Until the Saints start winning, surging Junior Galette won’t find complete satisfaction

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) enters the field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

By his estimation, New Orleans Saints pass rusher Junior Galette’s life is almost perfect. His son, Jovais, recently turned 1. He bought a spacious home in the area mere days ago. At work, he’s applying pressure to quarterbacks on one out of every 7.8 of his rushes, resulting in — among other things — a team-leading four sacks.… Continue reading →

Saints rule out RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas against Packers

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) stiff arms Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Saints will be without two of their running backs Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading →

Video: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says the Saints have to get better on defense

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan watches during warm up before a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talks about the mistakes the team made defensively at the end of its 24-23 loss at Detroit last Sunday and how it is constantly searching for ways to improve, especially with Sunday's game against the high-scoring Green Bay Packers. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints chat with Advocate sportswriters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill, Friday at 12 p.m.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills (84), while defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23), pulls in a 46-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Get the latest information on the Saints before their game against the Green Bay Packers in this chat with Advocate sportswriters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill on Friday at 12 p.m.… Continue reading →

Why Saints WR Brandin Cooks is poised to breakout vs. Packers

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) carries in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) ORG XMIT: NYOTK  Brandin Cooks

Once the land of opportunity for receivers around the league, those who split out wide in New Orleans haven’t exactly been prospering this season. Last week’s 24-23 loss to the Lions was the second time a wide receiver has reached 100 yards, with Kenny Stills and Marques Colston both eclipsing the mark, but the first five weeks… Continue reading →

‘Never Give Up’ cartoon shows up in New Orleans Saints locker room

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDSaints quarterback Drew Brees leads teammates on a pregame chant  Nov. 10, 2013, before the New Orleans Saints played the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A new message hung from players’ lockers when the New Orleans Saints showed up to practice Thursday — a reminder, perhaps. It was a motivational cartoon depicting two men in dress shirts and ties carrying pickaxes in separate tunnels. The one on the bottom was slouched over with a glum expression on his face, holding his… Continue reading →

Keenan Lewis to run into old pal Eddie Lacy

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDSaints cornerback Keenan Lewis

First, cornerback Keenan Lewis said hello from New Orleans. “That’s my guy,” Lewis, grinning, said of Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Thursday afternoon. Lewis, though, had more to say of Lacy, also a Westbank product in Greater New Orleans. Like most of the NFL, Lewis will be in no rush Sunday night to greet… Continue reading →

Saints' Jimmy Graham, Brodrick Bunkley, Ramon Humber, Keenan Lewis limited in Thursday practice

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham listens to music on Bose headphones during warms up before a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Saints’ injury report remained unchanged from Wednesday. Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (concussion), linebacker Ramon Humber (ankle), and cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee/shoulder) were limited during Thursday’s session. Center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle), and running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) did not practice. Cornerback… Continue reading →

The Advocate's Saints One Minute Scouting Report (Green Bay Packers)

Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams celebrates his touchdown catch with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Advocate sportswriter Nick Underhill gives the scouting report on the Green Bay Packers, who play the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Does playing a high-quality QB like Aaron Rodgers affect Drew Brees’ play?

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers drops back during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Drew Brees can already see Aaron Rodgers making his way to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees isn’t scared of his competition or paralyzed by his gaudy statistics. But Brees knows that when a quarterback like that comes to town, he needs to be prepared to load up for a shootout. “You know how sharp he’s going to… Continue reading →

Packers running back and Louisiana native Eddie Lacy ready to face Saints in front of family, friends

Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  ORG XMIT: WIMG1

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Eddie Lacy has never attended a New Orleans Saints game. That will change Sunday. However, he will be doing much more than merely attending the game. The Green Bay Packers second-year running back gets a chance to head home and play the Saints in a critical NFC showdown. This… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says primetime games in the dome are all about "pride"

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sits on the bench against the Detroit Lions during a NFL football game in Detroit Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks to the media about why the team has managed to play some of its best game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in primetimeover the years. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints offense hoping to ‘feed’ Drew Brees

Associated Press photo by Rick OsentoskiSaints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) runs the ball after making an interception against the Lions on Sunday.

The Saints offense twice experienced a luxury they haven??t experienced all year during Sunday’s 24-23 defeat at Detroit. They started in their opponents’ territory. New Orleans (2-4) converted those opportunities into a touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Bees and a field goal that both nearly gave the team its third victory of the season. And… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton: Drew Brees 'will be more than ready' for Green Bay

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with quarterback Luke McCown during warmups before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he felt he let his teammates down after his late interception led to the game-winning touchdown for Detroit in the Lions' 24-23 victory against New Orleans last Sunday. But Saints coach Sean Payton says he is confident that Brees will rebound for Sunday's game against Green Bay in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.… Continue reading →

Saints' Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, Jonathan Goodwin and Kyle Knox all miss Wednesday practice

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Saints running back Khiry Robinson, running back Pierre Thomas, center Jonathan Goodwin and linebacker Kyle Knox on Wednesday all missed New Orleans’ first day of full preparations for their game at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Robinson missed with a forearm injury Wednesday after playing five of the Saints’ 74 snaps during their… Continue reading →

Film study: Who's to blame for the Saints' loss to the Lions?

Associated Press photo by Rick Osentoski -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees hurries a pass under pressure from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (52) during the Lions' 24-23 win Sunday in Detroit.

The Saints’ late meltdown against the Lions might be more stunning on second viewing. Even though you are already aware of what’s coming and how it happens, it’s odd to see the Detroit Lions raise their game to such a high level and New Orleans crumble under the pressure. This late disparity was evident across the… Continue reading →

Saints-Packers Week 8: First Look

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) pulls away from Detroit Lions outside linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans TV: NBC RADIO: WWL-AM, 870 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge RECORDS: The Green Bay Packers are 5-2. The Saints are 2-4. LAST WEEK: The Packers… Continue reading →

Lelito ready to play at center if Goodwin can’t start against Green Bay

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints offensive lineman Tim Lelito, right, blocks defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick  during training camp. Lelito, normally a right guard, had to fill in at center Sunday after Jonathan Goodwin was injured.

Chatting with his backup Tim Lelito recently, Saints center Jonathan Goodwin joked that something more powerful than bad luck had to be at work for him to leave three of his team’s games the past month hurt. “Who put this voodoo on me?” Lelito recalled Goodwin saying about moving back to New Orleans in June after spending… Continue reading →

Saints sign backup offensive lineman Eric Olsen to active roster

New Orleans Saints' Eric Olsen (69) warms up with teammates before a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Saints added depth to their offensive line Tuesday by signing free-agent guard/center Eric Olsen to the active roster. Olsen will occupy the roster spot once held by defensive end Glenn Foster, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 24-23 loss at Detroit on Sunday. He also arrives after Saints center Jonathan Goodwin left the… Continue reading →

Pierre Thomas to miss time from the Saints with a shoulder injury: Report

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries past Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Another member of the Saints is expected to miss time with a shoulder injury. According to an NFL Network report, running back Pierre Thomas is expected to miss a few weeks of action after suffering a shoulder injury during Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. Asked about Thomas’ injury Monday, coach Sean Payton refused to… Continue reading →

Rodgers-led Packers hitting their midseason stride

Green Bay Packers' Casey Hayward (29) and Morgan Burnett celebrate a fourth and short stop during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Their quarterback is playing near-perfect football, their offense is stirring memories of the juggernaut it was in 2011 and their much-maligned defense is coming together after some early-season struggles. It’s almost a rite of autumn for the Green Bay Packers —the calendar turns to October, and they start playing well. Packers coach… Continue reading →

Lewis: Saints showing improvement, but good still a ways off

Associated Press photo by Paul Sancya -- Saints coach Sean Payton checks on an injury to center Jonathan Goodwin during a 24-23 loss to the Lions on Sunday in Detroit. Despite the defeat, Payton says he feels good about the rest of the season.

Everywhere else Monday, Who Datians were pretty much resigned to the realization this was neither the team nor the season they’d believed it would be. But at 5800 Airline Drive, things were positively upbeat. In the Saints locker, room the players were joking around, maybe a little more than usual. Some were… Continue reading →

A day later, officials still on Sean Payton’s mind

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with quarterback Luke McCown during warmups before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

A day after a frustrating 24-23 loss to Detroit, Saints coach Sean Payton could not help but talk about the officiating again. New Orleans was penalized a season-high 12 times for a season-high 134 yards, prompting some heated discussions between Payton and the referees down the stretch and at the end of the game. Although he again refused… Continue reading →

Saints suffer a Motor City meltdown in their 24-23 loss at Detroit

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) walks on the sidelines after throwing an interception against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter of a NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — Sean Payton found out that losses like these can lead to second-guessing from the peanut gallery. They’re the kind of defeats that can swallow up good teams and leave players feeling snake-bitten. People will wonder why you did this instead of that. They’ll ask what the quarterback was looking at or… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The Saints’ engine blows another rod for a stunning loss in Detroit

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ORG XMIT: otkco215

Here in the Motor City, where they know about recalls all too well, the New Orleans Saints have a simple question: Can they have a do-over? Hit the reset button? Bring this defective lemon of a team back to the factory and fix the parts that always seem to go… Continue reading →

Video: Saints figure out how to lose a tough one in Detroit

Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) is mobbed by teammates after intercepting a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In this "Advocate Saints Postgame Show," Advocate sportswriters Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas review the Saints' heart-breaking 24-23 loss at the Detroit Lions on Sunday.… Continue reading →

Video: Saints coach Sean Payton says the team had its chances, but couldn't finish the Lions

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with quarterback Luke McCown during warmups before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Saints coach Sean Payton talks to the media about how things started well, but finished badly in the team's 24-23 loss at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he feels like he let his team down with late interception against Lions

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) walks on the sidelines after throwing an interception against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter of a NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks to the media about the late interception he threw, which led to Detroit's game-winning touchdown in its 24-23 victory on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints cornerback Corey White explains the secondary mistakes in the loss to the Lions

Saints cornerback Corey White says some communication issues plagued the team on the big plays it allowed in its 24-23 loss to Detroit on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Corey White’s miscue leads to Lions’ long touchdown and sparks Saints late-game woes

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates their 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints after a NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — If New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White could do it again, he would. He would go for the interception and not the tackle on the short, third-and-14 pass that Lions wide receiver Golden Tate turned into a 73-yard touchdown Sunday. That play sparked Detroit’s comeback from a 13-point deficit with less… Continue reading →