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Opening Statement:
“We come off a rough game this past week, but one thing is that that the next week is another week in the NFL. We’re going to focus on our next opponent the New Orleans Saints and we’re looking forward to it.”

Do you have any updated news on Sam Bradford?

“No. When I say it’s day to day, you may think that’s coach lingo. That’s legitimately what it is. He’s just in the middle of his rehab. Until the trainers feel that he can practice getting on his toes and dropping back, we won’t do that until we get the green light.”

Were you a little bit surprised about how the Saints played against Indianapolis on Sunday night?

“Absolutely nothing surprises me about the New Orleans Saints. Sean (Payton) does a great job. I give a shout out to Sean where I hope he’s feeling better, but I don’t want him feeling so good that he’s able to have the team play like that. Is there any way we can do that? I have a great deal of respect for what they do down there. They’re an explosive offense. They know what to do defensively and they’ve been doing it for a long time. They have good players.”

How is defending Darren Sproles different from defending Reggie Bush?

“It’s probably very similar in that they’re both explosive guys. They’re both wide receivers and both running backs. When you construct your defense and that particular person goes into the game, you have to decide how you’re going to handle them. You’re obviously trying your best as a defensive coach to avoid getting into a mismatch situation. That’s what the New Orleans Saints have always exploited in their offenses, ways to get mismatches with certain people. We try to not let that happen. I don’t know what a good matchup is against Darren Sproles. He’s an electrifying football player and a challenge to cover. We’ll have to be smart in what we do.”

Is it a similar issue to what the tight end causes?

“Yes. He’s’ pretty exceptional. He’s 6-5 or 6-6 with a 35 or 36 vertical. He’s a long way up there even before he jumps off the ground. I remember him coming out and always thought he had potential. Obviously that’s showing right now. Drew Brees has a lot of targets, but that’s one of his favorites. He’s coming through. He has great hands, which probably comes from his basketball skills. We have a great deal of respect for him. He’s another weapon, one of many that they have that we need to be very concerned about.”

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