Saints mourn death of famed 'Dome Patrol' linebacker Vaughan Johnson

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints lost a great member of the black and gold this week when former linebacker Vaughan Johnson died after battling kidney disease. He was 57, and is survived by his wife and children.

Johnson was a key piece of the famous “Dome Patrol” Saints defenses of the late 1980s and early 1990s, having played alongside Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling and the late Sam Mills. Johnson represented the Saints in four Pro Bowls, including the 1992 game in which all four linebackers were invited — the only time it’s happened in the history of the NFL’s all-star game.

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Member of famed 'Dome Patrol' Vaughn Johnson passes away

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By Fletcher Mackel | WDSU

A member of the New Orleans Saints famed "Dome Patrol" passed away Thursday evening.

Vaughn Johnson was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Black and Gold who, along with Pat Swilling, Rickey Jackson and the late Sam Mills, formed one of the best linebacker units in NFL history.

The four men were simply known as the Dome Patrol.

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The injuries have piled up at an inopportune time for the Saints

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

The bright lights of Monday Night Football on ESPN can’t come soon enough for the three-time defending NFC South-champion New Orleans Saints, who seem extremely comfortable playing on a national stage.

One assumes they have moved on from last Sunday’s stunning 48-46 last-second loss to the San Francisco 49ers inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Let me put it a different way. The Black and Gold (10-3) better have learned from their mistakes and buried the past or they could find themselves on the wrong end of the final score Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts (6-7) at the Superdome (7:15 p.m.).

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Has Alvin Kamara regressed? Sean Payton doesn't think so

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s been a frustrating season for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, despite his team’s success. On top of a handful of knee and ankle injuries that sidelined him midway through, he’s struggled to get into the end zone, scoring just two touchdowns all year (both in Week 3’s huge game with the Seattle Seahawks). Considering Kamara scored 14 touchdowns in 2017 and 18 touchdowns in 2018, that’s a huge drop-off.

But it doesn’t tell the whole story. While he hasn’t gotten many opportunities inside the red zone (meaning the opponent’s 20-yard line, which is prime scoring position), logging 29 touches in 11 games this year (2.63 combined runs and targets per game) after getting 110 looks in his previous 31 regular season games (3.55 per game). In addition to that context, Kamara’s efficiency stats are lining up well against what he accomplished just last season. He’s only averaged three rushing yards and five receiving yards less per game:

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Saints QB Drew Brees to Appear on 'Undercover Boss'

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By Brian Jones | Pop Culture

Drew Brees is about to be back on CBS, but it won't be for football. According to The Advocate, Brees and his sports bar, Walk-On's, will be featured on the show Undercover Boss. The show is now in its ninth season and Brees' episode will air on this January, and see the star quarterback in disguise as a dishwasher while his business partner, Brandon Landry will be disguised as a kitchen manager.

"We're at a critical growth point, looking to double our presence over the next year," Landry said in a statement. "Going undercover afforded me the unprecedented opportunity to address areas for improvement and make refinements so that we can continue on our strategic growth path."

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Confident oddsmakers raise Saints to 9.5-point favorites over Colts

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints fans will enjoy a rare tranquil Sunday this week, with their team scheduled to host the Indianapolis Colts during “Monday Night Football” on the sport’s biggest stage. The Saints offense turned in their best game of the year a week ago, while the defense couldn’t keep up the pace, so there’s understandable anxiety going into the next week of the season. At least fans can enjoy a peaceful Sunday of stress-free games beforehand.

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Saints have not lost an ounce of belief in Alvin Kamara: 'His time is coming'

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Bring up Alvin Kamara’s name around the New Orleans Saints training facility, and a mantra starts to become clear.

Quarterback Drew Brees said, “I think his time is coming.”

Left tackle Terron Armstead said, “One of those games where he just explodes and goes crazy, it’s coming soon.”

Head coach Sean Payton said, “His best football this season’s ahead of him.”

When this trend was pointed out to Kamara himself he responded in kind, “Oh yeah, it’ll come. It’ll...
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Saints feed off 'electric' energy fans bring to Dome for prime-time games

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Deonte Harris remembers his first prime-time game.

It was his first NFL game as a professional and for the New Orleans Saints.

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

He was the first Saint to touch the ball, returning a punt for 14 yards.

"I was like, 'Oh s***;' excuse my language," Harris said of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome atmosphere at night. "But now it's like any other game. I got used to it. It's normal now."

The rookie has already played in his fair share of night...
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Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith hoping to put injury riddled start of 2019 behind him

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Personally, all Tre’Quan Smith wants out of the remainder of this 2019 season is for his teammates to be able to count on him.

The second-year New Orleans Saints wide receiver has missed five games this season as a result of two separate ankle injuries. He believes the time away sapped from his progress as a player and put him in a bad spot mentally.

Being in the training room’s ice tub rehabilitating his injured ankle while the team was on the field was not a fun...
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Saints vs Colts Friday Injury: Jared Cook Full, Drew Brees on Report Too

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Missing practice for the Saints are S Vonn Bell (Knee), CB Patrick Robinson (Calf), LB Kiko

Alonso (Quadricep), and G Andrus Peat (Forearm).

Both T Terron Armstead (Ankle) and DE Cameron Jordan (Abdomen) returned to limited practice. C/G Will Clapp (Elbow), LB A.J. Klein (Knee), and FB Zach Line (Knee) were limited for the second day.

Drew Brees (Right Elbow) is now on the report but was full. TE Jared Cook (Concussion) who was limited on Thursday is now full...
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Brees added to Saints injury report Friday

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Already dealing with a slew of injuries, the Saints added Drew Brees to their Friday injury report ahead of their Monday night matchup against the Colts.

The New Orleans quarterback, who landed on the list due to an issue with his right throwing elbow, was still a full participant at practice.

Left tackle Terron Armstead (ankle) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (abdomen) were limited Friday after practicing fully Thursday while tight end Jared Cook practiced fully...
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Lengthy Saints injury report gets longer with addition of QB Drew Brees

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The New Orleans Saints' injury report grew a little bit on Friday, as the team officially placed quarterback Drew Brees on the injury report with a right elbow ailment.

Brees was a full participant in practice. The injury appears to date to Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. TV cameras caught Brees massaging his right bicep during the last drive of the game, adding Thursday that "it's all good."

Three players were upgraded from Thursday's practice, as...
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Drew Brees on injury report with right elbow issue, fully participates in practice

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The Saints made a notable addition to their injury report after Friday’s practice.

Quarterback Drew Brees landed on the list due to a right elbow issue. Brees was a full participant in the session, so it wouldn’t appear to affect his availability for Monday’s game against the Colts.

The Saints will practice again on Saturday before issuing injury designations for the matchup with Indianapolis.

Left tackle Terron Armstead (ankle) and defensive end Cameron Jordan...
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Which teams should Saints pull for in Week 15? See NFC playoff scenarios, matchups, more

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As the Saints head into the final three weeks of their season and navigate some confusing playoff scenarios, an important disclaimer: None of this matters without wins of their own.

Winning out would leave the Saints at 13-3 and with the potential to take over the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds should other teams help them out with timely wins and (more importantly) timely losses.

The good news? The Saints have already won the NFC South, which guarantees them no lower than...
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Walker: The late Vaughan Johnson, nasty on field and nice off, left his mark as a Saints' legend

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Vaughan Johnson was the hard-hitting one.

He was the Dome Patrol member known for delivering the hits that were so vicious that former teammate Bobby Hebert described them this way.

"He'd be the one to knock a snot bubble outta you," Hebert said.

That was Johnson on the field.

Off the field, he was the total opposite.

"Nice and friendly, like a Teddy Bear," said Jay Romig, the Saints administrative director who has worked with the team for 43 years.

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New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts: Bold Predictions

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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 15 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a Monday Night Football showdown against the...
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Former Member of Famed Saints Dome Patrol Vaughn Johnson Dead at 57

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Watching the Saints play when Vaughn Johnson and the rest of the Dome Patrol played was what made watching “Saints” football enjoyable for a change. I can’t say I grew up watching Vaughn play, he was a few years younger than myself, but I like to think I grew up metaphorically with him.

Vaughn Johnson played college ball for North Carolina State University, was drafted in the defunct USFL, and Joined the Saints in 1986 and played to 1993 before having a one year...
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Inside the NFL's gutsiest playcall: Saints' Super Bowl XLIV onside kick

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The gutsiest play in Super Bowl history was supposed to be a fake punt.

"Ambush" -- the New Orleans Saints' onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV as they trailed the Indianapolis Colts 10-6 -- was inspired by Saints coach Sean Payton's mentor Bill Parcells, who used a fake punt to help his New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990 NFC Championship Game.

"I said you've got to have 'you know what' to win this game," Parcells recalled...
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