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December 28, 2009

Saints to treat Sunday as must-win

The New Orleans Saints have something to play for -- Coach Sean Payton is calling Sunday's game against the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium a must-win -- so there should be a full dose of Drew Brees and the rest instead of  cameos, even if New Orleans wraps up home-field advantage with a Vikings loss tonight.

An excerpt from a story posted today at the New Orleans Times-Picayune website:

Coach Sean Payton said his team will play all-out on Sunday at Carolina, regardless of what happens with the Minnesota Vikings tonight at Chicago.

The Saints can lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC if Minnesota loses. But even more important right now for the struggling Saints is some positive momentum.

"Our plan is to play this game just like it would be the last game to get in the playoffs," Payton said, adding that he thinks it's a good time for his team to travel for a road game to help it get re-focused after a two-game losing streak.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 28, 2009 at 02:19 PM | Permalink


The Giants had (or should have had) motivations to win this past weekend, too.

But I'm glad this is happening. This way, if the Panthers do win, there won't be any excuses. And this game is looking more and more winnable for the Panthers.

Posted by: Albireo | Dec 28, 2009 2:50:34 PM

ooohhhhh thats exactly what i wanted to hear! no excuses when we beat the aints!!

Posted by: moojie | Dec 28, 2009 2:50:54 PM

Unlike theJets who backed into their win yesterday. Did Jim Caldwell's brains fall out of his back pocket when he made that decision yesterday?

Posted by: DBIGCAT | Dec 28, 2009 2:56:34 PM

You are what your record shows, we are going home after the aints game and they will continue after the third loss.
Fox showed no confidence in M Moore ability and sticking with Jack cost us a playoff.
Fox should be punished for about a 500 thousand from his salary.

Posted by: ike | Dec 28, 2009 3:03:22 PM

Fox should be fired for being stubborn. NO FOX Jake does not give us the best chance to win. What a bunch of second string losers who run this organization.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 3:24:17 PM

There is NO jack on the Panthers team.

Posted by: heelsrule | Dec 28, 2009 3:51:11 PM

Does anyone think Sean Payton looks like that little kid in "The Christmas Story"? well, news flash the Cats will shoot his eye out. GO PANTHERS!!! I am already looking forward to August.

Posted by: Pat G | Dec 28, 2009 3:55:12 PM

don't sing it, bring it saints.meeks and moore saved fox. moore kicks their ass without smith and no one in their right mind should have any doubt about moore. peppers is coming back.

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 28, 2009 3:55:39 PM

It amazes me how much negativity there is on majority of these posts. Everyone needs to calm down with these Anti-Fox and Jake rants. They will get old after awhile, especially since John Fox will return next year to the organization as well as Delhomme. However, Delhomme will still have a shot at the quarterback position, but Moore has shown that it is his time to shine. So we're not in the playoffs and it's been a disappointing season. I got over that about 1 month ago. It's great to see these guys still playing hard. The defense always played hard and the offense finally caught up. I love Jake but Moore is younger and more mobile and that has been evident so far. It appears John's game plan does work when we have a quarterback that doesn't turn the ball over. Everyone bashing these two were the same ones praising them back in Fox's second season. So we haven't had back to back winning seasons but we have been just as competitive. Let's not forget the 1-15 and 4-12 seasons under the other two. This season was a season of missed opportunities and nothing more. Fox now knows what he has in Matt Moore and what he has in his team. Put yourself in his shoes. Should he listen to the fans all the time? Then again, majority of us wanted Steve Spurrier. I must admit, I was one of them. Support your team Charlotte and all Panthers fans. Finish strong Fox and Go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Paul | Dec 28, 2009 4:04:56 PM

Big Panthers fan but I must agree with Sean on this. We all have watched it happen with the Colts before so I respect the fact that he wants to go all out in this one. Besides...it will be a good game I think. They might end our 2 game streak but I think we will show everyone that the Panther's won't back down.

Posted by: Trey Griffin | Dec 28, 2009 4:49:18 PM

Cowher versus Fox (and I thought FOX should have been canned up till last two weeks, especially for stubborness on Delhomme, but hey, tell our GM and owner to wake up, it took owners intervention on Young in Tenn. so why can't ours have a say on his own team?)

Overall OFF points rank Cowher (career/8 years) /// FOX = 15 (14th)/18th.

Def points 7.3 (6.8)/ 10.25th

Win Pct .623 (60%) / .551%

Div/Conference/Super 5div +1AFC +1wildcard (no super win) // 3 Div + 1 NFC

Playoff Win Pct .571% // .625%

Not a huge difference, Cowher replaced Chuck Noll's 9-7 and 7-9 teams and went 11-5 his first year then 9-7 with 2 playoff losses.
Fox replaced George Seifert who ran Panthers into the ground and followed 7-9 and 1-15 with 7-9 and 11-5 with 3-1 playoff record.
Cowher went on to win one superbowl in another 7 years (15 total) and actually according to Fox's every other year pattern, we should have a Super shot next year - we built depth on line, built depth at RB beyond Williams and Stewart, need 1 or two new WR, we built depth at DL and LB and Secondary .. so why can't we make a run next year ?

So maybe we should give Fox another year, the most stable franchises are ones with coaching longevity, i think Fox is stubborn, lacks creativity on offense (we did not run 3 WR 3 RB set once all year afeter using successfully last year to run, like SD has this year, and or pass) we have not run a true flood pattern all year. we lack high/low and side/by side reads and too often have one man or man on man patterns. We only recently used wr in lotion underneath effectively ... and so on

Let's loosen up Offensively without losing running identity - the two are not mutually exclusive! (hire someone like Charlie Weis, hate him to but ... as offensive consultant) FIRE special teams coach, make Matt Moore starter and ask Jake to be second team or retire on his own (offer injury settlement) ... and so on ...

Posted by: isaiah | Dec 28, 2009 4:50:08 PM

that should be 3wr and 2 rb set, not 3 and 3 sorry. Point, give Fox another shot at this point, both for his every other year pattern, end of year turn around, as well as CBA (collective bargaining) situation.

Posted by: isaiah | Dec 28, 2009 4:52:21 PM

Wonder if Jake will be sidelined next week with a "broken finger?"

Moore's been doing the job..keep him in.

History proves - Tom Brady came in for injured Bledsoe...Need I say MOORE!!!!

Posted by: Lai704 | Dec 28, 2009 5:09:58 PM

Lai704 must you post the exact same lame bs in every article? Moore will start, Jake has a broken finger & is out for the season. Your insinuations make you look ridiculous. Everyone is saying if Jake didnt have a broken finger he would still be starting, then their next post is saying Jake is faking a broken finger. You knuckleheads cant play both sides like that.

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 28, 2009 5:37:17 PM

I will pay a few more dollars next year per ticket if we can just cut Jake. I don't want to ever see him in a panther uniform again. If he is breathing then Fox will say "he gives us the best chance to win". Please Cut the Hack now.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 6:27:56 PM

HAHAHAHA Shhhh! all the Fox lovers are having a KOOLAID party in there mothers basements right now!

Posted by: hellfish | Dec 28, 2009 7:51:00 PM


"... in their mothers basements..." Their!!! Education sucks, doesn't it??

Posted by: sPANking | Dec 28, 2009 10:08:10 PM

The bottom line is $$$ with Mr.Richardson,plain and simple. Firing Fox costs the Panthers a lot of extra cash. Cash that Jake and Julius are stuffing in their pockets as fast as possible. The bottom line is all about spending as little money as possible,even if it means mediocrtiy,not winning! See how quickly you Panther fans can be manipulated after a couple of late season,meaningless wins? Amnesia has apparently set in regarding the sucky Buffalo game plan...and several other anemic performances as well where the offense did zilch.

Posted by: Robert | Dec 29, 2009 1:07:42 AM

Hey Sorenessson, you should quit being such a chitten shick and go ahead and start writing novels. After reading your reports, that is obviously what you are good at---poetic story making! Seriously.

Speaking of "lame ducks"...

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 29, 2009 6:38:06 AM

Too bad Chicago's beating of Favre & Co. took something off our win over the Purple.
But hey, if you've been following the NFL for a few years and don't have you head stuck in a hot/cold team loyalty tank, you've seen a fine team rise from the ashes this year. Like a Phoenix after Phoenix. And the emergence of young Mr. Moore as a field leader and a winner. Some players shine in games more than at practice. I think Matt may be one of those.

Posted by: GreggF | Dec 29, 2009 6:38:30 AM

Hey Sorenessson, you should quit being such a chitten shick and go ahead and start writing novels. After reading your reports, that is obviously what you are good at---poetic story making! Seriously. STOP PRETENDING TO BE A JOURNALIST AND REPORTING NEWS THAT ONLY EXISTS IN YOUR OWN MIND ALREADY!!

Speaking of "lame ducks"...

Posted by: SYRPIS | December 29, 2009 at 06:38 AM

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 29, 2009 6:39:15 AM

I am surprised as I was expecting Peyton to bench his QB like he did before. But maybe cause we have so many players out and now Smitty.

If Fox &Co. don't get their act together with this team and treat them right and stop playing favorites with certain players there will be no SB next year. End of story.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 29, 2009 9:37:32 AM

I hope our guys remember in 2004-5 when the Saints beat us to knock us out of the playoff running. I hope we beat them like a drum and shut their fans up. The saints have feasted on a soft schedule all season, lets give them a dose of reality guys.

Posted by: Elrod | Dec 29, 2009 10:26:13 AM

my main worries are that moore will not do well vs n.o because he has nobody to throw to and that fox will use that as an excuse to install jake as the starter next year,and we will end up 0-3 to start the season again.i dont trust foxes personnel decisions.

Posted by: ray | Dec 29, 2009 11:44:57 AM

M3 is where he needs to be !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 29, 2009 12:00:17 PM

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