January 30, 2010

Pro Bowl weekend notes

  • The Saints aren't participating in the 2010 Pro Bowl this year, one of the benefits of their Super Bowl appearance.

  • Great article penned by former Saints C LeCharles Bentley in the Ohio Plain Dealer:

    The city of New Orleans has always been a poor city, but despite its economic struggles, it was full of life; this is why New Orleans is the travel destination for people from all over the world that desire some of the best entertainment and cuisine this country has to offer. Upon departure, travelers couldn't grasp the depth of poverty and hopelessness they left behind.

    Everything visitors sought in New Orleans, they were also able to take home with them; cookbooks, pralines, daiquiri mixes novelties, and even Emeril Lagasse could be seen nightly across the country, courtesy of the Food Network.

    The only thing that New Orleanians felt was theirs and theirs alone was the Saints.

  • After the Super Bowl, and if the job is still open, the Bears are expected to request and be granted permission to interview Saints tight ends coach Terry Malone. Former Rams HC Mike Martz is also set to interview for that job this week. Frank Cignetti, Jr., University of Pittsburgh offensive coordinator and Haslett-era quarterbacks coach for the Saints, has already been asked and turned down the Bears OC job, which is drawing jeers for being so unfillable.

  • Perhaps espionage, perhaps legitimate talent scouting but probably a bit of both, the Colts have worked out defensive backs in the week before the Pro Bowl with recent Saints ties.

    Cornerbacks Michael Lehan, Jason David and Mike McKenzie have been worked out by the Colts, along with former Bengal and Bronco Deltha O'Neal and former Eagle Jack Ikegwuonu. Lehan was not around long enough to know Gregg Williams' system, but David spent training camp 2009 with the Saints and McKenzie was a late-season addition to the Saints who was waived shortly before the regular season finale.
  • According to ESPN, Drew Brees' quarterback rating when throwing towards Robert Meachem was a staggering 158.3 - perfect. With Colston drawing so much attention, Meachem and Henderson ripped defenses for 1526 yards between them.

  • In no small part thanks to the Saints' defense, Kurt Warner has retired from the NFL. Warner was brutalized by the Saints' defense in the divisional playoff game, including a body-shocking hit from Bobby McCray.

    An enforcer on the Saints' defense, McCray was not fined for that hit, on which Warner was attempting to tackle DE Will Smith. The hit put backup quarterback Matt Leinart in for parts of the game.

    McCray was fined $20,000 for a pair of hits on Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game, though one of those hits was, in our eyes, perfectly valid as Favre was attempting to block on the play.

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