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By Friday afternoon Renell Wren Jersey , it sounded like the coach had decided that his initial concerns were warranted, and that it’s a problem the league should address. ”The officiating was extremely poor,” Payton said in a conference call. ”Inconsistent would be a great way to put it. I thought that had a lot to do with the way this game ended.” The way the game ended was costly for the Saints. New Orleans (9-4) missed an opportunity to strengthen its hold on first place in the NFC South, which now has three teams within a game of one another; Carolina (8-4) sits in second place and Atlanta (8-5) in third. The Saints also lost several players to injury during Thursday night’s 20-17 loss, but Payton seemed most concerned by the penalty flags that were thrown against his team – or weren’t thrown against the Falcons. Payton said he ”went through every one of `em – and the ones that weren’t called. Too many inconsistencies.” The Saints were penalized 11 times for 87 yards, and the Falcons gained nine first downs by penalty. Payton would not address all of the calls he disagreed with, but he did single out a roughing-the-passer call on defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins against Matt Ryan. The penalty came at the end of third-down incompletion, keeping alive a drive that ended with Atlanta’s first touchdown. ”I know what that rule’s in place for,” Payton said, ”but it wasn’t in place for what happened with Sheldon.” The officiating ”has been a problem all year and it’s something that’s going to have to be addressed from a leadership standpoint at the top in our league office. ”It’s frustrating when you have a game, instead of it being decided on the field like it’s supposed to, you have a crew make so many mistakes in one event.” After Matt Bryant’s 52-yard goal gave Atlanta a 20-17 lead with 3:49 left, Drew Brees drove New Orleans into position for a tying field goal or winning touchdown. But linebacker Deion Jones made a leaping interception of a Brees pass in the end zone with 1:25 left. The Saints lost their last chance to get the ball back when an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Payton – who had angrily rushed onto the field to communicate with an official – gave the Falcons a first down that enabled them to run out the clock. Payton said after the game that he was trying to call a timeout when one of the officials ”asked me again.” ”I said, `I’ve already called the timeout,”’ Payton said. ”I probably said it with a little more oomph or vigor than I was supposed to, but I had enough. I’ve got to be smarter than that.” Payton said Friday that he had not heard from the league office about any further sanctions. He said the process of reporting disputed calls to NFL headquarters is ”a waste of energy.” The NFL automatically reviews any penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct toward officials to determine if any further disciplinary action is warranted. Even the Saints’ star on offense could have had a bigger game if not for the officiating, Payton said. Michael Thomas caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. ”He made some big plays http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-michael-jordan-jersey ,” Payton said. ”He was held on two or three occasions. We have to get him more touches, but he was impressive.” Meanwhile, the Saints will be monitoring the health of half a dozen players injured during the game: running back Alvin Kamara (concussion), guard Senio Kelemete (concussion), wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (undisclosed), linebacker A.J. Klein (groin), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (ankle) and safety Kenny Vaccaro (groin). The Saints have extra time heal up before their next game, at home Dec. 17 against the New York Jets. New Orleans hosts Atlanta in a rematch on Dec. 24. — TEMPE, Ariz. — Al Holcomb followed his boss Steve Wilks from Carolina to Arizona and takes over a Cardinals defense that could be the team’s biggest strength next season.And it will be the coordinator Holcomb that runs the defense, the new head coach says.“Al is going to call the defense,” Wilks said at Holcomb’s introductory news conference on Tuesday. “I believe in hiring coaches and allowing those guys to do their job.”But don’t expect Holcomb to stray much from the Panthers’ blueprint, which he and Wilks called “our DNA.”“Playing with balance and effort,” Holcomb said. “Playing smart. Taking the ball away and finishing.”Holcomb was linebackers coach this season at Carolina, with Wilks the defensive coordinator. For four years before that, the two were together on the Panthers’ staff, with Wilks serving as secondary coach. Holcomb was at the top of the list for the defensive coordinator job once Wilks was hired as Cardinals head coach.“Al was one of the first guys I wanted to bring with me,” Wilks said.The Cardinals finished sixth in the NFL overall in defense this season. Their coordinator for the past four seasons T.J. Hockenson Jersey , James Bettcher, has been hired as defensive coordinator by new New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur.Holcomb inherits a defense that includes All-Pro outside linebacker Chandler Jones, who led the NFL with a franchise-record 17 sacks, and one of the game’s best cornerbacks in Patrick Peterson, who had two interceptions in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.The Cardinals were known to blitz a lot, but the Panthers did it even more. So don’t expect that to change, although the exact strategy will depend on the opponent.“We’re going to try and create negative plays,” Holcomb said. “We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to do things based on what we need to do to win the game and if it’s by pressuring, we’ll pressure. If it’s by playing front coverage, we’ll play front coverage. It’s just going to come down to who the opponent is.”Arizona is expected to have two of the NFL’s best edge rushers in Jones and Markus Golden, who led the Cardinals in sacks with 12 in 2016 but tore an ACL against San Francisco on Oct. 1 and missed the rest of 2017.“Philosophically, we’re going to line up and stop the run every week and that’s going to be the main objective,” Holcomb said, “but we know that this league has some great quarterbacks in it. You have to have the element of being able to rush the passer, which those guys do. We’re going to put them in position and try to continue to allow them to have success, more than anything. I think it’s a great starting point for us. … Those guys are pretty special.”At Carolina, Holcomb helped develop the talented linebacker tandem of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.Although the Panthers played a base 4-3 defense and the Cardinals were a 3-4 http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-jahlani-tavai-jersey , there won’t be that much difference in technique and scheme under the new regime, with defenses regularly using their “nickel” package to bring in an extra defensive back, the new coaches said.“We have to evaluate what the personnel does best and obviously, there will be some subtleties and some subtle differences in some of the things that we do,” Holcomb said, “most importantly probably the terminology more than anything.”Wilks said his familiarity with Holcomb probably will allow him to spend more time with the offense and its coordinator, Mike McCoy.“Al and I know one another,” Wilks said. “I know exactly, pretty much, what he’s thinking because he’s been under me this past year. We worked together the last five years. So he understands the expectations of the defense, what it should look like, our philosophy. I don’t feel like I need to really to spend a lot of time in that room.”Wilks also introduced new special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers. Rodgers was special teams coordinator the past three seasons in Chicago.There were special teams breakdowns in Arizona periodically over the past few seasons, but coach Bruce Arians stayed loyal to his coordinator, Amos Jones.Wilks promised to keep a close eye on the special teams aspect of the game.“We’re going to make sure that we put the emphasis on special teams,” he said. “You asked a question earlier about the history of special teams around here. It’s not going to take a backseat to what we’re trying to do.”

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