October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A statue titled Rebirth featuring the likeness of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason blocking a punt by former Atlanta Falcons punter Michael Koenen on September 25, 2006 as seen outside before a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links for 9/25


 

I wouldn’t suggest that it’s a slow day for the Saints.

Happy Anniversary Steve Gleason! It was the night that forever changed the New Orleans Saints history.

Power Rankings: No. 3 New Orleans Saints
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

And I think the lofty ranking is deserved. The Saints’ track record under coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees proves this fast start is no fluke. In fact, their offense still hasn’t played its best football yet, while the surprising young defense has been leading the way so far.

Honestly, the Saints were ranked as high as #22 in the offseason. It’s amazing how much the media changes their mind, and makes up assumptions based off of last year’s everything. They are starting to ‘drink the kool-aid’, and whether that’s a good feeling or bad feeling for you, it’s the truth now. I’m not saying anything bad about Triplett, who used to be with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, and he knows the Saints. It’s the other ‘big guys’ out there.

Saints’ surging defense is the truth
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

“It’s nothing to get super excited about, other than the fact that we show a lot of promise, and that’s what we’ve got to keep doing,” cautioned defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has been the breakout individual player of the bunch with a team-high three sacks so far, including two on Sunday.

“You always want to have that hungry attitude of just straight grinding and building on each game,” Jordan added. “I don’t ever want to be like, ‘This is the defense that we are.’ I just want to keep going and keep getting better.”

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, September 25
Samantha McLain | NewOrleansSaints.com

Seven years ago to this day, the Saints played their first contest in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina with a 23-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on “Monday Night Football.” Steve Gleason blocked a punt by Atlanta’d Michael Koenen which became one of the most memorable plays in New Orleans Saints history. Watch that play now. 

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earns NFC offensive player of the week honors

“We’re three games into a long season,” Drew Brees said when asked by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune earlier this week about Graham’s contract. “I know his focus is where we want all of our young guys’ focus is just on football and winning games. I know it’s hard at times when that (the contract) stuff is going on.

“The fact of the matter is all of that stuff takes care of itself based upon how you play right now. I know that’s where his focus is. I know all we’ve talked about all season long is just playing lights out. There’s been no talk of contract. It’s ‘How can we light it up?’”

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