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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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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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