No NFC South team faces a more challenging period between now and the start of free agency than the New Orleans Saints. They have to find a way to re-sign quarterback Drew Brees, and there are at least a couple other players that it’s essential the Saints retain. They’ve also got some important role players and will need to find ways to keep several of them despite a difficult salary-cap situation.
Timing, as they say, is everything. As automobile dealer Tom Benson perspired in the parking lot of his Kenner Chevrolet dealership on a humid May afternoon in 1985, his necktie held in place by a kidney bean tie tack, the native son of New Orleans’ 7th Ward was announcing his acquisition of the Saints and his vision for the team’s future.
Exactly four weeks after owner Jeffrey Lurie told everyone that Juan Castillo was far from Andy Reid’s first choice to lead the defense in 2011, Reid finally found the podium himself and confirmed he didn’t get his guy for 2012, either. He’s sticking with Castillo again because Steve Spagnuolo turned down an open-ended job offer from Reid, preferring to become the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
According to multiple reports, East St. John quarterback-defensive back Darion Monroe went from the SEC and Texas A&M to Conference USA and Tulane. That doesn’t happen, especially with a recruit that has earned 3-stars from Scout.com and 4-stars from Rivals. That’s the Johnson Effect. Johnson joked the day he was officially named the head football coach that he “wasn’t smart enough” to go to Tulane as a student. No, he’s plenty smart. Why pay to go to Tulane when you can have Tulane pay you come to it? It’s that kind of genius that will aid Johnson in his time with the Green Wave. He knows what it takes to win, having coached with the Saints the past six seasons, including the 2009 Super Bowl season.
The bulk of Media Day questions hurled at Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski concerned his left ankle, which is no surprise given it’s the only major injury storyline of this Super Bowl. Gronkowski injured the ankle during the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago has shown improvement since landing in Indianapolis. He went without the walking boot on Tuesday that he had when the Patriots’ team plane landed Sunday. According to Gronkowski, the walking boot came off Monday and “is off” for good.
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