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  1. Shots fired by Cam. This rivalry is unmatched. https://www.instagram.com/p/COTg46er6l3/?igshid=13x3g5qi6vpxz Says Pitts is light is the a$$ Thinks Demario Davis can cover him Does say he compares him to Waller and Graham Ends with “I hope he isn’t attached to the line cause I’ll have to attach him from his body”
  2. I'm not yet the Iron Saint equivalent but https://saintsreport.com/members/xerixio.49347/
  3. Falcons ranked #1 https://www.atlantafalcons.com/_mobileview/news/ranking-the-nfc-south-s-linebackers-falcons-panthers-boast-talented-units Ranking the NFC South’s linebackers: Falcons, Panthers boast talented units Will McFadden ATLANTAFALCONS.COM AP Photos The NFC South is home to two of the best linebackers in the NFL, and it added a pair of top-tier athletes at the position in this year’s draft. RELATED CONTENT NFC South rankings: WRs | RBs | QBs | TEs | OL | DL| DBs Linebackers have become more versatile and athletic as the game has evolved, and that is certainly true within a division that features Deion Jones and Luke Kuechly. With the Buccaneers and Panthers moving towards a 3-4 scheme this offseason, their linebacker units will look slightly different than in recent seasons, but that should only make them more interesting to watch. As a reminder, for the duration of these NFC South position group rankings I will be rating the groups on a 1-4 scale in five different categories with No. 1 being the best and No. 4 being the worst. For a refresher on what each category means, click here. AP/Bill Feig T-4. New Orleans Saints Average score: 3.4 Top player: Demario Davis Drop-off factor: 3 Group production: 4 Best player: 4 Consistency: 2 Depth: 4 The Saints have some really talented players on their defense, such as Cameron Jordan and Marshon Lattimore, but their linebacker group is a relative weak link. Demario Davis, who had 110 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2018, headlines the group, and fellow starters A.J. Klein and Alex Anzalone are back in the fold as well. That trio combined for 239 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and nine sacks last season, but there is very little depth behind those three. New Orleans used its final draft pick to select former Idaho linebacker Kaden Elliss, but it’s unlikely he will make a major impact in his first season. Craig Robertson, who had 14 tackles and a sack in 2018, is the primary veteran backup for the moment. AP/Mark Humphrey T-4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Average score: 3.4 Top player: Lavonte David Drop-off factor: 4 Group production: 3 Best player: 3 Consistency: 4 Depth: 3 Tampa Bay’s linebacker corps has been fairly underrated for the past few seasons, but many of the players who made it so are gone as the Buccaneers transition to a 3-4 scheme. Lavonte David, the leader of the group is back, but Kwon Alexander and Adarius Taylor, who combined for 105 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two sacks, are not. Their absence will be felt, but the Buccaneers are hoping to have found their linebacker of the future in Devin White, the fifth-overall pick in this year’s draft. Thus far, White has reportedly received rave reviews from his teammates and coaches, and it looks like he’s clearly in line to be a starter on Day 1. The Buccaneers added Shaquil Barrett and Deon Bucannon in free agency, but Bucannon is really a hybrid safety/linebacker whose role decreased last season in Arizona and Barrett is more of a rush specialist than all-around linebacker. Tampa Bay’s transition to a 3-4 makes their group a little tough to evaluate as defensive ends like Noah Spence and Carl Nassib could transition to an outside linebacker role. AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack 2. Carolina Panthers Average score: 2 Top player: Luke Kuechly Drop-off factor: 2 Group production: 2 Best player: 1 Consistency: 3 Depth: 2 The Panthers could make a strong claim for the top spot on this list. Not only do they have arguably the best linebacker in the NFL in Luke Kuechly, but they’ve added some quality pieces this offseason as they too start a switch over to a 3-4 scheme. Shaq Thompson returns alongside Kuechly as the Panthers’ primary inside linebackers, and the duo combined for 209 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Panthers legend Thomas Davis is no longer with the team after leaving in free agency, and his departure will likely be felt. But as Carolina transitions its defense to a new scheme, the Panthers have brought in some notable names to play on the outside. Bruce Irvin signed with the team in the offseason, and he seems to be a strong candidate to start at outside linebacker as a pass rusher. The team also used its first pick in the draft to select Brian Burns, an athletic freak out of Florida State who was billed as one of the top prospects in this year’s class. This group will look different than in year’s past, but there is undoubtedly talent there and Kuechly is still a legitimate All-Pro. 1. Atlanta Falcons Average score: 1.2 Top player: Deion Jones Drop-off factor: 1 Group production: 1 Best player: 2 Consistency: 1 Depth: 1 Losing Deion Jones for much of the 2018 season was perhaps the most significant injury the Falcons suffered last season, which speaks volumes about his importance given who else the team lost. Jones’ range, instincts and tackling ability are simply instrumental in everything the Falcons do defensively. During his Pro Bowl-caliber season in 2017, Jones recorded 138 tackles – fourth most among all NFL linebackers – 10 tackles for a loss, 10 pass defenses and three interceptions. But what earns the Falcons the top spot on this list is that the guys around Jones are really good, too. De’Vondre Campbell does not get the level of attention he deserves, partially because of who he’s playing next to, and he’s recorded 186 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and four pass defenses over the last two seasons. One of the best surprises for Atlanta in 2018 was sixth-round pick Foye Oluokun, a little-known player out of Yale. After Jones went down, Oluokun stepped up in a big way, earning 91 tackles despite starting just seven games. With veteran depth courtesy of Bruce Carter, Duke Riley and Kemal Ishmael behind a very good starting three, the Falcons are in great shape at linebacker.
  4. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/_mobileview/news/ranking-the-nfc-south-s-receiver-corps-falcons-boast-an-intimidating-group Ranking the NFC South’s receiver corps: Falcons boast an intimidating group Will McFadden ATLANTAFALCONS.COM By this point in the offseason we have a pretty good picture of what certain position groups look like around the NFL. Since there are still a couple of months remaining until training camps start firing up, let’s use this time to take a look around the NFC South and see how teams stack up at certain positions. Today, the wide receivers are the topic of focus. The NFC South features some of the top receivers in the league in Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Michael Thomas. But a successful position group requires more than just one star at the top of the depth chart. For the duration of these NFC South position group rankings, we will be rating the groups on a 1-4 scale in five different categories with No. 1 being the best and No. 4 being the worst. The five categories are as follows: Drop-off factor: The drop in production from the No. 1 receiver to No. 2 and No. 3. Returning production: Are the top producers from 2018 back with the team in 2019? Best player: OK, the No. 1 option does mean something. Consistency: How long have the main receivers been with the team and playing together? Depth: Taking the “drop-off factor” and applying it to the total depth chart. Now that we’re clear on the rules, let’s take a look at how the rankings panned out. AP/Mike McCarn 4. Carolina Panthers Aggregate score: 3.2 Top player: D.J. Moore Drop-off factor: 3 Returning production: 3 Best player: 4 Consistency: 4 Depth: 2 D.J. Moore was one of the top rookie receivers in the NFL last season, but he is easily the fourth-most proven No. 1 receiver in the NFC South. He and Curtis Samuel had their moments last season, combining for 94 catches for 1,282 yards and seven touchdowns, but the team lost No. 2 receiver Devin Funchess in free agency. They’ve got a good haul coming in with Chris Hogan, Terry Godwin and Aldrick Robinson, and the Panthers have Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright coming back, which helped their depth score greatly. There is upside for this position group to surprise in 2019 as Moore and Samuel continue to grow as players, but that lack of proven top-tier talent is what has the Panthers as the bottom team in these rankings. AP/Adam Hunger 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aggregate score: 3 Top player: Mike Evans Drop-off factor: 2 Returning production: 4 Best player: 2 Consistency: 3 Depth: 4 The Buccaneers just barely edged ahead of the Panthers on this list, getting some help from Mike Evans’ proven production and star power. All told, however, this has been a tough offseason for the Bucs at receiver. The losses of Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson will likely be felt next season, as they accounted for 117 catches, 1,590 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. Chris Godwin’s emergence as a reliable second option last season should bring some confidence in Tampa Bay’s top two options, but he and Evans might have to do a lot of heavy lifting. The combination of Evans and Godwin should be formidable in 2019 after a good 2018, but the Buccaneers will need some unproven players to step up around them. Tampa Bay’s receiving corps took the biggest step back this offseason. AP/Kevin Terrell 2. New Orleans Saints Aggregate score: 2.4 Top player: Michael Thomas Drop-off factor: 4 Returning production: 2 Best player: 3 Consistency: 2 Depth: 1 Led by Drew Brees, the Saints have one of the most potent passing offenses in the NFL. But Brees, one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks, distributes the ball everywhere on the field. Michael Thomas is a bon-a-fide No. 1 receiver, and Ted Ginn is an effective No. 2 when healthy, but there isn’t a ton of talent behind those two. Regardless, Brees’ ability to elevate those receivers he plays with is what earned the Saints the top depth score. They simply had the highest number of contributors at the receiver position. With a running back like Alvin Kamara returning, the Saints are always going to have options when throwing the ball. New Orleans’ receiving corps is nothing to sneeze at, but it isn’t the sole reason for the Saints’ offensive success. 1. Atlanta Falcons Aggregate score: 1.4 Top player: Julio Jones Drop-off factor: 1 Returning production: 1 Best player: 1 Consistency: 1 Depth: 3 The Falcons check pretty much every box you would want in a receiver group. An elite No. 1 receiver capable of creating numerous matchup problems – check. A reliable slot receiver who can win in a variety of ways – check. A young, dynamic playmaker with tantalizing upside – check. Atlanta’s starting trio of Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley would rank right up there with any other in the league. The only area the Falcons can be knocked in this division is the depth behind those three, although that’s not in any way meant to disparage the reliability of Justin Hardy in spurts. Atlanta returns its top-two performing receivers for the third straight season, and Ridley’s emergence in 2019 makes this group not just the best in the NFC South, but one of the best in the NFL.
  5. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/_mobileview/news/ranking-the-nfc-south-s-running-back-groups-all-purpose-stars-lead-the-way Ranking the NFC South’s running back groups: All-purpose stars lead the way Will McFadden ATLANTAFALCONS.COM Although the running back position has become a bit marginalized in recent seasons, the NFC South boasts some of the league’s top young backs. RELATED CONTENT Tabeek: Why a healthy Devonta Freeman is key to Falcons' success Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey have been stars since entering the league in 2017, and Devonta Freeman should be healthy after missing much of the 2018 season. Continuing my NFC South position group rankings, I’ve dug into each team’s current crop of running backs to determine how they stack up. For a reminder of what I look for in each category, click here. AP/Jason Behnken 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aggregate score: 2.8 Top player: Peyton Barber Dropoff factor: 3 Returning production: 3 Best player: 3 Consistency: 1 Depth: 4 The Buccaneers had the worst rushing attack in the division last year, averaging 95.2 yards per game, which were the fourth-fewest among all NFL teams. Aside from the addition of Andre Ellington and the loss of JacQuizz Rodgers this offseason, Tampa Bay has pretty much stood pat at the position. Peyton Barber will return after leading the team with 234 carries for 871 yards and five touchdowns. Ronald Jones, the Buccaneers’ second-round draft pick in 2018, had a disappointing rookie season and gained just 44 yards and scored one touchdown on 23 carries. The team could be hoping for a breakout year with Jones, but the combination of him and Barber isn’t too frightening. 3. Atlanta Falcons Aggregate score: 2.6 Top player: Devonta Freeman Dropoff factor: 2 Returning production: 4 Best player: 3 Consistency: 3 Depth: 1 Tevin Coleman’s departure was one of the few key losses in free agency for the Falcons. The longtime backfield teammate of Devonta Freeman ran for 800 yards and four touchdowns on 167 carries last season while starting in place of Freeman, who missed all but two games due to injury. Freeman should be back healthy for 2019, and the Falcons are a better team with him on the field. But it remains to be seen, after he’s missed time each of the last two seasons, if Freeman can stay on the field. Behind Freeman the Falcons have a lot of different options to work with. Ito Smith carried the ball 90 times for 315 yards and four scores during his rookie season, and Brian Hill ran wild in a Week 16 game against the Panthers, gaining 115 yards on just eight carries. Atlanta also drafted Qadree Ollison and Marcus Green, further bolstering their depth. AP/Jason Behnken 2. Carolina Panthers Aggregate score: 2.4 Top player: Christian McCaffrey Dropoff factor: 4 Returning production: 1 Best player: 2 Consistency: 2 Depth: 3 Alvin Kamara has gotten plenty of attention during his first two seasons with the Saints, but Christian McCaffrey has been every bit as impressive in his first two years in Carolina. McCaffrey was both the Panthers’ leading rusher and receiver in 2018, gaining 1,965 total offensive yards and scoring 13 combined touchdowns. His importance to the Panthers’ offense can’t be overstated. Carolina’s main loss behind McCaffrey was veteran back C.J. Anderson. Cameron Artis-Payne is back after carrying the ball 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown last season, and the Panthers added draft pick Jordan Scarlett and former Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield to the position group this offseason. Still, this is McCaffrey’s show. AP/Perry Knotts 1. New Orleans Saints Aggregate score: 2 Top player: Alvin Kamara Dropoff factor: 1 Returning production: 2 Best player: 1 Consistency: 4 Depth: 2 Losing Mark Ingram in free agency will certainly be felt next season, but the Saints’ decision to add Latavius Murray, who gained 578 yards and scored six touchdowns on 140 carries with the Vikings last season, will help mitigate that. Of course, with Alvin Kamara still around it doesn’t much matter who the No. 2 back is. Kamara gained 1,592 combined yards last season and scored 18 touchdowns. Since joining the Saints in 2017, Kamara has averaged over 5 yards per carry and has scored 31 touchdowns. Dwayne Washington also returns to the Saints’ backfield after carrying the ball 27 times for 154 yards last season. The combination of Kamara, Murray and Washington gives New Orleans a pretty complete backfield trio.
  6. Okay, before I make fun of the Saints tears of joy again, I want to bring up some little stats nobody is paying attention to. So are you ready? This is gonna be interesting! The Rams win in OT in New Orleans was the first time in 25 years the Saints lost a home playoff game, which snaps a 7 home playoff win streak for the Saints. The 1993 Eagles in January 1994 were the last team to win a playoff game in New Orleans before the Rams yesterday. Of course that also meant the first time Brees and Payton ever lost a home playoff game too. The 2018 Rams played the AFC West this year, just like the 2017 Eagles, 2016 Falcons, and 2014 Seahawks. Remember from 2006-2012 when all the teams out of NFC who made it to the Super Bowl played the AFC East, which did not favor the Falcons at all since we are usually horrible playing eastern divisions, well those days are over. The Rams advancing to the Super Bowl was the 4th time in 5 years the team out of the NFC who made it to the Super Bowl had the AFC West on their schedule. All of these teams had to face the AFC West and the NFC West (well the '14 Seahawks & '18 Rams in their own division). The Saints played the AFC North this year, and they lost the NFC Championship, which means a team out of the NFC playing playing AFC North still hasn't been to the Super Bowl since the 2004 Eagles. Only the 2002 Bucs and 2004 Eagles made it to the Super Bowl playing the AFC North (and those teams played the NFC North as well). The 1999 Rams last won the Super Bowl in Atlanta against the Titans when they went 13-3. 19 years later, the 2018 Rams are 13-3 in the Super Bowl, going to the Super Bowl in ATLANTA, the same place where the Super Bowl was last time they went! That's interesting, but at the same time, it's a rematch of the 2001-02 Super Bowl match up against the Patriots. The Patriots were 11-5 in 2001 when they beat the Rams, and this time the Patriots are 11-5 playing the Rams again in the Super Bowl....
  7. It's just like before our Super Bowl in 2016-17 every QB prior to Matt Ryan in NFL history who had no interceptions in the playoffs had all won Super Bowls, and Matt Ryan was the first QB in NFL history with a great passer rating and no interceptions in our Super Bowl run and we still lost to the Patriots in OT, just like we just like to the Saints in OT similarity with no chance to get the ball in OT on offense. Atlanta (Georgia) sports are cursed man.
  8. https://imgur.com/a/zW8sILJ Click on the link up here and tell me what you think? I used the NFL Playoff Predictor on https://playoffpredictors.com I have the Falcons starting 2-3 and winning 10 straight to get to 12 wins, just like in 2002 and 2010 when we also had a long winning streak during the season playing the AFC North with the same home and away schedule as this upcoming season. As I've brought up before, our AFC North schedule matches 2010 and our NFC East schedule matches 2012. We also play the Eagles in Philly and the Cardinals at home again just like 2010, 2012, and 2016 when we won the division. I have the Saints starting 3-0 and losing 9 of their last 13 games to finish 7-9 again, because no NFC South team has ever repeated the division as champs with back to back winning records. I have the Panthers finishing 8-8 because they haven't had back to back winning seasons yet. The Buccaneers are in trouble without Jameis Winston the first 3 games. The NFC South will NOT put 3 teams in the playoffs again, it'll only be whoever wins the division again like most seasons. I have the Falcons losing in Philly and Pittsburgh again just like we did in 2010, but the Falcons still finish with a better record than both teams with the Eagles and Steelers winning their divisions at 11-5. With the Eagles winning the division again, I have all the other NFC East teams missing the playoffs again. The Giants will improve, but they won't be good enough. The Redskins are who they are, even with Alex Smith at QB I don't believe in them right now. I have the NFC West being the toughest and most exciting division in football this year with 3 teams making the playoffs. I believe the Seahawks prove doubters wrong and sneak in with Russell Wilson leading the offense with historical numbers, but they'll be a wildcard team though along with the Rams, and the 49ers are my dark horse NFC surprise of this season. Jimmy G made the 49ers legit late last season and he didn't lose a game backing up Tom Brady in 2016 either. I have the Packers starting 5-0 and missing the playoffs at 10-6 making Mike McCarthy fired from Green Bay, and the Vikings finish 10-6 too but win the head to head. The Raiders will be the surprise team of the AFC West with Jon Gruden as head coach again. The Chiefs still sneak in but have too many question marks with a young QB. The Chargers will still be the Chargers, and the Broncos despite having an upgrade at QB, won't be good enough to make the playoffs again. The AFC East still belongs to the Patriots, but their Super Bowl hangover will show when Deshaun Watson and the Texans go into New England and shock the world come playoff time. The Jaguars and Titans will get a hangover from last season, the Colts will improve with Andrew Luck healthy all year, but a fully healthy Texans team with Deshaun Watson starting will be too much for everyone in the AFC South to overcome. The Steelers are still the class of the AFC North as usual.
  9. I've discussed this in other threads but I think it deserves one of it's own. How many of you would like to see the Falcons travel to the Sewerdome with the NFC Championship on the line? I know there is a few of us that would love that game. Especially if we left the dome silent while celebrating our 2nd consecutive NFC Championship on top of the Saints logo.
  10. I'm a life long old time Falcons fan. And I can tell you all from experience in the past year after year after year. Anytime the Falcons get in an important game there always seems to be some screwy officiating calls. In the game vs. the Vikings the Falcons offensive line kept getting smashed with hands to the face over and over and over. Then there were the penalties in that game calling anything and everything on the Falcons while not calling it on the vikings. As for the sAints last game, hands to the face and holding that they got away with comes to mind where officiating goes, and also late hits. While I believe the Falcons can win against any team in the NFL, I am a lifelong old time Falcons fan and have seen this story played out over and over and over where the Falcons "ALMOST". The worst was the Superbowl last season where I almost stopped watching the game altogether because it must be fixed for marketing the league. Considering this game is in Taint's land I figure that the Falcons will be called multiple fouls that aren't called on the Taint's. My guess is the main foul that will be called against the Falcons will be some type of foul again the WR's, could be anything. What do you think? I have a feeling this BS league reactions in the past and all the HURRICANES that we have had this year that the sAint's will be gifted this game based on that alone like they were when they won the superbowl and the Vikings got flat out cheated in the NFC Championship. Ahumm.... Bounty Gate anyone? Whatever the case, make your prediction now how you may feel the Falcons might have a BAD CALL go against them to cost them the game. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seasons Greetings Everyone!
  11. I just wanted to ask, Is it just me, or do any of you other Falcons fans like me feel as though the way the Falcons played the Bucs that they held back their play book when it come to offense and defense? The rest of the country considering it was Monday Night Football, they probably think "Well the Falcons have regressed, no Shanny, no Hope on offense", and given the offensive play calling vs the Bucs you can't help but agree with them on those factors. The thing is, I have a feeling that the Falcons kept their ultimate goal play book closed vs the Bucs. And what I mean by that is that I think they held back with their play book and No huddle stuff and also I think they felt they could ask Freeman to win the the game for them, and yes he did it. FREEMAN IS A BREAST! <----- Hey it's the holidays, some of you older Falcons forum fans will get that comment. The man has biggie's BTW! LOL! I can't help but feel that the Falcons held back everything they possibly could considering the circumstances and vs the sTaint's and Panthers in the next two games. What do you think? Were the Falcons just more of less laying back and trying to keep their play book secret considering the importance of the next two game? Or did they just go into the game vs. Tampa playing crappy and were confused by their defense and offense? Just wondering what others thoughts are on this. LOOK : Please don't flame me, I am just asking a question here that I thought others might be interested in hearing about ALSO. I don't post question post or threads I should say, unless I feel it might be something others might ask questions about also. I'm thinking the Falcons will GO OFF on the sAint's, and the sAint's don't have nothing to build off of where film goes vs the Falcons. We shall see. What are your thoughts about this subject? Were the Falcons keeping the play book closed vs the Bucs? Or did they just play that bad? And yea I know some of you will say it was a win. But it was an ugly win, as though the Falcons held back. Thoughts? Go FALCONS!
  12. So I’ve been working with an artist from New Orleans called Young Greatness. He’s signed to Cash Money records. He’s an avid Saints fan like we are for our birds. Well naturally he’s the only saint in a studio full of falcons in Atlanta but we were talking about New Orleans food vs Dominican food and it got heated between who cooks the best his wife or my partners Dominican wife lol. It went from we can’t can beat New Orleans cooking just like our falcons can’t beat his Saints. Why’d he say that???????!!!!!!!! Every Falcon, including myself, jumped straight on his @ss from how Coleman and Devonta will have a field day and can Latimore handle Julio and he comes back with Kimara will have THREE TD’s on us. Then the bets come out. 5k that he will NOT have 3 TD’s on us. He was so outnumbered that he had to call reinforcements so he FaceTimed Quan Mohammad, who plays for the Saints, and pleads his case with him so of course I show him my falcons hat and we all tell him Kimara ain’t having his way with us and then HE starts. I’m sure he went back to the team and told them about it so NOW I have to reach out to MY friends on the team and tell them what insued. This is gonna be a battle when this game comes to Atl friends. Had to share that with y’all cause I know some of you would’ve joined me in assaulting Young Greatness and Quan in bird sh*t lol.
  13. So the Saints are about to play the Patriots. These are arguably the two teams Falcons fans hate the most. It's a conflicting situation. So the difficult question to ask is, which team do we want to win? We can make an argument for either side: *For a Patriots loss:* Watching them collapse and rack up losses after all the praise they get would be fun to watch. They broke our hearts in the Super Bowl. We've heard enough of the Tom Brady love, it's getting old, just like him. The Saints probably don't pose a threat to winning the division, so a win for them here may not matter. *For a Saints loss:* Long time rivalry. Always good to see them lose. Plus, it's a divisional opponent, so any loss they suffer helps us. We would also never hear the end of it from their fans "hurr durr we beat the Pats and y'all couldn't, haha FailClowns!!"
  14. http://dailysnark.com/helmet-every-nfl-team-biggest-rivals-colors/ This website made a post showing different NFL teams helmets with their "biggest rivals" colors. Kind of funny to see. They kind of messed up by making our biggest rival the Panthers. We all know that title belongs to the Saints. But they did make us both the Panthers and Saints biggest rival, follow the link if you wanna see it. Here's what they did for the Falcons:
  15. Lmao!!!! hey guys. Chill out. A well deserved loss is always easier than games like Seattle and SD. The week just just turned to a PUSH by boneheaded losses by Carolina and NO
  16. Tell us how you'll feel - but don't use words - use an image, emoji, or symbols. I have a couple that speak my thoughts if that "happens" again: and
  17. Amidst all the negativity today, thought I'd share this article which made me smile: The Saints' Future Is Almost Here, And It's Bleak http://deadspin.com/the-saints-future-is-almost-here-and-its-bleak-1786616482?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_facebook&utm_source=deadspin_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Let me just say Here's a cut / paste : The only reason the Saints cut C.J. Spiller yesterday and not before the season was because they literally could not afford to release him. A solid example of this franchise’s failed acquisitions and questionable salary cap tactics, Spiller’s contract now heads to the expensive graveyard of botched Saints moves, and their ghosts are going to haunt this team for a while to come. The Saints have been in salary cap **** for a while, but I hadn’t realized quite how bad it had gotten. Spiller had no place in New Orleans—his first season had been shortened by injury, and even when he was healthy and Mark Ingram went down, he never quite earned the trust of Sean Payton enough to see significant action. The Saints tried to trade him in camp, and, finding no takers, listed him sixth on a six-man RB depth chart and as a healthy inactive for Week 1. Spiller was doomed, but the Saints were so tight up against the cap, they couldn’t physically take on his dead cap money this year and next, not until they reworked Drew Brees’s contractto free up some space. The Spiller signing was another disaster for this front office. He earned a guaranteed $9 million for just 70 touches, and his cap hit remains on the books: $4.5 million this season, $2.5 million next. It’s part of a pattern. The Saints top the league—by far—in “dead money,” the amount of cap space taken up by players who aren’t on this team any more. ESPN’s Mike Triplett wades through the muck: Lewis, Spiller, and Browner all will have cap hits into next season, meaning the Saints are already starting 2017 at a disadvantage. This is business as usual around here: A series of poor signings, which is understandable, and short-sighted cap management, which is less so. For years now, the Saints’ have been in win-now mode, spending every possible dollar each season as long as Drew Brees remains effective. That’s a defensible strategy—QBs like Brees don’t come along often—but there is going to be **** to pay. To remain competitive, the Saints are constantly getting creative with contracts to free up immediate cap space, at the expense of putting off the piper. This too is a legitimate strategy—the Patriots are masters of it, tweaking Tom Brady’s contract every couple of years. But the Patriots are winning. The Saints are pairing short-sighted cap management with a low hit rate on their signings. There is nothing good happening here. The 2016 Saints season was one that began with a handicap thanks to previous contract trickery. Brees entered the season with a $30 million cap hit, six million dollars higher than that of any other NFL player. It was the price of clearing cap space in a previous year. But rather than bite that bullet now, they’ve again put it off for another day. Brees signed what is functionally a one-year contract extension through 2017, but its key is that technically, it’s a five-year deal. Those three years after 2017 are fake, basically—the contract will be voided or reworked before they arrive. But they have the benefit of allowing the Saints to spread out Brees’s cap hit across the breadth of the deal. So his $30 million cap hit for 2016 becomes a manageable $17 million, and $19 million in 2017. (This is the same salary cap math that had NHL teams signing guys to 17-year frontloaded contracts to spread out their cap hits, a practice that got so out of hand the loophole was promptly closed.) Brees is 37 years old and may not have another contract in him after the Saints void this one following the 2017 season. Whenever he does leave, via retirement or in free agency, the back end of his current contract doesn’t just disappear. It will become dead money, $18 million of it, and it will hit the Saints’ cap all at once. The Saints have been kicking a few different cans down the road, but that road only goes so far. When the Brees era is over, the reckoning will be grim and the rebuilding will be hamstrung by the deferred sins of the past. For all the weaknesses the Saints roster currently has, this is as good as it’s going to be a for a while.
  18. Looks like a cold rain and a lot of wind. Hopefully Cutler remembers how to the throw the football and can thrash that Saints Defense.
  19. I think the coaches will continue to underutilize Smith to save face from looking even dumber in keeping this talent stashed on special teams for multiple years. As a result, we will also not be able to justify paying what he will get on the open market. A lot of the other teams will just realize we underutilized him. I'm thinking the Saints are a logical landing spot. Put him out there with Graham and that rookie they've got, and it would be **** hard to defend. He's like a faster less shifty Sproles and right now none of their RBs can really fill that niche. Plus he'd get to burn us twice a year for wasting a couple seasons of his career.
  20. Just like our 2 best friends...the Jaguars and Saints...we are all 0-3 on the road!! We build our team from one and build it to beat the other...pathetic... Something needs to change, before it's too late...if it already isn't.
  21. Obviously he will already be accounted for, but would it be possible scheme wise to have a safety like Southward double Jimmy Graham?
  22. Discuss. I can see arguments being made for both "yes" and "no" and both would be reasonable. Pro: He is already top 5 in passing yards, all time. He may move to top 2 or 3 all time before he retires. Those numbers deserve to be in the HOFer with a first ballot vote-in. Con: Brees is one of the forgotten. He always seemed to get snubbed in favor of Peyton or Brady or Rodgers...for MVP.. Never really had the respect of one of the other "Elite" qbs.
  23. With the start of the 2013 regular season right around the corner, Iet us take a moment to reflect back on a piece of NFL history and re-witness (or witness for the first time for some of you) the Saints' record-setting performance in week 17 of the 2012 NFL season. A momentous occasion in the history of the league where the Saints set the record for the most yards given up in NFL history - usurping the renowned title from the previous record-holder, the notorious 1981 Baltimore Colts! http://youtu.be/0OFqEih6c60
  24. CLICK LINKS ABOVE FOR EACH TEAM. Im not quoteing each team or creating a thread for each team. In this series of pieces, Pro Football Focus is hammering into the value of players. To us it’s a “Performance Based Value” number, telling you what players were worth (by our grading) in 2012. You can read about the work we’ve done to create it here, but in short: • It’s solely about what a player did on the field in 2012 • Players are grouped by positions so their play essentially earns them a portion of the positional salary pool • It’s all about cap hits (these values are approximate)
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