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Jan

30

Pro Bowl like a salve for New Orleans Saints participants’ wounded pride

New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks said he spent about two days “sulking” after New Orleans’ season-ending playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and he guesses it took about 2 1/2 weeks before he really started to turn the page.

But it was this past week in Hawaii that really helped the healing process.

Michael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks said: 'It's a blessing to be around all the Pro Bowlers, the stars of the game. To be considered among them for a week, that's a blessing. It's a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. ... Well, hopefully not. But you know what I mean.'

Nicks, a first-time participant in the Pro Bowl, is relaxing on the beach with family and friends, and is surrounded by a support group of the game’s elite players, all of whom are equally jealous of the Super Bowl-bound Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jan

30

New Orleans Saints put finishing touches on scouting at Senior Bowl

By Jim Varney, The Times-Picayune

MOBILE, ALA. – In the sunshine that tends to bathe Mobile each January, the New Orleans Saints director of college scouting sat in the stands of Ladd-Peebles Stadium last week surveying the rich talent pool on the field.

It’s that time of year when Rick Reiprish and his staff come to the forefront as the Saints take stock of college talent from coast to coast and whittle down their wish list in preparation for the NFL draft. And what was happening on the field was almost secondary.

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Jan

28

Gregg Williams’ interest in Tennessee Titans’ coaching vacancy uncertain

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ name likely will surface as a possible candidate for the Tennessee Titans’ coaching job because of his ties to the organization. But it’s unclear whether Williams would be interested in returning to the franchise where he spent more than a decade as an assistant.

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Jan

28

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could emerge as candidate for Tennesse Titans job, but it might not be the right fit

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could emerge as a possible candidate for the Tennessee Titans’ head coaching job to replace Jeff Fisher because of Williams’ ties to the organization. But it’s unclear if he would be interested in the job.

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Jan

28

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis: “We’re going to win a second (Super Bowl)”: links

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis sits down with NewOrleans.com’s Brian Allee-Walsh for a compelling postseason Q&A session. Loomis was his usual guarded self so there’s no real earth-shattering news in his answers but there are some interesting moments, like when Allee-Walsh asked him if the Saints needed to win a second Super Bowl to validate the first one. Loomis’ response: “No, hell no. We’re going to win a second one, but no. Validate? What does that mean? We won it. It’s valid.”

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Jan

24

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees played with low-grade MCL sprain, Sean Payton confirms

By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, speaking to reporters during Senior Bowl preparations in Mobile, Ala., on Monday confirmed that quarterback Drew Brees suffered a low-grade MCL sprain earlier in the season.

He said that there are many levels of severity with ligament injuries, and he declined to make comparisons to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who sat out the second half of the NFC championship game with a similar injury

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Jan

24

New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans makes AP All-Pro team

By TP

New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans was the only member of his team voted onto The Associated Press’ All-Pro first team. Fellow guard Carl Nicks made the second team along with safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Darren Sharper. This is the second consecutive All-Pro honor for Evans.

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Jan

24

Several New Orleans Saints players picking Green Bay Packers: links

By The Times-Picayune

What the New Orleans Saints are sharing on Twitter:

Wide receiver Lance Moore: “I’m gonna have to go with the NFC. Packers have a great team and it would be good to see a new team win it.”

Linebacker Scott Shanle: “The way the packers looked on that turf in Atlanta I like them to win it all.”

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Jan

24

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper to play in Pro Bowl

By The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper will replace the Green Bay Packers’ Nick Collins in the Pro Bowl, the team announced Sunday.

The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 21-14 in the NFC championship game Sunday to advance to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu

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Jan

19

All-NFC South defense

By Pat Yasinskas

The 2010 season will not be remembered for great defense in the NFC South. That’s mainly due to the fact the Saints and Falcons each had massive defensive collapses in their playoff losses.

But put that aside and there were some strong individual performances during the regular season. We’re going to highlight some of those performances as we begin to unveil our All-NFC South team for the 2010 season. We’re going to start it off with the defense.

Click here to see which members of the Saints are on the team.