Dismissing speculation that he might be interested in Sean Payton, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has ”a lot of faith” in coach Jason Garrett and has no idea if the suspended New Orleans Saints coach might be available next season.
Payton was suspended for the season by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal. The league has taken issue with a clause in the contract extension he agreed to more than a year ago, which was to have kept him in New Orleans through 2015.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking to reporters before the Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, said he does not know if Payton might become a coaching free agent after the season.
”The one contract that they sent in to us … we told them what the issue was,” Goodell said. ”Now it’s up to the team and Sean Payton. So until I get something back, it’s up to them.”
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said Monday the team had no comment. Payton’s agent, D
Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen is a supporter of the program
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads his team in his weekly pregame chant before the start of their game in the Superdome against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Take a close look at the Vicks advertisement above featuring New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Notice anything different? No, it’s not that Brees actually appears to be awake when preparing to play, unlike last week’s game against the Broncos. You’ll notice that the ad designer has flipped Brees’ image so that he now has a birthmark on both cheeks. (For the record, the image on the left is the correct one. And, as always, thanks to Twitter for this one .)
Photo manipulation is a checkered art, but in most cases it’s used to prove a political or social point, as you can see in this Washington Post online gallery . Journalistically, it’s ethically suspect, if not indefensible, but when it comes to advertising, well, all bets are off. We should probably be thankful that nobody has turned the birthmark into a wacky, fast-talking character of its own.
Strangely, this isn’t the first time Brees’ birthmark has made “news.” A couple years back, Brees paid a visit to the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Ms. Winfrey made an unfortunate mistake:
Granted, Brees’ floating birthmark is not earthshattering news. We understand that. I mean, it’s not like photo manipulation is something truly terrifying, like SHARKS LEAPING AT HELICOPTERS:
(Obviously, that picture is altered. The soldier was actually several more rungs up the ladder and in much less danger.)
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An NFL football team’s locker room might be the last place you would expect political discussions, but the New Orleans Saints’s practice cornerback is making it a talking point.
Nakia Hogan of the nola.com is reporting the Saints inactives for tonight’s game:
New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne, who hasn’t played since the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a hamstring injury, is inactive again for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Hawthorne, joined injured Saints players running back Darren Sproles and receiver Courtney Roby on the inactive list. The Saints’ other inactives were defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, defensive end Turk McBride, cornerback Elbert Mack and offensive tackle Bryce Harris.
Looks like receivers Joe Morgan and Greg Camarillo are active, along with TUSK! and Travaris Cadet.
Jeff McLane of philly.com has tweeted the Eagles’ inactives:
#Eagles inactives: S Nate Allen, Darryl Tapp, DE Vinny Curry, OL Nate Menkin, G Danny Watkins, QB Trent Edwards, WR Mardy Gilyard.
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What’s this mean? Let’s discuss.
No major surprise that Paul Tagliabue wants to remain as Saints bounty appeal arbitrator