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Saints Rumors: Kirk Cousins linked to New Orleans in 2022

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By Leigh Oleszczak | WhoDatDish

We’ll hear tons of New Orleans Saints rumors this offseason, especially at quarterback, as it’s a position NOLA is having issues with. The latest name to be linked to the Saints is none other than current Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins.

Charley Walters of The Pioneer Press noted in a recent column that:

Cousins, 33, is guaranteed $35 million next year, with a salary cap hit of $45 million. On the open market, Cousins, who has played well, probably would get a similar deal. Hint: It’s a good bet he would thrive under offensive-minded Saints coach Sean Payton.

While the Saints are going to be connected to pretty much every available quarterback due to their need at the position, Cousins probably isn’t a fit for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, Cousins wouldn’t come cheap.

As Walters notes, Cousins has a cap hit of $45 million next year. I don’t think I need to be the one to tell all of you that NOLA doesn’t have that kind of money to spare, not unless they made several significant moves and completely readjusted their funds in the offseason.

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NFL admits refs botched controversial blindside block call in New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys game

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By Matt Johnson | Sportsnaut

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was still livid after the loss to the Dallas Cowboys over the controversial blindside block during the Thursday Night Football game. After not receiving an explanation from the referees, the NFL is now admitting it blew the call.

In the third quarter of Week 13, quarterback Taysom Hill completed an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Deonte Harris for a first down to open the drive. But tight end Garrett Griffin was flagged for an illegal blindside block on Cowboys’ safety Jayron Kearse.

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Current NFL playoff picture: More AFC chaos, top seed on the line Monday night

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Those of us in the word business are running out of ways to say that the AFC playoff picture is complete chaos. There are teams near the top that have a decent chance to fall out of the race entirely, and there are teams outside the top seven that could still wind up winning their respective divisions. Overall, according to ESPN Stats and Information research, the 2021 NFL playoff race is the first time in 19 years that every team in a conference has at least four losses through Week 13.

Sunday, the Ravens dropped their fourth game of the season, a 20-19 loss to the Steelers that left a...
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Saints vs. Jets Series History

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The 5-7 New Orleans Saints trek north to face the 3-9 New York Jets next Sunday. New Orleans has lost five straight, it’s longest losing streak in the 16-year tenure of head coach Sean Payton. New York has lost four of their last five and sit at the bottom of the AFC East.

This is the 14th meeting between the Saints and Jets. New Orleans holds a 7-6 all-time advantage between the teams, including a 4-3 edge when they play New York on the road.

The first game between these teams took place on December 3, 1972, in New York. A 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter by RB Bob Gresham...
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Week 13 takeaways, big questions: Kyler's return sparks Cards, Lions finally win and Colts get shutout

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Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season began with the Cowboys getting back on track Thursday night against the Saints, and it kept rolling on Sunday with big wins for NFC powerhouses Tampa Bay and Arizona. The Bucs' offense excelled behind four Tom Brady touchdown passes, while the Cardinals enjoyed getting Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins back. Arizona got to double-digit wins and maintained the top spot in the conference. But the biggest news of the early window was the Lions' first win of the season, which came on a last-play TD pass from Jared Goff.

Elsewhere, the Colts' defense was...
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Panthers fire former LSU assistant Joe Brady

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Joe Brady’s meteoric rise as a young coach has hit a stumbling block.

The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with their second-year offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

“I met with Joe this morning and informed him that I have decided to make a change,” said Panthers head coach Matt Rhule in a release Sunday. “I’m very grateful to him for his time and effort in helping us get established over this past year and a half.”

The 32-year old Brady, a former Saints staffer, helped transform LSU’s offense in his only season with the Tigers in 2019, resulting in a 15-0 record and national title...
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Panthers fire ex-Saints assistant and LSU standout Joe Brady

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The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady during their Week 13 bye, the team announced Sunday. Panthers head coach Matt Rhule commented on the move in a statement from the team’s website, saying: “I met with Joe this morning and informed him that I have decided to make a change. I’m very grateful to him for his time and effort in helping us get established over this past year and a half.”

It’s a stunner given how quickly Brady’s star has risen. Before he joined Carolina, he was an offensive assistant for the Saints and made a huge career move to work as offensive...
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Saints fan rooting guide for Week 13's remaining games

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Which teams should New Orleans Saints fans be pulling for in Week 13? With the black and gold sitting in limbo at an unfortunate 5-7, somehow balanced between a high draft pick and being in the thick of the playoff picture, it really depends on what your goals are.

So here’s a quick look around the NFL’s Week 13 slate from each perspective. If you’re still in on the Saints as a wild-card team, we’ve got answers (and predictions on how their schedule could play out) — and if you’re a sicko more interested in draft positioning (read our recent mock draft), we’ve got information there, too.
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College coaching pay sends “shock waves” through the NFL

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The proliferation of eight-figure college coaches will definitely have an impact on the NFL.

Via Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, recent contracts given out by schools like Michigan State, USC, and LSU sent shock waves through the NCAA — and “bigger shock waves” in the NFL.

Glazer predicts that NFL coaching salaries could double or triple in the next year or two. We recently reported that the top of the NFL market is expected to get to $25 million per year, soon.

Glazer also said that only a handful of NFL coaches are currently making more than $10 million per year.

It could be a handful with...
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Saints Huddle: What's wrong with the Saints? What will it take to fix it? Is it too late?

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The New Orleans Saints are off Sunday after losing to the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night. It’s a much needed extra few days off after having played three games in 12 days. It’s back to the drawing board as they try to end their five-game losing streak when they travel to play the New York Jets next Sunday. There is a lot for Sean Payton and his staff to figure out to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. Saints beat writers Luke Johnson and Amie Just, along with columnists Jeff Duncan and Rod Walker, huddle to discuss the spiraling Saints.

1: Taysom Hill reportedly will not need surgery for...
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Predicting the final 5 games of the Saints schedule

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Is the New Orleans Saints’ season over after a midseason collapse dropped them to a 5-7 record? Not quite. There’s still time for them to regroup and go on a run in their final five games to sneak into the postseason. That’s not impossible. It just isn’t very likely given all the hurdles in front of them, between injuries and looming suspensions and the tough teams left to play.

While only one of them has a winning record right now (the 8-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers), two others have already beaten the Saints this year (the division-rival Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers). And the surging...
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First 3-round 2022 mock draft addresses offense early for Saints

  • News source: John Sigler
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If your household isn’t observing mock draft season just yet, they’re going to sooner or later. The New Orleans Saints are a couple more losses away from locking in a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Half of the quarterbacks on their depth chart have been dealing with injuries and Taysom Hill is going to try and keep at it with a torn tendon in his throwing hand. Broken bones, inflamed joints, and sprained ligaments have been the story of their season.

So I took some time on my Saturday to shift focus to something infinitely more fun than sweating about the ways in which the Saints...
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Week 13 Saints Snap Counts and Observations

  • News source: John Hendrix
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With five games left, the Saints are getting some rest and trying to get healthier to try to salvage their season. They're still alive in the postseason race, but are going to have to essentially win out and hope other teams don't catch fire to knock them out from one of the three Wild Card spots. Thursday's loss to the Cowboys was the team's fifth straight, and we take a closer look at the snap counts from the game.
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Jeff Duncan: Ian Book will get his chance to cook for the Saints, but now is not the time

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Taysom Hill became the third quarterback to start a game for the Saints this season on Thursday night.

The last time that happened was 1999, when the Billy Joes and Jake Delhomme wore the Fleur de Lis, and the Saints quarterback situation was the joke of the NFL.

But if Saints fans had their way, they’d like to see a fourth man lead the charge the rest of the way.

Ian Book has yet to take a snap in an official NFL game, but he’s the peoples’ champion in New Orleans right now. As the Saints quarterback woes have mounted during a grim five-game losing streak, the rookie quarterback from...
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Here's an instant replay no Saints fans will want to see

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It was like adding insult to injury for some New Orleans Saints fans.

During the second half of Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, vandals were breaking into dozens of vehicles not far from the Caesars Superdome. Security video shows two men smashing windows and rummaging through cars and trucks near Earhart Boulevard and Claiborne Avenue, a a popular free spot for Black and Gold fans to park.

“It’s just sad for somebody to come here and just go through people’s vehicles and bust their windows and ransack them,” said Gerald Arnaud, who returned to his truck after the game to...
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Source: Saints QB Hill to play through hurt finger

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METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill will try to play through a mallet finger injury that he suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys without having surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Saints doctors determined that Hill suffered a mallet finger (the name for a ruptured extensor tendon at the tip of the finger), according to the source. However, Hill's injury was not as extensive as the one that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered earlier this year, which did require surgery. Wilson suffered both a mallet finger and a a...
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Best and worst Saints PFF player grades from Week 13 vs. Cowboys

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The New Orleans Saints kept it close with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night thanks to big performances from Kwon Alexander and Marshon Lattimore, who were both rated highly in the postgame grading from Pro Football Focus. Here are the best and worst game grades from PFF:
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Blindside block foul called against the Saints was proper application of horrendous rule

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We saw this coming in August 2019. It reared its head again in a big spot on Thursday night, with millions watching the Saints host the Cowboys.

With Dallas leading 13-10 in the third quarter and the Saints facing first and 10 from their own 21, the officials called New Orleans tight end Garrett Griffin for an illegal blindside block, as he crossed the formation to pick up blitzing Cowboys defensive back Jayron Kearse.

The foul wiped out an 11-yard gain and resulted in an 11-yard penalty, a 22-yard swing that put the Saints at first and 21.

Three plays later, the Saints punted. Four...
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