Saints return rested after bye; Defense respects Joe Lombardi; Where’s the deep ball?


Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) is tackled by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) in the end zone for a fourth quarter safety at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won in overtime, 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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Here are today’s stories:

Ramon Antonio Vargas | The Advocate | Saints defense comfortable, cautious facing Joe Lombardi’s Lions offense

"On one hand, the Saints defense is comfortable with the prospect of facing a Lions’ offense coordinated by Joe Lombardi, New Orleans’ former quarterbacks coach, in Detroit on Sunday.The Saints defense clashes at every practice with the philosophies Lombardi learned with the team before leaving for Detroit, and he’s stayed true to them in his first year as the Lions offensive coordinator, as far as New Orleans defensive linemen Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks could tell Tuesday.On the other hand, that also means Jordan, Hicks and their teammates realize how devastating that kind of offense can be when it clicks wholly, such as the six times the Saints (2-3) have finished within the top two in the NFL in total yards since coach Sean Payton took charge in New Orleans in 2006."

I mentioned Lombardi a little in yesterday’s Gumbo Gazette. The Lions offense has been fairly stale this season, and if they were to be without their superstar wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, it’d be a major ‘gift’ for the Saints. However, the Lions still possess plenty of weapons in their arsenal like Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Golden Tate, and Eric Ebron.

Evan Woodberry | Times-Picayune | New Orleans Saints return this week after break to rest, recharge

"Hicks stayed in town and said he spent time in the cold tub, trying to prepare his body for the next 11 weeks of football.“It was a lot of time to regroup, recoup, recover,” he said. “I stayed in New Orleans and relaxed. I just really tried to get the body in a good place. I just did some yoga and really relaxed.”"

I’m sure some of you might know about the tolls a football season takes on a player’s body. The Saints had their bye in Week 7 last year, and proceeded to win three of their next four games. We can only hope that the Saints really ‘got their mind’ right as they head in to a grueling part of their schedule: at Detroit, vs. Green Bay (Sunday Night Football), and at Carolina (Thursday Night Football) on a short week.

Mike Triplett | ESPN | Saints searching for mojo on deep throw

"ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett says New Orleans, which can’t afford to be one-dimensional on offense, would be wise to throw deep to Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem."

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