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Aaron Glenn is joining Dan Campbell in the Motor City.

Three days after Detroit hired Campbell as its new head coach, the team announced Saturday that Glenn has been hired as the Lions' new defensive coordinator.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Glenn was expected to leave the Saints where he's served as a defensive backs coach the past five years. His addition signals another important step in Detroit's restructuring after hiring Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes in the last nine days.

Glenn worked on the same coaching staff as Campbell under Sean Payton in New Orleans from 2016-2020. The former cornerback was also a head coaching candidate in New York, where he interviewed with the Jets before the team hired 49ers DC Robert Saleh. Campbell, a former tight end, and Glenn also played together for a season with the Cowboys in 2005. ...

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What’s next for Matthew Stafford?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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After a dozen seasons in Detroit, quarterback Matthew Stafford will be moving on. So where will he go?

Plenty of teams will be interested, especially with a contract that pays out only $20 million in 2021. (He may want a new deal on the way through the door, however.) Despite being only a one-time Pro Bowler (which seems very strange), Stafford has been one of the better quarterbacks of the past 12 years.

Or maybe the better phrase is “better passer.” As full-blown quarterbacks go, something always has been just a bit off. Stafford has seemed reluctant to lead in the way that players...
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The Saints will look different in 2021, but how many changes will there be? A look at how we got here:

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Sheldon Rankins admittedly hadn’t thought about what the future holds for him just yet.

The New Orleans Saints defensive tackle was fresh off a loss to Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, and he'd been focused on trying to make a run at a Super Bowl, not on what could happen during his upcoming free agency.

“This city has been amazing to me,” Rankins said. “From the day I got here, they took me in and they embraced me. You guys know I don't say too much. I kind of just go about my business and I work my a** off and let the results handle themselves. And the city has...
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Walker: If Drew Brees calls it quits, who's the starting quarterback for the Saints in 2021?

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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It was an informal (and very unscientific) Twitter poll.

The question I posed was the simple fill-in-the-blank kind.

"When football season starts, the New Orleans Saints quarterback will be _________________________. "

It's the first time in 16 years that this has even been a question for the Saints. The responses were all over the place, just as you'd expect in the Twitter universe.

They included answers like Drew Brees, not Drew Brees, Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston.

Several players from other teams, most notably Houston's Deshaun Watson, Detroit's Matthew Stafford, New England's...
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Examining the New Orleans Saints Pass-Run Balance through 2020

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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Throughout the last few years the New Orleans Saints have become a fairly balanced team in terms of run to pass split. Back in the 2014-2016 season we saw Sean Payton offenses near the bottom of run percentage stats because of their reliance on the passing game and abysmal defenses.

Now that the Saints have pulled together what was a top-five defense in 2020 and have an All-Pro talent at running back, we can see the tides begin to change and a great balance being struck.

Many times throughout the Saints’ franchise history, Saints fans would call upon the team to not abandon the run game...
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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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POLL: Who do you want to win between the Packers and Buccaneers?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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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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  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Sean Payton speaks on the...
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  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The reaction to the injury revelation has triggered one of several...
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