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5 hours ago
Biggest areas of interest heading into training camp
We're less than a week away from seeing some football. On this week's podcast, we go through the areas of greatest interest and lay out some expectations for camp. It took a while to get here, but the Saints are about to be back in action. If you like the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Exploring how much Alvin Kamara’s next contract should be worth Breaking down Emmanuel Sanders’ 2014 season to see how he might fit with Saints The rundown: How Marcus Davenport plans to take the next step, and why Emmanuel Sanders will hit the ground running How seeing the field like a basketball player has made Demario Davis an effective blitzer *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
Aug 5, 2020
Has Drew Brees really found additional arm strength?
The Saints have reported to training camp, have bubbled themselves inside a downtown hotel and are ready to go. On this week's episode of Saints Talk, we discuss why Sean Payton is the right leader for this crisis, how much arm strength Drew Brees has left and whether or not the Saints need another pass rusher. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider signing up for NewOrleans.Football and get access to everything on the site. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* * How a deep group of linebackers could change the Saints’ defense * How Cam Jordan has become one of the NFL’s best values at defensive end * Drew Brees made some discoveries that helped him throw deeper passes this offseason * The rundown: What Cesar Ruiz needs to do to beat the clock and start at center * Sean Payton used his opening news conference to set a clear tone for the 2020 season *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
Jul 29, 2020
The biggest stories for each position group heading into camp
The Saints have reported. Now, it's time to finally start talking about real football. In this week's episode, we go through each position group and discuss the biggest stories of camp, make predictions and get in some debates about value. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Here are 53 things to watch for when the Saints start training camp Takeaways from Mickey Loomis’ meeting with media on salary cap, interest in free agents, coronavirus, more Film review: Evaluating Zack Baun’s plays in space to gauge his learning curve Which Saints player has had the most ‘sack assists’ the last two seasons? *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
1 hr 28 min
Jul 22, 2020
Football is (almost) back
The NFL and its players are nearing an agreement that would pave the way for things to get underway next week. So, with training camps nearing, we talk about the reopening of league, the cap implications and what it will take to trim the roster down to 80 players. We also get into a little bit of a debate about when it would be wise for Alvin Kamara to accept a contract extension. If you like the podcast, please consider signing up for NewOrleans.Football. You can save $10 on a subscription through July 28 with the code *FOOTBALL*. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* How no preseason will impact Jameis Winston’s value in 2021, and cutting the roster to 80 How the Saints can manage the salary cap if it stays flat or drops next season Setting the over-unders on how key players will produce for the Saints The rundown: Reviewing the player ratings *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
Jul 15, 2020
What needs to go right for the Saints to win the Super Bowl?
The top players on our countdown are revealed. But before we finish counting down, we discuss the three things that need to right for New Orlean to win a second Super Bowl as well as the the things that would have to go wrong to derail this team. We also get into a conversation about where the Saints' weapons rank among the best in the league. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football. Save $10 on an annual plan until July 28 with the code *SAINTSTALK* *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Player projections: Why Alvin Kamara could have his best season in 2020 Gauging how much influence the Saints had on LSU’s offense last season The rundown: What’s your favorite Sean Payton story? *Mentioned during the show* Film study: Comparing Erik McCoy and Cesar Ruiz’s final college seasons *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
1 hr 21 min
Jul 8, 2020
Which members of the Saints are worthy of 10-year contracts?
Which members of the Saints are worth 10-year contracts? The deal received by Patrick Mahomes got us talking about which guys on the roster might have the best chance of maintaining their level of play over the next decade. The same deal also got us talking about some of the impact Mahomes might have had on the Saints if they had drafted him instead of getting jumped by the Chiefs (read a full version of that talking point in the story below). We also keep out top-10 lists going by revealing players 6-10. If you like the site, please considering subscribing to NewOrleans.Football. We need you on the site to do the show. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* What if they didn’t get jumped? How drafting Patrick Mahomes would have changed the Saints How limited crowds could change how offenses and defenses operate, call plays and use hand signals A fever dream: What position would Zion Williamson play for the Saints? Player projections: What to expect from Emmanuel Sanders in 2020 *Story mentioned on the show* We determined how much separation Michael Thomas creates with his route running *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher * Subscribe on YouTube
1 hr 10 min
Jul 1, 2020
Podcast: Would the 2020 Saints beat the 2011 team?
Have the Saints put together their most talented roster in team history? Time will tell if everything comes together and the 2020 team matches it potential. The current top team, and this is an opinion shared by many who were around when the team won the Super Bowl, in many minds was the 2011 team. So, we go through both rosters and see which positions groups are better that team and the one that is about to start its season. We also discuss why Drew Brees never won an MVP, and share the next five players on our top-20 lists. If you like the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football. We need your support to keep this stuff going. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* * Player projections: What to expect from Emmanuel Sanders in 2020 * Player projections: What to expect from Sheldon Rankins in 2020 * The rundown: How many times since 2006 has Drew Brees actually thrown a deep corner route? We found out *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher
1 hr 27 min
Jun 24, 2020
Saints top-20 countdown: Players 16-20 are unveiled
Who are the five best Saints of all time? Is Jahri Evans on the list? If not, who is? We discuss this topic, as well as the impact Roman Harper had on the team, during this week's podcast after the duo was selected for the Saints Hall of Fame this week. We also begin our countdown of the top-20 current players on the team. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. The site and the show depend on it. *This week on NOF* It looks like Michael Thomas has gotten stronger. How will that impact his game? Coverage plan: Finding the best matchups for Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins in each game this season The rundown: Ranking the Saints’ roster by elite, great, very good and good *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher
1 hr 8 min
Jun 17, 2020
Will Adam Trautman impact how the offense operates?
Adam Trautman is one of the more intriguing additions to the offense. The tight end will open up some aspects of the offense that were shelved last season, but much depends on how quickly he gets up to speed and how his abilities translate to the NFL after playing his college ball at Dayton. On this week's episode of Saints Talk, we discuss Trautman's transition, whether peak Marshon Lattimore or peak Sheldon Rankins is more valuable to the defense, Alvin Kamara's bounce back and much more. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football so we can keep things going here. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Film study: Comparing Erik McCoy and Cesar Ruiz’s final college seasons Here are 29 questions that could have been answered during OTAs and minicamp The rundown: How Alvin Kamara’s trainer is preparing him for a big bounce back Podcast: Best, worst, most surprising draft picks, signings in team history *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher
Jun 10, 2020
Best, worst, most surprising draft picks, signings in team history
This week's podcast is centered on a discussion of the best and worst free-agent signings and draft picks of the Sean Payton era. We start out touching on the recent situation involving Drew Brees, and how the team's leadership has shown up this week, but the conversation is short and we quickly move onto other football topics. If you like the show, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football so that we can keep it going. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Why Aaron Glenn and the Saints see football players being more ‘positionless’ in the future, and what that means right now Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has the players to create a lot of disguise, and he plans to use them The rundown: Dan Roushar explains biggest challenge for Cesar Ruiz to play center The rundown: Dan Roushar explains biggest challenge for Cesar Ruiz to play center *Subscribe to the podcast* * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify * Subscribe on Stitcher
Jun 3, 2020
Mailbag: On Jadeveon Clowney, run-pass ratio, Malcolm Jenkins vs. CGJ, more
Nick answers listener questions on a variety of topics, including: - On how Jadeveon Clowney would fit with the Saints - On Malcolm Jenkins vs. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - What the run-pass ratio will be next season - What to expect from Patrick Robinson - More If you like the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football
May 27, 2020
Best case scenarios and predictions: Will Saints be better with Taysom or Jameis?
We ran through a bunch of different scenarios for the Saints this season on this week's podcast. * Personal preference: Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill? * More snaps in 11 or 12 personnel? * More sacks: Sheldon Rankins or Marcus Davenport? * More interceptions: Janoris Jenkins or Marshon Lattimore? * More snaps: Malcolm Jenkins or Chauncey Gardner-Johnson? * More receiving yards: Jared Cook or Alvin Kamara? * More Snaps: Adam Trautman or Josh Hill? * Taysom: More passes thrown or passes caught? * Most sacks given up: Andrus Peat or Cesar Ruiz? If you like the podcast, *please consider **subscribing to NewOrleans.Football**.* *This week on the site* Locks, near locks, on the fence, long shots: How Saints roster looks at this stage of the offseason Jameis Winston’s throwing coach on the baseball bat video, and why the QB should thrive again The rundown: Why teammates compare competitiveness of Michael Thomas to Michael Jordan Why Marshon Lattimore and other NFC…
May 20, 2020
What should the Saints expect from Alvin Kamara next season?
Alvin Kamara might be the most important figure on the Saints next season. If the running back stays healthy, he has limitless potential and makes New Orleans a matchup nightmare. He could be the difference between playing football in February or not. So, if he plays all 16 games, how many yards are a reasonable projection? Is 1,700 too high? How about 2,000? We discuss this topic, as well as a bunch of other things on this week's podcast. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. We need your support to keep this thing going. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* What happens to Michael Thomas’ stats if you remove his top two routes? What about other top receivers? How Tommy Stevens can add another layer of deception to Saints’ offense Ty Montgomery’s skill set could make him an interesting player for Saints The rundown: What Cesar Ruiz needs to do start at center, Jeff Ireland’s disaster preparation, more How Deonte Harris can become a bigg…
May 13, 2020
Examining the offensive line and how things will look next season without Larry Warford
What happens with the offensive line now that Larry Warford is gone? On this week's podcast, we keep the focus in the trenches and discuss the fit of each player, the things that led to Warford's exit and what happens if Cesar Ruiz isn't ready to start right away. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football so we can keep this thing going. *This week on NOF* Explaining Andrus Peat’s value to the Saints and how he can maximize his talent What makes Saints special in 2-minute drills? A look at how they operate, call plays in these situations Larry Warford’s release was an inevitable move for the Saints Takeaways from Saints’ schedule, plus predictions for 2020
May 8, 2020
Breaking down the schedule
The NFL schedule is here, and so is the podcast. We're back for a second time this week to break down the games and give our predictions on what could happen this season. Give us a listen. * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify If you enjoy the podcast and want the episodes to keep coming, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football if you are not already.
May 6, 2020
The biggest areas of intrigue for the 2020 season
This week's podcast turned into a wide-ranging conversation that touched on a bunch of different topics. We start out by discussing Tre'Quan Smith's fit in the offense and if there could be other internal candidates for the third-receiver role. We then project our defensive starters in various personnel packages, touch on Adam Trautman's fit in the offense and if he can be an "impact player" his rookie season, and provide our top storylines for the season. There is a lot to take in while listening to this one, but it should help burn some time until the schedule drops on Thursday. * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. We need you to help keep this thing going. *Show notes* * 3 WR sets under 50% of the time and 12 personnel and Trautman’s impact * 18% dime. 63.7% dime. 16.6% base. 0.7% quarters. 1% 10 snaps 3DBs (Heavy). Who plays in each package? *This week on **NewOrleans.Football* The…
Apr 29, 2020
Breaking down the draft and the Jameis Winston signing
What a week. The Saints finally have their draft picks on the roster and we explore how each one of them fit. Did the team accomplish everything that needed to get done? Then, of course, we get into the Jameis Winston signing and what it means for Taysom Hill. If you can, please consider supporting *NewOrleans.Football *so that we can keep bringing you new episodes of this podcast. Our survival counts on it. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Breaking down Jameis Winston’s 30 interceptions to see where he needs to improve Taysom Hill believes new contract could help position him to be Drew Brees’ heir Draft takeaways: Should the Saints consider signing Jameis Winston as backup quarterback? Saints approach the draft differently than other teams, and it works for them Film study: Zack Baun can be a versatile defensive weapon for Saints Selection of Cesar Ruiz should turn Saints offensive line back into a strength
1 hr 18 min
Apr 24, 2020
Why Cesar Ruiz is a good pick for the Saints
Nick and Kevin break down the first-round pick of Cesar Ruiz. * Read more*Selection of Cesar Ruiz should turn Saints offensive line back into a strength
Apr 22, 2020
Exploring what Rob Gronkowski brings to the NFC South and breaking down Jordan Love's tape
The NFC South just got a little bit tougher. Against all odds, Tampa Bay has become a destination for NFL players. After adding Tom Brady earlier this offseason, the Bucs have now landed tight end Rob Gronkowski. So, how will New Orleans defend all the weapons Tampa now has? Does this shift the balance of power in the NFC South at all? Can Gronkowski still play? We discuss all of these topics. We then spend the next 30 minutes breaking down Jordan Love's tape and exploring his possible fit in the Saints' offense. If you listen to the podcast, and you can, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football so that we can continue to make these shows.* You can save $10 on an annual plan with the code **DRAFT2020 **until the start of the draft*. * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Answering the biggest questions surrounding the Saints entering the draft, and one last simulation Do the Saints need to trade for a second-round pick? What w…
1 hr 8 min
Apr 15, 2020
Patrick Queen vs. Kenneth Murray
Welcome back. On this week's episode of Saints Talk, we spend a good time debating the merits and minuses of LSU linebacker Patrick Queen and Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray. Our takes on the two players are somewhat different. We then discuss some of the things Jordan Love does well, Taysom Hill's future (again) and what Drew Brees' deal with NBC could mean for his career. If you listen to the podcast, and you can, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football so that we can continue to make these shows. You can save $10 on an annual plan with the code *IGFAM10* until April 20. * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify *This week on NewOrleans.Football * Who the Saints could draft if forced to pick a QB, cornerback and linebacker in every round The rundown: How the Saints have used ‘352 Y Shock X Lucy’ the last two seasons All-receiver draft simulation: Which wide receivers can the Saints get in each round? Kenneth Murray vs. Patrick Queen: Who is the better fit for t…
Apr 8, 2020
Podcast: Revisiting Rebirth, the P.J. Williams signing, virtual drafts and more
How great was Monday night? The way the Saints made the rebroadcast of the Rebirth game a legitimate event was really cool to see, especially during these times. Their public relations staff and social media teams really put on a clinic. I think we all needed that. Hopefully we see live football sooner than later. We open this week's podcast talking about that game, then get into conversations about P.J. Williams, the team's biggest needs, how to handle the difficulties of conducting a virtual draft, and we end with Kevin talking about how he ate "bone chicken" this week. If you can, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football if you enjoy the podcast. We need your support to keep it going. * Subscribe on Apple * Subscribe on Spotify *This week on NewOrleans.Football:* Saints prototypes: Trying to determine minimum requirements and which prospects fit on offense Saints prototypes: Which draft prospects fit the profile on defense? Why Marshon Lattimore and Janoris J…
1 hr 4 min
Apr 1, 2020
Discussing the futures of Drew Brees and Sheldon Rankins
The Saints are going to need Sheldon Rankins to show up ready and healthy to play. Sheldon Rankins is going need to show up ready and healthy to play to make the most of his contract year. Nick and Kevin discuss what it will take for the defensive tackle to get ready to play, what he needs to overcome, and what the reasonable expectations should be for his season. We also revisit the Andrus Peat contract, if this should be considered Drew Brees’ last season, and much more. Please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football if you enjoy the podcast. We need your support to keep it going. *This week on NewOrleans.Football: * Evaluating every play since 2016 to learn about one of Sean Payton’s favorite passing concepts Source: Sheldon Rankins should be ready for camp after preemptive Achilles surgery Resetting the Saints’ depth chart and identifying areas for improvement Film study: How Malcolm Jenkins will make an already dangerous secondary even better
Mar 25, 2020
Breaking down Emmanuel Sanders' fit in the offense
The first wave of free agency is in the books. New Orleans made a big splash by bringing in Emmanuel Sanders, and we discuss all of the things that make him a perfect fit in the Saints' offense. We then shift gears and explain why bringing back Andrus Peat might not be the craziest idea -- and why it could still go wrong. We then close up by discussing Janoris Jenkins' fit in the secondary what makes the culture the Saints have cultivated so appealing to players. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. We need everyone we can get on the website so this show (and website) can continue to operate. *This week on NewOrleans.Football* Film study: Emmanuel Sanders gives Saints everything they didn’t have Moving on to Malcolm Jenkins was about cost analysis, a theme of free agency for Saints Why keeping Andrus Peat makes sense for the Saints Emmanuel Sanders could be missing piece for Saints The rundown: How does Tom Brady change the balance of po…
Mar 19, 2020
Recapping the first wave of free agency
Nick and Kevin discuss all the moves the Saints made, the ones they didn't make, and where they can go from here. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football so that we can keep doing it.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 11, 2020
Potential free agent fits and Taysom Hill's tender
Free agency is here. Almost. With the market set to open in less than a week, we discuss some of the guys who could be fits for the Saints and where it would make the most sense to spend money. And since we seem to be obligated to include him in every podcast, we also discuss the latest with Taysom Hill and what his tender could mean for his future. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting NewOrleans.Football. Even though it is free, this podcast's existence depends on your support.
Mar 4, 2020
Exploring likelihood of drafting a quarterback, Marcus Davenport's future and possible trade candidates
Nick and Kevin are back with another episode. The two start by discussing whether or not the Saints should draft a quarterback, and wonder if Taysom Hill's preseason is the most anticipated preseason ever. It definitely might be in New Orleans. The conversation then shifts to Marcus Davenport and how people should view his last two years of production (22:39). After that, they explore which free agents might be a fit at wide receiver (32:36). The conversation closes with some discussion about whether or not the Saints should think about trading players if they can't get them to agree to contract extensions (45:31). Please support NewOrleans.Football if you enjoy the podcast. You can help ensure this podcast goes on forever by spending $9 per month. That works out to $2.25 per podcast episode, plus you get all the writing. *This week on NOF* * Scouting free agent wide receivers * How Marcus Davenport can take the next steps in his development * The rundown: Talking compensa…
Feb 27, 2020
Saints biggest need on defense and offseason contract predictions
A recent poll on the NewOrleans.Football Twitter account showed that Saints fans currently view cornerback as the biggest defensive need on the roster. Is this right? Or should linebacker be considered a bigger need? What about pass rusher or safety? What about on offense, is guard or wide receiver a more important need? Kevin Washington and Nick Underhill also discuss the best place to use Chauncey Gardner-Johnson next season. We then close the conversation by predicting when Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams, Alvin Kamara and Ryan Ramczyk might get extensions. This week's NewOrleans.Football headlines: Draft simulation: How the Saints can play the board and maximize their picks Saints defensive blueprint: Moves the team should make to improve this offseason Saints offensive blueprint: Moves the team should make to improve this offseason How Taysom Hill's growth as a route runner could make him a bigger weapon What the new CBA (or no CBA) means for the Saints' salary cap St…
Feb 18, 2020
Drew Brees is back
Drew Brees is coming back for at least one more ride. With quarterback solved, assuming Brees signs, we discuss the areas where the offense needs to get better (2:23). Then we discuss whether or not the quarterback can regain his form and throw the ball down the field just enough to make defenses respect the possibility (6:43). Going further down the list, if Teddy Bridgewater (11:35) now leaves, who becomes the backup quarterback? And what is the best role for Taysom Hill? We also discuss Marcus Davenport’s development (23:00), what Bridgewater might make (29:00) and Alvin Kamara’s upcoming season (36:01).