Wow.. Who dat !
Wow.. Who dat !
It’s that time of the year again, time to vote for the players you think deserve to play in the Pro – Bowl ! I know what you are saying the Pro – Bowl is on Jan 11th and the Super Bowl is on February 7, 2010, well it’s ok to have the Saints players voted in even if they cannot play so VOTE NOW !!
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|Times-Picayune New Orleans Saints beat reporters talk about the Heath Evans injury and Kyle Eckel signing|
The sound of Whodat could be heard all over Miami !
The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Herb Donaldson.The New Orleans Saints will bring back undrafted rookie tailback Herb Donaldson to the practice squad Thursday to replace tailback P.J. Hill, who was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ active roster on Wednesday, General Manager Mickey Loomis said. Hill and Donaldson showed impressive potential during the offseason after signing with the Saints as undrafted free agents in April.
Let’s keep and eye on Drew, thanks to ESPN !
MIAMI — Drew Brees emerged from the locker room with a fresh cut under his chin and another between his eyebrows.
He made the Miami Dolphins look worse.
Brees and the unbeaten New Orleans Saints fell behind for the first time all season, then overcame a 21-point deficit Sunday to beat Miami 46-34.
The NFL’s highest-scoring team topped 40 points for the fourth time and outscored the Dolphins 22-0 in the fourth quarter.
“There was no doubt on our sideline we would come back and win,” said Brees, who threw for 298 yards. “They had given us their best shot, and we had played about as bad as we could play. All we had to do was string together a few drives and gain the momentum back. We knew it was going to happen, and it did.”
NFL passing leader Brees had his worst day of the season, with three interceptions, a lost fumble and five sacks. But he led touchdown drives of 82, 79 and 60 yards on successive possessions in the second half to put New Orleans ahead.
Tracy Porter’s 54-yard interception return then sealed the win for the Saints (6-0), who are off to their best start since 1991 and are the only unbeaten team in the NFC.
“It can be a season-defining win,” linebacker Scott Shanle said. “This was a test we hadn’t faced yet, and we couldn’t be happier with the way we responded.”
Brees threw for one touchdown and scored twice. After his 2-yard keeper with 8:35 left gave the Saints their first lead, he celebrated by dunking the ball over the crossbar.
“There are times in the game when a team just needs an emotional lift,” he said. “I felt like I had to do something to get everybody hyped. The first thing that came to mind was to dunk it.”
Fading at the finish, the Dolphins (2-4) fell 2 1/2 games behind AFC East leader New England.
“This was our game to win,” Miami’s Ricky Williams said. “We fought and we fought. They just fought harder at the end.”
Williams carried only nine times but tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns, including a 68-yard run, the longest of his career. At that point, the Dolphins appeared en route to a stunning blowout.
By the time the Saints picked up their second first down 22 minutes into the game, Miami led 24-3. Against New Orleans, that wasn’t enough of a cushion.
“With Drew Brees, it’s like the score is 0-0,” Miami cornerback Vontae Davis said. “We knew they would come back and that it would be a tough game.”
Two Dolphins turnovers and an ill-advised timeout helped New Orleans back into the game.
After Davone Bess lost a fumble at midfield late in the first half, Marques Colston caught a 21-yard pass that was initially ruled a TD. When a replay review with 5 seconds left determined the ball should instead be placed at the half-yard line, the Dolphins called timeout.
With the Saints trailing by 21, coach Sean Payton sent his field goal unit into the game. During the timeout, Brees lobbied for a shot at a touchdown.
“I just told him I’d get it,” Brees said. “I said, ‘I’ll get the touchdown. I know exactly what to do.”‘
The Saints’ offense returned to the field, and Brees plunged across the goal line to make the score 24-10.
New Orleans struck again barely a minute into the second half when Darren Sharper scored on an interception return for the third time this season. The 42-yard runback came after he snatched a pass that deflected off the hands of receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
The pace of scoring soon became frantic, with three touchdowns in less than three minutes. The Saints drove 82 yards for a score to pull within 27-24, but Miami’s Brian Hartline turned a short pass into a 67-yard gain to set up Williams’ third score.
Jeremy Shockey then broke two tackles on a 66-yard reception for New Orleans, and two plays later Reggie Bush scored from 10 yards out on a reverse, capping his run with a balletic leap near the pylon.
The Saints forced a punt and mounted the go-ahead drive capped by Brees’ score, which made it 37-34. John Carney hooked the extra-point try wide, but he hit a 20-yard field goal with 3:23 left.
Trying to mount their own comeback, the Dolphins dropped two passes and committed two penalties before Chad Henne was intercepted by Porter on fourth-and-13.
Notes: Saints DT Sedrick Ellis left the game with a sprained right knee, and FB Heath Evans hurt his right leg. … Dolphins CB Will Allen was sidelined by a knee injury. … Miami’s wildcat netted 30 yards in 14 plays. … Saints PK John Carney became the fourth NFL player to score 2,000 points.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
By Gene Wojciechowski
MIAMI — The New Orleans Saints should be 5-1 now.
They should be back at their team headquarters in Metairie, La., munching on antidepressants, wondering how the NFL’s highest-rated quarterback and highest-scoring offense could lay a carton of eggs like the one they deposited Sunday at Land Shark Stadium.
Instead, I saw a stiff who threw two interceptions, was sacked three times and looked like he couldn’t win a backup QB job behind JaMarcus Russell. In fact, the whole Saints offense should have been doused with Lysol after the first two quarters.
“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong,” Brees said. “The turnovers. Whatever, the batted balls. The penalties. All those things that just gave us no chance.”
And then …
Brees became Brees again.
Saints safety Darren Sharper, who has been in this league seemingly as long as the NFL logo, returned another interception for a touchdown.
Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, nearly invisible in the first half, stiff-armed the Dolphins’ defensive backs into Biscayne Bay.
And the Dolphins (2-4) once again found a way to dominate an opponent for large stretches of a game and lose. Not just lose, but lose spectacularly. They were last seen curled into a ball, mumbling something about their mommy.
Yes, the Saints (6-0) are somehow still undefeated, thanks to a 46-34 victory that defies logic. How can you play that poorly and yet win that big?
How can you trail 24-3, with five seconds left in the first half and then get a Hail Mary timeout by Miami coach Tony Sparano that saves the day? How can you outscore the Dolphins 22-0 in the fourth quarter and 36-10 in the second half?
“I will say that there was really no doubt on our sideline that we would come back and win this game,” said Brees, whose team hadn’t trailed all season. “Just because that’s all we talked about: finishing football games. … Honest to God, we knew it was going to happen, and sure enough, it did.”
No doubt? The Saints had five penalties in the first half. They were 2-of-9 on third downs. Brees had thrown a pair of interceptions.
Their rushing game was still on the team bus (23 yards).
“Obviously the first half was something to be forgotten,” Brees said.
All of it except the final five seconds. With the Saints on the Miami 6-inch line, New Orleans coach Sean Payton sent his field goal unit into the game. Better to get three points than risk getting nothing.
But then Sparano chose to call a timeout because, he said later, he wanted to make sure the Dolphins had the right personnel on the field. It was a game-changing decision, because Brees used the time to lobby Payton for a quarterback sneak play.
“I’ll get the touchdown,” Brees told Payton.
Payton waved in the offense. Brees told his offensive line, “Get down, get low and I’ll score.”
And he did, turning what should have been an 18-point Miami lead into a 14-point lead.
“Imagine the emotional lift going into the locker room if we could get a touchdown,” Brees said.
“There’s just moments in the game you feel it as a head coach, or as a quarterback where, ‘We need an emotional lift right now. We need a momentum swing. We need to make a play.'”
If Sparano doesn’t call the timeout, then Brees can’t talk Payton out of the field goal try. And without a timeout, the officials would have started the game clock. Brees and the Saints’ offense almost certainly wouldn’t have been able to reach the line of scrimmage and spike the ball in time.
“They ended up going forward and we didn’t make the play,” Sparano said.
That’s one way of putting it. The other way would be that Sparano’s decision — and Brees’ QB sneak — flipped the emotion from the Dolphins to the Saints.
The Saints are now 6-0. They’re the only undefeated team in the NFC and one of three unbeaten teams in the league. If the season ended today, a reporter reminded Payton, they’d be the conference’s No. 1 playoff seed.
“Well, it’s not the BCS,” Payton said. “In the BCS you’ve got to pay attention to the No. 1, the 2, the 3, the 4. That means nothing. After six weeks, we’ve got a lot of football left. The Alabamas, the LSUs, and the Ohio States, and all those people, Iowa, that means something for them. That doesn’t mean anything for us.”
That’s not true. Said Saints center Jonathan Goodwin: “I think this is the first time I’ve been 6-0 in anything.”
There were 14 scores in this game, eight of them by the Saints. Brees finished with 298 yards, one TD pass, twoTD runs, but also three interceptions and five sacks.
But the Saints were bailed out by Sparano’s timeout, by Brees’ ability to change Payton’s mind, by two pick-sixes (one by Sharper — his third of the season — and one by cornerback Tracy Porter), by Shockey’s 105 receiving yards (and about a 15-yard stiff-arm of Miami free safety Gibril Wilson during one of those catch-and-runs), by backup running back Mike Bell’s 80 yards and by a Dolphins team that completely lost its mojo in the second half.
“Without a doubt, it’s the best win we’ve had,” said Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
It’s the best because it was so unexpected — perhaps not to Brees, but to the Dolphins and just about anybody else who was watching this game during the first half. Check that: anybody who was watching this thriller late in the third quarter, when Ricky Williams’ third TD run of the day put Miami up 34-24.
“It’s not always going to be perfect,” said Saints kickoff return man Courtney Roby.
And yet here are the Saints. They played an imperfect game, but left with a perfect record.
Grading the New Orleans Saints’ performance in their 46-34 against the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
OFFENSE: Four fleurs-de-lis
Eliot Kamenitz/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees scores after calling his own number in the huddle for a quarterback sneak that put his team ahead for the first time in the fourth quarter.
Even though Drew Brees turned over the ball four times (three interceptions and a fumble), this has to go down as one of his best performances as a Saint. His touchdown dive over the pile at the end of the first half made the deficit manageable, and then he spread the ball around in the second half and made another great play on his quarterback sneak for a score. Mike Bell’s tough running forced the Dolphins to respect the ground game, which helped open the passing alleys for Jeremy Shockey, Marques Colston and Co. Reggie Bush looked like he was back in college with his gravity-defying touchdown leap.
DEFENSE: Four fleurs-de-lis
Tracy Porter/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Saints quarterback Tracy Porter iced the victory with his interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday at Land Shark Stadium.
This unit continues to make big plays. Linebacker Scott Shanle’s fumble recovery and safety Darren Sharper’s third interception return for a touchdown this season turned the game in the Saints’ favor, and then cornerback Tracy Porter iced the victory with his pick-six. It is the first time in team history that the Saints have returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Two of the touchdowns this unit gave up were the direct result of turnovers by the offense and for the fifth time this season the defense didn’t surrender any points in the fourth quarter.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Two fleurs-de-lis
The Saints still need to work on the snapper-holder-kicker exchange as the missed extra point in the fourth quarter by John Carney (with Mark Brunell holding and Jason Pyle snapping) could have been costly. Carney’s leg looks plenty strong, though. Reggie Bush hasn’t been effective all season returning punts. Courtney Roby’s long kickoff return in the first half helped the Saints get on the board.
COACHING: Four fleurs-de-lis
Trailing 24-3 with his team at the goal line with five seconds left in the first half, Sean Payton listened to quarterback Drew Brees and allowed him to dive into the end zone for a touchdown that made the deficit 24-10. Payton continued to make all the right moves in the second half, giving the ball to Mike Bell, finding tight end Jeremy Shockey and dialing up two great plays for touchdowns — the reverse to Reggie Bush and Brees’ quarterback sneak. Give defensive coordinator Gregg Williams credit for emphasizing turnovers since the day he was hired. Can’t do much better than two interceptions returned for touchdowns.