Saints to break out new helmet in 2022

The Saints revealed a new helmet and it is sharp-looking

The New Orleans Saints made a fashion statement on Thursday.

The NFC South team revealed it will wear a black helmet for a game or games in the 2022 season.

Pretty sharp look.

Saints sign veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry

The New Orleans Saints with another strong target for Jameis Winston, signing Jarvis Landry

You can go home again if you are Tyrann Mathieu and now Jarvis Landry.

The former LSU stars will be playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2022.

Landry, who spent four seasons each with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, revealed his decision on social media Friday.

Landry has made 688 catches on 1,045 targets in his NFL career. He is at 7,598 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns, 22 with Miami.

The Saints have bolstered their receiving corps with Landry, first-round pick Chris Olave out of Ohio State, and they hope to have the great Michael Thomas return in 2022 after missing last season due to injury.

Mathieu signed as a free agent this offseason after parting ways with Kansas City.

What’s next for New Orleans, adding another former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr., who is also a free agent?

Sean Payton says his focus is on landing a television job

Expect to see Sean Payton on television in the 2022 NFL season

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton did an extensive interview with Dan Patrick on Thursday. After 15 seasons coaching the NFC South team, Payton is eyeing a new challenge: television.

Payton said he received texts from people at multiple networks regarding opportunities with them. He said he wanted to see what television execs believe would be the best fit.

That means Payton wants to find out whether his next home will be in the studio or as a game analyst.

His name has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Troy Aikman as a partner with Joe Buck should the Hall of Fame quarterback exit FOX Sports for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football package as has been prominently mentioned.

Payton said he is not going to return to coaching this season, though a couple of people who know people from NFL teams had checked in his interest.

Payton said any team that wanted to check in on his availability would have to go through the Saints first. He is under contract with them through 2024.

Returning to coaching eventually is a possibility, Payton said. However, television is his priority.

He also said the Saints’ uncertain quarterback situation did not play into his decision to leave the team.

Payton said the Saints had plenty of opportunities to thrive in the NFC South, with the Falcons and Panthers struggling and Tampa Bay possibly in flux.

He spoke highly of the New Orleans defense as well as the offensive line and mentioned Michael Thomas returning for the 2022 season.

The full interview can be heard below:

Sean Payton stepping down as Saints coach after 15 seasons

Sean Payton is stepping down as Saints head coach

Sean Payton is leaving the New Orleans Saints. Whether he is retiring to find a home in a broadcast booth or moving on to another team remains to be seen.

The long-time Saints coach stepped down on Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Payton leaves New Orleans with 161 wins, 68 more than Jim Mora, the Saints’ second-winningest coach. He is 152-89 in the regular season. He is 9-8 in the postseason with a Super Bowl victory on his resume.

Payton spent 15 seasons patrolling the Saints sidelines, and he finished with a winning record in 10. He never coached a team that went worse than 7-9. He missed one season in the aftermath of the Bountygate scandal.

Payton’s name bubbled up over the weekend as a candidate to replace Troy Aikman in the FOX Sports broadcast booth if the Hall of Fame QB leaves to work on Amazon’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts.

Of course, if he wants to continue coaching there would be numerous suitors.

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.