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Drew Brees Expects To Play Several More Seasons

Feb 2, 2017 12:22 PM

Drew Brees expects to remain in the NFL for several more seasons.

"When you first get into the league you think you're invincible, right? You think you're going to last forever. But I understand now, I'm just finishing my 16th season and I'm probably a little closer to the end than I am the beginning. So I just want to create a tremendous sense of urgency for every single year. I don't want to look any further past this year and what's right in front of us. Especially with what we've gone through over the last three years while watching other teams from the NFC South go to the Super Bowl.

"Carolina two years ago and Atlanta this year, that's good for those guys and their teams because they've earned it. But I'd like to see us back there and that's what I'm focused on."

Brees signed a two-year, $44.25 million deal with the New Orleans Saints in September of 2016, taking him through 2018.

New Orleans has not made the playoffs since 2013.

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Jim Tomsula Interviews For Job With Saints

Jan 20, 2017 4:14 PM

The New Orleans Saints have interviewed Jim Tomsula about their vacant defensive line job.

The Saints are looking to replace Bill Johnson, who was fired as part of a staff shakeup.

Tomsula went 5-11 in his one season as San Francisco 49ers head coach in 2015, and was defensive line coach there for the eight years prior.

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Saints Make Largest Changes To Coaching Staff In Sean Payton Era

Jan 6, 2017 12:13 AM

The New Orleans Saints made their biggest changes to their coaching staff in the 11 years since Sean Payton was hired as head coach.

The Saints either fired or mutually parted ways with at least five assistants, including Vitt and special-teams coordinator Greg McMahon, both of whom had been with Payton since he arrived in January 2006. Longtime defensive line coach Bill Johnson, assistant special-teams coach Stan Kwan and linebackers coach James Willis also have been let go.

Vitt is the biggest surprise on the list, because he had been arguably Payton's most trusted deputy throughout his tenure in New Orleans. 

Vitt served as an interim head coach during Payton's 2012 suspension as part of the Bountygate penalties.

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Sean Payton: 'My Plan Is To Definitely Be Back Here'

Jan 3, 2017 7:47 AM

Sean Payton has denied rumors that he met with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Sunday to discuss his future with the club.

Payton says he and Loomis have met regularly after every road game since he became the Saints coach in 2006.

"We're not gonna address rumors, reports. If we answered those every time, it would be silly," he said.

Payton later went even further Monday night on his radio show and issued his most declarative statement to date on his Saints future.

"My plan is to definitely be back here. ... I have four years left on my contract, and I plan on honoring that."

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Sean Payton Has Discussed Future With Saints Front Office

Jan 2, 2017 9:24 AM

Sean Payton met with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis following Sunday's finale, according to a source.

The discussions are expected to continue into the week, as the Saints try to determine whether Payton will keep coaching in New Orleans or Loomis will be willing to explore a trade with another team.

The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly interested in Payton.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Mark Ingram: I Need To 'Control My Emotions Better'

Dec 19, 2016 8:19 AM

Mark Ingram said he needs to "control my emotions better" after he was caught by cameras on Sunday shouting at New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and throwing a fit on the sideline.

Ingram appeared to be upset that he was pulled from the game just before Tim Hightower scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.

"I'm real competitive in everything I do, man," Ingram said. "So I gotta be smarter, gotta control my emotions better. But we had a great win as a team, and that's our No. 1 goal, and that's what I'm happy for -- that we're bringing a win back to New Orleans."

Payton declined to answer questions about Ingram's outburst after the game.

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Saints To Explore Trade Market For Brandin Cooks In Offseason

Dec 4, 2016 3:06 PM

The New Orleans Saints could test the trade market this offseason for Brandin Cooks, according to multiple teams.

Cooks has expressed frustration with his role within the Saints' offense this season.

Cooks believes he is used too often as a clear-out receiver instead of as a primary option.

A trade was reportedly developing earlier this season between the Saints and New England Patriots involving Jamie Collins.

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Drew Brees Believes Flag Football Can Save Football
Drew Brees believes flag football could be a great introduction to the game for young people.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Michael Thomas On Pace For Historic Rookie Season
Michael Thomas leads all NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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Drew Brees: Mistrust Of League Office Hurting Popularity Of NFL
Drew Brees believes the mistrust of the NFL league office has a role to play in the declining television ratings.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Brandin Cooks Vows To Keep Using Bow And Arrow Celebration
Brandin Cooks is upset by the NFL's sudden crackdown on the bow-and-arrow touchdown celebration that he began as a sign of his faith in God.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Sean Payton Comfortable Delegating Play-Calling To Pete Carmichael Jr.
Sean Payton is prepared to quit calling offensive plays if it helps him manage his entire team better.

Brett Martel/Associated Press

Saints Release C.J. Spiller
C.J. Spiller signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Saints during the 2015 offseason.

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Drew Brees, Saints Agree Upon One-Year Extension
Drew Brees will receive $44.25 million in fully guaranteed money over the next two seasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Saints, Drew Brees 'Relatively Close' To New Deal
The Saints and Drew Brees are "relatively close" in negotiations on an extension, according to sources.

ESPN

Saints, Drew Brees Discussing Possible Contract Extension
The Saints and Drew Brees have resumed talks about a possible contract extension, according to a league source.

ESPN

Saints, Max Unger Agree Upon Three-Year Extension
Max Unger was one of the pieces the Saints received from the Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade.

Max Meyer/NFL

Saints Will Sign Paul Kruger
The Cleveland Browns released Paul Kruger earlier this week.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Sheldon Rankins Likely Out 6-8 Weeks With Broken Fibula
Sheldon Rankins was the 12th overall pick by the Saints at defensive tackle.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Saints To Sign John Kuhn To One-Year Deal
John Kuhn had a nine-year run with the Packers.

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Saints Pursuing Trade With Cowboys For Ronald Leary
The Saints haven't had any luck advancing in talks with the Cowboys over recent months.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Hakeem Nicks Signs With Saints
Hakeem Nicks worked out for the Saints last season and again in May. But they initially opted to sign veteran receiver Vincent Brown, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

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Drew Brees, Saints Haven't Talked Contract In Three Months
Drew Brees is unlikely to have a new contract in place when the Saints begin training camp.

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Saints Are Favorites To Sign Anquan Boldin
The Saints are making the strongest push to sign Anquan Boldin, according to a source.

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Sean Payton Sees No Signs Of Drew Brees Slowing Down
Drew Brees isn't slowing down as he inches towards the tail end of his career, according to Sean Payton.

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Saints Still Plan To Hold Training Camp In West Virginia
There have been reports indicating that the Saints wouldn't hold camp in the state.

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Roman Harper Agrees To Deal To Return To Saints
Roman Harper spent the last two seasons with the Panthers.

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