Joe Horn's Future: According to Horn himself, the Saints have not yet approaching him about a contract renegotiation. But the Saints have decisions to make, beginning in March when Horn, along with many other Saints, is due a roster bonus. The Saints must either cut or pay Horn $1 million at that point.
Horn's rhetoric to this point would indicate that he is not willing to accept a pay cut: he is confident that he is still a top tier receiver, as he was when he deservedly signed his six-year, $42 million contract in May 2005. At the time, it was the contract for the rest of Horn's career. His base salary is $4.2 million in 2007.
However, indications are that the Saints' decision will be less about money, and more about whether Sean Payton wants Horn on his team. Payton chose to not play Horn in the playoffs, even after Joe and many on the team felt he was healthy enough. There's not much more to say about the situation, which is surely a contentious topic inside the organization.
In 10 games, Horn caught 37 balls for 679 yards and four touchdowns. He had three receptions of more than 40 yards, including scores of 72 yards against Cincinnatti and 57 yards against Green Bay. Horn had more yards than Randy Moss of Oakland, Chris Chambers of Miami and Travis Taylor of Minnesota, more touchdowns than Rod Smith of Denver, Antwaan Randle El of Washington, and Nate Burleson of Seattle, more catches of 40+ yards than Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis, Torry Holt of St. Louis and Jerricho Cotchery of New York.
All of those other players mentioned above played in 16 games.
Coaches: Saints DC Gary Gibbs is being considered for the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job and interviewed after the Senior Bowl. At this point, Gibbs is not expected to be a contender, and the interview may be a favor. Gibbs' Saints defense ranked 11th overall in yardage, 4th overall in first downs allowed per game, 6th overall in 3rd down conversion percentage, 3rd overall against the pass, 8th overall in sack yardage, 10th best in fewest penalties committed, but was 23rd against the run.
According to published reports, Saints QB coach Pete Carmichael Jr. is a candidate for a similar position with the Miami Dolphins. There, he would rejoin Cam Cameron, whom he worked under in San Diego when Cameron was the offensive coordinator.
Chicago Apologies: Chicago mayor Richard Daley apologized for the verbally abusive and rude behavior of some Bears fans at the NFC Championship. Some of the taunts featured Bears fans making unbelievable chants and signs regarding Hurricane Katrina.
“This kind of unfortunate behavior by no means reflects Chicago," Daley said. "It's deplorable, and it should never have happened."