NFL public relations (media relations) staffs from time to time send out emails bragging about the accomplishments of their players. I sent these messages out for several years when I was with the Saints. It was Billy Kilmer and Archie Manning then.
Relax, my friends and faithrful readers. I know that many of you simply cannot let go of 2011 without reading my "trusted" predictions for the upcoming year. So, await, no longer as "I Predict that in 2012...":
The New Orleans Saints do not go to the Super Bowl in 2012. While they are playing their best football ever, they likely will need to beat either Green Bay or San Francisco (away from home) to get into the super shindig. (I hope I am wrong).
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So, here are some predictions as we jump into 2012.
Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn will be the NFL's breakthrough quarterback this season. He has spent his entire four-year career behind Aaron Rodgers, and he's set to become a free agent this season. There are several spots he could end up -- at Miami, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Kansas City.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution yet? I always do. Hope and foreboding are at the top of my list and have been these past few years. The New Year always brings a promise of uncertainty. More so for most of us in the coming year. I would rather be absorbed with the more mundane things in life. But that won’t happen in the busy lives that most of us lead.
The New Orleans Saints are showing the world it is at the top of the NFL class. They have proven this in the televised football games, with its top-rated coach and quarterback and even with its presence in the Pro Bowl selections.
In preparation for the final regular game of the year, coach Sean Payton and and quarterback Drew Brees talked about he upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers.
Saints coach Sean Payton on Wednesday said "it's full speed ahead: for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
"We're going to play all our guys," Payton said at his Wednesday news conference. "There's still seeding at stake. We're getting better as a team week by week and that's something we might need going into the postseason."
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Saints coach Sean Payton said he hasn't decided how much his starters will play on Sunday against Carolina.
The coach said at his Tuesday news conference that the difference between having a playoffs bye and not having one "is one game." How does Payton eel about playing a game away from home in the playoffs "Five of the last seven NFC champions have played the championship game at home.
Before the game, Falcons coach Mike Smith said, "Drew Brees is operating at a level we haven't seen," and the Saints quarterback was almost perfect in breaking a 27-year-old NFL passing record and leading his Saints to a NFC South title with a 45-16 thumping of the Falcons on Monday Night Football before a national television audience and a sold out Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
As actually has occurred now for several decades, partisan dealignment nationally continues with no letup as the two majors parties lose affiliates while those who claim none increase in numbers. Louisiana’s history in this regard illustrates the evolving political culture and trends of the state that differ from the national scene.
As we come to the New Year the world faces some very serious issues. The prevailing question remains… are we prepared to deal with them. Unfortunately, I have little faith in man’s ability to properly assess problems and work together to resolve them. The main issue is a failure to look beyond self-interest and work together for the greater good.
Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s passing yardage record, but was his late 4th quarter record-breaking fourth-quarter efforts the straw that could break the Falcons’ back? Were the Saints piling on in front of a national television audience?
At least one Falcons player told CBS, “No need for that,” one Falcons player told Pete Prisco of CBS. “It came on our watch, but it didn’t have to come that way. We won’t forget it.”
New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees has broken the individual passing yards record once held by Miami Dolphins great quarterback, Dan Marino. The record-broken, was 27-years old.