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The New Orleans Saints finally look like they have solved their defensive problems. Offense never is a worry in New Orleans. The Saints have ranked in the top six in the NFL in yardage all 11 years quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton have been together, and they've been No. 1 six of those seasons. The defense has been ranked in the bottom five in points allo…

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Imagine all those football dreamers who grew up in the system, from Pop Warner through high school and into college stadiums, to maybe get a shot at the NFL. All those snaps and whistles and twisted joints and bruises from cracking pads and chasing, chasing, chasing. What must they think when they look at Chris Manhertz? He participated in an N…

They say moving can be the most stressful time in a person's life. C.J. Spiller knows this now. He has been back in Orchard Park this week, packing up five years of Buffalo Bills memories before starting his new job with the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be a smooth cleanout," Spiller said Thursday morning at a Tim Hortons around the corner from Ralph Wilson St…

The New York Jets' most glaring weakness under Rex Ryan was insufficient quarterbacking. That's pretty much a fact. How much of that was Ryan's fault, though? One veteran quarterback with inside knowledge doesn't necessarily accept the narrative that Ryan is a failure at handling the NFL's most critical position. "If there's anything he should have learned from his tim…

Jairus Byrd was enamored with the idea of the New Orleans Saints enough to make them his first free-agent visit. And they were enamored enough with the former Buffalo Bills safety to make sure he didn't leave Tuesday night. The Saints signed Byrd to a six-year contract worth $54 million and nearly $28 million in guarantees, including an $11 million signing bonus. At his…