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Report: Chargers, Seahawks request interviews with Saints assistant Joe Lombardi

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By John Sigler | Saintswire


Another member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff could soon be on the move. Both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks have filed requests to interview Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi, per the Athletic’s Jeff Duncan.

L.A. is seeking an offensive coordinator for first-year head coach Brandon Staley’s staff, while the Seahawks are looking to replace Brian Schottenheimer, who they fired after three seasons calling plays for Seattle. Duncan noted that Staley and Lombardi have worked together before — Staley was quarterback at Mercyhurst University back in 2005, when Lombardi held the coordinator job. ...

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Saints: 3 reasons Jameis Winston should be the next man up

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By Matthew Beighle | whodatdish

The New Orleans Saints are in the potential process of finding a new quarterback, and Jameis Winston can be that guy.

This season, Saints’ Jameis Winston saw 5.02 percent of offensive snaps, the other backup quarterback Taysom Hill saw 43.96 percent of offensive snaps — while not all at quarterback.

The reason for Hill’s snap count gap over Winston is that he plays four offensive positions which is why he is still on the roster in the first place.

However, now that the Saints are looking for a new starting quarterback, Hill is going to get passed on the depth chart. Or, at least that’s the assumption as the Saints enter a period of uncertainty.

Jameis Winston should be the next in line for the Saints’ throne. After they kept Brees last year and let Bridgewater walk to Carolina, they had to sign another quarterback with the potential to be the future Hall-of-Famer’s replacement. ...

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Agent's Take: Here's how Saints can dig out of 2021 salary cap mess; potential cap casualties and restructures

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It won't be easy, but here's a path for New Orleans to create the cap space it desperately needs

By Joel Curry | CBS Sports

The Saints showed just how hard it is to beat a team three times in one season. After two easy wins during the regular season, the Saints were eliminated from the postseason by the Buccaneers on Sunday in a 30-20 divisional playoffs loss. The Saints will now turn attention to solving the NFL's most daunting salary cap situation for 2021. The NFC South champions have $284.1 million in 2021 cap commitments with 45 players under contract according to NFL Players Association data. $4.122 million of unused 2020 cap space has been carried over to the 2021 league year, which begins on March 17. Under offseason accounting rules, only the top 51 salaries (i.e.; cap numbers) matter.

The 2021 salary cap was conservatively projected to $210 million before the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL and NFLPA set a $175 million salary cap floor for 2021 with league revenues declining due to COVID-19. If revenues are better than expected, the 2021 salary cap could be higher but will likely remain below the current level of $198.2 million.

The Saints have been aggressive and creative in managing the salary cap in recent years by taking a credit card approach where current obligations become future ones. The bill is coming and it's due in March. ...

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Ravens announce the hirings of Rob Ryan, Anthony Weaver

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Ravens announced the hirings of Rob Ryan and Anthony Weaver to their defensive staff. Ryan will serve as inside linebackers coach and Weaver as run game coordinator/defensive line coach.

In a news release, head coach John Harbaugh said the team continues to interview candidates for their defensive backs coaching position.

“Rob is a proven NFL coach who brings extensive experience to the Ravens,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “In addition to his passion for the game, he has an outstanding ability to connect with and teach players.

“Anthony is highly regarded throughout the NFL. As a...
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The Saints 2020 season, boiled down to the 10 numbers that defined it

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Maybe you’re the binary type whose only measure of a season is a one or a zero: Did the New Orleans Saints win another Super Bowl title, or did they fail?

If that sounds like you, go ahead and stop reading now. But if you’re the type who is interested in a numerical accounting of the season that was, keep going, because the 2020 New Orleans Saints were an interesting statistical group.

Here is one person’s interpretation of the 10 numbers that defined the Saints season

0 — This is how many players passed for 300 yards against the Saints this season, including the two playoff games. It’s...
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Saints reflect on an unforgettable year marked by unprecedented challenges. 'It was an escape'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The 2020 New Orleans Saints season closed on a forgettable chapter with an uninspiring playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but then again, many who were a part of that season won’t soon forget what it was like even getting to that point.

How could they not remember the empty stadiums? The morning nasal swab and temperature check ritual? The constant reminders to maintain distance from teammates, a drastic change in a locker room’s social setting and, in a way, a contradiction of a profession that requires them to get very close to other people.

How could they ever shut out the...
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5 Players the Saints should re-sign this offseason

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints will aim to remain competitive in the upcoming 2021 NFL season. However, the potential retirement of Drew Brees and the salary cap dilemma have many fans worried that competitive may not be the case.

Fortunately, through contract restructures and extensions, New Orleans will have some money to play with and may aim to re-sign some of their stars that are currently free agents. Here are the top five players the team should target:

While many fans are clamoring to trade for Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford, we are aiming to be a bit more pragmatic. The Saints will...
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Saints fan confidence tumbles heading into tumultuous offseason

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in New Orleans Saints fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

With the loss over the weekend the Saints season came to an end. But with it came the end of an era. The way things have come to an end has shaken the confidence of Saints fans.

Does Drew Brees retire? Who is the quarterback of the Saints in 2021? Will the Saints be able to contend next year when they’re slated to be over $100 million over the cap?

These questions don’t have answers, and...
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NFL Playoff Picks 2021: Conference Championships

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints suffered yet another devastating playoff loss in the Divisional 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 LV. The NFC title matchup features the two most media-adored quarterbacks in NFL history, while the AFC title matchup features the best overall team in the NFL this year, in Kansas...
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POLL: Who do you want to win between the Packers and Buccaneers?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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This Sunday the Green Bay Packers are set to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. For New Orleans Saints fans who will still watch the game just because they enjoy watching football, this presents a bit of a conundrum. Who do you wind up cheering for?

The case for:

What’s another ring for Tom Brady at this point? All things considered, he seems like a decent enough dude. He threw a touchdown pass to Drew Brees’s kids after last week’s game for Pete’s sake! If Brady has 6 rings, 7 rings, or 11 rings, it doesn’t really change the hierarchy of the NFL’s greatest...
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Report: Chargers, Seahawks want to interview Joe Lombardi for offensive coordinator

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints lost one offensive assistant when Dan Campbell was hired as the head coach of the Lions and another member of Sean Payton’s staff could be in the mix for a couple of offensive coordinator openings.

Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com reports that the Chargers and Seahawks have requested permission to interview quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi for their offensive coordinator openings.

Lombardi is in his second stint with the Saints. He returned to the team in 2016 after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Lions.

Prior to entering the NFL as a Falcons assistant...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 22: Sean Payton speaks on coaching moves, quarterback futures, and more

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at potential quarterbacks the Saints could start in 2021, including in-house quarterbacks, quarterbacks currently playing for other teams, or draft picks.

Sean Payton speaks on multiple moves surrounding Saints coaching staff.

Dan Campbell speaks highly of Sean Payton following his signing as new head coach with Detroit Lions.

Sean Payton shares his specific positive feelings about Ryan Nielsen’s position with the Saints.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert listed Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Williams among the top 50 free agents heading into the 2021 offseason.

Sean Payton speaks on the...
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Blame game out in full force with Brees, Nielsen developments

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

So is the view of negativity.

So Brittany Brees did what the New Orleans Saints will never do in revealing intimate details about her husband’s vast injuries which he endured and played with in what was likely his final season in the NFL.

Sean Payton would not address the specifics in his conference call with media Thursday but did praise the toughness of Brees for playing hurt and the stability and ability of Brees to answer the bell with regularity over a two decade career.

The reaction to the injury revelation has triggered one of several...
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Sean Payton “fired up” about Ryan Nielsen’s return

  • News source: Josh Alper
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When the week began, it looked like Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen would be heading to LSU to become the school’s new defensive coordinator.

The Saints said Nielsen’s contract blocked the move, however, and Wednesday brought word that he will remain with the team. Nielsen signed a three-year extension and added the title of assistant head coach.

On Thursday, head coach Sean Payton discussed his excitement about that turn of events.

“We’re outstanding,” Payton said, via the team’s website. “We’re fantastic, fired up that he’s returning. Every once in a while in this business...
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Ex-Saints coach Dan Campbell says Lions will 'bite a kneecap' to be 'last ones standing'

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Dan Campbell has been the head coach of the Detroit Lions for one day, but he's already making waves in NFL circles for his introductory press conference.

The former New Orleans Saints tight ends coach spoke with media members for more than an hour on Thursday covering a wide variety of topics, the most eye-catching being how Campbell plans to have the Lions "take on the identity of" their city.

Campbell started his answer by referencing how Detroit has been down before, but found a way to overcome adversity. He then illustrated that principle in graphic detail, including references to...
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Sean Payton addressed Saints' potential future at QB: 'We have a really good room'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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On the day his 2020 season came to an end, January 17, Sean Payton marked his 15th anniversary of being named the New Orleans Saints head coach. In a few months, quarterback Drew Brees will reach the same milestone for the day the organization announced his signing.

Their legacies have been tied together since then. Now, for the first time in his Saints tenure, Payton could soon be preparing for a season that does not include Brees as part of the plan. Speaking Thursday for the first time since the Saints’ season ended in last Sunday’s playoff loss, Payton spoke optimistically about where...
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'We're outstanding:' Saints' Sean Payton speaks on Ryan Nielsen situation, Dan Campbell, other assistants

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Right before Sean Payton's season wrap-up press conference on Thursday, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen popped his head into Payton's office to go over a few things.

And it had been an eventful week for the former USC defensive tackle.

On Monday, LSU was finalizing a deal to bring on Nielsen as its new defensive coordinator — a move that would reunite Nielsen with Ed Orgeron, his college position coach.

On Tuesday morning, Orgeron said in a radio interview that the Saints and LSU were hammering out "some things to work out." What Orgeron meant by that was how...
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