Saints work out kickers; none signed – ESPN

Saints work out kickers; none signed – ESPN

With Garrett Hartley struggling, the New Orleans Saints worked out a group of kickers, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Saints don’t immediately plan to replace Hartley, according to Schefter, who cited a league source. But they wanted to update their emergency list in the event Hartley continues to struggle. The workout included ..

Saints Drew Brees Compares Johnny Manziel to Russell Wilson

It is going to be fascinating to watch Johnny Manziel at the next level. I have no clue if he will succeed or not, but it will be spectacular either way.
Drew Brees thinks he has qualities similar to Russell Wilson.
“He’s got all the playmaking ability to be a great player. [There are] guys like [Manziel] in this league. Russell Wilson and his ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.”
Brees went on to say that he believes that Manziel’s skills aren’t the only reason that the A&M quarterback will have success at the next level.
“I think the physical qualities are not nearly as important as the psychological qualities of playing the quarterback position,” Brees said. “Certainly you have to have some level of throwing ability and fundamentals and that kind of thing. But speed, height, arm strength … those things are way overrated when playing the quarterback position.”
“You hav..

Coaches Heat Index – Vikings coach Leslie Frazier leading another subpar season (Shutdown Corner)

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier recently picked up a win against the Washington Redskins.
Stop yawning.
Frazier’s team won, which means Minnesota’s record is now 2-7. That is just one more victory than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Jacksonville Jaguars this season. As if two wins really needed to be put into perspective, right?
Maybe it would be better to sum up Frazier’s career in Minnesota.
Frazier took over for Brad Childress after the former Vikings coach was fired and compiled a 3-3 coaching record (Vikings finished 6-10). He followed up that inaugural season with a 3-13 record in 2011. Minnesota went to the playoffs after finishing 10-6 last year, but this season has been abysmal.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman recently said Frazier’s job is secure through the 2014 season. Of course, Spielaman’s guarantee will not mean anything if Vikings owner Zygi Wilf gets rid of everybody after this season. If Minnesota finished 2-14, anything is possible.
THIS WEEK’S THREE HOTTEST SEATS
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The good news for Schiano is his squad will not finish 0-16. The bad news for Schiano is his squad could easily finish 1-15. Schiano has done little to prove he deserves to be retained after this season. Just ask Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, good coaches who were fired by this franchise.
Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson’s good years continue to wither away in Minnesota. The Vikings need a coach who will not waste the talents of Peterson, arguably the NFL’s best running back, in his prime.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
All it took was a 49-17 blowout loss against the New Orleans Saints, coupled with owning the NFL’s worst team, to land Garrett back in the hot seat. If Garrett’s squad cannot advance to the NFC Championship Game, it is hard to imagine Jerry Jones giving him a thumbs up after this season.
GETTING WARMER
Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins
Once you get past the situation between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins have not played well this season. Miami has one win in its past four games, but was defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 22-19, this past Monday. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently endorsed Philbin, but losing coupled with controversy is never a good mixture.
GETTING COLDER
Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made it clear that coach Mike Smith’s job remains secure despite the team’s 2-7 start. If Smith’s job is safe, that means the organization is willing to blame injuries for Atlanta’s disappointing season. It just seems like there is always an excuse for failure in Atlanta.
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Saints limiting Jimmy Graham’s role

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham saw a much more limited role in Sunday night’s throttling of the Dallas Cowboys, as he continues to deal with a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot. Per Mike Triplett, Graham was in on just 33 of 83 snaps on Sunday night. Graham sounded fairly accepting of the process when he spoke to the media.
“They just want to make sure that they’re handling me the right way. They really look to limit me at times. You know, I’ve got some issues. But you know, everyone does. So it’s gonna be like that from week to week.”
Graham caught five passes for 59 yards. While the game may have been a letdown to Graham and his fantasy owners, the Saints’ offense erupted for seven touchdowns.
The Saints were under some heat for their overuse of Graham in previous weeks, so the balance the offense found in Sunday’s game is a great sign. It was an extremely well-rounded effort; Drew Brees threw four touchdowns to four different receivers and three different running backs fou..

49ers demonstrate confidence in James, Wright (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

Veteran cornerback Eric Wright and LaMichael James were the big winners on Tuesday. Neither Wright nor James’ names appeared on the 49ers’ transaction wire, but the organization made dramatic roster moves that demonstrated their confidence in both players. The 49ers waived cornerback Perrish Cox and wide receiver Kyle Williams on Tuesday while announcing the return of linebacker Nick Moody to the 53-man roster. “Decisions like these are always difficult, especially at this time of year,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said

Brees: Manziel ‘absolutely’ NFL starter

The Saints quarterback understands the challenges of being undersized and playing the most polarizing position in football, but believes Texas A&M’s superstar has a career waiting for him in the NFL. Click to read the original Saints article by FOXSports.com News for Saints