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The idea of bringing in Bill Parcells to coach the New Orleans Saints in 2012 might have seemed a bit drastic at first. Presumably, the Saints would like to keep things as normal as possible during these unprecedented circumstances, with Coach Sean Payton about to begin a suspension that will last until the end of the season. But in many ways, replacing Payton with Parcells might be the best way of maintaining normal

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So much for top free agents not wanting to come to play for the Saints!  Last weekend the New Orleans Saints picked up linebacker Curtis Lofton, signing him to a five-year deal. Bobby and I got to chat with Lofton on Tuesday. ”This was a no brainer to come be a part of this,” Lofton said. Curtis went on to talk about his role with the Saints, being under new Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and playing in the Superdome in front of the Who Dat Nation. Click HERE to listen to our conversation with Lofton… Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is pleased that the Saints were able to land Lofton.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton — making his first public comments since the NFL announced his one-year suspension for the bounty scandal — said Tuesday he is disappointed with himself, is mulling an appeal of the penalty, and has been speaking with Bill Parcells but not necessarily to persuade him to coach the team this season.

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NFL owners have voted at the NFL Annual Meeting to change the regular-season overtime rules to match the playoff format and have turnovers automatically reviewed. Each team will have an opportunity for a possession in overtime unless the team that receives the first kickoff scores a touchdown on its opening drive. Teams will no longer need to challenge turnovers, as is the case with scoring plays.

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Any doubts about Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s commitment to the team after reportedly threatening to resign can be put to rest. Speaking from the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla., Reid denied he ever was close to walking away because of a power struggle over personnel. “I’ve got the final say, but I will tell you: We work as a team,” said Reid, the NFL’s longest-tenured coach who will enter his 14th season in Philadelphia. “We’ve always done that. One of our strengths is that we do that. We check our egos at the door, and we work together, and we listen to each other.

Topics: Aaron Kromer, Adam Schefter, Andy Reid, Ben Grubbs, Bill Parcells, Carl Nicks, ESPN, John Clayton, Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Pete Carmichael Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sean Payton, St. Louis Rams, Steve Spagnuolo

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