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Kristian Garic

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Kristian Quick Hits: Saints prep for Giants

Bonus day: 

The Saints say they got a "bonus day" of practice this week as they get ready for their match up with the New York Giants.  Because they were off over the weekend, after playing last Thursday, the Saints did work out on their normal off day – Monday.

"We have an opportunity to do something special this weekend against the defending Super Bowl champions," said Saints defensive back Jabari Greer. 

Bounty hearings: 

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue wrapped up bounty appeals hearings this week in New Orleans.  Reports say he will likely rule next week.  Coach Joe Vitt was among those who testified on the behalf of defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.  Vitt missed Monday's practice to testify.  Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer ran the practice in his stead.  The Saints won't use it as an excuse, but the bounty saga has definitely zapped some energy from this team. 

Improved Defense: 

What might have been just as disheartening as the loss to the Falcons was the fact that the Saints defense played their best game of the season, holding the Falcons to 1 of 11 on third down and forcing 5 straight three and outs. 
"We're trying to get to good, when we get to good, we're trying to get great, and then we want to be the greatest; we always want to improve," Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said.

12/05/2012 9:37AM
Kristian Quick Hits: Saints prep for Giants
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12/06/2012 12:30PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
I hope Tagliabue is fair. I wonder if he can be without making Dictator Goodell look like the idiot he is. He just might not want the NFL and Goodell look like an idiot. What he does have to take in consideration is Vilma's lawsuit. What might be is to say that the coaches lied about not stopping the program when Goodell told them to. I think that is what angered Goodell the most.
12/06/2012 12:37PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Continued: I think by saying the coaches lied, he can somewhat justify the reasons for their suspensions, although being very harsh. I don't think you can turn back on the suspension of Sean Payton without looking to everyone like fools.
12/06/2012 12:42PM
Rod Sacramento
Speaking of Sean Payton, I do not think he is going anywhere except the Saints organization. Why? Mickey Loomis, Drew Brees, Joe Vitt, Tom Benson. All have defended Sean Payton. He loves his job in New Orleans and the people he works with. So why go anywhere else. A woman that you divorced. The children situation worked out last year.
12/06/2012 12:48PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Also I think there has been enough negative press about the alleged bounties. We don't need to hear about Sean leaving the Saints for Cowboys. Are you kidding, why would he work for Jerry Jones after working for Tom Benson and Mickey Loomis. When you have a great job, you do not leave it for a possible good job, that might turn out to be lousy.
12/06/2012 12:57PM
Rod in Sacramento
By the way I am hoping, believing, praying that Sean Payton is signed to a multi-year contract by the New Orleans Saints before the year is out. Would WWL have any info on the Mickey Loomis and Sean's agent working on it at the present or near future.
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