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Mike Detillier: What a week for football in Louisiana

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

What a week it was for football fans in Louisiana.

Last weekend the Tennessee Titans upset the Baltimore Ravens 28-12 to advance to the AFC Championship game.

The architect and general manager of the 2019 version of Titans is former Nicholls State graduate assistant turned linebacker coach for the Colonels Jon Robinson.

Robinson left the coaching ranks once he left the Colonels to get into college scouting and worked his way up to a general manager position and now his team is playing for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Former Nicholls and Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas is also involved in the Titans scouting department as a pregame scout and personnel evaluator.
Then last Sunday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans to advance to the AFC Championship game.

Three members of the Chiefs coaching staff -- defensive line coach/running game coordinator Brendan Daly, outside linebacker coach Britt Reid and strength and conditioning coach Travis Crittenden -- have been regulars coaching high school players at the Louisiana Line Camp at Nicholls in Thibodaux each summer for the past few seasons.

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New Orleans Saints Vision Has Moved to Next Season

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By Cassandra Spiller | LWOS

The playoffs are still underway, but the New Orleans Saints vision has moved to next season. Following another disappointing end to the season, the Saints are left with trying to figure out what needs to be done to improve for 2020. One thing is for sure, they will need to load their roster with more weapons, but the team has found itself in a beautiful mess with their quarterbacks.

New Orleans Saints Vision Has Transitioned to 2020

This year, the Saints will no longer have a signed quarterback on their roster. Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill are free agents now. Brees has been the starting quarterback with the Saints since 2006. Bridgewater showed he can still manage as a starting quarterback during Drew’s hand injury. It will be interesting to see what the Saints do to remedy this issue...

The Top Offseason Needs for the New Orleans Saints

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By John Hendrix | SI

Another season ended in disappointment for the New Orleans Saints, and now they enter the offseason with a lot of questions to answer. Most tend to get wrapped up in the draft process, but before that comes free agency. No matter how you look at it, there are glaring issues that the team should and could address before getting to both points, and they'll have to also shift around some cap space to be players in March.

Here are a few areas the teams can afford to get better at and address in 2020.

Wide Receiver

The problems the Saints have had at the wide receiver position just didn't happen. It's been evident since the 2017 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Outside of Michael Thomas, the production has just not been there. The team has tried, taking a chance on players like Cameron Meredith, but it hasn't panned out. Quite simply put, this is a group that doesn't scare anyone outside of Thomas. To put Thomas' 1,725 receiving yards in the regular season in perspective, five combined receivers (Ted Ginn Jr., Tre'Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Austin Carr, and Krishawn Hogan) only managed 692 yards in 2019. Ginn Jr. was fourth on the team with 421 yards behind Alvin Kamara (533) and Jared Cook (705).

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Demario Davis named a finalist for NFLPA's Alan Page Community Award

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was named a first-team All-Pro, and now he could add another honor to his trophy case. Davis was named one of five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Alan Page Community Award for his efforts off the field, embracing the New Orleans community and working to enact positive change with his neighbors. The award’s winner will receive a $100,000 donation to a charity of their choosing.

Davis rose to prominence in the wake of a controversial NFL uniform violation fine. The league initially fined him for wearing a headband labeled “Man of God” during an early-season game, which he overturned in appeals. Davis then sold similar headbands in a fund-raiser for a Mississippi hospital, reporting more than $120,000 in donations. He also met with students and faculty at a New Orleans-area elementary school who had supported him during the appeals process.

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Re-grading the New Orleans Saints 2017 draft class

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints hit on nearly all of their picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, adding Rookies of the Year on Offense (Alvin Kamara) and Defense (Marshon Lattimore) while finding a future first-team All-Pro right tackle at the end of the first round. Other selections like Marcus Williams and Trey Hendrickson have contributed often, and the other misses still carry their silver linings.

It could have gone very differently. Saints coach Sean Payton was infamously on the phone with Alabama linebacker prospect Reuben Foster, preparing to draft him, when the San Francisco 49ers made a surprising trade up with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks. A serious of off-field incidents later resulted in Foster being waived by the team that picked him.

The Saints were fortunate enough to pick Ryan Ramczyk instead, and he’s proven to be much more than a worthy successor to Zach Strief on the right side — he’s a star in his own right.

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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 18, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as the 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

Bayou Blitz
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NFL fans want to see the Packers stumble against the 49ers

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Tomorrow, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers will play in the NFC Championship Game. While New Orleans Saints fans wish it was their team representing the Super Bowl out of the NFC, it will ultimately come down to San Francisco or Green Bay. How do NFL fans feel about this matchup? It turns out vast majority NFL fans want the 49ers to beat the Packers.

The result of fans rooting for the 49ers might be due in part to a seeming lack of trust in Aaron...
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Jarrett Stidham claims he isn’t thinking about whether Tom Brady will be back in New England

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If Tom Brady exercises his prerogative to move on from the Patriots in free agency, Jarrett Stidham potentially becomes the starting quarterback, in only his second season. Stidham claims he’s not thinking about that.

“Right now, I can’t really think too much about all of that,” Stidham told Mike Reiss of on Friday. “I have to worry about what I need to do to prepare to enhance my game, to learn as much as I possibly can. That’s the biggest thing I’ve...
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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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