Coaches on the hot seat


Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:57:01 GMT

Mike Smith
RECORD: 60–36 overall in six seasons with Falcons
WHY THE HEAT? If last year was a fluke, fine. No harm done. Consider it a hiccup. If the Falcons miss the playoffs again or fail to compete in the NFC South, then that should be it for Smith. ..

Top five MVP options*

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:53:22 GMT* not named Peterson, Rodgers, Brady, Brees or Manning

LeSean McCoy, RB
Eagles coach Chip Kelly knows how to get the most out of McCoy, who finished with 2,146 yards from scrimmage last season. The scary part is th..

Nick Underhill’s NFC picks

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:46:23 GMTEAST
1. PHILADELPHIA (PREDICTED FINISH: 10-6)
Is Nick Foles as good as his numbers? The answer to that question will determine how far the Eagles go.

2. WASHINGTON (8-8)
The Redskins have talent. But there are too man..

… and teams that could fall

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:42:02 GMTCarolina
2013 RECORD: 12-4
WHY THE PESSIMISM? The Panthers came out of nowhere to improve by five games and win the NFC South. The defense should remain solid, but they lost a lot of pieces on offense and are suspect at t..

their time again?


Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:37:40 GMT
by RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS
rvargas@theadvocate.com

If what Archie Manning said back in July was true — that the 2014 Saints roster is possibly the strongest on paper he’s ever seen — it couldn’t come at a better time.
The Saints will need their defense, which allowed the fourth-fewest yards and points in..

Celebrating the arrival of the 9th season of No. 9 in black and gold


Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:31:51 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Drew Brees is heading into his ninth year wearing his No. 9 jersey for the Saints, and there’s no doubt about one thing: The Saints franchise quarterback is to blame for a lot of celebratory hangovers in New Orleans.
He’s led the Saints to half of the 10 ..

Going with youth, Saints cut ties with Bailey, Meachem


Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:20:19 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

The Saints sided with youth, no one at all and everybody in some of their key roster battles.
In trimming the roster to 53 names by Saturday’s 3 p.m. deadline, New Orleans made 22 cuts, the headliners being cornerback Champ Bailey and receiver Robert Meac..

Saints release Robert Meachem

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:36:03 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comThe Saints are siding with youth on offense.
In paring down its roster to 53 names, New Orleans parted ways with veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem Saturday afternoon.
Meachem ..

Saints release Champ Bailey

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:12:27 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comThe Saints made a splash this offseason by adding Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to their secondary.
Byrd has lived up to his billing and appears ready to solidify the New Orleans ..

Should I stay or should I go?


Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:42:42 GMT
By Ted Lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

For a guy whose NFL playing career was in the balance Friday, Greg Jones didn’t act too concerned.
The 11-year veteran fullback signed by the Saints midway through training camp was sitting in his locker, smiling as he watched a video on his iPhone, await..