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First look: Breaking down the Houston Texans

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) ORG XMIT: PBS1

WHEN: Noon Sunday WHERE: NRG Stadium, Houston TV: Fox RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge RECORDS: New Orleans 4-6; Houston 5-5 COACHES: Saints, Sean Payton, 10th season (84-54); Texans, Bill O’Brien, second season (14-12) TEXAns BREAKDOWN LAST WEEK: Houston is officially on a run. Playing with backup quarterback… Continue reading →

Saints’ Hau’oli Kikaha taking change at defensive coordinator in stride

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha (44) pressures Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/R Brent Smith) ORG XMIT: INMC1

Hau’oli Kikaha is ready for whatever Dennis Allen asks him to do. Kikaha, who spent Tuesday afternoon helping a large contingent of Saints hand out the Thanksgiving dinners they bought for under-served families in New Orleans, is taking the Saints change at defensive coordinator in stride. “I’m just thankful to be a part of what we… Continue reading →

Hau’oli Kikaha ready for whatever changes Dennis Allen brings to Saints defense

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Hau’oli Kikaha is ready for whatever Dennis Allen asks him to do. Kikaha, who spent Tuesday afternoon helping a large contingent of Saints hand out the Thanksgiving dinners they bought for under-served families in New Orleans, is taking the Saints’ change at defensive coordinator in stride. “I’m just thankful to be a part of what we have,” Kikaha said. “I have faith… Continue reading →

Saints bring in Phillip Hunt, release Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Associated Press file photo by Carlos Osorio -- The Saints signed former Lions defensive end Phillip Hunt to help boost their pass rush.

The New Orleans Saints made a move to add to their pass rush by signing Phillip Hunt. Hunt, who is an edge player, spent time with the Detroit Lions earlier this season, where he appeared in two games and recorded one sack. He was released earlier this month. To make… Continue reading →

Houston's best QB to return for Sunday's game vs. Saints

. The New Orleans Saints will face Houston’s best at the quarterback position. Brian Hoyer, who missed the Texans’ win over the Jets last week as he went through the NFL’s concussion protocol, is expected to return to the lineup against the Saints. “It sounds like he’s out of the protocol as of this morning,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.… Continue reading →

Saints-Panthers Dec. 6 game moved to later time

. The NFL has decided that more people should be able to see the Saints and Panthers play on Dec. 6. Previously scheduled to start at noon, the game has been moved back to a 3:25 p.m. kickoff. If New Orleans is going to compete for a playoff spot, it will likely need to win the rest of its… Continue reading →

Former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in levity-filled appearance on NFL Network: ‘The bottom line is this: I’ll hold my head high and walk out in the sunset’

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) catches a 25-yard pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) as Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan watches during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Rob Ryan provided plenty of personality in a guest spot on the NFL Network on Sunday, his first public appearance since the New Orleans Saints fired him as defensive coordinator and turned the reins over to Dennis Allen on Monday. But Ryan’s four hours of pregame exposure offered little insight into the end of his tenure in New… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton on changes coming out of the bye week: ‘It was going to be different, and it needs to be’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton waves his arms to pump up the crowd against the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

Before the New Orleans Saints broke for their bye week, their leader delivered a message. Drew Brees has been delivering these messages for years. But the fact that the message came from a familiar leader doesn’t make it any less important. Instead of heading into the bye week on a surge, New Orleans limped into it,… Continue reading →

Despite playing through a lingering knee injury, Saints left tackle Terron Armstead is making a name for himself around the NFL

New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Back in training camp, Zach Strief handed Terron Armstead the kind of praise that can be hard to live up to. Three years of working with Armstead convinced Strief, another tackle, to say the third-year player, under the radar at the time, essentially had no limits to where his career might go. Armstead is making Strief look like… Continue reading →

Rob Ryan first to fall, who’s the next one?

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gestures during a game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.  Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes were coming to his sagging defense. He started by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen will assume Ryan's duties. The move, announced Monday night, Nov. 16, 2015, on Payton's weekly radio show on WWL-AM, comes a day after the Saints allowed 526 yards in a 47-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

‘Tis the season to be firing. We started this week with the dismissal of Rob Ryan which was surprising only because it didn’t happen before the Saints boarded their plane for the flight back from Washington. Then on Wednesday the Houston Rockets dismissed Hall of Famer Kevin McHale just 11 games following a… Continue reading →

Saints chat replay: What to expect from Dennis Allen? How's Brandon Browner viewed in locker room?

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) carries the ball past Washington Redskins defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (98) during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A 4-6 record has cost defensive coordinator Rob Ryan his jobwith the New Orleans Saints as the team sits in last place in the NFC South. Do the Saints have a late-season run in them? Let's chat about it. Submit your questions in the live chat module below, and beat writer Joel A. Erickson will answer them beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.… Continue reading →

Saints tight end Ben Watson writes book on racial issues inspired by earlier Facebook post

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82)

Benjamin Watson has always felt the pull to write a book. But the subject of his first wasn’t what he thought it might be. Watson’s book, “Under Our Skin,” was officially released Tuesday, an in-depth expansion of the Facebook post he wrote last November to express his feelings and frustration on racial inequality, a post sparked… Continue reading →

Saints film study: Washington targeted New Orleans’ biggest weaknesses, then exploited them

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Landover, Md. For the first time since 2011, the Washington Redskins have managed to avoid being 3-6 after nine games. Not that they are a whole lot better; they're 4-5.  One example: As they head into next weekend's game at Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the Redskins are 0-4 on the road this season, and 1-10 away from home under head coach Jay Gruden. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Give the Washington coaching staff credit, they identified the biggest weaknesses within the Saints’ defense and mercilessly attacked it. One of the biggest issues New Orleans has faced this season is matching up with tight ends. Those issues have been the result of linebackers not matching up well or the tight ends going unaccounted… Continue reading →

Rex Ryan says it would be fun coaching with Rob, but Ryan brothers have taken own paths

Rob Ryan hasn’t coached with his brother since the mid-1990’s. But Rex, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, isn’t ruling it out completely after the Saints fired Rob from the defensive coordinator’s position on Monday. He just knows that’s not the way they’ve handled their careers to this point. “I’ll never say never. We’ve kind of purposely set a path going to… Continue reading →

A strange, strange day: Reports fly, denials counter them and the Saints ultimately fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

A strange Monday in the Saints’ world began with coach Sean Payton shooting down a report from Fox Sports that the team was firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. It ended with Payton announcing that Ryan had been fired after all. Ryan’s dismissal came as the Saints were allowing the most points, the most total yards and… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: For Saints fans, trip to Washington wasn’t the best ever ... but there’s always next week in Houston

Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones (31) celebrates his 78 yard touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, ARLINGTON, Va. — While waiting to board Southwest flight 1311 ... To put a Black and Gold twist on something famously said here in Washington back in April 1865, “Other than that, Saints fans, how did you enjoy your weekend?” For those who did travel here, the weather was fantastic, visiting our nation’s… Continue reading →

Nick Underhill: Saints did all they could to improve defense, but clearly Rob Ryan was not getting job done

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

The New Orleans Saints tried everything to give the defense a stronger foundation without rocking the one it was built upon. They brought in new players, introduced a new scheme and added positions to the coaching staff. The playbook was stripped down and the bad elements were shipped out. But in the end, there was… Continue reading →

With coordinator Rob Ryan out, Saints turn to Dennis Allen to fix NFL's worst defense

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Defensive failures gave headaches to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the rest of the Saints.

The move most of New Orleans has been expecting for the better part of a year finally came Monday. For the fourth time in the Sean Payton era, the Saints defense is headed in a new direction. Frustrated by a string of shootouts that crippled his team when the Saints should have been starting a playoff run,… Continue reading →

On Brandon Browner’s controversial play Sunday, Sean Payton says, ‘You don’t want to fight a battle if it doesn’t involve getting to the football’

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) reacts after being called for pass interference for tugging the jersey of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tennessee Titans won in overtime, 34-28.

Saints coach Sean Payton has defended starting cornerback Brandon Browner through all of his penalty and coverage problems this year, but he did not defend his effort on one play during the Saints’ 47-14 loss to Washington on Sunday. When the Redskins scored on a 78-yard screen pass to go ahead 21-14 in the second quarter, Browner… Continue reading →