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Final 2019 NFL Draft order is settled

OK, football season’s over, what do we do next? Oh yeah, football season. With the Patriots winning Super Bowl LIII last night, they locked up the 32nd and final spot in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rams will own the 31st overall pick. It’s that time of year (the Scouting Combine is later this month). [more]

Report: Dennis Allen finalizing new deal with Saints

The Saints would prefer to be playing in Super Bowl LIII this Sunday, but they aren’t in Atlanta and they’re taking care of some other business instead. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team is finalizing a new deal with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. Allen joined the Saints as a defensive assistant in [more]

Buzz builds that Sean Payton will coach the Cowboys, in time

So why won’t Cowboys owner Jerry Jones extend the contract of coach Jason Garrett? There’s a theory that has been percolating throughout Super Bowl week in Atlanta, and that surely will become one of the major points of interest throughout the 2019 season. The theory goes like this: The Cowboys part ways with Garrett after [more]

MVP voting has a surprise twist

When reading our blurb on the NFL MVP award last night, I did a double take. But the numbers listed were accurate, even though they point to a weird sort of King Solomonesque compromise in which multiple voters obviously engaged. With Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes winning the MVP award over Saints quarterback Drew Brees by [more]

Patrick Mahomes wins MVP award

The MVP award began as a debate between Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, but by late December, it had become clear that the Chiefs quarterback was going to win. When Mahomes received 45 of the 50 votes for first-team All-Pro, any remaining drama was gone. Mahomes collected his prize Saturday night at NFL Honors, getting [more]

Drew Brees wins Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Saints quarterback Drew Brees won’t win the MVP tonight at NFL Honors, but he did earn one award. Brees, who played at an MVP level but will lose out to Patrick Mahomes, has instead been given the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. This is the fifth year the NFL has given the Sportsmanship Award. Each of [more]

Greg Zuerlein kicks at practice and is “ready to go”

Kicker Greg Zuerlein was last but certainly not least in the Rams’ last full practice before Super Bowl LIII. He closed practice with seven field goal attempts and four kickoffs as the Rams ended their week at the Falcons’ training facility. Coach Sean McVay called both Zuerlein’s practice and the team’s on Friday a success. [more]

Report: Darren Rizzi likely to run special teams for Saints

The Saints are reportedly closing in on making a big change to their special teams staff. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reports that the team is moving on from their 2018 special teams coaches and are likely to hire Darren Rizzi as their new special teams coordinator. Rizzi has worked with the Dolphins since 2010 [more]

Drew Brees: No-call is “all anybody is talking about”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees would probably like watch the tape, evaluate his own play, and then move on. But Brees is in Atlanta this week, without the rest of his team, so that seems unlikely. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Brees has found it hard to escape the topic of the blown no-call [more]

Rich McKay: Saints call moved the discussion on replay forward a couple years

NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay believes there could be a silver lining to the bad call in New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game, as it may give the league a greater sense of urgency to improve the instant replay. “What that play did is probably move the discussion forward a couple years,” McKay [more]

Rich McKay texted with, but hasn’t spoken to, Sean Payton

With a punctuation-fueled dispute recently emerging regarding whether the Commissioner claimed that representatives of the league office spoke with Saints players, it’s fair to scrutinize other claims made by the league regarding communications that occurred, or didn’t occur, in the aftermath of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship. Here’s one that was resolved conclusively on Thursday. Despite [more]

Federal judge rejects Saints fan lawsuit

The legal Hail Mary thrown by a group of Saints ticket-holders has been swatted down by a federal judge. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Thursday rejected a lawsuit by two Saints season ticket holders who filed the action against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. If upheld, the suit sought [more]

NFL: Roger Goodell didn’t talk to Saints players, didn’t say he did

A number of Saints players suggested the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was fibbing when he suggested he talked to them about the blown no-call in the NFC Championship Game. But the NFL has since circled back, and said that Goodell did not, and didn’t suggest that he did. Via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, the league [more]

Sean Payton: Fair to question why offense slowed down over final six weeks

The main topic of Saints coach Sean Payton’s press conference on Wednesday was the uncalled penalty on Nickell Robey-Coleman in the NFC Championship Game, but other issues also came up for discussion. Payton again explained his rationale for the play calls leading up to the fateful pass to Tommylee Lewis and said his biggest critique [more]

Rich McKay says expanding instant replay would be “very complicated”

NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay is sounding a cautious note about calls to expand instant replay. McKay told Christ Mortensen of ESPN that he thinks allowing coaches to challenge penalties would be a more difficult rule change than most people realize. “Anything is possible,” McKay said. “We’ve always considered expanding reviewable plays under the [more]

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