Realistically as un-expected as his departure may be, the Saints shouldn’t miss a beat with or without him in the lineup. Truth be told center/guard Brian De La Puente will become the teams next starter to the delight of fans everywhere.
It’s also worth noting that Kreutz hadn’t exactly experienced a career renaissance in New Orleans. Pro Football Focus, which evaluates offensive linemen based on their per-play blocking effectiveness, has Kreutz ranked as its second-worst center this season.
Sean Payton figures to have a little more privacy than Curly Lambeau did, so he won’t have to worry about his effusions being quoted in the newspaper. In fact, he’s going to try very hard not to make a spectacle of himself, he says. He doesn’t plan to be on the field for pregame warm-ups or even to go to the locker room at halftime.
WWL-TV caught a sneak peak of the new lighting system while it was being tested bright and early this morning. SMG Group, the company managing the Superdome, said crews installed more than 26,000 led lights in 288 fixtures.
Additionally, Indianapolis wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez did not practice Friday because of a groin injury that limited him in Thursday’s session. He is listed as questionable, as are quarterback Kerry Collins (concussion) and tackle Anthony Castonzo (ankle).