Is this Drew Brees’ last year in New Orleans?
According to a WWL radio article, the New Orleans police are looking into some interesting and perrhaps shocking developments--the possibilities that Will Smith shot first, before he was gunned down. Also, the shooting of the the former Saint, might have been shot from an errant bullet, coming from Smith's gun.
This week has been a sad week for the New Orleans Saints. First, the sudden, horrific and tragic killing of Will Smith from gunfire on Sunday. Second, the death of long-time New Orleans Saint favorite, Hokie Gajan. Here are two columns by former New Orleans Saints Executive VP, Jim W. Miller:
by Jim W. Miller
The Saints are certainly doing a lot of wheeling and dealing for a team that reportedly doesn’t have any Salary Cap room left. The most recent example was the news Monday morning that the team has come to a one-year agreement with defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Reports said Fairley will be paid $3 million this season, which seems to conflict with other reports that say the Saints have as little as $273,000 remaining in their team cap. A few weeks ago, they signed TE Coby Fleener for a contract that will average $7 million per season, and they have agreed to a three-year contract with LB James Laurinaitis whose numbers have not been disclosed.
While the New Orleans Saints and fans debate the future of Drew Brees due to his $30 million dollar dent to the existing salary cap, there is little doubt that even in an off year, Brees is in a class of his own--even at age 36.
by Jim W. Miller
The way the first three quarters of the Saints season has gone, I’ve been expecting the “playing for pride” stories to emerge at any time. And, lo and behold, when I opened the local wipe on Sunday morning, there it was, right on schedule! The “playing for pride,” or PFP, story is a journalistic crutch which occurs when reporters covering a bottom-rung team have exhausted just about every other story idea possible.
The NFL New Orleans vs. the Atlanta Falcons rivalry over the decade has had its share of special moments.
It started during the first years in the sixties, when the New Orleans franchise took to the Tulane University Stadium. It grew with intensity during the last-moment-Falcon victories in the dirty-birds home. It worsened with that Hail-Mary Atlanta win in the Superdome, sending a hopeful crowd to the sad Poydras streets. Over the years, the two teams and their cities have fought, cursed and hated one another, with a football passion, like no other.
by Jim W. Miller
The first preseason game should never be an indication of what an NFL team will do in the regular season. At least, I hope not. Thursday’s 30-27 loss at Baltimore revealed some striking similarities to the hobgoblins of 2014 in the form of unnecessary penalties, key injuries and the defense’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Summer is over when Saints and colleges tee it up
I hope you enjoyed your summer, because this is the week it ends. I know it’s a bit hard to realize as you soak in a cauldron of humid 90-degree days, but summer as you have known it and enjoyed it is over! Since this space is meant to inform as much as entertain, let us remind you that Labor Day on September 7 is the symbolic end to summer, although the scientific end does not come until the autumnal equinox when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator around September 22.
Coach Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints will have a chance to see if their decisions to cut sack-expert, Junior Galett, was a wise more or not.
The Washington Redskins have signed Galette for the minimum amount.