Rob Ryan bought Saints fans drinks at a New Orleans dive bar
When the Saints go to their “11,” tight end Jimmy Graham and scatback Darren Sproles, the best pass-catching tandem at those positions in the league, are usually complemented by the wide receiver trio of Marques Colston, Lance Moore and rookie Kenny Stills. Together, they form the most fearsome pass-receiving fivesome in football, a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and their sleep-deprived coordinators. They know the Saints’ “11” often means seven. “When you talk about Graham, Moore and Colston, and you interject Sproles in there, there are so many weapons that Drew Brees uses,” said Tampa Bay Bucs coach Greg Schiano, whose team hosts the Saints in Week 2. “I think one of the most impressive things is how he gets them all involved. People ask if you think it’s a conscience decision, I do think it is.
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According to the NOLA Defender, Ryan popped into Uptown dive bar Ms. Maes after a 23-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons. He put down 100 bucks and was like buy everybody a round and keep the change, [bartender Jason] Matherne said. Anyone who has seen the sun come up outside of Ms. Maes knows $100 can buy a lot. In here, thats like a fortune, said Matherne. The bartender said Ryan often comes in and orders three fingers of Lagavulin 16while thumbing through a dog-eared copy ofThe Strangerand discussing American intervention policies with fellow patrons. Kidding.
Getting Curtis Lofton on the field with Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne would do wonders for the run defense in base situations. You would also have Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks as the interior linemen, to go along with Parys Haralson and Junior Galette at both end spots. Martez Wilson would come in to rush the passer from a myriad of positions. How does that sound? FP NewOrleansSaints.com The injuries to corners Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer are alarmingalthough it would open up more of an opportunity for fellow corner Corey Whitefor the fact the depth would take a major hit.
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The Falcons led 10-0 at that point, with 1:28 to go in the opening stanza. They would score just one TD the rest of the way. The guys up front did a great job today, linebacker Curtis Lofton told the Saints website . We got pressure on the quarterback, but it goes hand in hand. The secondary and linebackers had great coverage, which leads to sacks. Thats how we play as a defense. Who else starred or bombed in Week 1? First Down:Andrew Luck. Scoff, if you must, about the Colts needing a late drive and subsequent defensive stand to hold off the lowly Raiders at home.
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LB/DE Jay Richardson, who was released on Aug. 31, was re-signed to add some depth at the injury-riddled defensive line and linebacker positions. LCB Jabari Greer had limited participation Thursday because of a back injury and his status for Sunday is not known. ILB Curtis Lofton was again Thursday with a knee injury, but could be ready to play against the Bucs. CB Patrick Robinson suffered a foot injury against the Falcons and was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday. NT Brodrick Bunkley, who has a right calf injury, did not practice again Thursday and will likely miss Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
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It won’t be an embarrassment, a laughingstock, or historic in the worst way imaginable. No, against a ridiculously talented and multidimensional Atlanta Falcons team on Sunday, New Orleans looked like a defense that could actually hold its own. It made an impressive defensive stop at the end of the game to keep the Falcons out of the end zone and out of the win column. The Saints — with Sean resource Payton as the head coach and Drew Brees as the quarterback — will always win with offense, but unlike last season, maybe they won’t lose with defense. The defense didn’t burn them against the Falcons. It saved them, and they walked away from the NFL’s opening weekend with a satisfying 23-17 victory over last season’s NFC South champs. AP Photo/Bill Haber Saints safety Roman Harper reels in the victory-securing interception in front of Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta won 13 games last season. It was the NFC’s No.
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But Im not sure that putting the Saints at No. 8 even does full justice. The Falcons still are ranked No. 4. Shouldnt the Saints be ranked ahead of the Falcons after beating them? John Clayton and Kevin Seifert were the only members of the voting panel to put the Saints ahead of the Falcons, and I tend to agree with them. Yeah, I still want to see how the New Orleans defense holds up over the long term.