six people to tell their stories about how they have coped for the past 11 weeks without watching and being a part of the games we all so dearly love.

For Doug Moreau, sports is a way of life.

A look at his résumé gives you a glimpse of just how much of his life it is.

He is the stadium public address announcer for Tulane...
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Saints superfan Leroy Mitchell, 'Whistle Monsta,' on what he's missing about sports in Louisiana

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The people you're about to read about are like most of us during this COVID-19 pandemic.

They all love sports.

They all miss sports.

And they are all longing for its return.

The sports staff at The Advocate and Times-Picayune caught up with six of them to tell their stories about how they have coped for the past 11 weeks without watching and being a part of the games we all so dearly love.

Right before the world as we know it shut down, Leroy Mitchell Jr. was living it up in Las Vegas — and better yet, he was doing it on someone else’s dime.

The NFL and...
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Saints officially sign LB Anthony Chickillo

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have officially signed linebacker Anthony Chickillo, the team announced on Saturday morning.

Chickillo's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told reporters on Thursday that the Saints had agreed to a 1-year deal with Chickillo.

The Saints will need to make a corresponding move to sign Chickillo, as the Saints are already at the 90-man offseason roster limit. It is not yet known who the corresponding move will be.

The Steelers drafted Chickillo out of Miami in 2015, and he played in 65 games, starting in nine, in his five seasons in Pittsburgh...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

  • News source: JR Ella
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A look at some of the most discussed topics on SB Nation’s other NFC South blogs.

Trying to get an edge. Tom Brady organizes “illegal” workouts with his teammates during shelter-at-home times. Brady, as greats are known to do, is already trying to be a step ahead of the competition.

The Best Linebacker Duo in the NFL? Kay Adams of the NFL Network had high praise for a pair of Tampa Bay linebackers.

No Longer Underdogs. With the plethora of talent that they have added this offseason and a talented core of returning players, the Bucs are now considered by many...
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