Zoned out

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 01:01:38 GMT

Couldas, wouldas and shouldas:
Ben Watson talked to ex-Saints teammate Jimmy Graham before and after Sunday’s game at Arizona.
Too bad they couldn’t converse while it was going on.
The Saints red-zone struggles were culprit No. 1 in the team’s 31-19 loss ..

More pain for the Saints secondary

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:34:15 GMT
By Guerry Smith
Special to The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints remain snakebitten in the secondary.
Safety Rafael Bush tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday’s 31-19 loss at Arizona, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Bush, who made two tackles, has been starting at free safety in place ..

RBs catching on

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 02:32:13 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mark Ingram spent the summer making it clear that he’s more than just a bruiser between the tackles.
Ingram, whose father was an NFL receiver, has always had an unflinching belief in his ability as a pass catcher out of the backfield, ev..

Fans’ spirits high for Saints 2015 season

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 02:30:53 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A winless preseason slate and a bevy of pressing questions didn’t keep the optimism of thousands of New Orleans Saints fans from shining brightly in the Valley of the Sun.
Black and gold-clad fans were everywhere Sunday among the crowd ..

Hocker conquers nerves to nail 4 field goals

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:57:01 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson and SCOTT RABALAIS
Advocate sportswriters

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The realization of Zach Hocker’s dream also represented one of the Saints’ biggest questions heading into Sunday’s season-opener.
Despite a trend of NFL teams choosing unproven kickers over their veteran counterparts this August, Hocker..


Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:56:19 GMT

1 What we learned
It’s hard to know what to think about the Saints. This team did several things well. It also struggled in the red zone, couldn’t get a vertical attack going, and had just as many negatives as positives on defense. There were also sever..

First impression: These Saints aren’t great, but there’s a long way to go

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:51:04 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz . — Déjà vu is such an unpleasant experience.
For the second straight season, the New Orleans Saints started their season with a rugged road opener. Last year, the result was a gutting of an overtime loss at hated divisional rival Atlanta…

Defense shows flashes, but it wasn’t enough

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:47:21 GMT
By Nick Underhill

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Walking around the locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium, it was hard not to find a member of the defense who didn’t feel some degree of optimism about their performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
Sure, the Saints were getting..

Rebuilt Saints offer hope for playoffs

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 02:57:36 GMT
By Ted lewis

The last time Brandon Browner was involved in a meaningful play, his New England Patriots were backed to their 1-yard line in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, and Browner’s jamming of Seattle receiver Jermaine Kearse made possible Malcolm Butler’s ga..