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Drew Brees says he's not ready to decide on retirement

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Drew Brees and his wife stood alone on the Superdome sidelines, watching their children play together on the roughed-up turf. They remained in the building for nearly an hour after the New Orleans Saints were eliminated from the playoffs by the division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, soaking in every sight and sound of the moment.

But when asked if he could confirm reports that he plans to retire now that the 2020 season is behind him, all Brees could offer in a postgame conference call was a delay.

“I’m going to give myself an opportunity to think about the season, just like I did last season, and make a decision,” Brees replied. Pressed about what would go into that decision, Brees said: “I’m going to keep that to myself right now.” ...

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Saints scheduled to pick 28th overall in 2021 NFL draft

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It’s hardly the news New Orleans Saints fans were hoping to read the morning after the playoffs Divisional Round, but here it is. Time marches forward and so will we. With the Saints eliminated from postseason play and their 2020 season over, their initial draft slot has been set at No. 28 overall in 2021, behind the other teams that lost in this round, owing to New Orleans’ stronger regular season record.

For a quick refresher, the last three draft prospects selected at that spot include Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen, Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds. It’s possible the Saints can still find some help in that range, but they may struggle to find a rookie quarterback to take over for Drew Brees.

Then again, don’t expect the Saints to stay put. They’re frequent draft-day traders, understanding that they can always swap out future picks to move up now because they’ll continue to receive more selections down the line. And with team executive Terry Fontenot expected to become the Atlanta Falcons general manager, the Saints will receive more compensatory picks as part of a new NFL minority hiring policy. ...

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Turnovers doom Saints as playoffs end in loss at Dome for 3rd straight season

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Tampa took advantage of 3 interceptions and a fumble and turned them in to a playoff win.

By WWL Staff | WWL

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints made four key turnovers that gave Tampa extremely short fields and the Bucs turned three of them into touchdowns in a 30-20 divisional round victory Sunday.

The loss ended the Saints season on their home field in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

"It's hard to beat a team in the playoffs when it's that lopsided on the turnover ratio," said head coach Sean Payton. "When you get into these games, there aren't that many surprises. It's more about attention to details... That's the frustrating thing about the turnovers."

"Take all the emotion out of it, you turn the ball over four times and they don't turn it over, it's not a winning formula," said running back Alvin Kamara. "You can't turn the ball over and expect to win, especially not against a good team."

The game is widely believed to be the final one for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. A report prior to the game from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer said Brees’ final game would be the Saints final game of the season, whenever that was. ...

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Saints won 49 games in four years without reaching a Super Bowl

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Saints have had a great run over the last four years. At least in the regular season.

But the contrast between the Saints’ regular-season success and their postseason lack of success has been noteworthy: The Saints have won 49 regular-season games in the last four years, the most wins in a four-year span by a team that failed to reach a Super Bowl, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In 2017 the Saints went 11-5 but lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. In 2018 the Saints went 13-3 but lost in the NFC Championship Game. In 2019 the Saints went 13-3 but lost in the wild card...
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Jaguars will pick 25th after Rams loss in divisional round

  • News source: Josh Alper
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New Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer knew his team had the first overall pick in the draft when he took the job and now he knows where the team’s second first-round pick will fall.

Jacksonville acquired the Rams’ 2021 first-rounder as part of the deal for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019 and it will be the 25th overall selection after the Rams lost to the Packers on Saturday. They also acquired the Rams’ 2020 first-round pick, which they used to take edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson.

The Browns, Ravens, and Saints also have their spots set for April’s draft after losing over the...
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Important quotes after the game include reflections on Drew Brees as a teammate

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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On the four turnovers:

“I thought defensively we played exceptionally well. Unfortunately, those types of things in a game like this, end up being the difference. They (Tampa) scored three touchdowns off of our first three turnovers. It’s just tough to win a game against a good team like that when you do that.”

On not attacking more downfield:

“We had some down the field throws, actually. Sometimes, we were coming off to the underneath throws. We had a couple double spears. Look, we made some plays down the field. Obviously, not enough. I don’t think that was our issue. I thought that...
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Report: Saints expected to lose Dan Campbell to Lions, Terry Fontenot to Falcons

  • News source: Jude Young
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An offseason of what is expected to be significant change for the New Orleans Saints is underway.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that top Saints assistant Dan Campbell will likely become the head coach of the Detroit Lions and executive Terry Fontenot is expected to be hired as General Manager of the rival Atlanta Falcons.

Campbell has been the assistant head coach and tight ends coach in New Orleans for the past five seasons. Fontenot, a Lake Charles native and Tulane product, has served in the Saints’ front office for the past 16 years.

Like Fontenot, Jeff Ireland is another Saints...
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Saints recent playoff misery falls at feet of the offense

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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It is the worst kind of three and out.

For the Saints, a third straight playoff loss at home was likely the end of a 15-year stay as the Saints quarterback for Drew Brees, who is expected to soon announce his retirement.

There’s a common thread in those three losses. It’s lack of offensive production.

In those three home defeats to the Rams, Vikings, and Bucs, the Saints scored a total of 63 points. New Orleans had seven turnovers to just two for the opposition in those defeats.

The first quarter of the 30-20 loss to the Bucs looked a lot like the first quarter of the loss to the Rams...
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2 ups and 2 downs from the Saints loss to the Buccaneers

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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It is very hard to win any football game when you lose the turnover battle 0-4. An interception that set the Bucs up at the Saints 3 yard line, a costly fumble by Jared Cook that completely turned momentum, and two interceptions on the last two drives of the game, absolutely devastated the Saints chances to win.

The 21 points the Bucs scored off turnovers were clearly the difference in this game, and we can only wonder what would of happened had Jared Cook not fumbled when the Saints were up 7 and driving.

Smith returned from IR Sunday and had his second multi-score game of the year...
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Social media reactions after the Saints loss to the Buccaneers

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It was not a good night to be a fan of the New Orleans Saints.

The team lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the playoffs in what was likely the final game of Drew Brees’s hall of fame career. After beating the Buccaneers twice in the regular season, losing three key players and turning the ball over four different times, ended up dooming the Saints early in the second half.

It’s always tough to say good-bye, and if this is truly the end of Drew Brees’s 15 year career as the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, it’s been a heck of a ride.

Here are some...
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Devin White sets the tone for Tampa Bay’s defense

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As football has pivoted sharply toward health and safety in recent years, it can be jarring to see someone approach the game with the rough-and-tumble mindset that permeated the sport for decades.

Buccaneers linebacker Devin White embodies that rough-and-tumble mindset.

He’s physical, within the rules. He’s sudden, he strong, he’s violent, he’s athletically skilled.

“I think the number one thing is [defensive coordinator] Todd Bowles said, ‘We’re going to be feisty, we’re going to challenge those guys’ and he’s going to take us over them,” White told reporters after the 30-20 win over...
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New Orleans Saints Divisional loss: Utter self-destruction

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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With the New Orleans Saints 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional round, Drew Brees walked off the field of the Superdome for what might have been his final time.

The way in which New Orleans lost was somewhat shocking and uncharacteristic. Ironically, it was quite similar to the exact way Tampa Bay lost in Week 9; of the three interceptions by Tom Brady in the 38-3 loss, the Saints scored a touchdown on two turnovers. In Sunday’s loss, New Orleans had four turnovers. With the final interception essentially ending the game, of the three meaningful turnovers, Tampa...
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How all four divisional-round losers were beaten: Barnwell picks flaws and looks ahead

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The divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs was dramatic. The past two regular-season MVPs were both forced from their respective games with concussions. One of the greatest quarterbacks in league history threw what was likely his final pass as a pro, sealing his team's fate with an interception in the process. Another coach seemed to indicate that his highly paid quarterback wasn't guaranteed a starting job in 2021. You don't even need to look past the most important position in sports to see how stressful this weekend was for the eight playoff teams.

The league is down to four...
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Sean Murphy-Bunting on shutting out Michael Thomas: We just played ball

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas holds the NFL’s single-season record for catches, but he didn’t have any of them in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers.

Thomas was targeted four times during the game, but none of Drew Brees‘ passes found their way to his hands. One of them was picked off by cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to set up the first Tampa touchdown of the game and Murphy-Bunting said that he felt Thomas challenged him and the rest of the secondary before the game.

“We just played ball,” Murphy-Bunting said, via “We just played ball, man. I’m not the type to be...
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NFL overhaul tiers: Which teams will look most different in 2021?

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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Salute to the Cleveland Browns for breaking a 17-year streak atop the overhaul tiers list.

If the Browns can win 11 regular-season games and follow it up with a road playoff win, there's hope for the six franchises hiring a new head coach and the teams without a clear-cut answer at quarterback and the teams with a flat-out bad defense.

Now that the season is over for most, this is the time of year for buzzwords such as culture, cohesion, chemistry and synergy. The teams that don't have to use these terms are still playing. The teams that do simply need better coaches or players.

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Report: Todd Bowles interviewing with Eagles Monday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Buccaneers Defense did a great job against the Saints on Sunday and the coach who was calling the plays is reportedly speaking to the Eagles on Monday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy on Monday. Bowles also spoke to the Falcons and Lions this month, but the Falcons hired Arthur Smith and the Lions are set to hire Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell now that New Orleans has been dispatched.

Bowles has some Philly ties. He went to college at Temple and he spent the 2012 season on...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 18: Saints playoff run ends in heartbreaking fashion

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Saints suffer a 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending their playoff run.

Tre’Quan Smith finished the game with 85 yards and two touchdowns, his best game of the season.

Multiple reports indicate that Drew Brees played his last game in the Superdome.

After being one of the frontrunners for the position over the past few weeks, Terry Fontenot is expected to be the next general manager of the Atlanta Falcons.

Assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints, Dan Campbell, is expected to be the new head coach for the Detroit Lions.

Answers for how the Saints can move...
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