Print this page
Sunday, 21 August 2011 19:12

Payton, Brees, And Post New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Quotes

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Mark IngramAfter coming off a 27-14 pounding from the hands of the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, QB Drew Brees, other Saints players and their opponents had much to say about this game. Here are some of their post-game comments:


(on injuries) “Two guys we’ll check out regarding injuries: DT Abrayo Franklin, his right knee and RB Chris Taylor, his right foot. The x-rays came back negative on Taylor and with Abrayo it appears to be his MCL. We’ll have a better read on this tomorrow.”

(opening statement) “We’ve got a lot we’ve got to do. Some valuable lessons will come from this. We struggled defensively in the first half. We get down to the red zone, come up with a turnover and then don’t score until later in that quarter. I thought it was sloppy and I think there are a lot of things the coaching staff, myself included, need to get better at. There is no way to sugar coat a loss like that. It’s important for all of us to recognize that there isn’t too much time left in this training camp. We still have a lot of work ahead of us; still in training camp mode. We’ve also got a lot of decisions to make as far as our personnel.”

(on the defense having any vanilla schemes) “It’s preseason so we’re playing to get evaluations on players. I credit Houston on playing very well tonight. They did a good job with their execution. They whipped us. We’ve got a lot of room to make improvement. 

(on running back versatility without former Saint, Reggie Bush) “I think from a scheme standpoint we’ll still do everything we’ve done in years past. We’re not doing it now, but I don’t see us changing at all with the loss of him. 

(on how RT Zach Strief played) “His name didn’t jump out in any negative plays so that’s a good thing. I thought we ran it pretty well in that first series. We’ll have a chance to see later on though and we’ll give RT Charles Brown some work. When we rotate those two like we do, because of LT Jordan Black’s position we’ll see him taking some snaps at the next tackle.

(on his thoughts about the 43 yard pass to WR Robert Meachem and general pass play) “We came off a penalty and we were backed up.  We looked at it as an opportunity to catch him at a right coverage and get behind him.  If not, QB Drew Brees is good at coming underneath with the throw if the down the field throw wasn’t there.  WR Robert Meachem did a good job of closing the cushion in the corner.  Of course the corner stumbled three or four strides into the play and we were able to come up with the big play.”

(on his thoughts about the first drive outside the fumble)  “It’s hard to say outside the fumble.  You don’t really feel good about anything after there is a fumble.  There is a lot we have to grade off of tomorrow and a lot that we have to show our players on Monday.  Our job is critical after a game like this, as coaches. We look closely at what we’re doing, who’s doing it well, who’s not, and then what we are asking them to do. I thought we weren’t as crisp as we would have hoped so we’ve got to get back and work on it.”



(on if he is surprised at this step back) “In the preseason nothing surprises me.  This is a time of the year where often times, teams can kid themselves on whether they are ready to play or not.  I’m not saying that is what happened with us tonight, but we’re not a finished project yet.  We’ve got a long ways to go.”

(on if he is ok with the timing of how things are going offensively)  “I’m not ok with anything right now.  We’ve got a lot of work to do and the time is clicking.”

(on reaction to first drive) “I thought it was a good first drive, mixing the run and the pass. It was a lot of positive plays only to get down inside their 10 yard line and then have that turnover especially at my hands is unacceptable. That can’t happen. Especially on first and goal or second and goal. It turns into that situation where maybe you just take the sack, they got you and just move on to the next play.  ”

(on whether the offense and defense is good at being vanilla) “Just by the way it felt, it felt like we moved the ball well. We mixed the run and the pass effectively and were able to spread it around and put it in a lot of guy’s hands. We ended up getting ourselves into a third and long situation in the second drive and then weren’t able to capitalize. Obviously we went down to the third drive where we were able to get a touchdown. We did all our base stuff and we should be good enough with just our base stuff to get the job done. We only come away with seven points in three drives, when really it should have been at least 14 or maybe more, so that part is disappointing.”

(on RB Mark Ingram in the end zone) “That’s just one of those situations where you’re at the one or the half yard line and everyone in the stadium knows you’re going to run it and you still have to find a way to get that yard. Our guys did a very good job of punching that in.”

(on transition with personnel changes and developing offense) “We got two new offensive lineman, (C) Olin Kruetz and (RT) Zach Strief, although Zach has been a part of our program going on six years now so I wouldn’t really call him a new guy in that role. I feel really comfortable with those guys. I feel continuity in very important, especially at that position amongst all those guys communication has to be really good. I feel like they all have that. Are we where we need to be right now? No. We aren’t even close. I feel like we’re on track but we have a long way to go.”

(on if the team is ready for season opener against the Green Bay Packers) “We’re only 20 days into camp and I feel like we did a good job of handling the lockout during the offseason well. As far as the work we were able to get in, I feel like we came into camp ahead of where we would have been otherwise. The fact of the matter is we open up our season in Green Bay against the defending Super Bowl champs. We hosted that game last year and now we are going on the road. It will be here before we know it and we’ll be ready to play our best football. Tonight is motivation for us to get going.”

 (on WR Joseph Morgan’s performance) “He’s a talented guy. You can’t teach speed. He’s a guy that’s progressively gotten better as camp has rolled on. I’m excited for him when he takes advantage of opportunities he’s given. We have a lot of young guys we are trying to develop and see if one or more of them has the opportunity to contribute.”

(on trouble connecting with Darren Sproles) “It’s just live game reps. I’m not worried about (Darren) Sproles at all. I think that he’s a very smart player who’s really picked up our offense very quickly. He does so many things so well and is such a consistent and versatile player. I’m excited to watch him grow in this offense and to see the role that he plays as the season approaches.”  

(on induction to Texas High School Football Hall of Fame) “It was a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. It’s something that I’ve watched both my grandfather, Ray Akins, and my uncle, Marty Akins be inducted to as well. I was at both of those ceremonies back in 1987 and 1991. Being a part of that and being very young, I always hoped and dreamed that I would be inducted one day too. Our family is the first and only three generation family that’s been inducted and that’s something we take a lot of pride in.”  

(on the start to the game) “We had a fast start, which is what you want as a quarterback with an offense when you get out there with the second group, but we didn’t make plays down the stretch. We made some mental errors, not executing the plays and trying to do too much I think out there, and we need to focus on protecting the football better.”

(on protection from the offensive line) “I got to play better and protect the ball. I think our guys up front did an excellent job. Is there going to be pressure in your face sometimes? Yeah, it’s going to happen, but that falls on me.”

(on long touchdown pass to Joseph Morgan) “We’ve been practicing that play for a while and finally put it into the game play. We have a speed burner out there in Morgan and heavy play action; we knew they were playing a lot quarters and that safety bit just enough and I saw him side footed and Morgan wasn’t even past him and I’m thinking it’s over with. He made a heck of a catch and a heck of a run, I mean that’s a big play for us.”

(on Joseph Morgan becoming a go-to guy) “He’s come on a lot. He’s done an excellent job in the return game as well. He’s done a good job of  picking up the offense, he’s a smart player and a smart receiver.”

(on fighting back) “Whenever a team gets you early and punctures you, we’ve got to be able to stop the bleeding. We did not stop them like we needed to. We did not force field goals like we needed to. We didn’t get in the red zone, and those are the things we’ve got to get corrected, defensively. And I’m sure we’re going to do that. The best thing is that it’s still early. Guys are mad and pissed off, and that’s a good thing. That means we all care. That means we’re ready to go back to work.”

 (on making the transition from college to the NFL) “All the guys are just bigger, faster, and stronger.  It is a lot quicker.  I just have to come out and make the right decisions.”
(on his progression from day one until now) “I’m just trying to get better every day.  I’m just trying to help the team get better.  I’m just trying to learn the playbook as best as I can and help the team get better.”
(on if he feels pressure replacing Reggie Bush) “I don’t feel any pressure at all.  I have great teammates.  It’s not really like it is all on my shoulders.  We have a great backfield.  It’s hard for me to feel like I have pressure on myself because I have great teammates around me to where I don’t have to have that pressure on myself.” 
(on his dad and his emotions on draft night) “It’s been my dream to play in the NFL.  My dad was with me every step of the way.  He raised me to be the man and player I am today.  He had everything to do with it.”

(on what he thought of the team’s performance) “It was a poor performance on our part.  We got into the red zone and had a big penalty that hurt us.  We had a big time fumble on the first drive.  That’s bad offense for us.  We take pride in our offense.  We have to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes.”

(on what he has tried to accomplish in the past two preseason games) “Right now I’m just trying to win on my route, whether he’s throwing it to me or not, that’s what I have to do as a receiver is win my route and then when the ball is in the air just focus on catch first and run second.”

(on playing a good game as an individual but losing as a team) “Even though I played well there are still little things that I made mistakes on besides the rest of the team. It’s just one of those learning things. You can never be too good. You can always get better and that’s one of the things we learn today is to keep fighting through and get better.”  

(on catching the touchdown pass) “It’s probably one of our home run plays. Once I stuck it and got up field I saw the safety turn around and start running so I had him beat on the route and it was just about catching the ball after that.”


(on the play of RB Arian Foster) “Well, all I can say is the Arian’s back.”

(on the play of RB Ben Tate) “Well, I was really surprised that he played as well as he did because he hasn’t practiced that much. You can tell his conditioning isn’t what it will be and he has more speed than you saw tonight so I think that’s pretty exciting.” (on if a team can be soft if it runs the ball the way the Texans did last year) “I don’t think so. I don’t think we can run the football the way we did, protect the way we did, play the way we did and be considered that.”

(on injury update) “We really needed to come out this game clean after last week. I think for the most part we did. Earl (Mitchell) got a little nicked up, Lestar Jean got a little shoulder bruise we’ve got to look at but other than that I think we’re okay. It’s nice that both of those backs were able to play and come out okay. 

(on RB Ben Tate) “I guess practice is overrated. I was excited, we all are. It’s been a rough go for him and he’s missed a lot of time. He came and saw me last week and he said ‘Coach I’m going to play against New Orleans I just got to get this thing right.’ He worked hard at it and he came out and practiced Thursday morning and said he was ready to go and he was. He was ready to go and played extremely well. That’s a big step forward in his career because let’s remember he hasn’t played a lot of football so we if get that out of him behind Arian (Foster) that’s going to be a nice thing to have.” (on the defense) “I know they gave up a lot of yards but they made some big plays. The first drive of the game they (New Orleans Saints) go right down the field on them. That’s what I just told the team the National Football League is a league of big plays  and  you got to find a way to make them. You can get the ball moved on you defensively but if you step up and make a big play that’s what it’s all about and that’s what they did. Antonio (Smith) made that big play early in the game that kind of flipped the emotions of the game and got everybody going but I know we gave up too many yards and we got  a lot of things to fix so we’ve got a long way to go.” 

(on concern defending the run) “Yeah, I mean they ran the ball pretty good on us. Like I said, we gave up too many yards just in general, too many big plays. So we’re going to have to go back and look at that. I didn’t like the way our second offense played. I was disappointed how they played. Just some of the things going on with the group. We should’ve played better than that. Like I said, there’s many things to clean up but it’s another move in the right direction and good to get some of these healthy guys back.”

(on OLB Brooks Reed) “He’s been coming every day, he’s coming along every day. Remember now, Brooks is playing a new spot. He’s a hand down (defensive) end in college, so it’s been a change for him but every day he gets better. He’s a worker. He’s been playing really well for (special teams coordinator) Joe (Marciano). The quicker he comes along the better football team we’re going to be, so. Yeah, it was exciting to see.”

(on the progress of the 3-4 defense) “Oh, I’m pleased with the progress. (defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) probably can answer that from the standpoint of how he feels all the years he’s been with it, but the thing I’m excited about is I think we have more playmakers than we’ve probably ever had around here. Like I said, we are getting our hands on the football with the emphasis of turnovers and stripping the ball. You can see that showing up on the field. There’s a lot of things that have got to get better but I think one of the encouraging things is there are some young guys that look like they’re gonna play for us and help us. When you sit there and watch (OLB) Brooks (Reed) make plays and (OLB Jesse) Nading make plays and (CB) Brice McCain’s playing well and (CB) Sherrick (McManus). When you see that, you feel like you’re going to have the depth to be better throughout the season. Like I said, we’ve gotta take a hard look at ourselves and just keep moving forward.”

(on OLB Mario Williams’ play tonight) “You know, it’s hard because I don’t focus on one guy. I’m watching the group. I gotta go watch the film but Mario’s (Williams) had a very good camp. It’s a new position for him but he is very eager to learn and listen. I think as long as he keeps working the way he’s working I think he’s going to be well on his way to a heck of a year. Let me go back and watch the film. I’d hate to say because I didn’t really isolate on one guy.”

(on how he feels to be back out on the field) “It felt good to get back out there with my team.  The guys were real welcoming.  They linemen made me feel real welcome back.  The most important thing is we look real smooth as an offense.  It was fun.  It’s a preseason game, but it’s a step in the right direction of where we want to go.”
(on tonight’s game) “We just wanted to come out and start fast.  That’s something we’ve been talking about as an offense.  Just starting fast and being consistent as a football team.  We came out with the plays we had and I think we did a great job.”

(on the team being consistent) “That’s the biggest thing.  When you look back at the season last year we weren’t consistent.  That’s the thing that cost us a lot of games.  That’s something we’re trying to change.  We’re just trying to get better every week and every team we’re on the field and I think we’ve done a good job of that the last two weeks.”

(on the performances of RB Arian Foster and RB Ben Tate) “It was big for us to have Arian back in the huddle starting off the game we had some great runs. The offensive line did a heck of a job giving him some alleys for him to cut into. He was ‘Arian’ for us. To see Tate get out there and make some plays in the run game as well as the pass game with some screens. That was really good to see him do that.”

(on if he played more instinctively tonight) “It is a lot different, obviously, but it’s something that over time, it will become more and more second nature.  Tonight I felt like I ran around a little better, but I still got to bend a lot more.  I’m so tall.  I think that’s the biggest thing.  I got to concentrate on bending and once I do that, I think I’ll be a lot more fluid in what I do.”

In honor of the scandal going on in college athletics, three of my favorite quotes about cheating: "I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating."  Sophocles. "To be successful, one must cheat. Everyone is cheating and I refuse to cheat." -- University of Chicago president Robert Maynard in 1939 on why he was abolishing the school's football program. "Your cheatin' heart will make you weep. You'll cry and cry and try to sleep. But sleep won't come the whole night through. Your cheatin' heart will tell on you." -- Hank Williams...

Former LSU offensive lineman Cameron Fordham will transfer to North Carolina State. He'll be forced to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He will have three more years of eligibility left beginning  in 2012...Wow, the price of gold is now nearing $1,900 an ounce. Reminds me of the price of a beer at a Hornets game at the Arena...Isn't it strange that Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports can uncover major NCAA infractions at big-time schools like USC, Ohio State, Miami and Oregon, but the NCAA and the schools own compliance departments don't have a clue? Why doesn't the NCAA just go ahead and hire the sportswriter, pay him half-a-mil and make him their lead investigator?...

by Ed Staton

(Visit Louisiana Sports t\ to order you Matt Ingram jerseys and LSU/Oregon game shirts).

Buy Saints Merchandise From ShopWhoDat

Shop NewOrleansMart.Com For Merchandise

Get Your Louisiana merchandise from LouisianaMart.Com

Bayoubuzz Newsletter - Sign Up Below

New Orleans Saints

Go to the Bayoubuzz Saints Portal

Bayoubuzz Staff

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.