Tag: New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees Offers Advice to the Who Dat Nation After Heartbreaking Loss

After the infamous no-call heard around the world, the New Orleans Saints fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship. For an organization and fan base that has dealt with so much playoff heartache with plays like Vernon Davis’ last-second touchdown catch in 2012 and the Minnesota Miracle last season, both in the Divisional round, this game against the Rams stung extra hard. However, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees has offered a few words of advice to the fan base as everyone attempts to cope with the devastating loss.

“I think you have to with anything that happens, whether you’re the one playing or you are the one so invested, which I know our fans are in our team and in the season. You can go one of two directions. You can either go in the tank, or you can find a way for this to come together for our good. That’s the mindset I take, and I think that’s the mindset we took last year after that loss in Minnesota. And I think you see the result of what happens when you take that approach. We turned that into good, we turned that into something positive, and it brought us together as a team and strengthened us. I hope that this will too”.

One thing is for sure, the New Orleans Saints will be preparing this offseason to enter next season with one goal in mind. They want to show everyone that they truly belonged in the Super Bowl.

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Three More Saints Earn a Trip to the NFL Pro Bowl

Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara and offensive linemen Larry Warford and Andrus Peat have officially been named to the NFL Pro Bowl.

Kamara had a phenomenal season, yet he fell behind in voting to Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott. Kamara is replacing Gurley as he and the Rams are preparing for the Super Bowl.

Warford and Peat also had tremendous seasons as they helped form one of the most dominant offensive lines in the NFL. They are replacing Brandon Brooks of the Eagles and Zack Martin of the Cowboys.

Although the Pro Bowl carries no stakes, it’s great to see these star players get the honor which they rightfully deserve.

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Four Saints Opt out of NFL Pro Bowl

Following the Saints’ devastating loss in the NFC Championship, quarterback Drew Brees, wide receiver Michael Thomas, and offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Max Unger elected not to partake in the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl.

Brees and Thomas were replaced by the quarterback and wide receiver tandem of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper of the Cowboys. Armstead and Unger were replaced by Cody Whitehair and Charles Leno Jr. of the Chicago Bears.

It is uncertain why these players are opting out of the game, but it is likely that they withdrew because they are disappointed with the way that the officiating crew and the NFL itself has handled their matchup with the Rams, as they rightfully should be.

Another possible reason is that they are avoiding injury. The Pro Bowl carries no stakes, so the players are likely just trying to preserve their bodies as they get ready for offseason preparations.

The New Orleans Saints will be looking to work hard this offseason and come back next season stronger than ever as they hope to show the league that they belong in the NFL’s biggest game, the Super Bowl.

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NFL Referee Bill Vinovich Comments on the Infamous NFC Championship No-Call

In Sunday’s NFC Championship matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams, referees missed one of the most blatant calls of all time. Rams’ cornerback Nickell Robert-Coleman obliterated Saints’ wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, hitting him helmet-to-helmet before Lewis could even look for the football. This missed call cost the Saints a possible Super Bowl 53 berth as they could’ve run the clock down to about four seconds as they could’ve attempted a game-winning field goal. Instead, the Saints settled for a field goal, ultimately losing in overtime to the Rams.

When New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Amie Just asked NFL referee Bill Vinovich about the now infamous no-call, Vinovich responded by saying, “It was a judgment call by the covering official. I personally have not seen the play”.

Just then asked Vinovich about whether or not the timing in the game had an impact on the no-call. Vinovich responded, “Absolutely not”.

The infamous no-call will be a haunting memory for the Who Dat Nation which may never heal. The Saints’ organization will undoubtedly use this as ammunition to return next season with the intentions of winning it all.

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Saints Fans, Here’s What We Can Look Forward To Next Season

For Saints fans, January 20th will never be forgotten. The New Orleans Saints were one game away from punching their ticket into Super Bowl 53. Instead, they will be watching the big game from the comfort of their homes, as they were defeated by the Los Angeles Rams 26-23 in overtime. Whether it was because of god-awful officiating or god-awful officiating, the Saints lost. Yes, I put god-awful officiating twice. Yes, that is the reason the Saints lost. Moving on, the Saints are now left with one question: “What’s gonna happen next year?” Well, there sure is plenty to look forward to. Here are the three main things that Saints fans can expect next year.

1- A SIMILAR ROSTER

The Saints built plenty of their current starters from draft picks. In 2017, the Saints nailed the draft, drafting All-Pro tackle Ryan Ramzyck, and both the Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara and Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore. The year prior, they drafted 2x Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas. Due to these stars being so young, they are still on their rookie contracts, meaning they will be here for at least another year. The Saints also have one of, if not the greatest quarterback of all time in Drew Brees, who had a multi record-breaking year in 2018. Their defense is also stout, with stars like Sheldon Rankins, Cameron Jordan, and Demario Davis. The Saints have most of their roster locked up on multi-year contracts, meaning these same players will come back next season ready to prove themselves.

2- A WEAK NFC SOUTH

As if the fact that the Saints finished as the 1st seed wasn’t enough, the rest of the NFC South looked sub-par at best. The Carolina Panthers lost 7 of their last 8 after starting 6-2 on the year. Cam Newton, the Panthers star QB, may not even play next year, as the Panthers are considering sitting him the whole 2019 season. Although the Falcons were riddled with injuries, their play was still not to a usual Atlanta standard. Matt Ryan had a great year, but that could not make up for the below average play from most of the team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can be described in 1 word: dysfunctional. After beating the Saints 48-40 in the first game of the season, Ryan “Fitzmagic” couldn’t pull the rabbit out of the hat and lead the Bucs. They went 5-11 and just fired their head coach. If the Saints even half as good next season as they did this year, they will still dominate the South.

3- AN AGGRESSIVE AND MOTIVATED DEFENSE

When Rob Ryan took over the Saints defense a few years ago, everyone expected the Saints defense to be spectacular. Well, the Saints became the worst defense not only in the league but in league history. They still secured a 7-9 record, but their defense looked like middle schoolers trying to play with professionals. Then, in came Dennis Allen. Ever since Allen has taken over, the defense has become a unit to strike fear into opponents. The Saints had the second-rated run defense this season, allowing only 80.2 rushing yards per game. They also had 12 interceptions on the year. This means they can stop offenses on the ground and through the air. When the Saints usual explosive offense wouldn’t show up, the defense would not allow the other team to capitalize. With great physical and emotional leaders like Cam Jordan and Demario Davis, you can expect this Saints D to come out next year ready to feed on their opposition.

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