Saints Rumors & News

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • 'Closed mouths don't get fed,' Saints' Brandin Cooks said of expressing frustration

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks addressed the media Thursday for the first time since an ESPN report surfaced Tuesday of Cooks' exasperation on not being targeted once in Week 12. Cooks admits to a sense of frustration on not recording a catch or target for the first time in his..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Saints-Buccaneers game on Dec. 11 has been flexed

    New Orleans Saints "The New Orleans Saints game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 11 has been flexed to the 3:25 p.m. national time slot by Fox. The game was scheduled to begin at noon. The Saints (5-6) and Buccaneers (6-5) are in the race for the NFC South title with Atlanta (7-4). It is the first Saints game..." November 29

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Brandin Cooks hints at frustration after getting zero targets Sunday

    ESPN "It's not just fantasy football owners who were frustrated by Brandin Cooks' lack of involvement in the New Orleans Saints' 49-21 rout of the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The Saints wide receiver hinted at his frustration in an Instagram post Monday about needing to become a "businessman" after..." November 29

  • Darren Sharper Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drugging, Raping 2 Women in L.A.

    KTLA 5 "Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, capping a case in which the athlete was accused of attacking more than a dozen women across the country. Sharper was sentenced as part of a plea deal he reached last year..." November 29

  • Sean Payton sends cryptic tweet after pummeling Gregg Williams, Rams

    Larry Brown Sports "Sean Payton carried a little extra motivation with him into Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. If you didn’t know that at kickoff, you realized it when the New Orleans Saints coach ran a trick play for a touchdown that opened up a 49-21 lead in the fourth quarter. Still not enough to..." November 28

  • Mark Ingram expected to play against Rams

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won’t be playing on Sunday after suffering a concussion 10 days ago, but it appears another player injured on the same day has made it through the concussion protocol. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Saints running back Mark Ingram will play against the Rams..." November 27

  • Brees tosses 4 TDs as Saints rout Rams

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton would never admit it, but this was intensely personal. It's no secret there was professional respect but not much love between Payton and his former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who directed a take-no-prisoners defense that forced..." November 27

  • Gregg Williams returns to New Orleans for the first time since the bounty scandal

    Pro Football Talk "The New Orleans Saints had the entire franchise thrown off its axis more than four years ago, when the NFL suspended coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for the full season for Williams’ role in the maintenance of a bounty program during the 2009 season. For the first time..." November 26

  • Drew Brees on Rams game: ‘The most desperate team wins’

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Saints head into Week 12 with a 4-6 record and two games out of first place in the NFC South. They’ll be taking on a Los Angeles Rams squad that also boasts a 4-6 record. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Seattle Seahawks boast the second-best record in the NFC at 7-2-1. It..." November 24

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Mark Ingram feeling good, expects to play Sunday after suffering first concussion

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Mark Ingram experienced his first concussion in the New Orleans Saints' loss to the Carolina Panthers last Thursday. "I wasn't scared because I didn't know," the running back said Wednesday. "I got up, and I felt like I was fine." Ingram, of course, wasn't fine. The hard hit from Panthers..." November 24

  • Mark Ingram will practice "The Saints need all the help they can get to make a push for a postseason spot. New Orleans got good news Wednesday, as coach Sean Payton said running back Mark Ingram will practice Wednesday. Ingram was evaluated for a concussion in last Thursday night's loss to the Panthers. Ingram has..." November 23

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Dennis Allen deserves credit for making the Saints defense work

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Dennis Allen officially became the latest New Orleans Saints miracle worker, also known as the defensive coordinator, around this time last season. He walked into the Metairie offices after the Week 11 bye to devise his first game plan without Rob Ryan in the building, ending the awkward setup..." November 22

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Wil Lutz says it’s his fault his kicks keep getting blocked

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "There wasn't much he could do about the first blocked kick this week. The second one, "It's on me," New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz said Friday. A second blocked kick in two games over five days Thursday put the Carolina Panthers in position for a touchdown that proved crucial for the Saints..." November 19

  • Panthers build big lead, hold off Saints

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This time, the Carolina Panthers figured out to finish the job. In danger of squandering a double-digit lead for the second time in five days, the Panthers held on for a 23-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium...." November 18

  • Sean Payton disappointed in Saints’ special teams

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have lost close games thanks in large part to special teams miscues two weeks in a row, and coach Sean Payton is fed up. Payton said after Thursday night’s loss to the Panthers, which included a blocked field goal that set up a Carolina touchdown, that he needs to look at what is..." November 18

  • Vaccaro fined for unnecessary roughness

    Pro Football Talk "Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has been fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s loss to the Broncos, PFT has confirmed. Vaccaro was penalized for hitting Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian as Siemian headed out of bounds on a fourth-quarter run. " November 18

  • Saints OT Zach Strief rips offense for giving points away

    Sportsnaut "Frustrated New Orleans Saints fans just watched their team lose by yet another small margin. This time, the Saints fell to the Carolina Panthers in a tight 23-20 loss on Thursday Night Football. One of the issues plaguing the club over the last two games has been multiple turnovers. Calling out..." November 18

  • Saints running back Mark Ingram in concussion protocol

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram left the game against the Carolina Panthers at the 7:26 mark of the third quarter after appearing to take a blow to the helmet. He is under concussion protocol, the team announced at the start of the fourth quarter. Ingram had just gained 13 yards..." November 18

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Drew Brees feels the best he has in years as he pursues milestones, wins

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the New Orleans Saints last went to Carolina to face the Panthers, Drew Brees stayed on the sideline. A bruised rotator cuff suffered one week earlier caused him to miss a game due to injury for the first time in his career. This season the 37-year-old quarterback has been relatively..." November 17

  • Saints rule Terron Armstead out

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have ruled starting left tackle Terron Armstead and backup running back Daniel Lasco out of Thursday night’s game at Carolina. Armstead has knee and quad injuries. He missed three games earlier in the season with a knee injury. Lasco remains out with a hamstring injury. " November 16

  • Darren Sharper Insists He Isn’t a Monster After Raping Multiple Women in Several States

    Black Sports Online "Pardon me? Darren Sharper is back in LA for more sentencing of the rapes he did there, but while pleading guilty to several rapes, he says he isn’t a monster. Sharper’s back in L.A. where he previously served hundreds of days behind bars following his initial arrest back in 2014. He’s set to..." November 15

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Kubiak on blocked PAT: Great call by Joe DeCamillis

    Pro Football Talk "The Broncos were an extra point away from losing to the Saints on Sunday, which meant that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis called a play that asked Justin Simmons to lead over the long snapper in an all out bid to keep the Saints from winning. The hope for the Broncos was probably to send..." November 14

  • NFL: Impossible to tell if Broncos' game-winning return was in bounds "The Denver Broncos provided the world with one of the most exhilarating endings of the 2016 season on Sunday when rookie Justin Simmons leaped into the backfield to block the potential game-winning extra point. Will Parks scooped up the ball and scampered for the two-point score to give the..." November 14

  • Broncos stun Saints with blocked PAT return for winning score

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- In their 50 years of existence, especially in the early seasons of searing misery when they were more Keystone cops than professional football players, the New Orleans Saints have found some very creative ways to lose. Sunday's 25-23 loss to the Denver Broncos -- when a..." November 13

  • NFL says it hasn’t received notice of Kenny Vaccaro positive test

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has reported through its in-house media outlet that Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. The NFL disputes any appearance that the league leaked the information regarding Vaccaro’s status to the NFL’s wholly-owned media..." November 11

  • Broncos can extend impressive streak against Drew Brees

    The Sports Daily "The Denver Broncos will put an impressive streak against opposing quarterbacks on the line when facing off with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. According to the NFL’s Media Research, the Broncos have not allowed a passer rating over 100.0 to an opposing quarterback in 34..." November 11

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro facing 4-game suspension "The Saints can hardly afford to lose bodies on defense, but that's exactly what might happen in New Orleans. Safety Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs -- specifically for using Adderall -- a source informed of the..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • Saints To Sign LB Sam Barrington

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints are signing linebacker Sam Barrington, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News (on Twitter). Barrington has been looking for work since being cut by Kansas City last week. Barrington will help to provide depth after the Saints placed linebacker James Laurinaitis on injured..." November 09

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Saints add Sam Barrington, Shiloh Keo, John Phillips

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints added some reinforcements for a defense that has actually played better lately, or at least a little less bad. Coach Sean Payton told reporters they had signed linebacker Sam Barrington and safety Shiloh Keo, and they’ve also claimed tight end John Phillips off waivers from the..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • Drew Brees blames lack of trust in NFL league office for sinking ratings

    Awful Announcing "It’s another day and another theory about the NFL’s sinking television ratings. I know, you’ve probably read enough thinkpieces about why the most popular sports league in America has seen their television viewership fall this year to last a lifetime… but you may want to save room for just one..." November 09

  • HOF: Gold jackets, rings are to be worn only by Hall of Famers

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame is standing by its policy not to give gold jackets and rings to the families of players inducted posthumously. Amid criticism from one of the daughters of Ken Stabler, the former quarterback who was inducted posthumously this year, many have called on the Hall to..." November 08

  • Mark Ingram gets game ball but still in timeshare with Tim Hightower

    ESPN "Mark Ingram is no longer in timeout. The New Orleans Saints running back finally made his way off the bench three series into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, one week after he was demoted for fumbling for the second game in a row. He quickly made up for lost time. Ingram..." November 08

  • Saints' veterans Brees, Strief say growing mistrust is hurting NFL popularity

    ESPN "New Orleans Saints veterans Drew Brees and Zach Strief expressed concerns Monday that the growing mistrust in the NFL league office has spilled over from the players to the fans and is hurting the league's popularity. "We feel like [the decline in TV ratings] is a direct result," said Brees,..." November 08