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papz 11-07-2011 06:37 AM

Saints Postgame Quotes

“Let me hit on something first, most importantly, it’s my understanding that the information back on Tracy has been good news. I’ll update you more tomorrow, but certainly our prayers are with him. It’s good to get in here after the game and find out that he is doing pretty well.”

“Obviously, it was a big game; it was a big win for us. We did a lot of things well. It wasn’t perfect, but I thought we were physical. I thought we played with the energy we look for; the individual battles really began to establish third down, red zone, rushing yardage, time of possession; all of things it takes to win a game in our division in November. I’m proud of our players. It was a good week of preparation. That was a good football team we played and we’ll go from there.”

“Anytime there is a player down for a long period of time it really changes the momentum, whether it is one of our players or someone else’s, or potentially a coach, but I thought we really responded well in this game. I thought, coming in, we were really ready to play this game. We talked about this game being a physical game and we made it a ‘bat game,’ which is something we’ve never done with a division opponent. There’s a process involved when you do something like that and I thought that aspect of being the physical team really helped us today. In an important game both teams are battling to rush the football, control the time of possession. Both teams are trying to do those things that statistically really have meant the difference in this rivalry. You’ve got a team that I think is very good at rushing the passer with some of their young players, and we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a one-dimensional game, that it was balanced. I thought we had that today between the rushing yard and the passing yards. I thought defensively we stopped the run and forced someone to become one-dimensional instead of us.”

(On success of running game today )“I thought we did some different things, you saw Darren (Sproles) have a few big runs, you saw Chris Ivory get back to some of the form we are used to seeing him run with, and certainly Pierre (Thomas) had the great touchdown run. All three of those guys were very involved and of course the guys up front were really good. We got a lot of run fronts defensively with down safeties, we knew we would. I thought we blocked those real well. I thought we won that battle at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And then when it came to protection, I thought most importantly we got the edges handled and really helped the tackles and did a good job. All those little things that were important, I thought we had a great week of practice and coming into this game we just couldn’t play quick enough.”

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Saints Postgame Quotes

halloween 65 11-07-2011 09:17 AM

I felt after Payton having the worst game as a coach last week we would get a pure physical game, it showed him and us what we are capable of. I also think that if we would have played badly there would have been some cuts, maybe he put the fear of God in those boys last week, they needed it.

homerj07 11-07-2011 11:29 AM

Good article - thanks!!

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