New Orleans Saints: Top news and video clips (Championship Edition)

The good news for Saints fans is Spagnuolo appears up for the job. He certainly won’t be intimidated. The man cut his teeth coaching in the chain-link octagons of Philadelphia and New York. It remains to be seen what Spagnuolo’s plan will be in New Orleans. We probably won’t hear from the new defensive chief until next week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. His track record suggests a tweaking of the Saints’ defense rather than an overhaul will be in order.

The 49ers were NFC West champs and beat the New Orleans Saints with a last-minute touchdown last weekend. The Giants are hoping history is on their side once again, as they are 4-0 in NFC title games.

It appears the Indianapolis Colts’ search for a coach will conclude sooner rather than later. That was the objective of Jim Irsay after he and general manager Ryan Grigson fired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday — providing the search uncovered “the best man” — and that was the message delivered Saturday by the team’s owner.

The two predominant story lines that people will want in the Super Bowl are the rematch of January 2008, when the Giants ended the Patriots’ perfect season, or the battle of Harbaugh Brotherly Love, if San Francisco and Baltimore win. However, if neither of those particular matchups occurs, we will still get the rubber match in a best of 3 showdown between offense and defense, high powered passing games versus run stuffing, hard hitting defense.

Like all truly great players, Brees would trade all such hardware in a heartbeat to once again hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champion. But that won’t happen for the Saints next month, so Brees will have to settle for various awards recognizing his record breaking 2011 season in which, among other things, he shattered the mark for passing yardage in a season that had stood since Dan Marino in 1984.

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