Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm team to win Zurich Classic
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ryan Palmer had to find a teammate if he was going to get back to New Orleans, one of his favorite PGA Tour stops for reasons ranging from the food to his friendship with...
Saints GM Loomis: Draft trades true to team philosophy
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton left no doubt about their willingness to give up multiple draft picks — in the present and future — to go after...
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints moved aggressively to improve their interior blocking in the second round of the draft, trading up 14 spots to take Texas A&M center Erik McCoy with the...
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.
Saints’ Payton: ice cream, binge-watching, bring consolation
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton turned to ice cream, binge-watching and seclusion after his team's football season came to an excruciating end.
LA’s Cooks grabs 2nd shot at Super Bowl after Patriots trade
ATLANTA (AP) — In the past three NFL seasons alone, Brandin Cooks has caught passes from Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Jared Goff while playing for Sean Payton, Bill Belichick and Sean McVay.
"I guess I know how to pick 'em, right?" Cooks asked Tuesday with a laugh.
Cooks has racked up 3,786 yards receiving and 21 total touchdowns in that three-season span, which will include six playoff games and two consecutive Super Bowls.
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.
Porter’s 3 with 1.8 left gives Utah State win over Lobos
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Perhaps Utah State's Abel Porter was destined to hit the game-winning 3-pointer Saturday against New Mexico.
"He's paid his dues," Aggies coach Craig Smith said. "And he just got a scholarship this week. Isn't that crazy? So it's been a big week for Able Porter."
His shot with 1.8 seconds left and just as the shot clock expired gave Utah State a 68-66 win.
‘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.
Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.
And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payton: Playoff stakes more important than perceived slights
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Eagles could derive extra motivation from the widespread perception that New Orleans ran up the score on them when they met in November.
"My question would be: We're all playing hard in these divisional playoff games, right?" Payton began, referring to Sunday's rematch in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. "Are you going to play harder" because of a perceived slight?
Eagles-Saints Preview Capsule
PHILADELPHIA (10-7) at NEW ORLEANS (13-3)
Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Saints by 10
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Philadelphia 6-9-1, New Orleans 10-6
SERIES RECORD — Eagles lead 17-14
LAST MEETING — Saints beat Eagles 48-7, Nov. 18, 2018
LAST WEEK — Eagles beat Bears, 16-15; Saints had bye, lost to Panthers 33-14 on Dec. 30.
AP PRO32 RANKING — Eagles No. 12, Saints No. 1
EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (28), PASS (7).
EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (7), PASS (30).
Saints: Payton used Lombardi Trophy, cash, as motivation
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Lombardi Trophy, stacks of cash totaling more than $200,000 and a Super Bowl ring — flanked by armed guards — were among the sights Saints players saw when they showed up at team headquarters this week to prepare for their playoff opener.
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Eagles are different team since worst loss by a champion
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When the Philadelphia Eagles went to New Orleans in Week 11, their leaders lost their composure before the team lost the game.
Carson Wentz walked off the field punching at the air after throwing one of his three interceptions, an uncharacteristic display of frustration by the third-year quarterback.
All 12 playoff coaches are tied to Bill Walsh or Parcells
There is no denying the impact on the coaching world that Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells have had. The hard evidence is apparent again as the NFL playoffs begin.
All 12 of the coaches have some sort of tie-in to either three-time Super Bowl champion Walsh or two-time winner Parcells. Yes, all 12.
Some are direct: New England's Bill Belichick, New Orleans' Sean Payton and the Chargers' Anthony Lynn were assistants under Parcells.
Browns hit road, interview Saints’ Campbell for coaching job
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dan Campbell's strong stint as an interim coach has the Browns considering him as a permanent one.
Cleveland took its coaching search on the road to interview Campbell, the New Orleans tight ends/assistant head coach, who went 5-7 after taking over Miami's job in 2015.
The 42-year-old Campbell met Friday with Browns general manager John Dorsey and other front-office members in Louisiana while the Saints practiced during their bye week in the NFL playoffs.
Payton harps on Saints’ ‘fundamentals’ as playoff approach
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The irritation was evident in Saints coach Sean Payton's voice on Monday.
The end of the regular season meant a number of his colleagues were getting fired .
That meant clubs with new vacancies would be requesting interviews with assistants on the most successful teams, such as New Orleans, during the very time Payton wants to focus on getting ready for the playoffs.
NFL head coaching positions a slippery ride
Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.
Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded, four of them on Monday. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't even make it that far.
Saints’ Payton eyes history in finale vs. Panthers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton wants to make history this weekend.
How badly remains to be seen. That will be judged in part by the players he tries to win with when the playoff-bound Saints (13-2) host the reeling Carolina Panthers (6-9) on Sunday.
Payton: Bridgewater to start Saints’ finale vs. Panthers
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Teddy Bridgewater will start New Orleans' regular-season finale Sunday against Carolina.
The decision announced Friday afternoon allows starter Drew Brees to rest for playoffs with the Saints already having wrapped up the top seed in the NFC.
Saints’ Rankins has spun, shimmied way to a breakout season
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has become increasingly known for two moves this season: his spin and his shimmy.
The spin, executed with a nimble quickness not entirely typical of 305-pound linemen, has helped Rankins disrupt quarterbacks the way the Saints hoped he would when they made him their first-round draft choice in 2016. Rankins shoulder-shaking shimmy is his trademark celebration after a sack, of which he's had a career-high eight this season.
Saints’ Payton mum on rust vs rest considerations
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton bristled on Monday when pressed about whether he intended to protect certain starters from potential injury by sitting them out of New Orleans' anti-climactic regular season finale.
"We're going to prepare to play Carolina and continue to work on getting better in the areas we need to," Payton asserted. "I can't be any more clear; we'll approach it just like we would any regular season game."
Saints aim to get back on track against Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buccaneers pulled off the biggest upset of the opening week of the NFL season, beating the Saints in a high-scoring shootout. Three months later, neither team is looking back.
New Orleans (10-2) is on the verge of clinching another NFC South title. Tampa Bay (5-7) is trying to escape a deep hole and climb back into playoff contention.
"It does feel like it's been quite a while," Saints coach Sean Payton said, reflecting on his team's 48-40 loss to the Bucs in Week 1.
Saints, Brees piling up points at franchise-record rate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The dynamic Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara agree that the word "savage" best describes New Orleans' offense.
Certainly, the Saints are scoring so often, and in so many ways, it's enough to bruise defenders' egos.
"I'm glad we don't have to play them," Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone said Monday, a day after New Orleans broke the 50-point mark in a victory over Cincinnati.
Sean Payton says Bengals will be paid for broken fire alarm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he broke a blaring fire alarm in visitor's locker room at Cincinnati's Paul Brown stadium and that he intends to ensure the repairs are paid for.
Payton says it would be "a little sensationalist" to say he "destroyed" the fire alarm and that the act was not intended as a motivational ploy.
Saints add receiver Brandon Marshall after Dez Bryant injury
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the Saints have signed veteran receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall's addition adds depth to an offense that already leads the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game and ranks in the top five in yards per game with 413.9.
Last week, the Saints signed receiver Dez Bryant, but he tore his Achilles in only his second practice and never played a game for New Orleans.
Rams CB Marcus Peters to Saints coach Payton: “Keep talking”
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Cornerback Marcus Peters criticized himself for playing poorly when his Los Angeles Rams lost at New Orleans last weekend.
That doesn't mean Saints coach Sean Payton can say anything about it, however.
Saints’ Payton: Red zone defense has to get better
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton expressed concern on Monday that his first-place team eventually will falter if it fails to improve the way it defends snaps from within 20 yards of its own goal line.
Mutual admiration defines Rams-Saints clash for tops in NFC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton has seen plenty of road hazards in the nearly 13 years he's lived in New Orleans, a city where streets routinely crack and buckle atop the spongy landscape of drained swamp and marsh.
Brees, Saints offense, brace for unusual challenge vs. Rams
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints face an unusual challenge this weekend.
They'll try to keep up with an offense every bit as potent as their own — and do so against one of the top-rated defenses in the NFL.
Saints coach Sean Payton said dealing with the Los Angeles Rams' eighth-ranked defense will be a tall order in itself.
Saints scratch Peat vs. Ravens, hope Ginn plays this season
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says there is a "very realistic" possibility of injured receiver Ted Ginn Jr. playing again this season.
Meanwhile, New Orleans has ruled out left guard Andrus Peat and listed right guard Larry Warford as questionable for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Peat has missed practice this week with a head injury, while Warford has been hampered by back soreness.
Saints working to diversify Brees’ passing options
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton preaches the importance of self-scouting to avoid predictable patterns.
That could be one reason why he doesn't expect quarterback Drew Brees to keep throwing to receiver Michael Thomas quite as often as he has through the season's first two weeks, when Thomas has racked up more receptions than the rest of New Orleans' receivers and tight ends combined.
"Part of it is just, here we are, two weeks in," began Payton, whose team visits Atlanta on Sunday.
Payton says Saints’ last-ranked run game not in ‘crisis’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said it's too early to judge New Orleans' last-ranked running game.
Saints’ Payton focuses on accountability after stunning loss
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton spent the first part of Monday urging players and his own coaching staff to acknowledge everything they did wrong heading into a surprising season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
"Today's a tough day in our league, obviously, after a loss like that," Payton said. "It wasn't a good tape. It was not a good film.
Saints suddenly facing doubt after surprising upset
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bad memories came flooding back to Saints coach Sean Payton after a fifth straight regular season opener ended in defeat.
It wasn't just that the Saints lost, but how it happened.
An anemic pass rush and blown coverages helped an opposing quarterback look as spectacular as any point in his career as the Saints fell behind big. Prolific Saints QB Drew Brees orchestrated a frenetic rally to make it interesting, but ran out of time in a 48-40 loss.
Payton: Saints added Gillislee to help with ‘hard yards’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Coach Sean Payton says the Saints have brought in veteran running back Mike Gillislee to add physicality to New Orleans' running game.
Payton says he sees Gillislee as a first- and second-down runner who has earned hard yards for his past teams. Payton says he does not envision Gillislee getting much work as a receiver, as some other running backs do in the Saints' offense.
NFL 2018: Saints, Falcons, Panthers headline tough NFC South
Recent history would indicate that the NFC South is among the NFL's strongest divisions.
Three of its four teams — New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina — made the playoffs last season. The Falcons are only two seasons removed from an overtime loss in the Super Bowl.
Yet, in today's NFL, fortunes have been known to vacillate widely from one year to the next.
Saints acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Jets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick on Wednesday.
While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.
Saints cap productive week with 36-7 win over Chargers
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — After a valuable week of joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton felt comfortable extending that open approach to their preseason game by calling everything from a fake punt to multiple 2-point conversions.
Alvin Kamara ran for a 2-yard touchdown, and the Saints capped a productive visit to Southern California with a 36-7 preseason win over the Chargers on Saturday night.
Chargers expect no fights in joint practices with Saints
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Fights during joint practices at NFL training camps have been a common sight this year, a trend Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn does not expect will continue when the New Orleans Saints join them for two days of workouts beginning on Wednesday.
The Chargers and Saints practiced together without incident for two days last year in Orange County, which makes Lynn optimistic there will not be any trouble this time around.
Saints’ Okafor leaves practice hurt, Davenport returns
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive end Alex Okafor is dealing with another lower leg injury as he tries to come back from an Achilles tear that sidelined him much of last season.
Okafor recently has been competing in training camp to regain his starting role.
The specific nature of his latest injury at practice Wednesday is not clear. He was able to walk off the field, but coach Sean Payton has not provided specific information about his condition.
Saints add new defensive backs Nelson and Williams
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Newly signed veteran cornerback Marcus Williams and safety Robert Nelson have joined the New Orleans Saints at training camp.
The roster moves announced Sunday by coach Sean Payton give the Saints two players in the secondary named Marcus Williams, the other being a second-year safety and 2017 second-round draft choice.
Saints waive receiver Coleman, lineman Fullington
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has waived receiver Brandon Coleman and offensive lineman John Fullington.
Both players have been sidelined recently with injuries.
Coleman started training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Payton, who discussed the moves after a practice at Tulane on Sunday night, says the receiver has hip and neck injuries that both will take longer to rehabilitate than initially anticipated.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Michael Floyd made it clear that he's looking for a fresh start to what's left of his once-promising NFL career.
So the St. Paul, Minnesota, native, who floundered with his hometown Vikings last season, is now working on the opposite end the Mississippi River, trying to show Sean Payton and Co. why the New Orleans Saints were right to give him a look.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Veteran receivers Brandon Tate and Michael Floyd joined practice at New Orleans Saints training camp on Wednesday, bolstering a receiver corps thinned by injuries and adding to the mix of players competing in the return game.
New Orleans also has activated veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform list.