Less offseason stress is the goal for Saints’ Peat

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:27:57 GMT
By Nick Underhill

Andrus Peat doesn’t shy away or try to put a spin on things.
The Saints’ first-round draft pick knows he was out of shape when he came to New Orleans for offseason activities. He knows that set him back early in the season and that things could have been ..

Maintenance and repair

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 04:18:02 GMTBy Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.comThe New Orleans Saints put their season to bed last week.
While the rest of the NFL focused on the Sean Payton question, which, of course, was resolved Wednesday, the rest of t..

Payton’s return is good, but it comes with questions

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 04:15:51 GMTBy Ted lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.comJeez, apparently all a guy has to do around here is declare his love for all things Who Dat-ian, and folks are ready to pay him $8 million a year for life. Or at least until the next time..

Payton says he sees light at end of salary-cap tunnel

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:46:20 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson

Now that any remaining questions about Sean Payton’s future have been answered definitively, the most pressing problem the New Orleans Saints face this offseason is a familiar one.
New Orleans once again has work to do to get under the salary cap. Heading..

Andersen a Hall finalist yet again

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:38:01 GMTBy Joel a. Erickson jerickson@theadvocate.com Former Saints kicker Morten Andersen is one of 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday night, ensuring that Andersen’s case will be discussed by the Hall of Fame committee the day before Super Bowl 50. Andersen, one of t… ..

After firing Smith, Bucs look at Koetter

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:36:02 GMT
AP sportswriter

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are searching for their fourth coach in seven years after deciding Lovie Smith wasn’t the answer to making the franchise relevant again.
General manager Jason Licht said Thursday that offensive coordinator Dirk Koet..

Hits and misses

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 03:20:14 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comThere are a number of reasons the Saints have become trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity.
The locker room went bad. The organization whiffed on several free agents. The salary ..

‘Everything will work out’

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:42:45 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson

The first of two big dominoes long rumored to fall in New Orleans this offseason stayed standing Wednesday when Sean Payton turned back a wave of speculation by reaffirming his desire to keep coaching the Saints.
The second domino sounds like it hasn’t ev..

here to st y

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:45:52 GMTBY JOEL A. ERICKSON | jerickson@theadvocate.comThe man who guided the Saints out of the uncertainty of Hurricane Katrina and the embarrassment of the NFL basement is sticking around to try to return football greatness to Ne..

Coach and fans appreciate each other

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:42:09 GMT
by ted lewis

Sean Payton’s news conference declaring his everlasting fidelity to the Saints had ended a few minutes earlier, and on the other side of Airline Highway, at the Winn-Dixie, Mario Hernandez’s smile as he emerged from the Winn-Dixie with his first king cake..