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NFL Experience Autograph Schedule

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/30/2013 – 4:49 pm

The NFL released its schedule of autograph sessions for the NFL Experience this week. The event runs from Wednesday to Super Bowl Sunday. It’s being moore_articleheld at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Tickets to NFL Experience can be purchased over the phone by calling (866) TIX-4NFL (849-4635), online at www.SuperBowl.com or at the stadium box office at Gate A. Beginning Jan. 30, opening day of NFL Experience driven by GMC, fans can purchase tickets at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center box office. Tickets sold at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center box office will go on sale one hour before opening daily. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under, and permit entry for a particular day and time. Tickets purchased by phone and online are subject to a Ticketmaster service charge.

Players scheduled to appear at NFL Experience:

Wednesday, Jan 30
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mark Ingram
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Deuce McAllister
5 p.m. -7 p.m. Kyle Rudolph
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Malcolm Jenkins
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Toby Gerhart
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Stephen Tullock

Thursday, Jan 31
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Antonio Brown
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Victor Cruz
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Brandon Carr
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Chris Givens
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Carl Thomas
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Marshawn Lynch
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Calais Campbell
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Jamaal Charles
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Kordell Stewart
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Ben Watson

Friday, Feb. 1
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Doug Martin
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Darnell Dockett
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Randall Cobb
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sean Weatherspoon
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Luke Kuechly
3 p.m.-5 p.m. LeSean McCoy
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Chris Long
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Joe Montana
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lance Moore

Saturday, Feb. 2
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ahmad Bradshaw
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ladainian Tomlinson
1-3 p.m. Antonio Pierce
1-3 p.m. Archie Manning
3-5 p.m. Antonio Cromartie
3-5 p.m. Willie Roaf
5-7 p.m. Plaxico Burress
5-7 p.m. Toby Gerhart
7-9 p.m. Willie McGahee

Sunday, Feb. 3
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Derrick Brooks
10 a.m.-12 p.m. TBD
12 p.m.-2 p.m. Chris Givens
12 p.m.-2 p.m. Earl Thomas
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Charles Tillman

*Please note that names and schedule of appearances are subject to change and refunds will not be granted for changes to the schedule


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Drew Brees Talks About Sean Payton’s Return, Super Bowl

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/24/2013 – 3:44 am

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Wednesday night from the Pro Bowl for an interview with Solomon Wilcots and Marshall Faulk . Watch the interview  brees_faulkhere. Below is a transcript of the interview provided by NFL Network PR.

On if he has spoken to head coach Sean Payton since he has been reinstated by the NFL:

“We exchanged text messages. I texted him just to say it’s great to have him back and look forward to seeing him Super Bowl week. I was actually on my way out here when I texted him, so I look forward to that. Glad that he has a chance to get back with his staff; I know he’s at the Senior Bowl in beautiful Mobile, Alabama right now scouting the young guys. He’s back to doing what he loves to do.”

On if he could have anticipated how much the Saints were going to miss not having Sean Payton last year:

“I knew we were going to miss him a lot. Here’s the thing: unfortunately our record doesn’t really signify the effort that I think our coaches put forth. I feel like our coaches did a phenomenal job this year, both offensively and defensively, under very tough circumstances obviously. Unfortunately our record doesn’t show that, but I know that he would be proud of those coaches. But you talk about a sense of urgency and an interesting offseason, this is going to be an intense offseason but it’s something we’re ready for because we want to get this thing back on track.”

On how much he enjoys coming to the Pro Bowl:

“I love coming to the Pro Bowl. I love being in Hawaii, it’s a great family vacation bringing the kids out here and watching them run around. Just being around the guys; it seems like every year whether it’s young guys or seasoned veterans that have been here before, that camaraderie and whether it’s talking football or just watching the kids play together. You appreciate it more and more the older you get but it’s great to be out here with my teammates as well, some guys from the Saints. Really enjoy every chance you get.”

On the city of New Orleans hosting the Super Bowl:

“The city is extremely excited. This will be the 10th Super Bowl that New Orleans has hosted. There have been some great ones there over the years. Obviously there is no better place to throw a big event or a big party or a big parade than in New Orleans; they know how to do it, they do it right. Everything is very centralized…There is going to be plenty going on.”

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New Orleans Saints Players Discuss Sean Payton’s Return

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/23/2013 – 1:38 am

Below are quotes from New Orleans Saints players on the NFL reinstating Head Coach Sean Payton on Tuesday: Jacksonville Jaguars 27 - New Orleans Saints 24 (L)

OT Zach Strief:
“It’s a big deal for us. I think the sooner we got him back, the better. We expected him back in a couple of weeks but to get him back early will be really important. I know losing coaches and putting staffs together, it’s important to have him there. I think, more than anything, it’s a big emotional boost, not only for the team but for the organization.”

LB Curtis Lofton:
“It’s a great way to start off the 2013 season with our leader back. Everybody is ecstatic about it and it’s going to be good to actually get to talk to him. We are putting 2012 in the past and we are starting 2013 on a positive. I don’t know Sean as well as most of these other guys but I look forward to being able to sit down and talk to him to get to know him better as a coach and person. I am looking forward to this season.”

C Brian de la Puente:
“I think Sean is a great leader and to have a leader like that back is priceless so we’re excited to have him back. We don’t like going on the past and we like looking forward to the future. Having coach Payton back will really let us do that. We’re excited to have him back and we’re looking forward to the future.”

K Garrett Hartley:
“It’s always great to have your guy back. He means so much to this organization, not just to players but to fans as well. We’re excited about it and ready to officially start the 2013 season.”

FB Jed Collins:
“Everybody has been asking about it and everybody is excited. Our response is real simple – our season started today. It was a tough and long year, we learned a lot and hopefully we improved from it but we’re already looking at what’s to come.”

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Statement from New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/22/2013 – 3:38 pm

“We are all thankful that Sean Payton has been reinstated. We have a lot of work to do and we are in the middle of it right now. Mercedes-Benz Superdome
He is our head coach and we welcome him back. We look forward to a great 2013 season and making another run at a World Championship for our fans!”

- Tom Benson

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Statement from New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/22/2013 – 3:28 pm

“I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated back in March.  I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full payton_pregame_article_pantresponsibility for all aspects of our football program.”

I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations.

Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed.

Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.

I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!”

- Sean Payton

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Drew Brees On The Dan Patrick Show

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/16/2013 – 7:37 pm

QB Drew Brees spoke with the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning. Watch the full interview here. Some highlights below: Super Bowl XLV-Radio Row

On what he did for his birthday on Tuesday: “It was also our oldest son Baylen’s fourth birthday. He was born on my 30th birthday. So it’s easy to keep track of how old I am, you just have to add 30 years onto whatever age he is at. My birthday went out the window the minute he was born because January 15th became all about him. We took him to a Justin Bieber concert last night in New Orleans. I believe the loudest sound in the world is the piercing scream of thousands of teenage girls seeing Justin Bieber walk on stage. There is no doubt. It was a pretty cool experience. Baylen and our middle son Bowen had a great time.”

On comparing the sound of a Justin Bieber concert in New Orleans to a Saints home playoff game: “My wife (Brittany) has the perspective because she is use to sitting in the dome every Sunday. As a player on the field you kind of tune it out. So I don’t think you get that same perspective but she said that was louder than a Saints home game in the Superdome, which gets pretty crazy.”

On his gameday routine: “I go to my locker and I put tickets at will call in case there is anybody I am leaving them for. I lay my clothes out the exact same way every time. I get dressed and put my gameplan in front of me. I sit down for a period of time and go through certain sections of it in the order that I always do. I go and get stretched. I tie my shoes the same way. I go out and do warm ups the same way with the receivers. I go back in the locker room and put my uniform on the same way.”

On what he believes is the main reason why the Saints didn’t make the playoffs this season: “We didn’t make the plays. Plain and simple. I can point to at least three or four games. You do this every year. At the end of the year you say ‘we could have had this one or could have had that one.’ Obviously that would have made a difference. There are definitely three or four games where you say ‘if we make this play or that play, I think it completely changes the outcome of that game.’ Maybe that would have been enough to get us in. We lost our last game at home against Carolina, but prior to that I thought we were playing some of our best football in two of those last three games. You want to be playing your best ball at the end of the season. Those are usually the teams that do well in the playoffs. Had we been able to (get in the playoffs), I felt like we would have been a tough team.”

On how different the season would have been had Sean Payton been with the team: “I really can’t speculate. I really don’t know how much of a difference that makes. Obviously his presence, not only on the offensive side of the ball but on the defensive side of the ball as well… he has such an unbelievable ability to read our team and know exactly what message needs to be communicated and delivered at the right time. Certainly we missed that and missed his presence. It’s really hard to say how that would have affected either side of the ball or us as a team. His presence would have been a great thing for us.”

On if Heisman Trophy Winner Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel can succeed in the NFL: “I don’t see why not? The guy is unbelievable as a redshirt freshman. Obviously there is a jump from the college game to the NFL. Just because you have success in the college game doesn’t guarantee you anything in the NFL but I think there are a lot of intangibles that come with a guy like Johnny Manziel. Just like there are a bunch of intangibles that come with a guy like RG3 or Russell Wilson. Guys that maybe are running a little bit different style of offense than a traditional offense in the NFL and yet they are having a ton of success doing it because they great players. They can run, throw and despite whatever size disadvantage people want to label them with, they overcome that because they are football players.”

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Q&A with Drew Brees

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/14/2013 – 11:47 pm

Drew Brees and Verizon hosted 140 fans for a “Race to the Super Bowl” event in New Orleans on Monday afternoon. 1

Teams of four participated in an interactive adventure hunt through the French Quarter, completing technology-based, NFL-oriented challenges on Verizon devices for a chance to win four tickets to Super Bowl XLVII.

Verizon is hosting 10 events in New Orleans prior to the Super Bowl to honor the 10th time that Crescent City has hosted the game. Check out more info on all events here.

Brees spoke with NewOrleansSaints.com about the “Race to the Super Bowl” event, serving as an ambassador for New Orleans for the Super Bowl, the NFC Championship game and his offseason approach.

How much do you enjoy hosting events like this?
“I think it’s awesome that Verizon would host an event like this for our fans. The NOLA 10 events are a nice way to honor the 10th time that New Orleans will host a Super Bowl. It recognizes what a unique venue this is to host the Super Bowl. For me to be able to kick this event off as well as host the ninth event, which is a concert for our foundation to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief, is special. It’s great that we have that kind of relationship with Verizon that they want to help and infuse that type of excitement in our city.”

When did you start to convert from in-season mode to now serving as ambassador for New Orleans for the Super Bowl?
“I don’t know. Maybe today is the first day of that (laughter). My mindset is reverted. It’s going from obviously hoping that we were playing in this game, in our hometown which would have been fantastic, to now let’s be the greatest hosts that we can be. That’s what New Orleans is all about. That is what our city thrives on. How many events does this city host each year from the NCAA Final Fours, BCS Championship game, Sugar Bowl and now the Super Bowl. Even non-sports events with Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest and all these fests that we host. That’s what New Orleans does. New Orleans knows how to throw a party. We want people to come here, have a good time and want to come back here.”

You faced the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons this season. What do you think of their matchup in the NFC Championship game?
“Those two teams haven’t faced each other in a while. They haven’t faced since Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco. I think they are both completely different teams since they last faced. The Falcons have new coordinators and new personnel. It’s two teams that are playing really well right now, that aren’t familiar with one another right now but about to play each other in the biggest game of our conference for the right to play in the Super Bowl.”

As disappointing as the season was, have you been able to evaluate your performance and how the team did?
“I wouldn’t right now because obviously it wasn’t good enough at 7-9. I have a plan for how I am going to go back and evaluate each and every play from last season. I will focus on what I want to accomplish personally, for us as an offense and for us as a team moving forward.”

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New Orleans Saints Players on Twitter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/11/2013 – 8:52 pm

Below is a list of New Orleans Saints Players on Twitter as of April 3, 2013:  moore_pic

Isa Abdul-Quddus – @iamisa1

Drew Brees – @drewbrees

Rafael Bush – @rbush36

Travaris Cadet – @TravarisCadet39

Chris Chamberlain – @Chambo57

Jed Collins – @JedCollins45

A.J. Davis – @AwesomeJet20

Brian de la Puente – @BriandelaPuente

Justin Drescher – @jdrescher88

Sedrick Ellis – @SedrickEllis1

Jahri Evans – @J_7TRE_E

Jarred Fayson – @JFayson

Junior Galette – @JuniorG93

Jimmy Graham – @TheJimmyGraham

Jabari Greer – @Jabari_Greer

Ben Grubbs – @Ben_Grubbs501c3

Roman Harper – @Harp41

Garrett Hartley – @GHartley5

David Hawthorne – @D_Hawthorne57

Will Herring – @wherring54

Akiem Hicks – @The_Dream99

Mark Ingram – Mark_Ingram28

Chris Ivory – @ivory_29

Malcolm Jenkins – @MalcolmJenkins

Cameron Jordan – @camjordan94

Ryan Lee – @RLee75

Keenan Lewis – @KGLewis28

Curtis Lofton – @CurtisLofton50

Lance Moore – @LanceMoore16

Joe Morgan – @jmthegreat

Thomas Morstead – @thomasmorstead

Jerico Nelson – @jln006

Eric Olsen -@EOlsen69

Jay Richardson – @JayRichardson99

Patrick Robinson – @PatRob21

Greg Romeus – @GregRomeus91

Scott Shanle – @scottshanle

Darren Sproles – @DarrenSproles

Ryan Steed –  @TheNobleSteed_1

Zach Strief – @ZachStrief

Will Smith- @iWillSmith

Andy Tanner – @andytanner14

Pierre Thomas – @Pierre_Thomas

Andrew Tiller – @BigTill66

Nick Toon – @Nick2oon

Jonathan Vilma – @JonVilma51

Tyrunn Walker – @twalker337

Corey White – @CoreyWhiteJr3

Martez Wilson – @MartezWilson95

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Mickey Loomis: “We Can’t Blame 7-9 On Anybody But Ourselves”

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/11/2013 – 4:46 pm

Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia Thursday afternoon on WWL Radio. Below  loomisare some highlights. Listen to the full interview here.

On how difficult it was to finalize Head Coach Sean Payton’s contract extension: “I don’t think it was that difficult because I think Sean’s intention all along was to be here with the Saints. Clearly that was our intention. The biggest difficulty was that we had a pretty long period where we couldn’t even discuss it with his agent (Don Yee). That was the biggest obstacle.”

On what expectations weren’t met this season: “We expect to be a playoff team every year. Whether you are 13-3, 11-5 or 10-6 or whatever records it takes to get there, that’s what we expect to begin with. We go into every game expecting to win. When that doesn’t happen and you end up 7-9 and on the outside looking in, that’s difficult to swallow. That’s not the expectations we have in our building and that’s not the expectations that our fans have become accustomed to so you are left with dissatisfaction.”

On the similarities he has found with working for an NFL team and an NBA team: “Certainly it’s a continuing education for me. So far I have found a lot more similarities than I have found differences. That’s been a little bit surprising to me. Clearly there are differences with a different game. Some of the logistics are different. I think the mentality and the types of things that win in football are similar in basketball. It’s about having discipline, having a good system, having the right coach and being able to develop a good locker room. All those things that we emphasize here at the Saints are important with the Hornets as well.

“I like our Head Coach Monty Williams and GM Dell Demps a lot. I think they are talented guys. I like the makeup of our team. We have a lot of young guys on that team and they are good people. They want to be successful and they want to be coached. I like what I see so far even though the record isn’t what we would like it to be. We are a young team and these are the early stages of development. I think we are off to a good start.”

On what impact the offseason distractions had on the season: “We can’t blame 7-9 on anybody but ourselves. None of the (offseason distractions) had anything to do with how we practice, how we prepare, tackling and the way we execute our offense on the field. We had plenty of opportunities to do that the right way, finish games and make plays. That didn’t impact that. The players that were supposed to miss games ended up not missing games. Every year there are distractions that exist and the good teams have to be able and are able to put that away when it’s time to perform on the field.

“I certainly don’t want to get into any discussion that says ‘our 7-9 record is the fault of somebody other than ourselves.’ If we do that, then we are going to excuse this last season and not be critical enough of ourselves to prevent it from happening again. I understand the (fans’ feelings) and I understand that we didn’t meet expectations. I think excuse makers would say ‘it’s all the league’s fault.’ We are not going to be excuse makers. This is our fault and we need learn from it, be better for it and I think we will be.”

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Zach Strief Wins 2012 Jim Finks Good Guy Award

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 01/08/2013 – 4:06 pm

OT Zach Strief received the 2012 Jim Finks Good Guy Award, the Pro Football Writers of America announced.  strief_media

The award is presented annually by members of the New Orleans chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to a Saints player for his qualities and professional style in helping media members do their jobs.

The award is named for former Saints General Manager Jim Finks. Before his death in 1994, Finks was known around the league for cooperating and working well with the media.

Strief was voted as a team captain, along with Drew Brees, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Courtney Roby and Jonathan Vilma, for the 2012 season.

After serving as a capable reserve for his first five seasons as a Saint, Strief successfully moved into the starting role at right tackle in 2011 and has started each of the 23 games he has participated in the past two seasons.

(Given by the New Orleans chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America)

2001 – G Wally Williams
2002 – WR Joe Horn
2003 – K John Carney
2004 – TE Ernie Conwell
2005 – T Wayne Gandy
2006 – QB Drew Brees
2007 – LB Scott Fujita
2008 – RB Deuce McAllister
2009 – T Jon Stinchcomb (Brees won the national NFL award)
2010 – LB Scott Shanle
2011 – S Malcolm Jenkins
2012 – T Zach Strief

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