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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees

Q: Can you talk about the caliber of Seattle’s defense especially their front seven?

A: They also have two pretty good corners and a couple of safeties that are active. This is a solid defense, one that flies around. I compare it to our defense a lot with the speed, flow and that sort of thing flying around. Obviously we have our work cut out for us.

Q: This year more than last it seems like you’re talking to your receivers in the huddle after an incomplete pass. Are there any communication issues going on?

A: I wouldn’t say miscommunication. We’re always talking about situations, like getting depth on the route or coming back to me. I think I’m always trying to talk to those guys just so we’re on the same page and we can eliminate those miscommunications.

Q: What is the reason that the passing game hasn’t started off particularly effective at the start of games?

A: The last two games have been different from the first two. I feel like we’ve gotten a little bit better each time out. I feel like the tempo has come back and the rhythm at times. I’d say it’s really just a lack of consistency. I felt like we were starting fast in this game even before the pick. Coming on the second drive, now we drive down the field again. I think we started fast and we just need to continue.

Q: Are the drops the only lack of production from the receiver group?

A: I wouldn't trade those guys for anybody in the league. Obviously we all know where we need to improve.

Q: Do you have to evolve with your receivers?

A: That takes time and chemistry. We had some guys nicked up and nobody’s ever 100 percent. I just think that our philosophy is one where we’re going to be aggressive and we have enough personnel groupings and we rotate the personnel enough to where everybody’s going to get an opportunity at some point, you just never know when it’s going to happen. Obviously we want all those guys to be ready for that time. One game it’s (Marques) Colston and another game it’s David Patten. Then it’s Devery (Henderson) and (Terrance) Copper. You never know who it’s going to be. Obviously those guys have to be ready.

Q: Has Eric Johnson stepped in and been a safety valve for you?

A: Yes, he’s done a great job. Obviously he catches a lot of balls. He’s a guy who I trust a lot with his route running ability and his hands. He’s very smart. He’s a great addition.

Q: You critique yourself through film and self evaluation. Do you notice anything you might be doing any differently?

A: I’ve taken a look at that, I think at times, maybe I have. Whether you’re dinged up or have you, maybe you start compensating and there are some imbalances you try to work out. What I’ve been disappointed at, I find that in these games there are two or three balls that are inaccurate passes. One, you’re like gosh that’s one I make or need to make. Unfortunately a couple of those inaccuracies have caused interceptions or ball placement issues where maybe we still make the catch, but it needs to be better. I’m always trying to find ways to improve.

Q: Are those related to your mechanics or are you rushed?

A: It can be a few of those things.

Q: Have you found some things that you can self-correct?

A: There’s always things I can self correct. I’m always looking for that.

Q: Do you expect any lineup changes or are you at a point where you think you just go with what you have and improve on it?

A: We’re looking for the guys who are going to step up and be the playmakers. I think the way you have to look at it is and this is the way it is in the NFL, that your job’s never safe. You have to continue to go out and perform. You are only as good as your next performance, so whether it was good or bad, you push it aside and move on and you leave your signature out on the field every time you step on it. That keeps guys obviously motivate and you really focus on the job at hand, their job at hand and as the season goes along guys step up and maybe a guy goes down and it gives a guy another opportunity. That lineup can change.

Q: Do you almost feel like if you guys get a win that you will immediately click, especially in the passing game?

A: 100 percent and there are so many things that go into the passing game. It’s not just quarterback-receiver. There are so many things and everything has to be clicking in order for that to click. We’re working on getting everything in synch and I think we’re on our way. Like I said, it’s gotten better. I know everybody likes to talk about the negative. I’m an eternal optimist and a glass half full type of guy and we have gotten better every week and will continue to get better.

Q: Do you think you’re getting close completion wise?

A: Yes, obviously my personal goal every time out is to be in that 70-80 percent range. Of course, I don’t know what the league average is. I don’t care. I just know personally what I believe we can do as a group. That’s always our ultimate goal to be efficient, almost treat that as an extension of the run game. A lot of those completions, even if it’s just a little checkdown to Reggie (Bush) or a wide route to the running back or an underneath route to a receiver where they’re just catching it on the run, getting vertical, splitting defenders, that’s just kind of a ten yard pass that can turn into something bigger. That can be just as effective as just going back and handing it off.

Q: How do you feel the adaptation of having Reggie Bush as the featured running due to the injury to Deuce McAllister went?

A: I thought that was fine. I thought he did a great job. Obviously Aaron Stecker as well when he was in there, Pierre Thomas the young guy. Obviously all these guys are going to have to contribute. Just for the sake of keeping them fresh and healthy, all of them are going to have to play and produce. I think they did a great job of it. I think they did a great job of it in the last game. You can tell their level of awareness and sense was great.

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Q: You critique yourself through film and self evaluation. Do you notice anything you might be doing any differently?

A: I’ve taken a look at that, I think at times, maybe I have. Whether you’re dinged up or have you, maybe you start compensating and there are some imbalances you try to work out. What I’ve been disappointed at, I find that in these games there are two or three balls that are inaccurate passes. One, you’re like gosh that’s one I make or need to make. Unfortunately a couple of those inaccuracies have caused interceptions or ball placement issues where maybe we still make the catch, but it needs to be better. I’m always trying to find ways to improve.
Do Drew have some type of injury we don't know about? Does anybody out there know anything?
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