Decision time


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:53:27 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Disappointing seasons often lead to sweeping change — especially when said season began with championship aspirations.
We’ve already seen some of the pieces fall for the New Orleans Saints.
Major changes have been made to the coaching staff, and coach Se..

Out with the old, in with the new


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:49:25 GMT
By NICK UNDERHILL
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

For years, NFL teams have gone through the process of preparing for an upcoming opponent based on gut feelings and have done things a certain way because that’s the way things have always been done.
It worked before, so why wouldn’t it work now? But as te..

BUYER’S MARKET


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:47:50 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

When discussing his free-agent prospects at the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell said he was going to be “the prettiest girl at the dance.”
The implications were clear. Maxwell was coming off a good season and there weren’t many othe..

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Let’s make a draft deal

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:48:45 GMTBy Nick Underhill | nunderhill@theadvocate.comThe Saints love to move around the draft board. Since Sean Payton came to town in 2006, he and general manager Mickey Loomis have engaged in a trade involving draft picks in e..

Jalen Collins has mixed results


Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:56:42 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Jalen Collins’ meteoric offseason rise continued at the NFL scouting combine with a strong performance in Monday’s off-field work.
The LSU cornerback ran a 4.48-second time in the 40-yard dash, then jumped a respectable 36 inches in the vertical jump and ..

Don’t short Collins


Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:57:02 GMT
By Nick Underhill | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Jalen Collins might have checked off the most important item on his checklist at the scouting combine when he measured in at 6-foot-1.
It turned out his listed height with LSU was a farce. But it was only a farce by an inch.
If it had been ..

New hire Ireland on ‘grind’ for Saints


Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:57:02 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Ireland isn’t going to answer ‘yes’ and simply try to blend in and do things a certain way just because that’s the way they’ve always been done.
No, the New Orleans Saints new director of college scouting didn’t show up and start throw..

Benson focused on teams’ ‘future success’


Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:07:31 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

INDIANAPOLIS — In a letter to fans, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson thanked them for sticking with the team over the last “few difficult weeks” and said the Saints will not increase ticket prices this season.
Benson also wrote that the team is working..

Saints use analytics to locate, evaluate college prospects


Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:07:31 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Everyone can look at the guys standing under the brightest lights at the combine or universally listed in the endless flood of mock drafts that rush the Internet. Those players are obvious.
But somewhere, as everyone looks to figure out the..