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Thursday, 10 March 2011 09:37
New Orleans Saints: Ditka, Jay Cutler, Marques Colston, Travis Jones
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Ed Staton--Louisiana SportsFormer Bears and New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka turns 72 on March 18 and he spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times about a variety of topics, and he shared some strong opinions. "I would draft Cam Newton in a heartbeat" said Ditka, He reminds of a bigger Tim Tebow. He's smart. He sounds good when he talks. I don't care about that other stuff. Leadership is very hard to define. It's, I guess...class. Ditka feels the same way about last year's most scrutinized quarterback prospect entering the draft, Tebow. "People talk about the combine, about body fat, 40 times, bench presses, how high you can jump. That's great. But how do you measure heart?" Ditka doesn't care for the Bears' current quarterback, Jay Cutler, "If Cutler's not the quarterback of the future, go after the best quarterback," said Ditka, "Leadership and character, you can't teach those,"...

ESPN.com has ranked the NFL's top wide receivers and the voters made the Texans' Andre Johnson No. 1. The Saints' Marques Colston received just one vote and that came from ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas. "I  honestly believe Colston is underrated," wrote Yasinskas. "His numbers aren't spectacular because the Saints spread the ball around so much."...Belacherreport.com has ranked the NFL's running back situations and the Saints rank 24th. Wrote the website: "The Saints have a lot of decent running backs on their roster, but nowhere do we see a great one. It's much like the Colts' situation, since they had their share of problems last year. Reggie Bush is clearly never going to be a great running back at this point, and might as well stay at special teams.  Pierre Thomas has good years when he's healthy, and while Chris Ivory showed promise, I don't think the Saints are willing to make him the feature back. It's a jumbled picture that's not easy to figure out."...

SAINTS assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones, who  pleaded guiilty in June 2010 to Federal conspiracy charges in relation to two fraudulent loan applications filed by Jones, received on Wednesday a sentence of three years' probation and 100 hours of community service, according to sentencing documents obtained by PFT.com. Although Jones made only $86, 225 from the scheme, which required him to make false statements in loan applications in order to obtain money that was never repaid, he is required to fork over $1,148, 678 in restitution which represents the full amount of the loans paid in his name

...I thank my lucky stars that I'm not superstitious...

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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