Greenbrier is no ‘excuse’


Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:54:01 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

As the New Orleans Saints struggled to a 7-9 record and exclusion from the playoffs in 2014, at least some critics couldn’t resist tracing the mediocrity of the team New Orleans fielded to where it spent most of its preseason training camp: The Greenbrier..

Payton vows changes to come for struggling Saints

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:28:29 GMTBy nick underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comThe status quo is no longer going to be accepted.
Change, in some shape or form, is coming for the New Orleans Saints. The coaching staff will spend the next several days trying ..

Saints sign 7 from 2014 practice squad to offseason roster

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 01:34:58 GMTThe Saints on Monday signed seven players who finished the 2014 campaign on the practice squad to their expanded roster for the upcoming offseason, according to the NFL.
They were running back Edwin Baker, center Michael Br..

Vaccaro a lineup scratch


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:17:23 GMT
by sheldon mickles
smickles@theadvocate.com

TAMPA, Fla. — New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro was a surprising scratch when the team announced its inactives about 90 minutes before Sunday’s season finale with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Vaccaro, who lost his starting job two weeks ago, but regained it ..

Rodgers, Lacy lead Packers to North title


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:28:01 GMT
By The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Limping Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, a former Dutchtown star, gashed Detroit’s defense for 100 yards and the Green Bay Packers claimed a fourth straight NFC North title with 30-20 victory Sunday.
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Saints drop in draft pecking order


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:27:01 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

TAMPA, Fla. — The Saints win did more than give this team a moral victory and some pride to latch to as their disappointing season came to a close. It also damaged New Orleans’ draft position.
If the Saints had lost, they would have secured the No. 9 pick..

Harbaugh departs with win


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:26:08 GMT
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP sportswriter

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jim Harbaugh is done as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Harbaugh said after a 20-17 victory against playoff-bound Arizona on Sunday that he is leaving the 49ers, but did not say if he was resigning or was fired.
Asked whether it wa..

Colston, Ingram score key TDs


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:17:11 GMT
By Sheldon Mickles
smickles@theadvocate.com

TAMPA, Fla. — If Marques Colston and Mark Ingram have played their final game with the New Orleans Saints — decisions that may not come for a couple of months — they certainly went out the right way Sunday.
Colston and Ingram scored fourth-quarter touchd..

Brees bounces back


Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:59:13 GMT
By Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

TAMPA, Fla. — With his team’s 2014 season finale in the books, Saints quarterback Drew Brees found himself able to look on the bright side.
He threw a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday in which the Saints (7..