Under the radar when Devery Henderson signed with the Redskins the other day was that they also signed former Saint Donte Stallworth in tandem with him. That got me thinking, how on EARTH is this guy still in the league?? It seriously makes no sense at all. And actually, I want to know how he survived that hit pictured to the left.no comments
If you're a Saints fan, it's almost humanly impossible that you weren't clued into the story that pretty much blew up twitter yesterday. I thought I'd recap the entire story in case you missed parts or you just have a sordid personality that cares to revisit something as awful as this was. I know that's how I operate. So I was first clued into this on twitter, but I refuse to name drop the stated original source "forum" under any circumstance. Ok fine, it was Tiger Droppings, an LSU fan site. So anyway, the story goes that someone on that forum was listening to an Atlanta radio station, 790 The Zone, and that there was a segment on "This Morning's Mayhem" where they mocked Steve Gleason. Now in this Saints vs. Falcons rivalry, almost nothing is off limits when it comes to trash talk. Then there's Katrina, which at first was completely off limits, and is slowly creeping into the repetoire for the Falcons' low class fan contingent because they lack moral decency (and because they have Roddy White to serve them as a role model). Then AFTER THAT, even lower, is Steve Gleason jokes. And I hope everyone learned a valuable lesson here, you just don't mess with Steve Gleason under any circumstance, ever.no comments
The Saints closed their mini camps and voluntary offseason workouts, which featured perfect attendance, and I thought this would be a good time to revisit "who's hot" and "who's not". Here's five players from each category who, at this stage, have stood out as performing well or poorly. The Saints' full training camp starts in late July and that will dictate roster spots more than anything... this was more about implementation.
WHO'S HOT:no comments
The luxury of the 2009 Super Bowl Champion team was the incredible amount of depth the Saints had at numerous positions. Of course since then the value of many of the players on the roster went up and the Saints have had to pick and choose who they wanted to retain. For the most part they've kept their key players, at times wrecklessly (see Roman Harper's original contract), but what's suffered is the Saints' ability to add quality depth behind them due to a soaring cap number. The Saints haven't been outstanding at drafting, either, and losing two second round picks in the Bountygate fiasco certainly didn't help matters. But despite the lack of depth at some positions and being so cash strapped, the competition at safety is incredibly elevated.no comments
The podcast and a couple other newsworthy items delayed me in getting some thoughts together on the big news this week of Victor Butler tearing his ACL which will require surgery and Devery Henderson leaving the Saints after signing a free agency contract with the Redskins. Both are significant pieces of news and I wanted to give them their just piece, though.
Starting with Devery...no comments
Andrew Juge and Kevin Held join Ralph to discuss the impact of Victor Butler's season ending injury. Andrew believes the loss of Butler might be the worst case scenario for the Saints pass rush. Ralph wonders if now the Saints pass rush is counting too heavily on Junior Galette. Andrew beats the drum for John Abraham and Kevin thinks Rob Ryan blaming the Saints run defense on bad scheme might not be accurate because he's Rob Ryan and you know...a lunatic.
The boys then discuss Devery Henderson and Sedrick Ellis signing elsewhere. Andrew explains the strange decline of Ellis. They wrap up with yet another bracket in the Tournament to decide Kevin 'Iron Eagle' Held's wrestling entrance music. Juge melts down over his hatred of Nick Cave and Ralph goes bonkers over Game of Thrones and Rains of Castamere... it's worth your time just to hear it.
***WARNING PODCAST CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE***
Follow along with the bracket below...no comments
A couple pieces of notable free agent changes happened yesterday as the Saints lost one of their own free agents and finally filled that 90th roster spot. Sedrick Ellis, who the Saints were never considering bringing back, joined Jermon Bushrod in Chicago, and the Saints finally got the veteran cornerback I had been clamoring for to add competition in Chris Carr.no comments
Um, what? Granted this is nothing new... If your last name is Ryan and you coach in the NFL you are known for making ridiculous statements on a fairly consistent basis. As in, whenever a microphone is put in front of your face. This came with the territory at signing, but all of this talk won't mean anything to me unless it even comes half way close to translating on the field. Kenyon Coleman has now gone from a 34 year old back up role player in Dallas to "the best run defender in football as a 3-4 end" in just a few short months. Don't get too excited Saints fans. That's assuming we ignore that he's an abysmal pass rusher, with 13.5 sacks in 11 seasons. Still, I wanted to check PFF to get an idea for how much merit this claim had.no comments
We're close to finalizing a "Bizarro Saints' Mount Rushmore" on the Podcast that should have the majority consent of the esteemed panel (which includes Ralph Malbrough, Dave Cariello and Kevin Held) but I wanted to spare you the suspense and give you my votes prior to that episode. As we concluded on the podcast, there are no real rules for Bizarro Saints' Mount Rushmore. We each embraced slightly different guidelines but mine simply asks the following question: could this person be considered for the regular Saints' Mount Rushmore? If the answer is yes, then they're out. So for me that rules out people like Archie Manning and Tom Benson. Buddy D is one that I really considered, too, but ultimately I decided he was at least worthy of the possibility of being tied to team history in a positive way. You have to admit, though, the man was bizarre. For the record I had none of these guys in my Saints' top 4, but I think they belong in the discussion, so clearly I feel differently about my four selections for this bizarro edition. Beyond that, this could include people utterly terrible, famous in Saints history, embedded in the legend fabric for good and bad reasons, or otherwise. With further ado I present you my bizarro Saints' Mount Rushmore:no comments
This season, at least for me, unexpected things have happened social media wise. It has been about 2 years since Chad Johnson (back then Ochocinco) was on the Patriots team and when Belichick was asked about social media he made this awesome comment: "I don't twitter, I don't myface, I don't yearbook"no comments