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Mickey Loomis Discusses Coaching Changes, Free Agency and the NFL Draft with FOX-8

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/28/2013 – 7:54 pm

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke with WVUE-TV FOX 8’s Sports Director Fred Hickman
loomisWednesday night on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Below are some highlights from Loomis’ interview:

On the offseason: “It’s an exciting time for us. Sometimes, like this year, we have some coaching changes. Obviously getting Sean (Payton) back in the building is a huge deal for us. There is a lot of excitement that comes with the offseason and a lot of work. We look forward to it and look forward to improving our football team. We are getting past last season and on to the next one.”

On the state of the Saints heading into the 2013 season: “I think the state of our team is pretty darn good. First of all, I think we will return to some stability in 2013 which will be good. We will get past some things that happened last offseason. More importantly, we have a lot of young players. We have a lot of returning core players. This last season didn’t meet our expectations and not the standards that we have been used to these last four or five years. We are looking forward to getting back to that. I think there’s an attitude of ‘head down, grind away, let’s get back to playing Saints football and get our record up there to meet our expectations.”

On new Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan: “He has an enthusiasm and excitement to him. His personality is a little different then Steve’s (Spagnuolo). Not necessarily better, depending upon the team, but for our team I think it will be good for us. We are moving to a three-man front defense and that’s what he has done in his career. We are looking forward to some of the changes that he is going to implement along with the remaining staff – Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson, Andre Curtis and some of the other guys on defense. I think we are going to have a good group there.”

On the salary cap: “We are above the cap. I think that has been well documented and we have some work to do but we have known that. We have known where we are going to be and we have planned for it. We have some restructuring to do in some cases and reductions in other cases. There are a lot of different pieces to that puzzle. We have knocked out some of those. We will get a few more done and hopefully it will work out that we are able to keep all of our core players.

“The good thing for us now is that I think we are an attractive destination for players. Obviously with the defense playing the way it did last year we have some things we have to do on that side of the football. There are always things to do on the offensive side. Jermon Bushrod is a free agent this year so if we were to lose him obviously that would create a need for that position. It’s a little bit of a moving target.”

On this year’s NFL draft class: “I think based on what we have seen so far, this is going to be a deep draft. I think we will be able to find contributing players, not just in the first round but the later rounds. Our scouts do a great job of finding players that help us in the third, fourth or fifth round. Even with some undrafted free agents. I think this will be a good year for the latter part of the draft. I know our guys are working hard to uncover some guys that fit what we want to do.”

On how excited he is for the 2013 season: “After 2012, I think all of us are excited to just put that behind us and move forward with a more normal year. I am looking forward to a great season in 2013.”

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Saints Players on Instagram

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/28/2013 – 12:03 pm

Follow the Saints on Instagram: @NewOrleansSaints

Below is a list of Saints players who are on Instagram: Darren Sproles

Isa Abdul-Quddus:@Isaaq42

Rafael Bush: @Rbush36

Jermon Bushrod: @J_Bushrod7475

Jonathan Casillas: @Jade_52

Brian de la Puente: @BrianDeLaPuente

Chase Daniel: @Chase_Daniel

Junior Galette: @JuniorG93

Roman Harper: @HarpersHope41

Garrett Hartley: @GHartley5

Chris Ivory: @ChrisIvory29

Malcolm Jenkins: @Jank27

Cameron Jordan: @CamJordan94

Lance Moore: @LanceMoore16

Joseph Morgan: @JMtheGreat

Thomas Morstead: @ThomasMorstead

Will Smith: @iWillSmith

Darren Sproles: @DSproles43

Zach Strief: @ZachStrief

Pierre Thomas: @Pierre_Thomas

Nick Toon: @Nick2oon

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Sean Payton Talks About the NFL Combine, Rob Ryan with FOX-8

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/27/2013 – 3:17 pm

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton spoke with WVUE-TV FOX 8’s Jennifer Hale in a phone interview on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast TuesdaySean Payton night.

Watch the interview here

WVUE-TV FOX 8 Sports Director Fred Hickman will interview Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Below are some highlights from Payton’s interview:

On the NFL Scouting Combine: “I think it went really well. Like every year, there is an influx of juniors that we get caught up on. It’s the first time for us as coaches to really see all of these players in an interview setting. The medical aspect is an important part of the process and the on-field workouts. It’s a step in their final grade. What’s most important is the production we see on tape but this gives us a chance to really meet the players and put a name with a face.”

On the Saints’ priorities for this year’s NFL Draft: “There’s always that concept of need vs. best player available. I think we will try to clump players in that first round where we are at and where we think a group of players will fall. There are a handful of areas we need to improve on. Without getting into detail specifically, some of it might be a result of free agency. We have some players on our current roster that we have to find out about and so (draft priorities) can change based on some free agency you have on your own roster. Defense is going to be an area we look closely at. You always want to pay attention to the linemen in each class. I think we have done a pretty good job over the years of drafting offensive linemen, guys from big and small schools, that have come in and filled a role. We still have a lot of time here and a lot of homework to do prior to the draft.”

On if he spoke to Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones or Head Coach Jason Garrett about hiring Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan: “I have spoken to a number of people, not specifically Jerry, but Jason a little bit. I am excited about working with him. I know he is a guy that loves football. I think he comes from a really good background of the different places he has been. He has won a lot of football at New England with coach (Bill) Belichick. He is passionate about the game and we are excited to have him.”

On how ready he believes the Saints are to compete in 2013: “It’s hard in the early spring to make any type of predictions. We are in a race to improve like everyone else is. It starts with the acquisition of good football players via free agency or in the draft. Then it’s getting on the field in our OTAs (Organized Team Activities), mini-camps and eventually training camp. We have a lot of work to do and the good news is that we have time here to make sure that we make some important decisions and the right decisions as we put this team together and get ready to compete in 2013.”

On if he feels caught up after missing last season: “I don’t know that you ever feel like you are caught up. We have been able to get our coaching staff in place. That was an important part of the process. Now it’s paying attention to improving your roster. I think the last three weeks have been beneficial to us. We have taken our time with the hires and made sure we weren’t hurrying to fill any of these positions. We went through a lot of interviews and it has worked out well. I think that was the first order of business. Our own roster and how we evaluate it is equally as important as players that aren’t currently in the building.”

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New Orleans Saints Own the NFL’s Second-Best Points Per Game Average (28.2) Since 2006

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/25/2013 – 11:00 pm

Since 2006, the New Orleans Saints have averaged 28.2 points per game (3,157 points) in 112 regular season games, ranking second in the NFL over that Marques Colstonperiod.

In that span, the black-and-gold have scored 20 or more points in 92 games (82.1%) and 30 or more points in 53 (47.3%). Three of the franchise’s top five single-game point totals have occurred since Head Coach Sean Payton’s arrival in 2006.

In 2012, the Saints finished the season ranked first in the NFC and third in the NFL averaging 28.8 points per game, scoring at least 20 points in all but two contests and coming off of outputs of 41, 34 and 38 points to close out the season.

NFL Points Per Game Leaders Since 2006
New England – 30.3
New Orleans – 28.2
Green Bay – 26.8
San Diego – 26.7
New York Giants – 24.8

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine Participants

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/13/2013 – 9:49 pm

More than 300 top prospects will continue on their quest to achieve their NFL dreams at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 23-26) at Lucas Oil Nick ToonStadium in Indianapolis. The combine will air on NFL Network.

Combine workout schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs

Click here for a full list of prospects that have been invited to participate in the combine.

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New Orleans Saints Own NFC South’s Best Regular Season Record Since 2006

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/13/2013 – 7:14 pm

The New Orleans Saints have enjoyed the best regular season record among NFC South teams since Sean Payton was hired as Head Coach in 2006, capturing _MH12496 three division titles, the most by a club in the division during this period. The Saints have posted a 25-17 record within the division during this time, including a 3-3 mark in 2012.

Records of NFC South Teams Since 2006:
New Orleans Saints: 69-43 (.616)
Atlanta Falcons: 67-45 (.598)
Carolina Panthers: 50-62 (.446)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 46-66 (.411)



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Saints WRs Marques Colston and Lance Moore Named to USA TODAY Sports’ 21st Annual All-Joe Team

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/13/2013 – 4:51 pm

New Orleans Saints WRs Marques Colston and Lance Moore were named to USA TODAY Sports’ 21st annual All-Joe team, USA TODAY announced  NFL Experience Saints lockeroom images.All Images Copyright Michael C. HebertWednesday.

The All-Joe team was created in 1992 and honors the “unsung Joes” in the NFL. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl are eligible and each NFL team is represented on the squad.

USA TODAY on Colston: Six 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 58 TD grabs, but he’s never been to a Pro Bowl. Seriously? But that will happen when you’re a wideout who merely works hard and says nothing. Colston is one of those players we’d like to see graduate beyond All-Joe recognition.

USA TODAY on Moore: He seems to have finally swatted the injury bug. Great. He just turned in his first 1,000-yard season. Impressive. Of his 65 catches, 55 produced first downs. All-Joe.

Colston’s 2012 campaign was among his most explosive and productive, as he was once among league receiving leaders and the club’s leader in most categories. The only Saints wideout to appear in every contest, as he played in every game for the first time since 2009, Colston ranked second on the team in receiving with 84 catches for 1,154 yards (13.9 avg.) and a club-high ten touchdown grabs. His 65 first downs also led the club. He ranked 16th in the NFL in receptions, 13th in receiving yardage, tied for seventh in touchdown receptions, 13th in third down receptions (24) and 17th in first downs.

In 2012, Moore finished ranked first on the Saints in yards per catch with 65 receptions for a career-high 1,141 yards (16.0 avg.) with six touchdowns. Moore and Colston combined to give the Saints only the second pair of wideouts in franchise history with 1,000 yard seasons (2001– Joe Horn, 81 receptions for 1,265 yards and Willie Jackson, 81 receptions for 1,046 yards).

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Sean Payton on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike”

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/06/2013 – 3:13 pm

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton appeared on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” Wednesday morning. Listen to the full interview here. Below are some payton_radiohighlights from the interview:

How he will be different this season after missing last season: “You take into account a lot of different aspects of our game. Prior to stepping away, (Bill) Parcells and I had this conversation about looking at your team differently and really the league. You are able to watch a lot more TV copies of game tapes. I received the coaches tapes on Tuesday so I was still able to stay in touch with the schemes, whether there are trends in the pistol offense or some of these other things. More importantly than that, you gain an appreciation for how special the job is that you have.

“The one thing that surprised me (that) I didn’t expect, is that it wasn’t the football, the Sundays and the competition that you missed as much the relationships that go along with it. The difficult thing is (there are) so many of our closest friends, our peers and people that we are used to talking to on a regular basis – Mickey Loomis, Joe Vitt, the players – then all of a sudden it’s quiet for eight months. That was the most challenging thing. The thing I appreciate most (about) coming back is the relationships. I think that is the same for any of us that end up leaving the game. I think that buzz in the locker room and the camaraderie.”

On what his first order of business was when he got back: “It was the second day of the Senior Bowl and I had a chance to catch up to speed with the staff. We had to make some tough decisions in regards to our defense. The very first thing that happens after the season is over with is your own evaluation of your own team. You are trying to properly grade where they are at as you make decisions going forward. We are going to be like so many teams and are going to have to make some tough salary cap related decisions.”

On where he stands in the process of hiring a new defensive coordinator: “We are going to bring in two to three candidates. I think we will know in a week. Much has been reported about Rob Ryan and he is going to come in and interview at the end of this week. We will have at least two to four candidates. One of the challenges in our league is trying to get even position coaches from other teams, you have to get permission from the other team. Just because it’s a promotion, it’s not a given that they would grant that permission. There are a couple of those requests out there to other teams in regards to position coaches that we would have interest in interviewing as a coordinator. I think within a week we will have a firm decision on that .”

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NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner Showcased New Orleans’ Culture During Super Bowl Week

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/05/2013 – 12:55 pm

By Alex Restrepo/NewOrleansSaints.com

NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner did a number of features last week promoting New Orleans and its culture. Beisner showcased New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World, made beignets with S Roman Harper and attended a Treme Brass Band performance with DB Jabari Greer. She spoke with beisner1NewOrleansSaints.com about her experience in the Crescent City:

How has your time been in New Orleans?
“My role down here was to give everybody a backstage pass and to be sort of a travel guide with everything you could do and see. There are some very monumental things to do.”

How was baking beignets with Roman?
“We went to Café Du Monde and it wasn’t my first time making beignets. I did it on a previous show. Roman is such a great guy and he hung in there and got his hands dirty. He was in the dough and really having fun with it.”

You attended a Treme Brass Band performance with Jabari, how was that?
“What was so cool about Jabari is that he really is a jazz man. He loves it, lives it and breathes it. He asked more questions than I did. He did a little bit of signing too “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

How often do you get to visit New Orleans?
“This is probably my fifth trip down to New Orleans and every time it’s always a great time. It’s always something different. New Orleans is truly one of my favorite cities in the world. I have pretty high expectations for New Orleans and they never disappoint. It’s always a very good time.”

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