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Saints Promote Dennis Allen To Defensive Coordinator

Nov 17, 2015 1:50 PM

Dennis Allen has been promoted by the New Orleans Saints to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

The Saints pulled the trigger after the team allowed an average of 44.3 points in the last three games. 

The Saints attempted to simplify Ryan's scheme in the offseason, and brought in a number of promising young rookies. 

Allen was fired last season as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

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Rob Ryan Fired By Saints As Defensive Coordinator

Nov 16, 2015 11:44 AM

Rob Ryan has been fired as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints' defense ranks last in the NFL in yards per game (424.7) and points per game (31.5).

Ryan became defensive coordinator of the Saints in 2013.

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Saints Lead NFL In Dead Money On Cap

Nov 13, 2015 12:45 PM

The New Orleans Saints have four of the 20 worst dead money deals in the NFL and $32.6 million in total, which is the highest in the league.

Jimmy Graham has a $9 million cap hit for the Saints, which is the fourth highest amount in the league this season. Ben Grubbs, Junior Galette and Curtis Lofton also represent significant dead money.

Jared Allen has $11.7 million in dead money on the Chicago Bears' cap, which is the highest amount in the NFL.

Ndamukong Suh ranks second with $9.7 million for the Detroit Lions, while Ray Rice's $9.5 million 

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Saints On Pace For Fewest Points, Deep Passes In Payton-Brees Era

Oct 21, 2015 12:33 PM

The New Orleans Saints' offense looks entirely different this year, focused on ball-control and without any of the dynamism that have become their hallmarks under Sean Payton and Drew Brees.

The Saints (2-4) are on pace to have the fewest points, the fewest deep passes, the most sacks allowed and the worst rushing average in the Payton-Brees era.


"I do believe this is a totally different offense than Saints fans or NFL fans are accustomed to seeing," said ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Matt Bowen. "They're not a push-the-ball-down-the-field type of offense. ... If you had to give ‘em a label, I think they're a ball-control offense."

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Saints Shuffle Kickers By Releasing Zach Hocker, Signing Kai Forbath

Oct 19, 2015 12:06 PM

The New Orleans Saints have released kicker Zach Hocker and will sign Kai Forbath.

Hocker missed a potential game-winning 30-yard field goal against the Cowboys and then missed a 51-yard and 48-yard attempt last week.

Hocker won the job over Dustin Hopkins in training camp, likely on the merits of his work in preseason games. 

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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USC Interested In Sean Payton, Chip Kelly

Oct 18, 2015 3:25 PM

USC has interest in Sean Payton and Chip Kelly for their head coaching vacancy.

Payton is expected to consider other opportunities after the season. Payton's daughter attends Pepperdine University near USC in Malibu.

Ian Rapoport reported that Kelly would have some interest in USC, but added "a source close to him points out that Chip Kelly really likes to be liked and wanted, so that may be driving some of his interest."

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Sean Payton Loves Coaching Saints, Doesn't See Himself Leaving

Oct 12, 2015 6:49 PM

Sean Payton insisted he's happy being head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Payton was linked to the Miami Dolphins' job in an ESPN report on Sunday.

"You ignore half of that stuff and obviously dismiss it. Our players aren't distracted by that," Payton said. "That comes up yearly now, not just every three or four years. That came up, shoot, my second, third, fifth, ninth, pick a year. And you've just got to make sure that the players, coaches, everyone understands what the focus is. ... Certainly as a coach you pay attention to it because you pay attention to all those things that are threatening."

Payton has been frequently mentioned as a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys as well over the years.

"I don't know what else to say," Payton said on Monday. "I love it here. I'm close to my children. I just built a brand new place here. You get tired of answering the questions and yet I understand you asking, and I'll say what I said before. This is where I see myself, and I've said that now for however many years."

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

Tags: Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Dolphins, Other Teams Expected To Pursue Sean Payton

Oct 11, 2015 11:52 AM

The Miami Dolphins are expected to make inquiries to the New Orleans Saints this offseason about the availability of Sean Payton.

Other teams such as the Indianapolis Colts may also reach out to the Saints.

Payton has two seasons remaining on his deal, but the Saints appear to be moving towards a rebuild.

Payton has downplayed rumors linking him to other job openings on multiple occasions.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Drew Brees Expects To Play In Week 4

Sep 28, 2015 1:48 PM

Drew Brees expects to play in Week 4 after missing Week 3 with a shoulder injury.

"I don't know my situation this week. I'm day to day. I plan to and expect to start on Sunday but if I don't we're in good hands with Luke (McCown)," Brees told Cox Sports Television.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Brees is a "long shot" to play in Week 4 after suffering a rotator cuff injury.

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Drew Brees Out For Week 2 With Rotator Cuff Injury

Sep 25, 2015 2:16 PM

Drew Brees has been ruled out by the New Orleans Saints for Week 3 with a rotator cuff injury.

Luke McCown will start at quarterback for the Saints in place of Brees.

Brees has never missed a start for the Saints due to injury.

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Drew Brees Likely To Miss Several Games With Rotator Cuff Injury
Sean Payton told reporters that it was too "early" to tell whether the team might consider sitting Drew Brees down to let him heal.

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Hakeem Nicks Works Out For Saints
The Saints have just Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman at wide receiver.

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Saban: I Might Still Be With Dolphins If Drew Brees Signed
The Dolphins instead signed Daunte Culpepper and Drew Brees went onto win a Super Bowl with the Saints.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Sean Payton: TV Networks Need To Stop Glorifying Fights
Sean Payton criticized the glorification of practice fights and sent a message to his players that it won't be tolerated.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Brandon Browner Would Welcome Return To Seahawks Someday
The Saints signed Brandon Browner to a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason.

Christopher Dabe/Times-Picayune

Ken Stabler Passes Away At Age Of 69
Ken Stabler played for the Raiders, Oilers and Saints in the NFL.

Video Appears To Show Junior Galette In Fight On Beach
The Saints are aware of a 2013 video that allegedly shows outside linebacker Junior Galette striking a woman with a belt during a group scuffle on a beach that was recorded by an onlooker.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Jermaine Gresham Meets With Saints
Jermaine Gresham was a former first round pick of the Bengals and spent five seasons there.

Katherine Terrell/Times Picayune

Saints 'Stack' Cornerback Position After Difficult 2014
The Saints had issues at cornerback last season and the position has undergone more turnover than any other on their roster this offseason.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints Could Draft QB But Doesn't Mean End Of Drew Brees
Bryce Petty of Baylor was worked out by the Saints.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Saints Sign Anthony Spencer
Anthony Spencer had his best year under Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan when the two were with the Cowboys in 2012.

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Saints Create $4M In Cap Space By Restructuring Jahri Evans' Deal
Jahri Evans received a $5.4 million signing bonus as part of the deal.

Nick Underhill/The Advocate

Dolphins Finished 2nd In Bid For Jimmy Graham
The Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron at tight end, but attempted to add Jimmy Graham via trade.

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Saints Insist They Won't Trade Drew Brees
Drew Brees had a down season in 2014 and the Saints appear to be rebuilding.

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C.J. Spiller Signs With Saints
C.J. Spiller is coming off two injury-hampered seasons with the Bills.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kenny Stills Traded By Saints To Dolphins
Kenny Stills had 63 catches for 931 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

Dianna Marie Russini/NBC Washington

Brandon Browner Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Saints
Brandon Browner spent the 2014 season with the Patriots.

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Jimmy Graham Traded By Saints To Seahawks
Jimmy Graham and a fourth rounder would go to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a first round pick.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Mark Ingram Agrees To Re-Sign With Saints On Four-Year, $16M Deal
Mark Ingram rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Marques Colston, Saints Agree Upon Restructured Contract
Marques Colston was due to make $6.9 million and count $9.7 million against the cap.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

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