Adrian Peterson Says Saints Went ‘Overboard’ in Targeting His Injured Ankle

Any time an NFL player is playing with an ailment that has been made public, they can expect their opponent to target the problem area. Such was the case with Adrian Peterson on Sunday against the Saints. Peterson suited up after having missed the previous three games with a high ankle — mostly because he wanted to help his fantasy owners.  While he expected the Saints to make his ankle a focal point of their tackles, Peterson said they took it too far.

“I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain,” Peterson said according to the Times-Picayune when asked about an exchange with cornerback Jabari Greer. “Guys are going to try to take their shots when we’re on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that. I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure.”

Make that two times in two weeks that New Orleans has been accused of playing dirty on defense.  If you remember, Titans receiver Nate Washington complained that Roman Harper was throwing knees after the whistle during the Saints win over Tennessee last weekend.

Whatever the Saints have been doing, it seems to be working.  I would never advocate dirty play, but I doubt you’ll see New Orleans changing its ways any time soon with the way they have been playing.

H/T to Pro Football Talk for passing the story along.

Del Joins 99.5 WRNO in New Orleans to Talk Saints Whistle-Blowing Accusation

Whether or not Whistlegate is going to pick up steam around the NFL remains to be seen.  The Titans accused the Saints of cheating by blowing a whistle on the sidelines, and a producer from “Titans All Access” claims to have the audio.  As we told you earlier, Sean Payton has his sarcastic theories on what may have happened. Being able to hear a whistle on an audio track wouldn’t exactly pinpoint who was blowing it, but it will be interesting to see what the NFL makes of the situation — if anything.  This morning, Del joined the Denny Schaffer Show on 99.5 WRNO in New Orleans to discuss it.  Here’s LBS on the air during the first 8 minutes of the fourth hour:

Sean Payton Has Three Theories on the Alleged Whistle-Blowing (Video)

Sean Payton knew he wouldn’t get through his Monday press conference without having to answer questions about the alleged whistle-blowing activity that took place during the Saints win over the Titans.  That’s why he decided to come prepared.  Payton came up with three theories as to what may have happened that resulted in the whistle sound on Sunday, and he offered them up as soon as a reporter asked.  Here is a video of his explanation that the Times-Picayune shared with us:

We commend Payton for having a sense of humor about the whole thing, but the explanation could open his team up for more criticism.  His theory about a high school game going on next door would seem to imply that he heard the whistle.  His joke about Whistle Monster is hilarious, but why didn’t Payton deny the allegation?  Chances are, he just wanted to let the public know how ridiculous he thinks the claims are.  That being said, it would have been very easy for him to say that he would never allow something like that to happen on his sideline and has no knowledge of anyone using a whistle.  We would still be surprised if Whistlegate doesn’t blow over in a jiffy.

Titans Accuse Saints of Cheating by Blowing Whistle on the Sidelines

If everything the Titans are saying about their 22-17 loss to the Saints is true, New Orleans was not exactly playing nicely.  Earlier, we told you how receiver Nate Washington accused Roman Harper of being a dirty player for grabbing him by the facemask and then doing this.  The second accusation is a bit more severe; Tennessee is saying a whistle was being blown from the New Orleans bench area late in the game.

Offensive lineman Jake Scott claims Dean McCondichie, the producer of the team’s television show “Titans All Access,” has evidence that it was indeed happening while the Titans were on offense.

“Dean’s got it on tape,” Scott said according to ESPN.com. “Somebody was blowing a whistle on the sideline. There is audio of it, so we’ll let it go from there. The second to last drive I think.”

“During the game we heard this whistle blowing, but they weren’t stopping the game, they just kept playing,” McCondichie explained. “They were loud enough for me to hear it on the microphone on (offensive lineman Michael Roos). They were all trying to figure out why play continued. I asked them if they knew where it came from and they said the New Orleans bench. Nobody saw it, but it was pretty loud and it was definitely a whistle.”

McCondichie said the whistle was definitely loud enough for several Titans players to hear it.  The team is looking into the matter, and obviously the Saints would be facing huge penalties if the league were to determine that something like that was going on.  For what it’s worth, Sean Payton and Bill Belichick are close friends.

FOX Station in Tennessee Thinks the Saints Are from St. Louis (Picture)

Mental lapses and typing errors can happen in the television world.  We aren’t the only ones who screw up writing something from time to time, and we’re well aware of that.  That being said, there are mistakes that are harmless and then there are those that can do serious damage.  For a split second on Sunday, St. Louis Rams fans in the Nashville area may have thought they were witnessing a miracle.  Had some sort of divine intervention relieved them of the sufferings of having one of the worst teams in football and given them Drew Brees and the Saints?  Check out this picture that Darren Rovell shared with us:

For those of you who still don’t understand what’s going on here, the Saints are not from St. Louis.  They’re from Louisiana where the fans are some of the best in the country and don’t need a video to teach them how to cheer.  Sorry, St. Louis.  Sam Bradford is still potentially a massive bust and your team is still 2-10.  Not only that, but there is actually a good team in your division now.  Simply put, 2011 has not been a good year.

Randy Moss Reportedly a ‘Player of Interest’ for Saints

Randy Moss decided to retire from the NFL after not receiving an offer of interest during the offseason. We said there was no way he was retiring, particularly because it wasn’t on his terms. A recent report said Moss would want to return to the Patriots. On Saturday, WWL-TV in New Orleans reported that Moss was at the team’s facility.

Pro Football Talk called the report “erroneous,” saying that if Moss visited the facility he did so without the team contacting agent Joel Segal. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network added that “there is nothing cooking” between the two sides.

Regardless of whether or not Moss was at the Saints’ facility, it’s pretty obvious that Randy wants to play this year. The Patriots don’t seem to be interested in him, but with Marques Colston out four weeks with a broken collarbone, and Lance Moore day-to-day with a groin injury, it makes sense for the Saints to consider all options. I don’t view Moss as a Pro Bowl receiver anymore, but he still is a good deep threat. It probably would be a good idea for New Orleans to at least work him out.

The Most Unpredicatable Year in NFL History Continues

The earth must be off its axis or something.  I assume those of you who have been keeping track of the Sunday early games are as dumbfounded as I am.  As we already told you when we posted our NFL picks here at LBS, there’s just no easy way to pick against the spread so far this year.  Come to think of it, picking straight up is no picnic at the moment either.

If you took the Browns +13 against the Saints and the Bills +13 against the Ravens, good for you.  At the half of both games it looks like you made better picks than I did.  But if you try to tell me you expected New Orleans to be trailing Cleveland, 20-3, at the half and Baltimore to be behind Buffalo, 24-20 — both at home — then I know you’re just lying through your teeth.

Yet somehow that’s what’s going on at the moment.  I just spoke to a wise 89-year-old football expert (who I refer to as my grandfather during the work week), and even he said he can’t remember a year where there was less of a clear-cut favorite in both the AFC and NFC.  Yes, he’s still all there.  Who are the powerhouses?  Who are the Super Bowl favorites?  Right now the answer to those questions looks like a simple “nobody.”  If these games continue the way they’re going, wish us luck putting together the power rankings on Tuesday.