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Saints fans had a big, angry parade before the Super Bowl

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A protest-acular.

By Christian D'Andrea | SBNation

Two weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints had their Super Bowl 53 hopes dashed thanks to, in no small part, a horrible botched call from the officials. On Sunday, with the big game looming, fans in Louisiana banded together to let the world know two weeks wasn’t enough time to get over the uncalled pass interference penalty that allowed the Rams to escape the state with the conference championship in tow.

Thousands of Louisianans decked in black and gold took to the streets to express their displeasure with a league that rewarded the Rams’ “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” approach with a spot in Super Bowl 53. Parades and second line jazz funerals rang through the streets of New Orleans in a display intended to give disgruntled football fans “something better to do” than watch the team that broke their hearts play for an NFL title. ...

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Saints fans stage huge Super Bowl protest in New Orleans

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By Des Bieler | Washington Post

February 3 at 7:13 PM

Saints fans outraged by their team’s loss in the NFC championship game were hardly about to let go of that frustration on the day of the Super Bowl. Ahead of the matchup Sunday between the Rams and Patriots, thousands of Saints supporters swarmed New Orleans streets in a demonstration that, in the spirit of the Big Easy, was as much of a party as a protest.

Dubbed the “Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade,” referring to the Saints' colors, the demonstration included plenty of fans wearing team paraphernalia, as well as some with shirts bearing messages that decried an officiating no-call that helped Los Angeles win the NFC championship game.

Fans gathered Sunday near Jackson Square, a popular destination in the city’s French Quarter, to let their feelings be known, or just to join in the kind of raucous but generally joyous celebration for which New Orleans is famous. Referring to the location of the Super Bowl, one Saints fan told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “I don’t think any losing team is going to have a party like we’re going to have here. It’s going to be better than what’s going on in Atlanta today.”

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Saints re-signing defensive coordinator Dennis Allen

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By Jeremy Bergman, Around The NFL Writer |NFL.com

Dennis Allen is staying in New Orleans.

The Saints defensive coordinator is expected to receive a new deal with the organization, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday.

Allen was slated to be a free agent after this season and had interviewed for the vacant Miami Dolphins head coaching job earlier this year. Allen's name had also been thrown around as a potential candidate for defensive coordinator on Zac Taylor's Cincinnati Bengals staff.

The 46-year-old Allen has overseen defensive coordinating duties in New Orleans since 2015. Since 2006, he has held a position on Sean Payton's Saints staff for all but four seasons. After wallowing as one of the league's worst units in 2015 and 2016, the Saints' defense has improved mightily over the last two seasons, ranking 14th in both points and yards allowed in 2018. ...

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Video: Thousands of Saints Fans Protest in New Orleans After Blown Call vs. Rams

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By Paul Kasabian | Bleacher Report


New Orleans Saints fans may get over a blown call in their team's 2018 NFC Championship Game loss some day, but it's not today.

Michael DeMocker of NOLA.com provided video of thousands of Saints fans marching on Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans, while Atlanta is home of this year's championship game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams: ...

The Saints had the ball on the Rams' 13-yard line with 1:48 left and the score tied at 20 in the NFC Championship. On 3rd-and-10, quarterback Drew Brees looked for Tommylee Lewis, but Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell-Robey Coleman interfered with the pass-catcher to prevent a completion.

No call was made, and the Saints eventually lost 26-23. If the refs blew the whistle, the Saints would have been in position to run down the clock close to zero seconds before a game-winning field-goal attempt.

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Mark Ingram: "Don't really care" about Big Game, Saints feel they were cheated

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By J.B. Biunno | WFLA

ATLANTA (NEXSTAR) - New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram might be in Atlanta for the Big Game, but he doesn't seem to care about the matchup very much.

In an exclusive interview after meeting with local children through a partnership with McDonald's, Ingram admitted he and his teammates are still frustrated over the no-call that marred the NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.

"We just disappointed we ain't getting to play for the championship," said Ingrams. "Everybody saw [the missed call by the referees.] It is what it is."

Ingram was asked about the matchup between the Rams and Patriots. His response was blunt, to say the least. ...

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Game? What game? Saints fans plan Super Bowl boycotts

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By REBECCA SANTANA The Associated Press | News Herald

NEW ORLEANS — From the “Boycott Bowl” to the “Dunk the Referee” tank, people in New Orleans are finding creative ways to spend Sunday doing anything but watching the Super Bowl.

As the rest of the country gathers to watch the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams in the biggest football game of the year, Saints fans will be mourning a Super Bowl that might have been. An extensive list of bars and restaurants say they won’t air the game and a wealth of alternative programming has sprouted up across the city for people to show their Who Dat spirit while boycotting the game.

“So many people wanted this and, more importantly, so many people needed this because we were robbed,” said Kim Bergeron, a marketing and public relations specialist who put together one of three parades slated for Sunday.

Saints fans have been angry since the Jan. 20 NFC championship game and what has now become known as the infamous “no-call.” A Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation time. The Rams went on to win the game and will play the Patriots Sunday in Atlanta. ...

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Drew Brees finishes second in MVP voting for 4th time

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Here’s a tough pill to swallow: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was not selected for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, as decided by a 50-voter panel assembled by the Associated Press. The distinction was given to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Per David Ely of NFL.com, that selection was a landslide in favor of Mahomes. He reports that the Chiefs QB received 41 of the 50 votes, with just nine coming in for Brees.

It should not be surprising, given how productive Mahomes was in 2018. The first-year starter tore up the league, assembling a stat line that included 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. Brees and Mahomes were widely seen as evenly matched for MVP honors throughout the regular season, until Brees strung together a series of poor performances late in December. ...

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Report: Bengals considering Saints DC Dennis Allen for opening

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was not hired after interviewing for the vacant Miami Dolphins head coach position, but another team is taking interest in him. Per Alex Marvez of SIRIUS XM NFL Radio, the Cincinnati Bengals are considering Allen for their open defensive coordinator spot.


Allen’s contract with the Saints ended following their 2018 season, so while this would be a lateral move for him, they could not block the Bengals from interviewing him. It’s a question of whether Allen wants to return to New Orleans and try again to reach the Super Bowl, or if he would rather leave to get in on the Bengals rebuilding process with first-year head coach Zac Taylor. ...

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