Saints News, 11/12/13: Saints Bring In Several Kickers For Workout Today

With Garrett Hartley struggling lately, the Saints brought in a group of kickers today that included Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham, and Derek Dimke. Is Payton ready to move on at the position or is this just a little extra motivation for Hartley to put down the bow and arrow and find a solution to his accuracy problems of late. I’m guessing it’s probably the latter. In other unsurprising news, both the Saints offense and defense move up in the latest NFL stats after their thrashing of the Cowboys on Sunday night.


Saints Prepare for 49ers

Saints take a look at kickers with Hartley struggling | ProFootballTalk
Apparently, the Saints are worried about scoring enough points. While that sounds like a joke after they just dropped 49 on the Cowboys, they are worried about kicker Garrett Hartley at the moment, since he kept them from getting 52.

New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers: Scouting Report |
There seems to be no shortage of problems with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers‘ passing attack.

Saints’ Kenny Vaccaro says he won’t play vs. 49ers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said online that he will miss Sunday’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers with a concussion.…

Saints’ next opponent: 49ers limp toward the Superdome | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jim Harbaugh will not point a finger at one player in particular, or even one coach. This beating is being felt by a…


49ers Prepare For Saints

Colin Kaepernick disappointing in 2nd year as San Francisco 49ers starter – NFL – Don Banks –
It was a year ago right now that Colin Kaepernick exploded on to the scene as a starting quarterback in the NFL, making the game look almost easy with his blend of dynamic playmaking and dual-threat athleticism. The San Francisco 49ers started him ahead of veteran Alex Smith for the first time in Week 11 of 2012, and rode Kaepernick’s strong right arm and knack for devastating defenses with his legs in the read-option offense all the way to a Super Bowl berth in New Orleans.

Kyle Williams on his way out of San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
Good luck getting 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to talk about Kyle Williams now. According to multiple reports, the 49ers are releasing the receiver/return man today.

49ers’ Kaepernick ‘favorites’ negative tweets as motivation – Inside Bay Area
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is coping with a loss for the first time in seven weeks, and he’s doing so by creating a post-loss ritual — acknowledging negative posts about him on Twitter for the first time since those consecutive defeats in September.

Kaepernick resumes post-loss ritual: highlights negative posts about him on Twitter | 49ers Hot Read

Colin Kaepernick different QB in wins and losses – ESPN
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It would be unfair to pin the San Francisco 49ers’ three losses on quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The entire offense has slumpe

Jim Harbaugh: Offensive struggles about more than Kaepernick | ProFootballTalk
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a miserable game in last Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, completing 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards and an interception in a game that saw the 49ers produce their least net offensive yards since 2006.

Jim Harbaugh talks passing game woes, injuries and more – Niners Nation
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media on Monday, and had a chance to discuss the team’s passing game woes. We take a look at the transcript.


More on Saints’ Rout of Cowboys

Sean Payton talks about win over Cowboys, moving on to 49ers
Coach met with the media Monday

Saints’ offense, defense move up in latest NFL stats | Black and Gold

Great blocking, decisive running propels New Orleans Saints’ Mark Ingram to big second half vs. Dallas: Film Study |
“He’s kind of been bitten by the injury bug,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “Mark’s a great football player. The run game, pass blocking, catching the ball out of the backfield. Every time he got opportunities, he made the most of them. Man, he received those (Sunday).

Saints’ Ingram sloughs off boos for career-best game | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
As a roar of boos filled his ears, Saints running back Mark Ingram flailed his arms, shook his head and stomped off the field of the Merced…

Mark Ingram’s Big Day Bodes Well For Saints
Mark Ingram’s Big Day Bodes Well For Saints

Vargas: Rob Ryan remains quiet, lets players do talking in silencing Dallas | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Saints defenders didn’t care whether or not their coordinator, Rob Ryan, who had been fired by the Dallas Cowboys 10 months earlier, ever c…

Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and Kenny Stills are up for NFL Weekly Awards
Brees, Ingram and Stills helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a 49-17 win vs the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night

New Orleans Saints, ‘Sunday Night Football’ hold off ‘The Walking Dead’ ratings onslaught |
A “Sunday Night Football” victory over “The Walking Dead” means you can add one more descriptive to Drew Brees’ bio: Zombie-slayer. After two weeks of lagging AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic, Sunday’s (Nov. 10) New Orleans Saints 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys returned NBC’s premium prime-time game to the top of the demo heap.

Saints win over Cowboys was most watched program in prime time last week
NBC’s telecast produced huge ratings in New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day
The New Orleans Saints on Sunday held the Dallas Cowboys to 193 total yards, the fewest allowed by a Saints defense since holding the New York Giants to 142 yards on Dec. 24, 2006.

New Orelans Saints’ rushing total was highest in 23 years – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton was a man of his word. The New Orleans Saints coach insisted last week that he wanted to bring more balance to the offen

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham adjusting to limited role – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — Tight end Jimmy Graham played a limited role in the New Orleans Saints’ 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, appearing in

Saints’ Week 10 snap counts – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
I examined New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s limited snap count at length today, with comments from Graham on how he is learning to adjust t

Moore: Was the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the New Orleans Saints a sign of things to come? | Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys spoke of being humbled. But this was more. This was an alien probe that left players and coaches vulnerable and exposed for the perverse amusement of a national TV audience.


Other Saints News

Rex visits ‘Nawlins for intel and gumbo – New York Jets Blog – ESPN
Mostly, it was a fact-finding mission, according to Ryan. The New York Jets‘ coach flew down to the Big Easy last weekend to spend a couple of days with his twin brother, Rob, the Saints’ defensive coordinator, picking his brain for intel on the Buffalo Bills.

Where the Saints rank: Week 11 – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
The New Orleans Saints offense vaulted from seventh place to second place in the NFL rankings this week. All it took was one 625-yard outburst in Sunday night’s 49-17 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.

Drew Brees: Johnny Manziel has ability to be a great NFL player –
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows a thing or two about surviving in the NFL as a smaller-than-average quarterback. So does he think Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel can do it?

Jonathan Vilma’s celebrity server event a big hit at Morton’s
Rita Benson LeBlanc, Sean Payton and a number of New Orleans Saints players participated in Vilma’s foundation fundraiser at Morton’s Steakhouse in New Orleans Monday night

Power Rankings: No. 4 New Orleans Saints – NFC South Blog – ESPN
A weekly examination of the New Orleans Saints’ Power Ranking: Preseason: 14 | Last Week: 6 | Power Ranking since 2002 The New Orl


Around the NFL

Bucs confirm Mike James is out for season with broken ankle | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers may have to turn to Warrick Dunn or James Wilder at this rate. Coach Greg Schiano confirmed during his Tuesday press conference that running back Mike James broke his left ankle in Monday night’s victory over the Dolphins and that James would miss the rest of the season as a result…

Sam Hurd smoked pot every day, shared with 20-25 teammates | ProFootballTalk
The NFL tests players for marijuana, but if the imprisoned former receiver Sam Hurd is to be believed, those tests are very easy to beat. Hurd told Michael McKnight of TheMMQB.

Dwayne Bowe arrested on speeding, possession of marijuana charges | ProFootballTalk
Bye weeks are often welcomed by teams because they provide a chance for players to heal up the aching body parts they’ve accumulated over the course of the season. There’s also a little bit of fear about the possibility of players running into trouble without their jobs to occupy them.

Ed Reed out in Houston | ProFootballTalk
Ed Reed’s stint in Houston was a short one. Reed, the veteran safety who signed with the Texans this season, will be released today, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Ted Wells asks Dolphins to delay meeting with Jonathan Martin | ProFootballTalk
So far, its appears that independent investigator Ted Wells has true independence. With Dolphins owner Stephen Ross planning to meet with Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin on Wednesday and Martin planning to be interviewed by Wells on Friday, Wells has done what a truly independent investigator sho..



VIDEO: Vilma’s celebrity server dinner at Morton’s
Jonathan Vilma hosted his fourth annual Celebrities Servers event at Morton’s the Steakhouse in New Orleans on Monday, November 11, 2013. (New Orleans Saints photos)

Video: Rickey Jackson’s Saints Ring of Honor presser | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Former Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson expresses his gratitude for the team making him one of three inductees into its new Ring of Honor a…

Video: William Roaf thankful to be in Saints new Ring of Honor | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Former Saints offensive tackle William Roaf talks about his fondness for playing for the team and his gratitude of being one of three guys …

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