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Article 3 NFL Takeaways: Michael Thomas Might Be the Best Player in the NFL

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Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson is going to win the NFL MVP, and there's a good chance that Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson will finish runner up. There's a case to be made, though, that New Orleans Saints' star wide receiver Michael Thomas should win the Offensive Player of the Year, as he's perhaps established himself as the most dominant player at any position in the sport.

In the Saints' 38-28 win in Tennessee in Week 16, Thomas hauled in 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. It was his seventh game in 2019 with at least 120 receiving yards. It was his ninth game this season with at least 10 receptions, which is a fitting way to note that he broke Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison's record for receptions in a single season, a record that had stood since 2002.

A year ago, Thomas was an All-Pro, as he led the NFL with 125 catches, while also tallying 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. The Saints rewarded the fourth-year pro with a five-year/$96.25 million extension prior to the season, guaranteeing him over $60 million. Thomas, still only 26, has rewarded the Saints in turn with one of the greatest individual seasons that a wide receiver has ever had. He's set a new record with 145 catches, and has 1,688 receiving yards entering the final week of the 2019 season, a staggering total.

Mind you, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees missed nearly six full games in 2019 with a thumb injury...

Random thoughts midway through the season

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  • I have always in my mind divided the season into four 4 game mini-seasons. I figure if you go 3-1 in each mini-season you end up at 12-4, probably win your division and maybe even get a bye. Its hard to win 12 games in the NFL. 7-1 is a great mid season record. Before the season started I would have taken 6-2 in a heartbeat.
  • After Brees got hurt I was hoping for 5-3 and thinking even at 4-4 we were in the hunt for the West with 2 games each left with Atlanta and Carolina. I did not see 7-1 coming after L.A. game and then road trip to Seattle. Not in my dreams did I foresee 7-1.
  • I wrote earlier this year the biggest news that happened which passed with little fanfare was the signing of Sean Payton to a new deal. I rue the day Drew retires, but I think as long as Payton is our coach we will be competitive. His coaching work with Brees hurt has been the best of his career, and that is saying a lot.
  • I have this image in my head of Payton waking up on Mondays with a mad scientist hat on figuring out what devious new play he will design for his swiss army knife, Taysom Hill. I am still waiting for the end around flea flicker where Taysom takes the handoff and throws a bomb to himself.
  • Insurance can be expensive and you often regret paying it because you so rarely need it. The Saints paid a very large sum to Bridgewater the last two years for an insurance policy in case the the historically durable Brees got hurt, god forbid. Did that turn out...

Breakdown: Saints Pressure Defense

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Hey guys, sorry it's been a few weeks. Like I said I was officiating my brother's wedding, and this week I just got a new HC job so there was a lot going on with personnel decisions, hiring staff and media obligations. But I have been wanting to do this breakdown for a few weeks now, so I hope everyone enjoys it.

Before I get started, the only thought I want to immediately share on the last (2) games is that Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a beast. He is playing like a high-level starter, and out of nowhere. I have been really impressed with him and can't see PJ Williams getting that nickel spot back. But I'll save the rest of my takeaways for a different thread.

Saints Pressure Defense
The Saints' defense has been lights-out this season and is a huge reason why the Saints have won the last 6 games including those without 2 of the best players in the NFL (Brees and Kamara) on offense. And while the defense as a whole has really progressed and improved each and every week, what I really love is what they are doing in pressure situations with their "amoeba" front.

**Full disclosure: I have been using the same pressure principles in my defensive system for the last 3 years** I refer to the variations as either Banshee or Psycho depending on what I am asking my guys to do up front alignment-wise. Because I don't like the term "amoeba front" I will just refer to it as "Banshee" for the rest of this breakdown.

What is the Banshee Front and Why does...

Baldy Breakdowns - Saints Vs. Bucs

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Another week, another batch of breakdowns -

Will add more if they come.

Edit: A fresh batch of videos midweek, that's awesome!

He just posted a bunch more :

Latest Saints News

CSC Podcast Mailbag: Panthers Free Agents, Extensions, NFL Draft

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle takes your weekly mailbag questions, Carolina Panthers free agents, who deserves a contract extension and who should the Saints target in the NFL Draft.
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Why the Saints should sign CB Kendall Fuller

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In the NFL, versatility is key. Every team needs pieces who can fill in multiple spots throughout an injury-ridden NFL season. The Saints have guys like Taysom Hill on offense and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on defense who fit this billing.

With 17 players from the 2019-2020 Saints roster hitting the market as unrestricted free agents, finding more players with this type of versatility helps tremendously.

This is where a guy like Kendall Fuller could come in handy...
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Saints 2019 year in review: Janoris Jenkins

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The New Orleans Saints came into the the 2019 season with arguably the deepest and most talented secondary in franchise history. It was a a standard that they lived up through the midway portion of the season. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple would contain some of the best receivers in the NFL one-on-one, giving their physical defense a big advantage over opponents. Apple began to struggle with penalties and blown coverages down the stretch of the year...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 17: New England named a future home for Taysom Hill, Drew Brees worries fans, and Saints should watch Cardale Jones

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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NFL columnist Mike Freeman believes that the New England Patriots will try to sign Taysom Hill, even if Tom Brady returns.

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones would be a good fit for New Orleans Saints in a post-Drew Brees era.

Drew Brees posted an Instagram picture of himself and his wife with a gorilla in the background, but the picture was from 2019.

Charley Casserly of says that Colorado’s Laviska Shenault would be a good compliment to Michael...
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How much will free agency reshape Saints' defense?

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints’ defense doesn’t need an overhaul.

It ranked 11th in the NFL in yards allowed in 2019 -- its best finish in six years. And it had three players named to either the Pro Bowl or first-team All-Pro teams in end Cameron Jordan, linebacker Demario Davis and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

But depending on how much the Saints choose to pony up in free agency, this unit could look significantly different in 2020.

Five of the nine...
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Saints 2019 Season in Review: Craig Robertson

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The Saints signed Craig Robertson to a 3 year $5 million contract in 2016. He received a 2 year extension in 2019. This freed up some cap space and makes him expendable in 2020. If cut he would only carry $650,000 in dead cap and free up $1,750,000.

Robertson was a valuable signing in 2016, proving his worth in it as well as the 2017 season. 2018 saw a sharp reduction in production. In 2016 he played in 15 games all as the starter, one missed due to injury and...
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5 points of focus as the Saints shape their 2020 roster, depending on 1 big question

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every single area of the New Orleans Saints' roster will be under scrutiny heading into the 2020 season, but since we are not paid as much as the front office folks, let's just narrow it down to the top five.

So, let’s dive right in with the one question that is likely to shape the entire Saints’ off-season.

Is it going to be Drew Brees? Teddy Bridgewater? Taysom Hill?

Someone else?

The thing about it is the Saints truly do not know the answer to this question...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Erik McCoy

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Erik McCoy was the player the New Orleans Saints didn't know they needed until they suddenly needed him. On March 16, 2019 the Saints surprisingly lost their Pro Bowl center, Max Unger to retirement. This announcement placed center as an immediate position of need going into the 2019 season. The Saints immediately signed free agent center/guard Nick Easton from Minnesota the very next day, for four years/$24 million. The Saints wisely didn't look at that signing as...
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Could any Saints free agents be franchise tagged?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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If you were paying attention, February 25th represents the first day NFL teams could franchise tag their pending free agents.

What is a franchise tag? It’s a one-year contract that a team can use on a pending free agent, with the amount set by the collective bargaining agreement, or an amount equal to 110% of the previous year’s salary for the player, whichever is greater. OvertheCap has estimated the franchise tag amounts for the NFL in 2020 by position:

Part of...
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Why the Saints should sign TE Hunter Henry

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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There was a period last year when Jared Cook was out due to injury, that the New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was the second tight end behind Josh Hill on the roster, with no other tight end available.

The aforementioned Cook is only under contract turning 33 years old later this season, and he’s only under contract for one more year in New Orleans. It’s time the Saints address the position with something that provides a bit more long-term...
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Fleur-de-Links: February 14: Free agents that New Orleans should sign, and speculation on Saints quarterbacks

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Bengals offer many free agents that could be an upgrade for the Saints, including wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.

Analysis on if Taysom Hill can be the Saints’ new franchise quarterback.

NFL Spin Zone recommends that the Saints avoid wide receiver Amari Cooper, tight end Greg Olsen, and linebacker Shaquil Barrett.

Saints Wire provides a list of 31 free agents that the Saints could pursue in the offseason. Highlights include tight end...
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Hearing regarding emails between Saints, Archdiocese will be open to media

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints joined the Archdiocese of New Orleans in asking Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Ellen Hazeur to bar the media from a hearing next week regarding whether emails between the team and the Archdiocese about sexual abuse committed by clergy should remain under seal, but their bid was unsuccessful.

Ramon Antonio Vargas of reports that Judge Hazeur ruled on Thursday that the hearing, which is scheduled for Feburary 20, will be open to media...
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Hearing on Saints' emails with church to be open

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News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the NFL's New Orleans Saints concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.

A state judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that the Feb. 20 hearing will be open, although she cautioned attorneys that they must not disclose the contents of the emails at that hearing.

As The Associated Press reported last month, victims' lawyers allege that...
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Saints mock offseason: Conservative edition

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Forget “mock drafts.” How about a full-on mock offseason? Roster releases, free agent acquisitions, trades, and the NFL draft - the whole nine yards. This will be the first of multiple mock offseasons, and since it’s the first, let’s keep this one simple...

The New Orleans Saints are set to begin the 2020 offseason with only $9 million in cap space.

The Saints first re-sign Drew Brees to a two-year deal that is essentially a one-year deal with a void year in 2021...
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