Marshon Lattimore makes incredible tackle to win game for Saints

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 10/13/20

Marshon Lattimore sealed the New Orleans Saints’ 30-27 comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime on Monday night with an incredible tackle.

The Saints, who had been down 20-3, were able to tie the game and send it to overtime. They kicked a field goal on the opening possession of the extra period, and needed a stop to get the win. They were able to get it thanks to Lattimore’s incredible effort.

The Chargers threw a slant pass to Mike Williams on 4th-and-6 from their 44. Williams had an angle for a first down, but Lattimore wrapped him up and tossed him down a yard short of the first-down marker.

What a tackle!

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Saints had sign-and-trade for Jadeveon Clowney blocked by NFL?

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 9/6/20

The New Orleans Saints desperately wanted to sign Jadeveon Clowney before the star defensive lineman ended up with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night — they just simply couldn’t come up with the funds.

Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday that the Saints tried to pull off an unprecedented sign-and-trade that would have freed up enough salary-cap space for them to sign Clowney. The NFL would not allow the deal, however, at which point Clowney signed with the Titans.

The Saints tried to get a third team (believed to be the Cleveland Browns) involved in their pursuit of Clowney. They discussed a deal in which the third team would have signed Clowney to a one-year, $15 million contract that included a $5 million signing bonus. That team would then trade Clowney to the Saints in exchange for a second-round draft pick and a player from New Orleans in order to dump salary. New Orleans would have then only been on the hook for $10 million.

The deal would have amounted to the third team paying $5 million for a draft pick, which is not a totally foreign concept in the NFL. One example was when the Browns agreed to take on Brock Osweiler’s $16 million salary in 2017 in order to acquire a second-round pick. It makes sense, then, that Cleveland would have been interested in a similar deal to help the Saints land Clowney.

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NFL world mourns after Tom Dempsey dies due to COVID-19 complications

The NFL lost a legend when Tom Dempsey passed away late Saturday night due to complications stemming from his battle with COVID-19. He was 73 years of age.

Dempsey’s family shared the news of his death (via NOLA.com).

The hardest part was that Dempsey was under quarantine and the family was unable to be with him during his last hours. Thankfully, he and his family communicated via video chat during his final days.

“We didn’t want him to think we had abandoned him,” she said. “We wanted him to know we still loved him — always.”

After the news of Dempsey’s passing, the Saints issued a statement of support to his family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Carlene and the entire Dempsey family on the passing of their dear Tom. The New Orleans Saints family is deeply saddened and heartbroken at this most difficult time. Tom’s life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his dreams and aspirations. He exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as he battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept his trademark sense of humor. He holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Saints family.”

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Jesse Reed | Last updated 4/5/20

Just How Bad Is the Saints Defense? Here Are the Atrocious Numbers

Written by Brad Gagnon at Bloguin

For the first time since October, the New Orleans Saints will NOT surrender 40-plus points this week. I can guarantee you that only because the Saints do not in fact play this week. Otherwise, there’d be no reason to expect a defense that has given up an insane 116 points in its last three games wouldn’t be victimized again, regardless of its opponent.

The Saints fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to kick off the bye, which when you consider Ryan’s horrendous track record was undoubtedly the right move. But it also won’t fix the problem.

See, this is simply a terrible unit — one that’s been gutted several times over in recent years as a result of salary cap jams. They tried to toss on a Band-Aid with high-priced 2014 free agent Jairus Byrd, but that back-loaded contract was always — at best — serenity now, insanity later. Instead, Byrd — when healthy (rare) — has been a shell of his former Buffalo self.

Insanity now, more insanity later.

Same applies to Brandon Browner, who the Saints purchased at an inflated Super Bowl price in the offseason. Browner leads the league with 16 penalties and has been destroyed in coverage.

And it gets worse.

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Should the Saints Trade Sean Payton?

Written by Andrew Juge at Bloguin

The Saints are knee deep in the worst stretch of the Sean Payton era. While some of you might recall the Bountygate era being worse, the results on the field from that time period pale in comparison. Since a big win on the road at Carolina last season that catapulted the Saints back to a 4-4 record (after starting 1-3) and gave the Saints 1st place in the NFC South, the Saints are a lowly 4-9 which includes a 1-7 home record. One of those 4 wins, mind you, was basically a forfeit by the Tampa Bay Bucs in week 17 in a game they had before giving it away to secure the 1st overall pick. And if you watched any of the 39-17 annihilation in Philadelphia this weekend, the Saints looked like a bad football team at best. Only a narrow overtime win over a Dallas Cowboys team missing Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee has prevented them from being winless in 2015. So it’s fair to say with a declining Drew Brees and an offseason of unloading massive contracts, the Saints are in full rebuild mode as they try to clear out their cap mess. It will be interesting to see how much more change occurs in the upcoming offseason. And will Sean Payton even be around to see a second phase of his tenure beyond Drew Brees? If not, the Saints would be smart to trade him.

If you’re familiar with the Saints organization, you know that general manager Mickey Loomis is the right hand man of owner Tom Benson. Loomis not only runs the Saints, he’s also heavily involved in other business interests of Benson’s, most notably the New Orleans Pelicans. As far as job security goes, Benson will forever remember Loomis as the GM that brought a Super Bowl title to his small market team. More importantly, Benson has been burned by many people he trusted over the years including his own family. So he knows true trust is hard to come by… and Loomis has earned it. Benson’s relationship with Loomis goes beyond any success on the field. Faith in Loomis guiding the Saints through any form of a rebuilding process, right or wrong, is very high – and for that reason there is little to no chance he might lose his job. The same goes for Payton, really. His relationship with both Loomis and Benson is very strong and the two would have ultimate confidence in Payton being the man for the job to take this Saints team back to the playoffs eventually. After all, he’s already turned a losing team into a playoff contender three separate times (2006, 2009 and 2013). The Saints revamped their scouting staff significantly in the offseason, indirectly finger pointing player evaluation as responsible for the recent lack of success. Based on recent drafts, that’s a reasonable stance as only one player remains on the team from the 2014 class. There are more players from the 2006 draft class on the 53 man roster than there are from any other besides 2015.  That being said, the revamp has already started in a lot of ways, and a strong 2015 draft class so far suggests the Saints might be on the right path with their new approach. This lends itself to Payton staying and the likelihood of him getting fired regardless of how bad this season gets is low.

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Can Willie Snead Be a Fantasy Football Superstar in Week 6?

Written by Evan Massey at Bloguin

The New Orleans Saints are set to face off against the Atlanta Falcons at home and they are hoping to shock their division rival and get a big win. Willie Snead is without question one of the more pleasant surprises in the NFL this season, especially from a Fantasy Football standpoint. He has been a major sleeper this year and is finally starting to break out as a big point playmaker.

Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Snead ended up catching six passes for 141 yards. He wasn’t able to record a touchdown in the game, but he was one of Drew Brees’ go-to guys and is going to continue seeing his role grow throughout the season as he continues gaining more chemistry with the star quarterback.

Now the question becomes, can he turn in a fantasy football superstar week against the Falcons’ defense?

There is no question that he should have a big game against the Atlanta defense. Dan Quinn has definitely helped them improve from a fundamental standpoint, but they still can’t be a lockdown defense. Snead is going to be able to get loose down the field and make some big plays throughout the game with the way that he fits into the Saints’ offense.

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