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“The adversity being presented to us creates the opportunity to do something special,” fullback Jed Collins said. “Adversity gives us an opponent and unites as a team. It’s kind of neat. It bonds us together.”

 

This is the closest the NFL has come to issuing the equivalent of the death penalty handed to the SMU football team in 1987 for repeated violations of NCAA rules and regulations. The program has never returned to prominence.

 

Lofton, who joined the Saints as a free agent last month from the Atlanta Falcons, also spun positive.

“Everyone else seems to have such a negative view of the Saints, and that’s awesome, because it just brings us together,” said Lofton, who said he was very impressed by the attitude of his new teammates, describing them as “a big family.”

 

 The report is short on specifics, saying only that Benson saw “a pattern of behavior that needed to be corrected” from his granddaughter. Among the issues raised are a “lack of focus and abrasive management style,” evidenced by, among other things, going through an estimated 30 assistants in her six years of working full-time with the team. She’s also reportedly “developed a reputation for stalling projects,” and Benson (who made his own money) is concerned that his granddaughter (who was born rich) has developed a sense of entitlement.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, not offensive coordinator Mike Sherman or general manager Jeff Ireland, is the driving force behind the team’s interest in selecting Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft, a league source told ProFootballTalk.com on Sunday.

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  • larryjames836

    New Orleans Saints has a good mind set and the new guys are giving them encouraging words letting the New Orleans Saints veterans know everything going to alright. One of the New guys lopton told them he is there playing for the Saints. This is encouraging to hear than listing to the media rugging it in and I think that is good for the Saints to focus the games physical and mentally. Sometime rugging a team noses in the dirt just going to make them focus on how they was treated and talked about remember last year with the Falcons when the Saints ran up the score Falcons coach didn’t like that. Saints is a team on firer a team that you must keep your eyes a team that knows what adversity is a team that has grown closer to one another. A team that can go undefeated through they mess that hitting them in the face they knows what they must do that is very important to them not worrying about what Roger Goodell going to do. We can’t fix that so we washing that under the bridge as a fan our eyes is on the prize and that is the Super Bowl Championship. (Remember our eyes is on the prize).