Adley has arrived
It hasn’t been an easy tour of duty with the Bobby Jindal administration for Benton state Sen. Robert Adley. A lifelong Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party in December 2007, a month before Jindal took office as governor.
Adley, saying he shared Jindal’s conservative philosophy, was hoping that the party switch would land him a leadership position with the new Republican governor.
More of a continuing Bayoubuzz interview with pollster and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat in a continuing series of "Bernie Burns":
It has been reported that Governor Bobby Jindal is asking for government employees to pay more for their retirement pension but the money is going to go into the general fund rather than paying off the state debt which is now around 20 billion dollars. Last year, the Governor attempted to force the government employees to pay a greater share but House Speaker Jim Tucker deemed the legislation to be a tax which doomed the Governor’s plan. What is going on here and does the Governor have a better chance this year of passing the legislation now that he has a much more favorable legislature many of them with whom he endorsed?
Saints Linebackers’ Needs
The focus for the New Orleans Saints and the NFL as a whole in late February is assessing current talent, hoping to keep what you have and want, finding the gems of playmakers in the draft and the agency market.
All of this analysis is refined by the team’s needs versus the available talent.
for now, it seems the New Orleans Saints' world evolves around Drew Brees.
Pft.com has good news for the players who receive the "exclusive" version of the franchise tag, which prevents the player from talking to other teams and/or entertaining an offer sheet that, if not matched, would yield two first-round draft choices as compensation. For the "exclusive" franchise players, the franchise tender continues to be determined by an average of the five highest player salaries at the same position as of the expiration of the restrictive free agency signing period in April.
Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston all are potential free agents.
There is much speculation that the Saints will use the franchise tag on Brees. Starting on Monday teams can begin using franchise tags. These tags are used to protect a potential free agent any time between now and the March 5 deadline.
New Orleans Saints sensational quarterback, Drew Brees is talking more about parenting than contracts of late.
He was interviewed recently by Allison Winn Scotch, the New York Times best-selling author. She asked the Saints quarterback six questions for a column she was writing for Parents newsletter. Following are slices from the interview:
We have all read those stories many times. The professional athlete or new pop idol makes a fortune and in no time spends it all and is worse off than they were before riding the wave of fame. That syndrome is a metaphor to some degree for our state government.
News of the day are the Louisiana State Bond Commision report by State Treasurer John Kennedy, Louisiana republican and democratic Congressmen actually agreeing and working with one another, the debate over Education reform in Louisiana, the spillover of the contraception issue, Black History Month and a speech by Tea Party favorite Congressman Allen West and finally, agreement in the House of Representatives.
The Saints may be made to choose between Marques Colston and Carl Nicks. Ultimately with other priorities, a talented bunch of wide receivers and concerns about Colston's balky knee, the Saints will probably let Colston enter the market.
If the Saints and Drew Brees are unable to reach an agreement in two or three weeks, the team will probably put the franchise tag on him. If Brees remains as a player with a franchise tag, he will not have to go to training camp or play in preseason games.
Brees isn't the kind of guy to miss camp or preseason games. The Saints believe they can host the Super Bowl this season.
While the New Orleans Saints revamp their priorities due to free-agency and attrition, there is the other major issue--a new defense.
The Saints scored a big victory when they hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator.
He was the guy Sean Payton had targeted for this job, probably even before previous defensive coordinator Gregg Williams left for St. Louis and a Reunion with Jeff Fisher.
If you want to know about Spag's defense, don't think too much about the St. Louis team he had been coach of since 2009. Think more about the Giants, when he was their defensive coordinator in 2007 and '08. The Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007 season. Prior to that, Sprags had a long run as an assistant with the Eagles, who played in four NFC Championship Games during his tenure. He worked for the Eagles from 1999 through 2006.
In 2009, he decided to become head coach of the Rams and suffered through one of the most painful first seasons you can imagine, with a talentless team that might as well have been called the Sacrificial Rams. He was fired after last season. He still had a team meeting and told his players and told them how much he appreciated them and that he would remain their biggest fan.
Eagles coach Andy Reid was the first to call him. Twelve days late, after his head was cleared, he started talking with teams. The Falcons were interested. The Vikings called. So did the Colts. And then the Saints did. In the ultimate irony, Fisher, who had replaced Sprags in St. Louis, had lured Williams from the Saints.