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Report: Eagles to interview Saints DC Dennis Allen for head-coaching job

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By Cameron DaSilva | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints had one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, ranking fifth in points and yards allowed. Unfortunately, they could be in danger of the guy who led that side of the ball this past season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles will interview Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday as Philadelphia searches for its replacement for Doug Pederson.


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15 highest Saints salary cap hits in 2021 offseason

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

How would you describe the New Orleans Saints salary cap situation — compelling, or a crisis? Revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic are going to see the NFL salary cap either idle around $198 million or drop to as low as $175 million in 2021, forcing teams around the league into making tough decisions, but none of them have as great a challenge as the Saints.

Between their 21 free agents-to-be and the resources already committed to players on their roster (to say nothing of Drew Brees’ expected retirement), the depth chart will look different the next time they kick off. All of these numbers can and will change in the months ahead, but here are the current top 15 salary cap hits for the Saints in 2021 (per OverTheCap.com):

QB Drew Brees: $36,150,000 ...

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Saints' Michael Thomas will likely undergo surgery to repair nagging injuries from 2020, per report

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The All-Pro wideout is preparing for an offseason full of injury rehab

By Patrik Walker | CBS Sports

To say it was a rough 2020 season for Michael Thomas is an understatement. The All-Pro wideout not only battled injuries that cost him 11 starts, but he was also the centerpiece of what was/is supposedly a disgruntled relationship with the New Orleans Saints, the latter seemingly boiling over when he allegedly punched C.J. Gardner-Johnson in practice and was subsequently punished for it by the team in Week 5. With his tumultuous fifth NFL season now behind him, following the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round, Thomas is not only free to reflect on it all -- but to also get his body back to 100 percent.

To that end, he'll likely reportedly undergo surgeries to repair a torn deltoid as well as other injured ligaments in his ankle -- per Adam Schefter of ESPN -- the dates of which are currently unknown.

It's also reported Thomas would often not practice at all during the week ahead of games as he dealt with the high ankle injury suffered early in the season, Saints coaches allegedly advising him the team was better with him at much less than 100 percent than not at all. In the end ...

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New Orleans Saints assistant Ryan Nielsen will not take LSU defensive coordinator job after all, per reports

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Language in Nielsen's contract with the Saints was problematic for the move

By Tim Kerveval

LSU's search for a new defensive coordinator continues on for another day. New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen will not, in fact, become the new DC for the Tigers, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. Rittenberg adds that Nielsen has been given a three-year extension by the Saints with the assistant head coach title to boot.

A Saints assistant since 2017, Nielsen reportedly informed coach Sean Payton of his interest in LSU's opening Monday following Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional round. LSU was in the process of a deal with Nielsen as recently as Monday evening, according to Jane Slater of the Network. However, Slater also reported that language in Nielsen's contract with the Saints apparently taking a job in the college ranks. Understandably, Nielsen -- or, rather, those representing him -- was about to object:


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He's 40. He's Black. He's an NFL GM; How hard work, determination took Terry Fontenot to the top

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Terry Fontenot finished dead last that day.

But the way Fontenot handled that one-mile race as an eighth grader also explains how he eventually landed one of the most powerful positions in the NFL.

Fontenot didn't look at all of the runners who crossed the finish line before him.

Instead, he looked down at his watch and said this: "I bettered my time."

"That's the type of person he has always been," said Jacquetta Fontenot, Terry's mom. "He never worries about what everyone else around him is doing. He always kept his eyes focused on what he could do to make himself better."

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Saints rewatch: Tampa Bay's aggressive man coverage stifled the Saints' passing attack

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Sometimes, the second look at things simply reinforces what was evident the first time around.

The New Orleans Saints’ season ended in heartbreak Sunday, and upon further review, the culprits did not change: New Orleans did its defense no favors with too many turnovers, and when the Saints managed to hold onto the ball, they didn’t do enough with it.

Maybe it doesn’t sound fun to revisit in closer detail exactly how those obvious things played out, but if you’re not faint of heart, here is the final after-action report of the Saints’ 2020 season.

As the Saints were lining up for their...
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Eagles to interview Saints DC Dennis Allen about head coaching job

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Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will interview with the Eagles about their head coaching position on Wednesday, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Allen has been the Saints defensive coordinator since 2015. He was previously the head coach of the Raiders, posting a 8-28 record from 2012-2014.

New Orleans has had one of the NFL’s top ranked defenses over the past three seasons.
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Report: Saints assistant Aaron Glenn tabbed as Lions defensive coordinator

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Reports indicate Dan Campbell will be announced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Lions, and he’s starting to assemble a staff with a fellow Saints assistant joining him in Detroit.

NFL Network reports Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn is heading to the Lions to serve as Campbell’s defensive coordinator.


Glenn has been with the Saints since 2016. The former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback recently interviewed with the Jets regarding the head coaching opening they filled by hiring 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Salah.
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Saints' secondary coach Aaron Glenn reportedly to be Detroit's defensive coordinator

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are reportedly losing another position coach to the Detroit Lions, as secondary coach Aaron Glenn and the Lions' are closing in on a deal to make him their next defensive coordinator, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Glenn will be joining new head coach Dan Campbell, who had spent the last five season with the Saints coaching their tight ends and serving as the team's assistant head coach.

Campbell's hiring is expected to be official on Wednesday after he finishes exit meetings with Saints players.

Glenn had interviewed for the New York...
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Report: Lions to hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator

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Dan Campbell is bringing Aaron Glenn with him to Detroit.

Campbell, the new Lions head coach, will hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Glenn and Campbell have worked together on the Saints’ staff for the last five years.

The 48-year-old Glenn was a first-round draft pick of the Jets in 1994 and had a 15-year NFL playing career. This will be his first coordinator job after seven seasons as an assistant coach.
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Saints to pick 28th in 2021 NFL draft; only own 3 current selections, but more are coming

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints had the best record of the four teams who were eliminated from the playoffs during the divisional round, and therefore will go into this year's NFL draft with the No. 28 pick.

Currently the Saints only own three selections in the 2021 draft, in the first, second and fourth rounds.

They traded away their 2021 third- and sixth-round selections during last year's draft for Zack Baun and Tommy Stevens, respectively. They also traded a conditional fifth-round selection for Kwon Alexander, and it is believed that selection will come in 2021 after Alexander hit play-time...
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Saints retain LSU defensive coordinator target Ryan Nielsen as assistant head coach

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Defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen is staying with the New Orleans Saints after getting a promotion to assistant head coach rather than becoming the defensive coordinator at LSU, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Nielsen has received a new three-year contract with the Saints to stay on staff as the assistant head coach while continuing to coach the defensive line under Sean Payton. In his new duties, Nielsen replaces Dan Campbell, who left to become head coach of the Detroit Lions

Reports leaked Monday that the Saints were not willing to let Nielsen out of his contract to take the college position...
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Report: Eagles to interview Dennis Allen on Wednesday

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The Eagles’ head coaching search will continue tomorrow with another defensive candidate.

Philadelphia will interview New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen on Wednesday, per a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Allen has been the Saints defensive coordinator since 2015. He began his tenure with the club as a senior defensive assistant but was promoted when head coach Sean Payton fired coordinator Rob Ryan in November of that same year.

Prior to that, Allen spent just over two seasons as the Raiders head coach from 2012-2014. Oakland went 4-12 in 2012 and 2013. Allen...
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Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen interviewing with the Eagles: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Dennis Allen, who oversaw one of the most successful New Orleans Saints defenses in the Sean Payton era, is interviewing with the Philadelphia Eagles for their vacant head coaching position, according to an NFL Network report.

Allen has served as the Saints defensive coordinator since the 2015 season, and has oversaw a complete turnaround of a unit that finished No. 31 in total defense and No. 32 in scoring defense in his first season.

The Saints have improved their ranking in total defense — or how many yards they've allowed in relation to their peers — every year under Allen...
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Sources: Nielsen gets Saints deal, won't join LSU

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Defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen is staying with the New Orleans Saints after getting a promotion to assistant head coach rather than becoming the defensive coordinator at LSU, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Nielsen has received a new three-year contract with the Saints and will replace Dan Campbell, who left to become head coach of the Detroit Lions, as the assistant head coach while continuing to coach the defensive line under Sean Payton, a source told ESPN.

Nielsen, who played under LSU coach Ed Orgeron and worked under Orgeron at Ole Miss, had emerged as the top candidate for the...
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Ryan Nielsen will stay with Saints

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen will stay in New Orleans after LSU tried to hire him away to be its defensive coordinator.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Nielsen will remain on the Saints’ staff.

Nielsen appeared to have a deal done with LSU, but the Saints reportedly told him his contract prevents him from leaving. NFL coaches who are under contract are often prohibited from leaving for another NFL team, but it’s rare that a contract blocks a coach from leaving for a college job.

The Saints gave Nielsen a new three-year contract and the title of assistant head coach...
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Report: Saints WR Michael Thomas likely to have surgery on injured ankle

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After having an All-Pro season and signing a big new contract, Michael Thomas had no where to go but down off such a high in his career. That is, unless the New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl.

It didn’t happen, and the injured wide receiver appears destined for surgery.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Thomas may need to address the issue through repair now that his season is over. A torn deltoid ligament and other ligament damage in the ankle would be addressed through a medical procedure if the 27-year old decides to go that route.


Thomas suffered the high ankle sprain in the first week...
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Saints face extreme roster management challenge due to salary cap crunch

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Since joining the New Orleans Saints organization in 2000, Mickey Loomis has worked the salary cap as well as anyone in the NFL.

Loomis, who started his career in New Orleans as the financial person managing the salary cap as Director of Football Administration in his first two years before ascending to General Manager, has perhaps the biggest challenge of his over two decade stint with the Saints now.

Along with current Vice President of Football Administration Khai Harley, Loomis now has the daunting task of managing a payment structure which is the worst positioned in the league in...
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