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Matt Rhule Names Starting QB vs Saints

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The Panthers have made a switch under center.

Schuyler Callihan | SI

With just two games remaining in the 2021 season and the postseason officially out of sight for the Carolina Panthers, head coach Matt Rhule now turns his focus to evaluating his options for 2022.

Wednesday afternoon, Rhule named Sam Darnold the starting quarterback for this week's game against the New Orleans Saints which was to be expected. When Cam Newton signed to a 1-year, $10 million deal earlier in the year, it was to help the Panthers remain competitive and in the hunt for the playoffs. Now that it's no longer a possibility, it makes sense to let Darnold start the final two games of the season so they can have full conviction on what they would like to do with him moving forward.

Carolina picked up the 5th-year option for Darnold prior to the start of the season, meaning he is owed $18 million next season. No other franchise is going to be willing to pick that up in a trade so if the Panthers do decide to deal him, they will have to foot most of the bill. However, if Darnold shows some sort of promise in these final two games, it may give Rhule and the front office hope that he can perform at a higher level behind a revamped offensive line next fall. ...

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Bucs' Tom Brady opens up about viral meltdown, colorful exchange with Saints coach

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Tom Brady (12) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yells at a referee during the fourth quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium
on Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Social media erupted when footage appeared to show Brady yelling 'Go f— yourself'

By Paulina Dedaj | Fox News

Just a day after suffering his first shutout since 2006, a much calmer Tom Brady was ready to talk.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback went viral after appearing to curse out New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen after throwing an interception in the 9-0 loss on Sunday.

Immediately after the game, Brady said it was "just football" when asked about the exchange, but during Monday's episode of the "Let’s Go!" podcast, he offered a little more detail into what went down.

"Oh, we were just exchanging pleasantries," he said, via "It was a nice night in Tampa. We were just wonderfully, in the heat of the moment, expressing, uh, I wouldn’t say pleasantries, but we were very competitive in that moment, it was emotional. So that’s just football players being football players." ...

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The usual Friday suspects make their picks with Jim Derry on ‘Dattitude,’ Ep. 48

  • News source: BY JIM DERRY | Sports betting writer
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Some like opening weekend of the NFL. Some like the second weekend of college bowl season. Some like the NFL wild-card round. For Jim Derry, this is the best football weekend of the year.

And the Friday Dattitude crew is ready to offer their top picks of the weekend. Dave “D-Squared” Ducorbier and Jim spend time going through the games in detail, while Uncle Big Nick had to mail his picks in, as he dealing with the frigid funk.

If you’re interested in certain topics, we list times below in the podcast to jump around.

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Dennis Allen to Interview for Bears Head Coach Opening

  • News source: John Hendrix
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It's taken a little longer than expected, but another team is interested in one of the coaching staples for the Saints. According to a Thursday night report from NewOrleans.Football's Nick Underhill, the Chicago Bears are expected to interview defensive coordinator Dennis Allen next week for their open head coaching position.

Just 10 days ago, the Bears put in a request to interview Jeff Ireland for their GM spot. It would be interesting if Chicago could pull off a package deal to get two important Saints to help rebuild their team. Allen has certainly put together an impressive resume to...
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Bears head coach search adds Saints DC Dennis Allen to list of candidates

  • News source: John Sigler
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There we go: NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill first reported that the Chicago Bears have scheduled an interview with Dennis Allen for their vacant head coaching job next week, adding the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator to their list of candidates.

Allen has put together some outstanding defenses with the Saints in recent years and it was only a matter of time until he started getting more looks as a potential head coach. Here’s what I wrote of him earlier this offseason in previewing potential Saints losses on the coaching staff and front office:

Losing Allen would hurt, but...
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Saints defensive line had plenty of moving parts in 2021, but late cohesion boosted production

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The 2021 season saw plenty of faces rotate in and out for the New Orleans Saints defensive line, especially early.

Between a lengthy suspension for one and injuries to several others, the Saints essentially played musical chairs at defensive line, but several in the group came on strong late in the season.

Here is a look at who is and is not under contract for the 2022 season, a quick look back at what transpired in 2021 and a view into the future of what the position may hold.

There was a sour note before the season began after defensive tackle David Onyemata was hit with a six-game...
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2022 opponents for NFL teams announced

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A complete list of home and away matchups for the 2022 regular season was issued Thursday by the NFL.

Each team will play 17 regular-season games (and three preseason games) as follows:

• Home and away against its three division opponents (six games). • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating, three-year cycle (four games). • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating, four-year cycle (four games). • Two intraconference opponents based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the...
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Start of NFL playoffs offers perspective on Saints

  • News source: Les East
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The start of the NFL playoffs provided perspective on the New Orleans Saints.

On the one hand, the performance of a few teams demonstrated that the Saints were a playoff-caliber team even though their 9-8 record left them just on the outside looking in. We’re looking at you Eagles, Steelers, Cardinals and Patriots.

On the other hand, the performances of those teams showed that the NFL doesn’t have 14 teams worthy of competing in a championship tournament. The Eagles lost to the Buccaneers by 16 points, the Steelers lost to the Chiefs by 21 points, the Cardinals lost to the Rams by 23...
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Louisiana woman accused of defrauding retired NFL players’ healthcare fund

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Toni Charles, a Louisiana woman who had a child with former NFL defensive lineman Norman Hand, has been accused of defrauding a healthcare fund for retired NFL players and their dependents.

According to the Associated Press, Charles is accused of submitting false claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Reimbursement Account Plan on behalf of Hand’s son to the tune of nearly $60,000.

Charles was arrested on charges of theft of more than $25,000 and forgery. The Upshaw fund allegedly reimbursed Charles for false claims submitted on behalf of their son in 2018.

Hand played 10 years in the NFL...
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Report: Bears to interview Dennis Allen for head coach

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The Chicago Bears will interview New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen for their head coach opening next week, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.

The Bears are the first team to express interest in Allen this coaching cycle. The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Allen for their open position last year before hiring Nick Sirianni. Allen spent three years as head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2012-14. He joined the Saints as a defensive assistant in 2015 before taking over the coordinator role beginning in 2016.

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Jeff Duncan: The 49ers are poised and built to upset the Packers at Lambeau Field

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Lost in the controversy about the Dallas Cowboys’ wild card loss last week is this potential consideration: Maybe, just maybe the San Francisco 49ers are good. Like really good.

This is a team that has now won five of its last six games, with its lone loss coming on a last-second field goal to the Titans in Tennessee, a team that just happens to be the top playoff seed in the AFC. In that span, the 49ers have beaten the Bengals, Rams and, now, the Cowboys on the road.

Instead of debating Mike McCarthy’s coaching decisions and job security maybe more folks should notice the team on the...
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Rams-Saints fiasco still lingers, three years ago

  • News source: Mike Florio
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For all the blunders that NFL officiating has provided in recent years, none was more notorious and inexcusable than the one that occurred three years ago today, in New Orleans. Making matters worse was the clumsy and ineffective way in which the NFL handled the aftermath of a bad call that sent the wrong team to the Super Bowl.

The NFC Championship was tied at 20. The fourth-quarter clock showed one minute, 49 seconds. The Saints had the ball on the Rams’ 13, facing third and 10.

Just before the snap, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman realized he was badly out of position. He sprinted...
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Which former Saints players, coaches are competing in the playoffs divisional round?

  • News source: John Sigler
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Need a rooting interest to keep up with the NFL playoffs? The New Orleans Saints have some connections with nearly every team playing in the divisional round this weekend, though those ties are greater with some outfits — like the Cincinnati Bengals — than others. That’s already prompted some Saints fans to throw their support behind hometown heroes. Let’s survey each remaining playoff team and their links to the Saints and Louisiana:
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Derry’s NFL Playoff Picks, Divisional Round: Titans end Bengals dream; Rams upset Bucs

  • News source: BY JIM DERRY | Sports betting writer
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* Spreads and prop bet lines were gathered from Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana, which is the official odds partner of, as of Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Picks are in order by conference, then when scheduled to be played:

(4) CINCINNATI (11-7, W1, 11-6-1 ATS) at (1) TENNESSEE (12-5, W3, 10-7 ATS), Saturday at 3 p.m. CBS

STRAIGHT UP: Titans. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Titans (-3.5 only if I have to on game day, but I would buy the hook at -3 for -120 or -125). UNDER 47.

Previous meeting this season: Did not play this season. The last time these two teams faced off, the Bengals won, 31-20, on...
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Michael Thomas is the Key to Saints Offensive Resurgence in 2022

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The New Orleans Saints used a second-round draft choice, the 47th overall pick, on Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas in the 2016 NFL Draft. New Orleans expected a consistent possession receiver who would complement the explosive Brandin Cooks.

What the Saints got was a rare offensive weapon that would dominate the league.

Thomas improved his production and set NFL records during his first four seasons with New Orleans. Included was the 149 receptions in 2019, and breaking Marvin Harrison's 17-year most receptions in a season NFL record.

The former Buckeye quickly became a...
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Sean Payton Gossip Ain't Worth the Hype

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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The rampant rumors of New Orleans' head coach leaving the team are what offseasons are made of in today's NFL.

"My job is to call attention to the things that I think are the difference between winning and losing. If I can't do that, then I have failed as a coach," said Bill Parcells

A quote from Sean Payton's mentor. Has Payton gotten to the point that he cannot recognize "the difference between winning and losing" in New Orleans? Let's examine.

The stench of "Sean Payton's Leaving" rumors that have been swirling around the NFL is worst than the smell of a rotting nutria rat in the...
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Injuries eroded the Saints' foundation on the offensive line. Is change on the way?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Almost everything that could have gone wrong for the New Orleans Saints offensive line did in 2021.

Eleven different players started a game at one of the five regular starting positions (and a few started at multiple positions). The All-Pro tackles both missed time, and worse, they missed it at the same time. The young center who’d barely missed a snap in his first two seasons went down five snaps into the season. The $57.5 million left guard missed more than half the year, and the 2020 first-round pick who had a difficult rookie season regressed.

And change might be on the horizon...
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Would the Saints draft a quarterback with the 18th pick? Early mock drafts think so

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Mock draft season has arrived.

A couple notable NFL draft analysts recently released their first rough guesses of the 2022 calendar year at which draft-eligible players may end up going where. And when they considered the New Orleans Saints, quarterback was the top priority.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., the Athletic's Dane Brugler and Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle each had the Saints targeting a quarterback with the No. 18 pick of the 2022 draft in mock drafts they released this week. More on their picks below.

This is obviously very early in the pre-draft process.

Prospects will rise...
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