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Report: Saints disputing whether Ryan Nielsen’s contract allows him to leave

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen wants to join Ed Orgeron’s staff at LSU, and a deal seems (or seemed?) imminent. LSU coach Ed Orgeron even went on WWL Radio on Monday afternoon and said of Nielsen, via Julie Boudwin of Rivals: “We are in the process. Ryan is a prime candidate for us. Love [more]

Report: Saints DL coach Ryan Nielsen set to become LSU defensive coordinator

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen is reportedly heading to a different job in Louisiana. Jane Slater of NFL Media reports that Nielsen is finalizing a deal to become the defensive coordinator on Ed Orgeron’s staff at LSU. Nielsen informed Saints head coach Sean Payton of his intention to leave for Baton Rouge on Monday. [more]

Saints won 49 games in four years without reaching a Super Bowl

The Saints have had a great run over the last four years. At least in the regular season. But the contrast between the Saints’ regular-season success and their postseason lack of success has been noteworthy: The Saints have won 49 regular-season games in the last four years, the most wins in a four-year span by [more]

Jaguars will pick 25th after Rams loss in divisional round

New Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer knew his team had the first overall pick in the draft when he took the job and now he knows where the team’s second first-round pick will fall. Jacksonville acquired the Rams’ 2021 first-rounder as part of the deal for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019 and it will [more]

Devin White sets the tone for Tampa Bay’s defense

As football has pivoted sharply toward health and safety in recent years, it can be jarring to see someone approach the game with the rough-and-tumble mindset that permeated the sport for decades. Buccaneers linebacker Devin White embodies that rough-and-tumble mindset. He’s physical, within the rules. He’s sudden, he strong, he’s violent, he’s athletically skilled. “I [more]

Sean Murphy-Bunting on shutting out Michael Thomas: We just played ball

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas holds the NFL’s single-season record for catches, but he didn’t have any of them in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers. Thomas was targeted four times during the game, but none of Drew Brees‘ passes found their way to his hands. One of them was picked off by cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting [more]

Report: Todd Bowles interviewing with Eagles Monday

The Buccaneers Defense did a great job against the Saints on Sunday and the coach who was calling the plays is reportedly speaking to the Eagles on Monday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy on Monday. Bowles also spoke to the Falcons [more]

Drew Brees says he’ll take time to “think about a lot of things”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with the media, more than an hour after Sunday night’s season-ending loss to the Buccaneers. He was asked right out of the gates whether he has played his last game. Prefacing the response by saying, with a smile, that he’s only going to answer the question once, Brees said, “I’m [more]

Sean Payton on Drew Brees’ future: “I think that’s for another press conference”

With the Saints exiting the postseason on Sunday, the question now becomes whether quarterback Drew Brees will retire. He reportedly will. Coach Sean Payton said nothing to dispute that notion in his post-game press conference. “I think that’s for another press conference,” Payton told reporters. Brees has yet to speak to reporters. We’ll post something [more]

Devin White picks Drew Brees, Bucs lead 30-20

Word before Sunday’s game was that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is going to retire when the team’s season is over and we may not be far from finding out if that’s the case. Buccaneers linebacker Devin White picked off Brees and returned the ball to the New Orleans 20-yard-line with just over seven minutes left [more]

Jared Cook fumbles, Bucs draw even again

The seesaw has rocked again and the Buccaneers and Saints are tied as a result. The Saints appeared to be grabbing the momentum in the second half with a touchdown on their first drive and a productive second possession that took them to midfield later in the third quarter. Drew Brees completed a pass to [more]

Tre’Quan Smith scores again, Saints up 20-13

The Saints got wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith back from injured reserve this week and they’re happy to have him on Sunday. Smith caught his second touchdown pass of the game to cap the first possession of the third quarter and the Saints are now up 20-13 on the Buccaneers. It was a 16-yard pass from [more]

Bucs tie score at 13 before halftime

The Buccaneers and Saints traded blows throughout the first half of Sunday’s game at the Superdome and they’ve arrived at halftime with the score all tied up. Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop‘s second field goal of the game came at the end of the second quarter and tied the score at 13 before halftime. Bucs wideout [more]

Jameis Winston puts Saints back in front

Taysom Hill is inactive on Sunday, but the Saints are still playing more than one quarterback. Jameis Winston checked into the game in the second quarter for a play that saw Alvin Kamara take a snap out of the Wildcat and hand the ball to Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders flipped it to Winston, who had lined [more]

Bucs grab 10-6 lead after picking off Drew Brees

Sunday’s game will reportedly be the last of Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ career if the Saints lose and that possibility is a bit likelier after a miscue by Brees in the second quarter. Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting jumped a pass to Michael Thomas and returned the interception to the 3-yard-line. Tom Brady found Mike Evans [more]

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