Sean Payton Says Thanks to the Five Coaches the Saints Fired

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The Saints made coaching changes on Friday as the team announced they have fired five coaches. ProFootballTalk.com reports that coach (for now) Sean Payton said ‘thank you’ to those five coaches for what they brought to the team.

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The Saints on Friday formally announced the firing of five assistant coaches.

The firings were first reported on Thursday by the Sporting News. The formal announcement on Friday included a statement from head coach Sean Payton on the firings.

“I would like to thank all of these coaches for the work they have done for this club,” Payton said. “Specifically, Bill [Johnson], Greg [McMahon] and Joe [Vitt] played a key role on teams that helped create a very special time in franchise history. They played an instrumental role in the development of countless players both on and off the field. I appreciate the contributions that these men have made to this team and wish them continued success.”

Saints to Play in London in 2017; Will Play Miami in Late September or Early October

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The NFL Today announced that the New Orleans Saints will be one of the teams playing a game in London in 2017. The Saints will play as a road team against the AFC East’s Miami Dolphins.

The Saints and Dolphins will play on one of two dates according to the release, those dates being either September 24th or October 1st.

Normally after playing in London the following week the teams that play overseas have a bye, so once the date in announced you can mark the following week that the Saints will be on the bye.

New Orleans did play in London a few years back, falling to the San Diego Chargers.

Mistake Filled Saints Fall at Home 28-13 to the Lions

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Lions beat the mistake-prone Saints, 28-13 on Sunday.

Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point lead. The Lions, who’ve won seven of eight, dominated statistically, but four opportunities inside the New Orleans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, allowing the Saints (5-7) to stay close until the fourth quarter.

This time, however, the Lions pulled away for their most comfortable victory of the season after seven previous victory margins of one to seven points.

The Lions also became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from completing a touchdown pass, although tight end Coby Fleener had a pass bounce off his hands at the goal line. Brees finished 31 of 44 for 326 yards and was intercepted three times, once each by Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew.

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Saints Dominate Rams 49-21 As Brees Throws For Four TDs and 310 Yards

Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, Mark Ingram scored twice, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 49-21 on Sunday.

Playing 10 days after being knocked unconscious in a Thursday night loss at Carolina, Ingram rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries, including a 61-yard scamper and a 10-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play. He also scored on a 21-yard screen to the right side of the field, which was wide open as the Rams tried to pressure Brees.

Two of Brees’ scoring strikes went to Michael Thomas, whose touchdowns of 6 and 21 yards were part of a nine-catch, 108-yard performance. Brees’ other touchdowns went to Ingram and Brandon Coleman from 6 yards out.

Saints coach Sean Payton also victimized his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, with some razzle-dazzle that produced a 50-yard touchdown pass from receiver Willie Snead to running back Tim Hightower.

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Rams vs Saints NFL Week 12 Inactives

Rams: QB Sean Mannion, OL Pace Murphy, OT Greg Robinson, TE Temarrick Hemingway, DE Matt Longacre, DB Michael Jordan, CB Steve Williams

Saints: RB Daniel Lasco, WR Jake Lampman, CB De’Vante Harris, RB Marcus Murphy, OL Tony Hills, OL Landon Turner, LB Sam Barrington

Saints Special Teams Gaffe Costs Them in 25-23 Loss at Home to Denver

Denver Broncos v New Orleans Saints

Denver’s Justin Simmons used a perfectly timed leap over the offensive line to block an extra-point kick that would have given New Orleans a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a defensive 2-point conversion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints on Sunday.

The decisive play came while the Superdome crowd was still celebrating Brandin Cooks’ twisting, 32-yard touchdown catch between two defenders. That put New Orleans in position to take the lead with 1:28 left. Simmons’ block of Wil Lutz’s kick was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left sideline.

It was the first such play to provide the winning points in an NFL game.

The Broncos then recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.

Safety Darian Stewart intercepted Drew Brees twice and recovered a fumble for the Broncos (7-3), while Trevor Siemian overcame two interceptions by passing for touchdowns to Jordan Taylor and Demaryius Thomas. Siemian finished with 258 yards passing and completed other clutch throws as Denver converted 11 of 19 third downs.

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Broncos vs Saints NFL Week 10 Capsule

DENVER BRONCOS (6-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BRONCOS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 8-2  
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 1-1 Sean Payton: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 30-20 at Oakland W 41-23 at San Francisco
LAST GAME 10/28/12: Saints 14 at Broncos 34. Denver QB Peyton Manning passes for 305 yards & 3 TDs for 138.9 rating. Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard has 9 tackles, sack, FF & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Broncos 34, Saints 13. Denver RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 166 yards & TD. Broncos LB Al Wilson has 7-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Den), 83 (NO). XM: 385 (Den), 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Trevor Siemian: 150-251-1770-10-5-86.2 Drew Brees: 242-347-2689 (2L)-21 (2L)-5-106.7 (3L)
RUSHING Devontae Booker (R): 80-320-4.0-2 Mark Ingram: 104-497-4.8-2
RECEIVING Emmanuel Sanders: 49-614-12.5-3 Michael Thomas (R): 47-573-12.2-5
OFFENSE 323.3 434.5 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +3 +4
DEFENSE 311.9 408.5
SACKS Von Miller: 9.5 (2L) Nick Fairley: 3.5
INTs Aqib Talib: 3 (T3L) 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 46.3 Thomas Morstead: 50.8 (T1L)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 74 (20/21 PAT; 18/20 FG) Wil Lutz (R): 66 (27/27 PAT; 13/18 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has 8 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.5 rating in past 4 on road…Rookie RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Is 3rd among rookies with 320 rush yards. RB KAPRI BIBBS had 69-yard TD catch in Week 9…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 137 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 47 catches (6.7 per game) for 640 yards (91.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. NFC South. Is 4th fastest in NFL history (94 games) to reach 500+ receptions (503) & 50+ rec. TDs (51) in career. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS leads team with 49 catches & 614 rec. yards. WR JORDAN NORWOOD had 36-yard TD catch last week…LB VON MILLER has 14.5 sacks, 9 TFL, 3 FFs & INT in past 11 (incl. playoffs). Is 2nd in NFL with 9.5 sacks. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), ranks 2nd in NFL with 76 sacks. S T.J. WARD is 1 of 2 NFL DBs with 60+ tackles, 1+ INT & 1+ sack…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs in Week 9. Has 55 career games with 300+ pass yards & 3 TDs, most in NFL history. Has 1,420 pass yards (355 per game) & 11 TDs with 2 INTs for 114.7 rating in past 4…RB TIM HIGHTOWER rushed for 87 yards & TD last week. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 158 yards, incl. career-long 75-yard TD run & added TD catch in Week 9…WR BRANDIN COOKS is averaging 98.1 rec. yards per game & has 10 TD catches in past 9 at home. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 73 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week, 1st career multi-TD game. Leads NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 rec. yards & 5 TD catches…DE KASIM EDEBALI has 6 sacks in past 8 at home. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week. CB STERLING MOORE aims for 6th in row with PD. S JAIRUS BYRD had 37-yard INT-TD in last meeting (12/24/11 with Buf.). S KENNY VACCARO led team with 9 tackles & had FF in Week 9.

Seahawks vs Saints NFL Week Eight Inactives

Seahawks: CB DeAndre Elliott, SS Kam Chancellor, RB Thomas Rawls, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DE Michael Bennett, LT Bradley Sowell, TE Luke Willson

Saints: CB Delvin Breaux, LB Stephone Anthony, G/T Khalif Barnes, CB Sterling Moore, WR Jake Lampman, OG Landon Turner, RB Marcus Murphy