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Payton's Monday Press Conference Transcript
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Press Conference
Monday, December 20, 2010

Opening statement:

“From a schedule standpoint, Thursday will be out first day back as base, Friday in the nickel, Saturday in our goal line, red zone and short yardage. That practice will be later than our normal third practice of the week and on Sunday we’ll finish up and travel Sunday afternoon. (There’s) nothing new on an injury note. In regards to Jabari (Greer), the test results we received were all negative. We’ll just see where he’s at.”

What specifically is Jabari’s injury?

“A knee.”

After looking back at the film, were missed tackles a problem?

“Clearly we didn’t feel like we played, wrapped up and tackled as well as would have liked. There were some big runs in that game that swung the field position. Our standard is high. We feel like we can certainly defend that aspect of it better and so that was one of a handful of things. We didn’t make big plays offensively. We didn’t capitalize on some field position opportunities when we had a chance and overall we’ll have a chance to look through this with our players, go over it closely and make the corrections and then get on to Atlanta. It was a hard fought game. It was disappointing because it was a close game. Yet, there a handful of things we have to do a better job with.”

While the running numbers were skewed because you were playing catch up, does any of it have to do with getting Pierre Thomas back to health?

“Number one, you’re just getting back into it, but part of it was the plan going in. Just looking at what we wanted to accomplish, what we were trying to do and the type of game we wanted to play. He’s acclimated himself well. He’s doing well and I’m sure as we finish up these next two regular season games there will be more opportunities for him, certainly in the run game.”

Full transcript below...

Payton's Monday Press Conference Transcript

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