New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is 5’10″ and 215 pounds … but dude SWEARS he can dunk a basketball … and he’s willing to prove it. The former Heisman Trophy winner was hanging out in Indianapolis last night, getting ready to take in the Super Bowl … when we started talkin’ hoops.
If Spagnuolo, the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, can make the kind of impact in New Orleans that he made on the Giants in 2007, then they’ll probably be celebrating another Super Bowl championship this time next year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Giants hired Spagnuolo that season to light a fire under their sagging defense, and he helped them blaze a trail all the way to Super Bowl XLII, where they stunned the previously undefeated New England Patriots in a 17-14 brawl.
By the end of the day Saturday, Rickey Jackson could have some company. At the moment, Jackson is the only player to have spent most of his career with the New Orleans Saints that is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That could change very soon because offensive tackle Willie Roaf will be a finalist when the voters gather Saturday.
The New England Patriots and the New York Giants were two of the least penalized teams during the 2011 season. The NFL plans to keep it that way in the Super Bowl. The Patriots finished 22 in the NFL in penalties this season with 94 and the Giants 27 with 87. So the players have dictated the fate of the two conference champions, not NFL officiating crews. In naming John Parry as the referee for Sunday’s game, the NFL has taken the necessary step to stage a clean Super Bowl.
The Oakland Raiders named Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp as their new offensive coordinator Wednesday. FOX Sports reported Monday that Knapp had been offered the position by newly installed head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie.