Wednesday, 01 August 2012 05:42

Twitter Wars: New Orleans Saints’s Shanle vs. 49ers Whitner and California

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gregg-williamsWhoDatDish, a New Orleans Saints oriented site has written about a lingering hangover from the New Orleans Saints-San Francisco 49ers November 2011 playoff match that has been a focus point of Bountygate.

The website presents this tweet war between Saint Scott Shanle and Donte Whitner which, perhaps personifies the type of online, offline and on-field battles we might see the New Orleans Saints involved this season.



Whitner is the defensive player who ko’d Saint running back Pierre Thomas in an helmet to helmet hit early in the game and yards from a Saints touchdown. Saints fans believe that one event seriously affecting the team’s offensive scheme in a game the 49ers won.

He told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group:
“If you have the right type of guys in that (defensive) room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard. It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense”
It was apparently a shot at former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams now infamous, “Kill the head” pre-game speech and also a jab at the Saints defense saying they needed an incentive to perform.

Shanle quickly gave a response with this Twitter post:
Donte Whitner: Good defenses don’t need bounties. Guy needs to shut his mouth and mind his own business. Don’t remember them winning the superbowl. U still ringless. We got one and working on two now. Try to keep up.

He then of course drew the ire of 49ers fans who then engaged Shanle for a brief time with one [email protected] tweeting:
WTF Scott…first off we got 5 i don’t know what the (expletive) your talking about….so keep up sucka..scrub

Shanle simply responded:
this century?

More tweets followed between Shanle and the 49ers fans with the linebacker posting a picture of himself posing with the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy.
The most obvious gauntlet thrown was when @NinerNiral tweeted to Shanle:
Your precious ring has an asterisk by it because of the bounty scandal. You guys put cheap shots on Favre all game long.

Shanle responded with a simple:
no it doesn’t see no asterisk!

That tweet was accompanied by a picture of what is assumed to be Shanle’s hand wearing his Super Bowl ring on his middle finger with the middle finger extended in the well known “Happy Motoring” sign. (Click here to see pic).

By the way, Schanle’s last tweet?
Alright 49ers fans its been fun but I got 2 get back 2 work. That's something we do in Louisiana so our state isn't bankrupt. Im outta here
Which goes to show that even in the land of the NFL, it’s not all football. Within the last few weeks, San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes all filed for bankruptcy.

The Saints on Tuesday signed free agent defensive end Alex Daniels and waived cornerback Cord Parks. Daniels, 6-2, 265, out of the University of Cincinnati, first enter

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New Orleans Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt

Media Availability

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Can you talk about Patrick Robinson?

“He’s got a shoulder (injury).  We’re going to evaluate him right now.  He’s could be out the next couple of days.”


Marquis Johnson appeared to make some plays out there for you today.

“Yeah, it’s very encouraging.  Again, we’re early in the process right here.  There’s a long way to go, but he had a good morning.”


Can you talk about Jabari Greer?

“We took him in.  He had a little groin pull.  We’ll evaluate him when he gets inside.”


How do you feel about your third and fourth corner?

“Listen, I feel good about them right now.  We’re in practice.  This is a great evaluation coming up this weekend against pretty good receivers that we’re going to go against.  We were in pajamas in the spring time.  We’ve been in pads now for the third day.  I think this weekend is going to be a big challenge for him.  We’re excited for that challenge.”


Can you talk about Tom Johnson and his progress?

“Tom Johnson, to me, is sort of like a rookie, and we’ve already talked about this so we don’t have to go through this exercise again, but he’s like a rookie into his second year.  There was a learning curve for him a year ago.  I think he’s had a great growth spurt, and so far he’s really done a good job.  He’s done a good job.  I think we can expect a little more inside and outside pressure from him because he’s got a speed rush from the outside and he can beat a guard on the inside.  We’re going through the process right now, but we’re very happy so far.”


Curtis Johnson was here as the wide receivers coach previously and now Henry Ellard has taken over the wide receivers group.  What can Ellard bring in that Johnson didn’t?

“Curtis is a very vocal, energetic, passionate guy, and Henry has all those qualities, he’s just a little more quiet.  I was with Henry in L.A. when he was a player.  I was with Henry in St. Louis when he was a coach.  Listen, potentially he’s a future Hall of Famer.  You take a look at the number of catches and what he’s done in this league.  He’s an outstanding teacher.  He really knows this system pretty good because he has the same stems and he’s coached the same types of wide receivers, guys like Torry Holt, so he’s going to be a great addition to our staff.  Our players really appreciate him.”


Was the decision to move the practices to the morning to try to guarantee that you’d get the practice in?

“That’s part of it.  I think we’ve done this ever since we’ve been together with Sean (Payton), we’ve always adjusted well.  I’ve said this before, we are going to meet the needs of our football team as far as the installation goes, the practice time goes, we felt by practice in the morning number one we would be guaranteed some good weather, we’re going to get a little bit more meeting time in the afternoon and tonight with the walk-through this afternoon.  Again, this was something that really meets the needs.  Last year when we were on the other schedule, we really felt like we had people coming and getting signed every day with the new CBA.  We had to have an install and a walk-through at practice.  This year, everybody’s been here, so we all feel good about the install.  Once Spags felt good about the install, we’d switch it up with the heavy in the morning and the walk-through in the afternoon.”


Were you a little unhappy about the in-and-out of the huddle at practice this morning?

“I was just getting them going”


Are you guys planning on doing anything in Canton like going to the Hall of Fame?

“Yeah.  Listen, I think it’s an exciting time.  We played this game in ’07 when we played Pittsburgh.  We had a great time as a team going through the Hall.  Now, we’re going to go through the Hall and we’re going to see this display up there of when we won the world championship, so our players are looking forward to seeing that.  We’re going to get there and see Willie Roaf’s induction, we’re going to take a tour of the Hall, and then Cortez Kennedy, who is a close friend of ours, is also going in.  We’re going to have a certain amount of people who are staying back who will want to see that.  We’ll have two busses going back to the hotel in Cleveland.  It’s a huge weekend.  Everyone is looking forward to it.”


For someone who’s coached long in this league, can you talk about your appreciation for what’s going on this weekend?

“Two guys are going in that have meant a lot to me.  We drafted Cortez Kennedy I believe in 1991 in the first round.  When we drafted Cortez Kennedy, he had no idea how good he was.  When he came out of Miami, all he wanted to be was a state trooper, an Arkansas state trooper.  Now he’s going into the Hall of Fame.  Willie Roaf, I had in Kansas City for four years.  I think he was the most dominant tackle along with Jackie Slater of our era.  He was a great player.  Both are great people.  Both are great contributors to our sport and great ambassadors.  Hey, it’s going to be happy and it’s going to be emotional too.  It’s going to be great.”


It looked like the defense got a little more pressure today.

“It was the same as yesterday, just executed a little bit better.  I don’t know if yesterday we called the plays that you would recognize, but today you could recognize them.”



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