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Former Saints Coach: Taysom Hill Will Be Brees' Successor

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Mike Westhoff believes Hill will be the Saints' starting quarterback once Drew Brees retires

By Zach Gelb | CBS Sports Radio

Drew Brees has played 19 NFL seasons, won a Super Bowl and turns 41 on Wednesday. In many ways, it would not be surprising to see him retire.

On the other hand, former Saints special teams coach Mike Westhoff does not see that happening.

“I don’t know for sure,” Westhoff said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I did not ask him, and he did not tell me. But his level of enthusiasm led me to believe he’s absolutely not ready to quit. I think he’ll go for a little while. I think he will. I believe that.”

When Brees does retire, though, Westhoff believes that Taysom Hill will be the Saints’ starting quarterback.

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NFL playoffs strategy guide: Understanding the Saints

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By Steven Ruiz | For the Win

It’s been a long NFL season, but the postseason is finally here. Now, you probably didn’t get to study the entire playoff field in-depth during the regular season. No worries. We’ve put together guides that will help you become an instant expert on all 12 teams making up the field.

These guides will tell you how each team uses its personnel on both sides of the ball, what its strategic tendencies are and how efficient the team is based on several advanced metrics.

In this guide, we’ll be looking at the New Orleans Saints, who rolled to an NFC South title but just missed out on a bye with a 13-3 record. Let’s get to know them ...

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How in the **** ??

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By Claude Coupee | GSEZ Correspondent

Sorry, I’ve been away for a while, but finally made bail.

We’re once again bringing another episode of one of GSEZ’s most popular game-show formats, “How In The ****??”

So let’s get started.

Pooh-yah, Claude, how in the **** did the Saints not get a bye in the playoffs at 13-3?

Since 1978, when the NFL went to a 16-game schedule, in the 41 full seasons of NFL football (omitting the strike year of 1982, but including the 15-game season in 1987) since, exactly 50 teams have gone 13-3 (adding a win to the 13-2 49ers and the 12-3 Saints in 1987), and four of those 50 teams have not gotten a bye for the first week of the playoffs.

Three of those teams are the Saints. ...

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The Secret Sauce Behind the Drew Brees–Sean Payton Relationship That Rewrote the NFL Record Books

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Over the last 14 years, Brees and Payton have defined football in New Orleans by putting
up numbers unlike any in history. What makes their connection tick—and can it lead the
Saints to another Super Bowl?


By Robert Mays | The Ringer

It’s hard to imagine now—after 65,000 passing yards, a string of NFL records, and a Super Bowl win—but the partnership between Drew Brees and Sean Payton got off to a rocky start. Brees came to New Orleans as a free agent in 2006, months after going down with a serious injury to his throwing shoulder in his final game as a member of the Chargers. Payton had been a promising assistant for the Cowboys and Giants and, at age 42, was getting his first shot at the top job. Together, they were tasked with turning around a franchise that had gone 3-13 the previous season in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

During the third week of the 2006 preseason, the Saints traveled to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the powerhouse Colts. Early in the game, Brees badly missed on an out route toward the New Orleans sideline. “Drew couldn’t get the ball there,” says Zach Strief, a longtime Saints tackle who was a rookie that season. “His arm wasn’t there yet. It wasn’t ready. And Sean was so frustrated, he calls [quarterbacks coach] Pete Carmichael on the headset, who had come over from San Diego with Drew. And he goes, ‘Is...

So, who's going to win the Super Bowl? Probably the Saints.

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By Andy Nesbitt | USA Today

The NFL regular season is over and it's time to get serious. Super serious.

So, who's going to win the whole thing this year and parade through their city with the Lombardi Trophy?

Here's who I think is going to do it - the New Orleans Saints. Granted, I'm often wrong about many things so take this prediction for what you will, but I gotta feeling about this team.

There is no team who deserves this most, considering how the refs robbed them of a trip to the Super Bowl last year with one of the worst no-calls in sports history.

But here's the thing - they're also really good at football, too.

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Latest Saints News

NFL Pro Bowl 2020: Several Saints stand out in 38-33 AFC win over NFC

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A somber 2020 Pro Bowl is now in the books. In a game that was ultimately overshadowed by the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the AFC defeated the NFC 38-33 in a close game. Several Saints put up serious numbers, including Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Jared Cook.

Brees started at quarterback at the behest of Russell Wilson, who gave Brees props for possibly opening doors for him to start in the NFL. Brees capitalized on the opportunity, throwing for 95...
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'It could happen to any one of us:' Saints QB Drew Brees reflects on life, legacy of Kobe Bryant

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ORLANDO, Fla. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke for five minutes at his locker after Sunday's Pro Bowl.

And for the first time since his team lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wild-card game, Brees wasn't asked about his future. Instead, every question pertained to the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, and the news broke moments before the Pro Bowl was set to begin.

Brees said he had met...
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'We all work together so well:' Saints cite chemistry setting franchise-record with 10 Pro Bowlers

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Details reminiscent of the New Orleans Saints franchise were everywhere during week of the Pro Bowl.

The end zones at Camping World Stadium were black and gold. The NFC's uniforms were gold, while the AFC's were black.

And then, there were a franchise-record 10 Saints in uniform on Sunday — with an 11th who elected to stay home due to injury. It wasn't the highest total for any team, as the Baltimore Ravens had a league-high 11 players on the AFC...
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Walker: Thanks for the memories, Kobe

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Alvin Gentry may as well have been speaking for all of us.

"I have no words, really," Gentry said as he began his pregame news conference. "I don’t know where you can even start."

None of us had the words to quite make sense of the shocking news that rocked the NBA on Sunday.

When you think of Kobe Bryant, you think of numbers like 24 and 8 (the two jersey numbers he wore) or 81 (the number of points he once scored in a game against the Toronto Raptors).

The...
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'A terrible day for the world:' Saints at Pro Bowl heartbroken by Kobe Bryant's death

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A party raged under the bleachers inside Camping World Stadium just 15 minutes before kickoff at the Pro Bowl.

Inside the NFC's locker room, speakers blared Meek Mill as night club-esque lights shone brightly. The NFC's all-stars were ready.

Then, they checked their phones, and disbelief washed over them.

NBA great and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter accident in California. In that moment, football no longer mattered...
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After Kobe Bryant's death, Drew Brees calls him 'one of the great competitors of any generation'

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ORLANDO, Fla. — News of Kobe Bryant's death broke just before the starting lineups at the Pro Bowl were announced.

And by the end of the first quarter, most everyone on the sidelines was aware of the tragedy, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees, in an in-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, said he'd met Bryant once in the past, and wished he could have interacted with him more.

"He was a guy who I always hoped I would have the chance...
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Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl

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Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today.

Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl.

It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more likely Wilson just wanted to make a gesture for a player he’s long admired.

“Drew means the world to me,” Wilson said on the ESPN...
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Drew Brees to start at QB in 2020 Pro Bowl

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According to this Tweet from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, starting quarterback for the NFC’s Pro Bowl team, Russell Wilson has given his starting spot in today’s game to our very own Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints:

This is a kind gesture from one veteran peer to another. While speculation may lean toward the thought that Wilson is giving this spot to Brees as a “retirement gift” as Brees could be playing in his last Pro Bowl, that is merely speculation...
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2020 NFL Pro Bowl: open thread

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The Pro Bowl is the closest thing we’ll get to actual NFL football this Sunday, so let’s follow the event here. The New Orleans Saints are sending eleven representatives to today’s Pro Bowl. Here are this year’s Saints Pro Bowlers to watch today:

QB - Drew Brees

RB - Alvin Kamara

WR - Michael Thomas

TE - Jared Cook

OT - Terron Armstead

OG - Larry Warford

DE - Cameron Jordan

CB - Marshon Lattimore

K - Wil Lutz

KR - Deonte Harris

and uh...

OG - Andrus Peat...
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Pro Bowl 2020: Game Time, TV, Online, and Mobile Streaming

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The Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for a fourth consecutive year, rather than a trip to beautiful Hawaii or the Super Bowl host city of Miami. It may not be scenic Honolulu or South Beach, but the NFL Pro Bowlers do get to spend some time at Disney World this year. Although the Pro Bowl had become a mess from 2014-2016, the game has rebounded a bit since 2017. It has gone from unwatchable to mildly entertaining.

The New Orleans Saints have sent eleven representatives...
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Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

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For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire.

On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear.

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game.

“Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get...
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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

"The Niners...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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Drew Brees' retirement decision to come in a month; Saints QB using Pro Bowl for family time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One of Drew Brees' sons, Callen, clung to his father's leg after Saturday's Pro Bowl practice.

Brees, while answering media questions, occasionally patted his son on the head, simultaneously paying attention to both his child and a reporter.

For Brees, that's what Pro Bowl week is all about: spending time with his wife and four children. His decision regarding his future on the football field will come later.

"I'm really waiting until football...
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