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Andrew Schuster at WhoDatDish.com explains ‘Why Dennis Allen Could Be Man of the Year for Saints in 2015:’ “Here’s what I adore about Dennis Allen — he’s got the intelligence and mindset of a coach, which he is, and the demeanor, energy and passion of a player. Those traits define the characters of the veteran leaders that departed a year ago, and I believe Allen will restore that energy to the Who Dat Nation….locking up Allen is a HUGE step in the right direction in order to get the club back on track. Installing his passion and acuity with Sean Payton’s brilliance and Rob Ryan’s aggressive schemes could spell danger to opposing teams.”

Sean Payton to Star in “Zoolander 2”

Despite not being the originator of Ben Stiller’s famous “Blue Steel” face (as seen in Stiller’s 2001 movie Zoolander, Saints head coach Sean Payton has perfected the look and has been casted to replace Stiller as the titular Derek Zoolander.

Ben Stiller has confirmed a sequel to 2001 hit movie “Zoolander” starring himself as the titular character.  Stiller will not reprise the directorial role that he had in the original, and director Justin Theroux (American Psycho [seriously, he was an actor], will take the head on the project.

Theroux has already recasted Saints' head coach Sean Payton as the lead for the movie, stating the Payton has the perfect look for the part.

"He’s one part smug, one part befuddled on the sideline, all the time," Theroux said.  "He also coaches New Orleans, and my name sounds French so I figured ‘Eh, what the hell.’"

Payton has already stated that he plans on restarting the Bounty Program that got him suspended for the entirety of 2012 in order to make room in his busy schedule.

"Coaching takes up a ton of time, and so does acting," Payton said.  "Honestly, I feel the Commissioner’s office breathing down my neck as it is, and Justin has been very clear on the filming schedule.  I figure that a suspension for the duration of the 2015 season will be sufficient to get the heavy legwork of filming out of the way."

Theroux has already rained praise upon his new star, citing his ridiculous work ethic and propensity to take the reigns on the filming process.

"He keeps talking about all of these weird things like ‘end arounds’ and ‘screens,’" Theroux said, looking confused.  "I mean, Christian [Bale] killed most of his co-stars in American Psycho, and I was never nearly as terrified of him as I am of Sean.  Owen Wilson has repeatedly emailed me expressing regret for not taking the role of Wes Anderson’s remake of The Midnight Coterie Of Sinister Intruders.

The NFL office was not available for comment, although their voicemail message was “brb, suspending Sean lol,” followed by a sound that sounded suspiciously like a champagne bottle popping open.

From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: Loomis reiterated that the Saints have a plan for trimming the estimated $25 million in salary-cap space that will be required over the next three weeks. Although Loomis didn’t specify that plan, a huge part will include converting roster bonuses into signing bonuses with players like Junior Galette, Jairus Byrd, Jimmy Graham and Curtis Lofton. That simple tweak could save about $20 million right away, shifting those cap costs into future years. “I wouldn’t call it easy, yet we know what our plan is,” Loomis told The Times-Picayune. “And we’ve known what it’s going to be for quite some time — in terms of just getting under the cap.”

Tackling woes

In 2014, the New Orleans Saints defense missed many tackles on a weekly basis. Even without a better pass rush and substantial improvement in coverage, better tackling would make the defense less susceptible to back-breaking plays.

In 2014 the Saints defense finished last in tackling efficiency! Basically, our guys squandered many opportunities to stop opposing offenses. According to Pro Football Focus, the Saints defense missed 148 tackles in 1092 snaps, about 13%. I was able to find that inside linebacker Curtis Lofton led his position with 22 missed tackles at a rate of 1 missed every 7.5 attempts. By comparison, James Laurinaitis only missed 4 but tallied to more snaps than Lofton. Cornerback Keenan Lewis missed 10 tackles coming at a rate of 1 miss for every 5.2 attempts. The back end of the defense was left virtually unprotected as safety Kenny Vaccaro missed 19 tackles at a rate of 1 miss for every 4.5 attempts. The surprise statistic of my fact finding mission was that the Saints special teams units was middle of the pack at 18 missed tackles, the exact same as Super Bowl participants the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The Saints special teams unit is comprised of (hopefully) potential starters, so all is not lost.

The changes must begin now! The coaches may need to take a page from the youth football leagues and work on tackling with the players. As silly and simple as my theory may be, the league could help alleviate two major problems by embracing a return to fundamentals. The fact that tackling can be practiced without pads or full contact seems to make the suggestion reasonable. In particular, I’d love to hear that the Saints defensive players are working with coaches to get the tackling under control. So, if you’re reading this Kenny V, Mr. Lofton, and WestBank, please get back to basics and start taking advantage of the tackling opportunities!

Latest draft

2014 Draft Class

 1 20 Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver

2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback

4 126 Khairi Fortt, Linebacker

5 167 Vinnie Sunseri, Safety

5 169 Ronald Powell, Linebacker

6 202 Tavon Rooks, Offensive Tackle

Analysis: With their first pick in the 2014 draft, New Orleans picked up where it left off in 2013: Brandin Cooks is going to fit beautifully in Payton’s offense and is likely to be a starter from day one, alongside Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste is likely going to be a backup for most of the season, barring any injuries in the secondary. If history repeats itself - and Saints fans hope it doesn’t - one or two of the draftees will not play in a single game this season. My money would be on linebacker Ronald Powell, who has a history of knee injuries and was a bit of a gamble in this draft.

The Gem: The explosive, multitalented Brandin Cooks will quickly make Saints fans forget about the lethargic offense of 2013.

Ugh: With the great success they’ve had with Mark Ingram and Roman Harper, the Saints decided they needed another Bama player in Vinnie Sunseri. All joking aside, this was a baffling pick: safety wasn’t a position of need for New Orleans. The Saints can only hope to have somehow gotten a steal.

Grade:The jury is obviously still out, but this group of draftees has its work cut out for it if they’re going to match the early production of the 2013 class.

Could Carl Nicks Return to the Saints?

I’m semi-wrong sometimes.  In the 2012 offseason, I was tremendously frustrated that the Saints wasted their franchise tag on Drew Brees before inevitably giving him the large contract we were always going to give him and let Carl Nicks walk.  In Nicks and Jahri Evans we had the best pair of guards in the league, guys who had been the thrusting pistons driving the engine of one of the best offenses in league history (I don’t know much about cars).  But Nicks got injured almost immediately in Tampa and ended up playing just nine games there in two years and we signed Ben Grubbs, who made the 2013 Pro Bowl and has been a solid performer for us.

But the fact is that the offense has not been the same since Nicks left.  Brees has been sacked, hit, and hurried more in the last two years than any other time in his Saints tenure, due in part to declined play from the center and left tackle spots (though Terron Armstead has stepped up nicely) and partly because Grubbs just isn’t as good as Nicks was.  The old Nicks is never coming back, but this team could use some quality interior line depth and a familiar face may be just what the doctor ordered.

It’s hard to emphasize too much the extent to which Nicks’s career has fallen apart.  A Google profile now refers to him as a “former football player” and his Wikipedia article makes reference to an imminent but unofficial retirement.  However, Nicks is only 29 years old and is more than two years removed from the toe injury that cost him so much time and is now working out for NFL teams including the Saints.

I know that being chosen over retirement has its pitfalls (remember Olin Kreutz?), but I’m all for it.  This guy was a key part of the the Saints golden era, and at the very least he can restore some order to the clubhouse and remind the guys what it’s like to have a championship mentality.  Also, if he’s moving anything like the Nicks of old, he could be more than a great clubhouse guy and shore up that interior line that’s been declining in recent years.

I’m aware that offensive linemen don’t provide us with the visceral memories that guys at the “skill positions” do, but the thought of having Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin, and Carl Nicks in the trenches together again really lifts my spirits. These Golden Era Saints may be growing long in the tooth by football standards, but I love the idea that one more of the old gang could come home to roost in the city that loves him.

It ain't over till....

Listen, I get it. You’re disappointed and feeling gut punched right now. But, it really isn’t over yet. So, here’s a little something to wrap your heads and spirits around. Since the beginning of the 21st century only two #1 seeds have won the Super Bowl. The 2003Patriots and and YOUR 2009 Saints. Six of the past thirteen Super Bowl champions have been a 4th seed or lower. Including the last 3 consecutive Super Bowl winners

 The 2010 Packers, 2011 Giants, and 2012 Ravens were no better than the 2013 Saints during the regular season. Don’t let yourselves get caught up in some false idea of what a championship caliber team looks like. Instead, try a little good old fashioned "I believe"like our very own vjdancer.

Until all the games are played and the Saints aren’t Super Bowl champs - I will believe it’s possible.

You never know. You might get surprised. Just like the fans of some of the teams above.

Kenny Vaccaro Has Personal Vendetta Against Cowboys

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Saints safety and Texas native Kenny Vaccaro remembers how the Cowboys expressed some interest in drafting him last year and then later decided to pass on him. Vaccaro describes what happened during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, “My agent was like, ‘Hey, the Saints about to take Kenny, y’all gonna make a move?’” To which Vaccaro said the Cowboys replied, “‘Nah, we don’t move up for safeties.’”

Saints biggest needs for 2015

3. Interior Offensive Line

I know some draft analysts (Kiper) have projected the Saints to take an Offensive tackle in the first round, and though I can understand the reasoning, I think they’re looking at the wrong part of the line. Perhaps one of the biggest positional drop-offs from 2013 to 2014 was guard play. In 2013, the Saint’s boasted two Pro-Bowl guards who largely held their own throughout much of the season. Thus, last year the major concern was the Left Tackle spot, from which current Chicago Bear Jermon Bushrod departed. After theCharles Brown experiment was done away with, Terron Armstead filled in and has established himself as a solid starter at the position. Indeed, he is only improving over time and could definitely be a young centerpiece of the line of the future. With Armstead alleviating some Tackle concerns and Zach Strief resigned, anxiety only remained over the Center position going into 2014 and was pegged by some (myself included) as the biggest wildcard on offense. However, little did we know, it was the Guards who would struggle just as much if not more.

Both Ben Grubbs and Future Saint’s Hall of Famer Jahri Evans' play have deteriorated over the last season (and some might argue over the last two seasons despite their Pro-Bowl designations). To make the situation more pressing, the Saint's guards are getting paid with the best of the them at the position and are thus falling far short of their contracts. Both player's contacts end after the 2016 season leaving the team on the hook for two more years. Considering the cap pressure however, it is possible that the team may part ways a season early to find some cap relief. Thus, the Saints need to start looking past their aging line to the future.

With the staple of the Saint’s franchise being their offense, the Offensive line has been their most valued asset second only to Quarterback. It is therefore imperative that Saint’s shore up that line — the interior, in particular, which is most pertinent to said Quarterback’s success. The good news is that of all that has been said of the staff’s inefficiency concerning the development of cornerbacks, the exact opposite can be said of offensive lineman. Under Sean Payton, the Saint’s have excelled at developing lineman at every position on the line, turning overlooked draft picks into All-pros in the interior, and maximizing each players worth in a seemingly endless rotation on the exterior. With this in mind, hopefully the Saint’s can work their magic once again and pluck some late-round picks and develop them into anchors for the future line. I trust no one more than our coaching staff to achieve this goal, and thus find that position to be the most likely addressed in the late-rounds or undrafted free-agency.

New Orleans Saints are an Elite Franchise

Kevin C. Cox

"Shook Ones" 
Yeah, they’re scared to death, scared to look, they shook…. 
Cause ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks Who Dats!

By BewareofDog

After all the bed-wetting and diaper-crapping that went on after the loss to the Seahawks, you’d think the Saints had lost their 8th straight game and were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Might as well trade Brees while we can still get some value for that effin’ midget and get ready for the #2 pick in the draft behind Atlanta or Houston. Damn, Saints. They couldn’t even get that right. Letting the Falcons have the #1 pick.

Wait….oh, the emergency is over? They crushed the Panthers and all is well? Okey dokey.

Don’t understand it though. I NEVER worry about a Saints loss. EVAH. I can’t. It’s impossible. Mainly because I understand that I’m lucky enough to be the fan of a football that is one of the VERY BEST in the NFL and has been for quite a while. A bad loss here and there during the regular season is not going to change that or shake my confidence in this team.

I don’t subscribe to the whole victimology/underdog status that some Saints fans readily embrace. It’s a huge part of the reason why some fans can’t really enjoy what is in factThe Golden Era of The New Orleans Saints. I’m not going to tell someone else how to be a fan of the team, but I sure don’t roll with that line of thinking. It’s too tiresome. You’re WAY UP after a victory and then way down in the dumps and ready to be fitted for a straightjacket after a loss.

And you’re scared ALL the time. Before EVERY game.

"Ooooh, this team scares me."

"I’m so worried about this game."

"It’s a trap!"

I’ve seen Cowboys and Falcons fans who show more intestinal fortitude toward their respective teams than some Saints fans. Of course, being a Cowboys/Falcons fan is an exercise in futility and are also textbook examples of a delusional mind in action. But, whatever gets them by right?

Pardon me, but, I’m a fan of the New Orleans Saints. One of the top franchises in the NFL and an Elite football team for almost a decade. They have also been a winning franchise for the last three decades.

That’s right, I said DECADES.

It’s weird how some fans spend so much time yapping about losing seasons, paper bags, and the pain of horrible, debilitating, losses to certain franchises which have left them scarred for life and those things are nothing more than distant ghosts from the past. Ghosts that some folks just can’t seem to let go and make it a constant part of their present day lives as Saints fans. And they’re so busy being full of angst that they haven’t noticed how good the Saints have been for quite a while now.

Did you know that the Saints are a WINNING franchise since Tom Benson took over from John Mecom?

Read rest of this interesting article: http://www.canalstreetchronicles.com/2013/12/15/5211606/new-orleans-saints-elite-franchise

Saints status

 New Orleans Saints (6-1):

Despite their 35-17 rout of the Buffalo Bills in Week 8, the Saints were not pleased with their own performance, which included nine penalties, timeouts wasted due to personnel issues, two missed field goals, and four sacks allowed. By the end of the week, the Saints had fallen slightly in the rankings for Defense, Passing, and Rushing; though they maintained their position in regards to overall offense. The BroncosPackersLions,Chargers and Eagles remain ahead of the Saints in the rankings for total offensive yards; with a huge game by Calvin Johnson pushing the Lions up the ranks, and past the Saints for the second-most passing yards in the league. In the NFC, the Seahawks, Panthers,Jets, 49ers, and Packers currently rank ahead of New Orleans defensively. In the conference standings, only Seattle (7-1) has managed — after scraping a win from the Rams — to hold on to a better record than New Orleans (6-1).

The Saints have only lost the ball seven times this year, which is the second-least number of turnovers given away by any team in the NFL thus far (Indy is at 6). Having taken the ball away from other teams sixteen times, New Orleans is ranked No.6 in the league on take-aways. Overall, these numbers result in a +8 turnover differential for the Saints, which is No.4 in the league, behind only Kansas City (+12), Seattle (+9) and Dallas (+9).

As far as punting goes: despite New Orleans being ranked No.8 in yards allowed after a punt, Thomas Morstead has the third-best average net yards-per-punt in the NFL. Had one of his punts been stopped at the one yard line — as it should have been, were it not for a failure on the part of Corey White — he would have maintained his No.2 ranking, and been closing in on the top spot in the NFL. Garret Hartley, on the other hand, dropped to a 78% success rate on field goals this year, after going 0/2 in the Superdome this past Sunday. This ties him as the 25th most accurate kicker (of 33) in the NFL for the 2013 season.

This Sunday, the Saints head to New Jersey to take on the Jets, who are coached by Rex Ryan, brother of New Orleans Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. Although the Jets offense is only slightly better than Buffalo’s, the men in green have had a much more dominant defense this year. This will be the first time New Orleans faces a defense which is ranked higher than our own, which will only be magnified by temperatures in the upper 40’s at the Jets’ home stadium. However, if they remain focused, the Saints should be able to provide Rob Ryan with his first NFL win over his fraternal twin.

[Current Jets Rankings: Offense - 17th; Defense - 6th; Passing - 22nd; Rushing - 13th]

Graham Negotiations...

Jimmy Graham’s Agent Flies To New Orleans To Negotiate With Saints

By David “Satch” Kelly on Jun 17 2014, 2:44p 14

Jonathan Ferrey

Graham’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, flew to New Orleans from Memphis on Tuesday to negotiate with the Saints’ front office face to face, according to NOLA.com. Graham’s hearing is also being held in Metairie, according to the NFL Network, so that may be the more likely reason he flew in. There’s conflicting reports as to why exactly, so we shouldn’t get our hopes up that a deal is imminent. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank will hear arguments from the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council to determine if Graham should be officially labeled as a tight end or a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. The proceedings will be held privately and it’s unclear how long it will take Burbank to issue a ruling, though one week is a fair guess based on past arbitration hearings.

Sean's drafting record

2010 Draft Class

 1 32 Patrick Robinson, Cornerback

 2 64 Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle

 3 95 Jimmy Graham, Tight End

 4 123 Al Woods, Defensive Tackle

 5 158 Matt Tennant, Center

7 239 Sean Canfield, Quarterback

Analysis: Following their win in Superbowl XLIV, the Saints had a pretty lousy draft. The six players selected played in a combined 171 out of a possible 384 games (44.5%) and started a combined 86 games (22.4%). Two of the six players (Al Woods and Sean Canfield) never played in a single regular season game for the team. To complete the mediocrity of this draft class, four years later, only two of the six players drafted are still with the team (Patrick Robinson and Jimmy Graham).

The Gem: The Saints drafted a relatively unknown tight end from Miami in the third round. He turned out to be the best tight end in the NFL at the moment: Jimmy Graham. It was a bit of a reprieve for an otherwise pretty awful draft.

Ugh: Al Woods, the local product out of LSU was drafted in the fourth round. A wasted pick, as Woods never suited up for the Saints in a meaningful game and is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Grade: Thank God for Jimmy Graham.

Justin Gilbert Visiting Saints

NFL Draft 2014: Justin Gilbert Visiting Saints

By Dave Cariello  @CSCtweet

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top available cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft will be meeting with Saints this week.

Former Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert will be meeting with the Saints for a pre-draft visit, per his personal Twitter account.

Gilbert is one of the top cornerbacks available in the 2014 NFL Draft and is a potential first round draft choice. At 6-0, 200 pounds, Gilbert has good size to match his speed.  The All-American was also a Jim Thorpe Award finalist for the nation’s best defensive back

A look at the rest of the season

Saints will try to right their wobbly ship on Sunday in Detroit. - Chris Graythen

At 2-3 and hanging out in the lower tier of the NFC, the New Orleans Saints might have to win eight of their eleven remaining games to have a chance to make the postseason this year. The question is: can they do it?

Summary

When we tally the results of this little prediction exercise, here’s what we have:

The “total homer" has the Saints finishing the season 11-5 and winning 9 out of their 11 remaining games.

- The “educated guesser" sees the Saints winning only five more games, finishing at 7-9. This is where I personally stand, in case you were wondering.

The “sky is falling" fan has the Saints winning only two more games and ending up at 4-12. Let’s just say he or she is already looking forward to the 2015 NFL draft.

NFLFanpoint: fun article over on canal street chronicles, the summary of which is above. It goes through the rest of the Saints season game by game with three views on each one. Personally, I’d like to be in the ‘totally homer’ area, but am thinking it will be more of a ‘sky is falling’ year.

Super Bowl 2014: Where Super Bowl XLVIII Ranks Among All-Time Worst

Kevin C. Cox

Super Bowl XLVIII provided the world one of the most one-sided football games ever witnessed. Was it the worst Super Bowl ever though?

In  1984, Super Bowl XVIII provided us with the first blowout of the post-merger Super Bowl era. In that game, the Raiders dismantled the Redskins 38-9. The 29 point victory was, at the time, the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. Starting with that game, only 5 of the following 20 Super Bowls had final scores within single digits. 1984 through 2003 basically represented the era of the blowout Super Bowl.

Now 30 years later, the world witnessed the third largest blowout in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl XLVIII featured a 35 point win by the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos, 43-8. In the moment, many will rush to judge this game as the worst Super Bowl ever played, but will that opinion stand after hindsight? Well, there are many Super Bowl blowouts to chose from, but here are my top five worst Super Bowls of all-time. Where will this dumpster fire of a game end up?

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#5 Super Bowl XXVII - Cowboys 52 - Bills 17

In one game, Buffalo lost their starting quarterback, their pride, and their third Super Bowl in a row. Dallas built a dynasty on the back of this performance, scoring the second most points in Super Bowl history and securing the third highest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, 35 points (tied with XLVIII Seahawks). The young and loose Cowboys crushed the tense veteran Bills, and they’d do so again, in a lesser way, just one year later.

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#4 Super Bowl XXXVII - Buccaneers 48 - Raiders 21

This one wasn’t even as close as the 27 point margin of victory indicated. The Raiders were dim enough to run the exact same playbook that Bucs head coach Jon Gruden created, against him, guess how that worked out? Raiders QB Rich Gannon threw 5 interceptions in that game, 3 of those were pick-sixes of 44 yards or longer. This was the first time the #1 offense (Oakland) faced the #1 defense (Tampa) and well, it looks like we know how those match ups work out. This was an absolute laugher throughout, even the Tampa defense thought the game was funny.

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#3 Super Bowl XXXV - Ravens 34 - Giants 7

Giants offensive coordinator Sean Payton oversaw arguably the worst offensive performance in Super Bowl history. To be fair though, both offenses were mediocre, it was Baltimore’s historic defense that ruled that game. Giants QB Kerry Collins threw 4 INT’s against the suffocating Ravens defense, as the Giants could only muster 152 yards of total offense. The Giants’ only touchdown came on a kickoff return following a Collins pick six. That kickoff touchdown was effectively negated by a subsequent Ravens TD on the following kickoff. This was about the most boring football game I’ve ever witnessed.

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#2 Super Bowl XLVIII - Seahawks 43 - Broncos 8

#1 offense in Denver vs #1 defense in Seattle, we all saw how well that worked out in the Bucs/Raiders Super Bowl. Well, this one was worse. Seattle dragged the Broncos’ lifeless carcass up and down the field for 4 quarters. The game became comical early on, even from Denver’s first play from scrimmage, this game was a disaster. Denver looked lost, intimidated, and thoroughly unprepared. Whether Seattle’s performance will lead to a Dallas-like dynasty or a Bucs/Ravens one-off, remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure, Peyton Manning’s going to catch more flak for this loss than any player has ever had to endure. The only thing that can soften the blow is that he’s won a Lombardi, as this loss could’ve put him in the Jim Kelly and pre-1998 John Elway echelon.

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#1 Super Bowl XXIV - 49ers 55 - Broncos 10

I know we’re all “living in the moment”, but look at that score again. This is the granddaddy of all Super Bowl skull-draggings. San Francisco scored eight touchdowns in that game… eight. The 1988 49ers were just about as complete a football team as was ever assembled, and they were the defending Super Bowl champions. Denver QB John Elway (who is a major factor in both #1 and #2 on this list) threw for only 108 yards, no TD’s and 2 INT’s. 49er defensive players said they had to console Elway during the game, as his Broncos were being blown out for the third Super Bowl in the last four years. Denver amassed only 167 yards of total offense compared to San Francisco’s 461 yards. It was as thorough and complete a dismantling of a football team as has ever been witnessed on the world stage. If you could stand the Niners, then maybe you enjoyed this game, I cannot, and I could not. A few teams have been close, including this weekend, but it will take a special effort to eclipse the 45 point margin of victory to complete the biggest dumptrucking in Super Bowl history.

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That’s how I see it, tell us what you think is the worst Super Bowl of all time. Leave us your comments and insight below. Here’s to a much better Super Bowl in 2015, preferably with the New Orleans Saints hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the end.

Jimmy Graham expected to miss two or three games

Jimmy Graham expected to miss two or three games

 

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is likely out for the rest of October.

Graham is expected to miss two or three games with the shoulder injury he suffered last week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported and PFT has confirmed. The Saints are on their bye this week, but don’t expect Graham back after the bye.

The 2-3 game range would put Graham out for at least next Sunday’s game at Detroit and the October 26 home game against the Packers. After that the Saints are traveling to Carolina on a short week for a Thursday night game, and there’s a chance Graham will have to miss that game as well.

Although the 2-3 Saints have struggled this year, Graham has played well. He leads the team with 34 catches, 376 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Graham will be tough to replace, but the Saints won’t have a choice but to try to replace him.