NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and former Minnesota Vikings interior offensive lineman Nick Easton have agreed on a four-year contract.
Saints Pro Bowl center Unger retiring after 10 seasons
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl center and offensive captain Max Unger is retiring after 10 NFL seasons.
Saints reach deal to keep quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to keep him as Drew Brees' main backup.
Saints agree to 2-year extension with LB Craig Robinson
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed with linebacker Craig Robinson on a two-year contract extension.
The seven-year NFL veteran, whose deal was announced Monday, has played...
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New Orleans Saints release veteran safety Kurt Coleman
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have released veteran safety Kurt Coleman after only one season.
The move, listed on the NFL's official transactions report on Thursday afternoon,...
Governor releases NFL head’s response about missed penalty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told Louisiana's governor there was an error in the officiating that helped the Los Angeles Rams go to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints, but there's nothing he can do about it.
New Orleans Saints hire Darren Rizzi as special teams coach
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he's hired Darren Rizzi as special teams coordinator.
Rizzi, whose hiring was announced Monday, fills a vacancy that opened when former coordinator Bradford Banta was fired after this season, his second on the job.
Gase fills out Jets staff with Cooter, Jefferson among hires
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase's coaching staff with the New York Jets has youth, experience, family ties and plenty of personalities.
The team announced that Gase filled out his staff Friday, including hiring Jim Bob Cooter as running backs coach, Shawn Jefferson as assistant head coach-offense/wide receivers and Frank Bush as assistant head coach-defense/inside linebackers.
Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots' competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football's annual spectacle in a decade.
New Orleans holds Super Bowl ‘boycott parties’
After further (judicial) review: No do-over of Rams-Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC championship game because of a blown "no-call" by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge.
The Latest: Attorney’s next move unclear in NFC do-over case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's rejection of a lawsuit seeking a possible rescheduling of the NFC championship game because of officials' failure to call key penalties (all times local):
An attorney for two New Orleans Saints season ticketholders says he'll continue to pursue legal action arising from officials' failure to call penalties on a crucial play in the Jan. 20 NFC championship game.
Redskins hire Rob Ryan as inside linebackers coach
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have hired longtime NFL defensive guru Rob Ryan as inside linebackers coach.
The team announced the move Wednesday, a day after promoting Kevin O'Connell to offensive coordinator on coach Jay Gruden's staff. Ryan most recently served as the Buffalo Bills' assistant head coach for defense in 2016.
Key rulings expected soon in NFC ‘do-over’ suit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Key court rulings are expected soon in a lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC title game that ended with a Los Angeles Rams victory over the New Orleans Saints — a game affected by a crucial "no-call" by officials in the final minutes of regulation play.
NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six days before the Super Bowl, the court battle has begun in a longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC game that ended with a Los Angeles Rams victory over the New Orleans Saints, a game affected by what the NFL concedes was a blown "no-call" by officials.
A Monday hearing in federal court did not result in an immediate ruling. It dealt largely with a jurisdictional question.
The Latest: NFL playoff ‘do-over’ suit in jurisdictional bog
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on lawsuit asking NFC championship do-over (all times local):
A longshot lawsuit aimed at a possible do-over of the NFC championship game is bogged down in a jurisdictional issue: whether it belongs in Louisiana state court or in federal court.
The NFL wants it in federal court. Plaintiffs want it in state court.
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LSU taps Saints assistant Brady to oversee passing game
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he has hired New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady as the Tigers' passing game coordinator and receivers coach.
Brady fills the vacancy created when veteran receivers coach Jerry Sullivan retired after the 2018 season.
Orgeron says Brady brings LSU an innovative approach to offense and knowledge of the run-pass option after working under Saints coach Sean Payton.
Falcons turn over practice site to Rams for Super Bowl week
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have cleared out of their practice facility and given the keys to the Los Angeles Rams for the week.
The Falcons are determined to be good hosts to the Rams, who are using the facility as their practice site for Sunday's Super Bowl 53. The Falcons insist they'd have been just as hospitable if it were their bitter rival New Orleans Saints using their locker room, meeting rooms and practice field for the week.
NFL: Rams-Saints rematch would mean pricey Super Bowl delay
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Redoing last weekend's controversial NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints would mean a pricey delay of the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL said Friday.
With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing.
The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of a referee wearing a blindfold.
Saints fans plan to boycott Super Bowl
Cantrell sends Goodell letter about Saints-Rams game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Still reeling from Sunday's New Orleans Saints loss in the NFC Championship, Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she has sent a letter on behalf of the city to football Commissioner Roger Goodell about the missed call that likely cost the Saints the game.
McVay says Rams K Greg Zuerlein’s foot injury isn’t serious
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein strained his non-kicking foot at halftime of the NFC championship game by slipping on a turf-covered metal plate during warmups on the Superdome field.
Zuerlein's injury doesn't appear to be serious, and the Rams expect him to kick in the Super Bowl next week, coach Sean McVay said Thursday.
Veteran TE Watson rips Goodell for silence on blown calls
Retiring New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson strongly criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday for his public silence following a blown call in the NFC championship game.
Watson posted a letter to Goodell on Twitter, saying "we all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people. What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans, though, was outside of that expected and accepted norm."
Podcast: The NFL has an officiating problem
The NFL has an officiating problem.
PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi and AP Pro Football writer Barry Wilner discuss the blown call that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl and whether other questionable penalties and video reviews will lead to rules changes.
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Saints’ defensive back Williams faces drunken driving charge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, among other traffic charges.
Police spokesman Aaron Looney told news outlets that the 25-year-old Williams was arrested early Wednesday after an officer said he was driving at 80 mph (129 kph) in a 50 mph (80 kph) zone.
Louisiana governor chastises NFL leader about missed penalty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Add Louisiana's governor to the list of people chastising the NFL about officiating in the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints.
Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter Tuesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to express the "deep disappointment" of the people of Louisiana and Saints fans.
Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on Tuesday to order the NFL commissioner to reverse the results of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl, or schedule a do-over.
‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it."
WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through Feb. 3, including one outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Pats-Chiefs second-most watched AFC title game in 42 years
Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs was the second-most watched and rated AFC championship game in 42 years.
The overtime thriller on CBS averaged 53.919 million viewers, just shy of the 54.850 million that viewed Pittsburgh's victory over the New York Jets in 2011. The 27.5 household rating fell short of the 2016 matchup between New England and Denver that had a 29.3 rating.
Sportsbook credits Saints bets over uncalled penalty
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sportsbook in New Jersey is offering betting credits for customers who bet on the New Orleans Saints due to the widespread belief that the team was victimized by a blown call by referees during its loss Sunday in the NFC championship game.
Blown call stands out, but Rams are still amazing LA Story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An egregious mistake by the refs overshadowed the Los Angeles Rams' moment of triumph.
This is one amazing L.A. Story.
For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Blown call, Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.
After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.
Rams star Todd Gurley a non-factor in NFC championship game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the Super Bowl despite one of the worst games of Todd Gurley's career.
The star running back carried the ball just four times for 10 yards Sunday, caught one pass for 3 yards and let a couple of passes slip through his hands — one of which led to an interception that set up a New Orleans Saints' field goal.
Super Bowl berths on the line in conference title games
The Los Angeles Rams are back inside the stadium where they lost for the first time this season, looking for retribution and a Super Bowl berth as they face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game.
The Superdome is coming alive for the last time this football season as predominantly Saints fans arrive for just the second NFC title game to be held at the site of seven Super Bowls.
Aqib Talib is cornerstone of Rams’ efforts to rein in Saints
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams realize they're heading into one of the NFL's most intimidating environments when they visit the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in the deafening Superdome for the NFC championship game.
Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to remind his teammates about the upside of the New Orleans fans' famed investment in the game.
The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams.
Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL.
The ties between the Saints' Sean Payton and the Rams' Sean McVay go well beyond a shared name.
Column: Gleason comes along for the Saints’ playoff ride
He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness.
As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride.
Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so much.
Rams thin on playoff experience, hungry for Super Bowl run
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh earned multiple All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and tens of millions of dollars during his first eight NFL seasons.
The imposing defensive lineman had never won a playoff game, let alone a Super Bowl. When he was free to choose his next team after the Dolphins released him last March, Suh decided he would try to fill that gap in his resume.
Soup’s off: Peters, Payton downplay gumbo beef in big game
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. He insisted his feisty comments about the coach two months ago had been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion by controversy-hungry fans and media.
And then his coach popped up in the back of the room.
"Let me get some of that soup!" Sean McVay yelled.
One way or another, gumbo will be served at the NFC championship game.
Hunting for a Saints ticket? Attorney general warns of scams
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning New Orleans Saints fans to be cautious when trying to buy tickets to Sunday's NFC Championship game.
The Louisiana Republican on Wednesday released tips for the hot Superdome ticket.
Washington State establishes Steve Gleason Institute
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State is creating a neuroscience center named for former Cougars and New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason.
The Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience is expected to open at the school's satellite campus in Spokane in the second half of the year.
Pederson reiterates Wentz is Philly’s No. 1 QB
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson reiterated Tuesday that Carson Wentz will be the team's starting quarterback in 2019.
Wentz missed the final three games of the regular season and two playoff games because of a back injury. Nick Foles led Philadelphia to four straight wins and was 27 yards away from taking the Eagles to the NFC championship game before his final pass bounced off Alshon Jeffery's hands and was intercepted to seal a 20-14 victory for the New Orleans Saints.
Gurley, Anderson form dynamic rushing tandem for Rams
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Todd Gurley never had a true running partner during his first four regular seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.
The superstar running back took most of the carries and grinded out most of the tough yards while his backups played only sparingly.
When he suited up with C.J. Anderson for the first time last weekend during the Rams' divisional playoff win over Dallas, Gurley truly shared the big carries for one of the first times in his NFL career.
Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.
After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super Bowl since then — thanks to a pair of aggressive and pivotal fourth-down play calls when the Saints were trying to come back from a two-touchdown deficit.
Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships
Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff.
Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line.
The NFL's highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots into Kansas City to take on Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Brees and the New Orleans Saints host Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.