Saints’ Ian Book throws pick-six on 2nd NFL pass

Ian Book of the Saints threw a pick-six on his second NFL pass

The Miami Dolphins gave Ian Book an unfriendly welcome to the NFL.

The rookie quarterback from Notre Dame started Monday for the depleted New Orleans Saints.

His first pass went for a short completion.

His second went to the Miami Dolphins’ Nik Needham after being tipped and was returned 25 yards for a pick-six.

Not quite as bad a debut as Sam Darnold had with his first throw for the New York Jets, which went for a pick-six … but close.

The Dolphins led 7-0 after the PAT in a game between 7-7 teams.

Is the Saints defense Tom Brady’s new kryptonite?

Touchdown Wire’s Laurie Fitzpatrick breaks down the film to determine why Tom Brady has struggled against the Saints.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints in one of the more intriguing games of Week 15 on Sunday night.

Since joining the Bucs last season, Tom Brady is 0-3 against the Saints. Have the Saints become Brady’s kryptonite, as the Giants seemingly were back when Brady was in New England?

The Bucs (10-3) are a 10½-point favorite over the Saints (6-7), according to Tipico Sportsbook, but it likely still will be a battle for Brady. Last season, Brady threw five interceptions in two games against the Saints. In the most recent Bucs-Saints matchup, back in Week 8, Brady threw four touchdown passes. But he also threw two interceptions (including a pick-six) as the Saints came out with the win, 36-27.

The Saints are looking to climb their way into wild-card position, but Friday they learned that head coach Sean Payton will miss Sunday’s game after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, the Saints defense will get a boost from the return of defensive end Cameron Jordan, who is back from the COVID-19/reserve list.

Brady praised the Saints defense when asked about the matchup.

“They’ve got a great, powerful front,” Brady told media on Thursday. “They’ve played together a long time. It’s been one of the top defenses in the league. [New Orleans defensive coordinator] Dennis Allen does a great job preparing those guys. They’re just a very fundamentally sound defense. They make you earn it.”

The Saints started 5-2 on the season before their defense was beset by injuries. They’ve lost five of six since that hot start.

New Orleans boasts a bend-but-don’t-break pass defense which ranks 18th in the NFL in passing yards allowed — but ranks seventh in touchdown passes allowed and eighth in completion percentage.

Marcus Williams is ranked as the fourth-best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus. As Williams patrols over the top and Marcus Davenport applies pressure on the edge, it likely will be up to inside linebacker Demario Davis to disrupt Brady.

If there is one thing Brady hates, it’s the inside pass rush. Back in Week 8, there were several key plays that showed how much it impacts Brady’s performance.

In the clip below, it’s first down and the Saints wanted to bring pressure. So they sent Davis up the middle one-on-one against the right guard. A late stunt from the backside of the play got into the face of Brady, who rushed the throw that led to an interception.

Although Davis was picked up by a blocker, key players on the defensive line forced double-teams. That allowed defensive tackle David Onyemata to get in Brady’s face up the middle and force him to get rid of the ball.

In the clip below, Davis burst through the line untouched, and Brady was fortunate to get rid of the ball.

Once Brady is feeling the blitz, the Buccaneers often try quick passes in hopes of getting yards after the catch to move the sticks.

Davis likely will have a big job this week. Back in Week 8, he covered the middle of the field and also was the main player expected to make reads on quick screens and quick outs with the responsibility to protect the line of scrimmage.

These quick outs have been key for the Buccaneers this season, but the Saints shut them down in the previous matchup.

In the clip below, the Saints’ defensive backs dropped back into zone coverage when the Buccaneers lined up with twin receivers on the outside. This is done so that rub routes by receivers aren’t as effective.

This is where it will be key for Saints defenders to make solo tackles on the outside.

Below, cornerback Marshon Lattimore shows how important that is with a third-down stop against Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin.

In two games against the Saints last season, Brady only completed 60.8% of his passes for 6.05 yards per attempt. He threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns against them in Week 8 of this season, but he also tossed those two costly picks.

The Saints can take away key Buccaneers weapons if they are able to successfully follow a plan similar to what they used in Week 8. The keys this week for the Saints defense will be the inside rush by Davis, his ability to read quick passes on the outside, and Lattimore continuing to dominate on the outside.

If New Orleans can execute in those areas, the Saints have an opportunity to upset the mighty Bucs.

Saints’ head coach Sean Payton tests positive for COVID-19

Sean Payton has tested positive for COVID-19 … again

The New Orleans Saints will be without head coach Sean Payton when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The team announced Friday Payton tested positive for Covid-19 and was immediately isolated. He has been fully vaccinated.

Per NFL protocols, Payton will be out for 10 days unless he meets the league requirements for a fully vaccinated individual to return to the team environment.

Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen will assume the duties of head coach. Payton will return to coach the game against the Miami Dolphins.

This is the second go-round for Payton with the COVID-19 virus.

Early on in the pandemic, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020 after spending a weekend at Oaklawn Park racetrack in Arkansas.

Payton discussed his COVID-19 recovery in 2020 with USA Today. You can read that by clicking here.

Former Saints DL Glenn Foster dies in police custody in Alabama

Former Saints defensive lineman Glenn Foster died under mysterious circumstances after being arrested in Alabama

Glenn Foster, who played in 17 games for the New Orleans Saints between 2013-14, died this week while in police custody in Alabama.

Foster, had been arrested early Saturday and the County Coroner said he died Monday.

Per WWLtv.com:

Jail records show Pickens was arrested Sunday in the small town of Reform, Ala. at about 12:30 p.m. on charges of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest by “attempt to elude.” Those charges were replaced at 3:16 p.m. by three counts of simple assault and one count of 3rd-degree robbery, the jail records show.

Foster played college football at Illinois and the 6-4, 285-pounder stuck with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent. Foster, was balancing a decade-old bipolar diagnosis while forging careers in the NFL and as a business owner in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, was 31.

Nola.com added more details.

Foster Jr. died following a high-speed police chase culminating in a crash, a jail fight with another detainee that drew two guards into the fray and, finally, a desperate but futile effort to get medical help, according to interviews with authorities and his relatives.

“We want justice for our son,” said Foster’s father, Glenn Foster Sr. “It’s unfair. It’s inhumane. It’s just not right.”

His mother, Sabrina Foster, said, “I can’t get my son back, but we want whoever is responsible to pay for this.”

A Representative from Illinois posted his condolences.

The Saints and Terron Armstead posted on social media, too.

Saints’ Tayson Hill hurdles Cowboys’ DB Damontae Kazee on fantastic run

Taysom Hill showed the world the kind of hops he has, especially Dallas DB Damontae Kazee

The highlights have been few for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Quarterback Taysom Hill has provided most with his spirited running.

That was never more evident than in the third quarter when the versatile hill took off and went, up, up and away over Dallas DB Damonte Kazee.

The image shows you how high Hill went.

AP Photo/Derick Hingle

And to watch it as it happened below:

The play went for 23 yards but didn’t turn into any points.

Jameis Winston lost for season with torn ACL, damage to MCL

A knee injury has ended Jameis Winston’s season

The New Orleans Saints lost quarterback Jameis Winston for the season due to a torn ACL and MCL damage to his left knee.

The Heisman winner from Florida State in 2013 suffered the injury in the Saints’ 36-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Winston was injured after LB Devin White pulled him down by the shoulder area of his jersey, forcing him to land awkwardly. Winston’s left leg got pinned behind him as he hit the turf.

Saints coach Sean Payton doesn’t anticipate making a move for a quarterback at the trade deadline Tuesday.

“We’re satisfied with the quarterback room,” Payton said of a group that includes Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian and rookie fourth-round draft pick Ian Book.

Hill has been out with a concussion but could be ready to return in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons.

P.J. Williams with pick six of Tom Brady to seal Saints’ win over Bucs

P.J. Williams of the Saints with a pick six of Tom Brady to seal the New Orleans victory

Tom Brady got away with one as he tried to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a game-winning drive over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the Big East.

The GOAT wasn’t as fortunate on the next play and it turned into a New Orleans Saints touchdown.

After missing Mike Evans with a pass that looked like it could have been intercepted, Brady threw another pass and it wound up in the arms of Saints’ DB P.J. Williams.

Williams took off with the ball and ran 40 yards to paydirt as New Orleans picked up a key 36-27 victory in an NFC South clash.

The Saints improved to 5-2 and the Bucs fell to 6-2.

Jameis Winston drops snap, then throws TD pass for Saints

Jameis Winston dropped the snap and then threw a TD pass

The execution was far from perfect. The result was six points, anyway, for the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

The snap hit Jameis Winston in the hands but the quarterback dropped the ball.

He maintained his composure, picking the ball up and spotting a wide-open Alvin Kamara.

The running back did the rest with his eighth catch of the half, taking it into the end zone. The PAT gave the Saints a 10-7 lead on a rainy night in the Great Northwest.

Jameis Winston to Marquez Callaway for Saints’ Hail Mary

The Saints strike with a Hail Mary at the end of the first half

One could argue sending Jameis Winston out as the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback is praying for Sean Payton on a weekly basis.

On Sunday, the Saints, their coach, and quarterback had one prayer answered at the end of the first half against the Washington Football Team.

Winston winds and fires to the end zone, where Marquez Callaway comes down with the pass for a New Orleans touchdown.

The play covered 49 yards as time expired before the break.

The PAT made it 20-13 for New Orleans.

Saints’ social media with the score, calling it Hail MAR..QUEZ!

Taysom Hill with spectacular 8-yard TD run for New Orleans Saints

Taysom Hill showed drive and power on a spectacular touchdown run for the New Orleans Saints

On the surface, it is an 8-yard touchdown run by Taysom Hill to give the New Orleans Saints the lead over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Not highlight-reel stuff, right? Wrong.

Watch as the Saints’ jack-of-all-trades takes the snaps and makes like a power back driving through Big Blue before finally landing in the end zone.

That’s why Sean Payton finds having Hill around so important. He gives New Orleans a unique offensive weapon.

Everyone wishes they had one.