More folks enter the Newhouse family Chop Shop

This time the grim reaper came for veteran journalists such as Paul Purpura whose salaries were most likely spiked compared to the newer hires that are on a different salary scale at Advance Publications.

Times-Picayune lays off 37 journalists in latest shakeup; New Orleans Advocate says it’s expanding its staff ~ Richard Thompson

Three Two years into Advance’s brave new world experiment of eliminating daily editions of the local paper in favor of an enhanced presence on the internet, the financial metrics are evidently still not working out well enough for them where they have competition like New Orleans. It appears Advance just got their digital butts kicked out of Baton Rouge as well.

Not to pile on but…….

Ole Miss vs Texas.  Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications
Donte Moncrief | Ole Miss vs Texas 2013. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

As we watched some of last night’s football game between the Colts and Jets my son and I traded banter about the 2014 NFL draft and how badly the Saints fared in talent evaluation from 2010 to 2014 with 2014 being the apex of the bad talent evaluation.

To set things up conventional wisdom at the time held that the Saints needed help at wide receiver and on defense in the secondary and at linebacker. We traded our first round and third round picks to the Arizona Cardinal and took wide receiver Brandin Cooks. We also signed safety Jairus Byrd to a high dollar free agent contract.

With the Saints first round pick Arizona drafted safety Deone Bucannon, who has since started every game for the Cards. In the third round, one pick before the New Orleans pick that was traded, the Colts took Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief, an Ole Miss guy the Saints scouting department should have been very aware of due to proximity. Last night Moncrief snagged 7 catches for the Colts for over 120 yards in a losing effort against the Jets. The Colts eased Moncrief in last year as they still had Reggie Wayne so Moncrief played the three receiver for only part of last year. How does his career stats compare to Brandin Cooks to this point? Continue reading “Not to pile on but…….”