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Old 01-18-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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How do you reflect on the past two seasons?
I think your standards continue to get high and are high for what we want to accomplish. Just shortly after a loss like that, its hard to maybe come up with a summary. Certainly there were a lot of good things about the season, and yet you have that pit in your stomach with the way it ended so thats difficult. Having had a season where it ended with a win, where your last game was a win, you know what thats like and for everyone else in the postseason thats not the case. That being said, we aspire to win championships here. Thats our goal when the season starts. Its our last goal win the division, put ourselves in the best position possible with seeding, and then win a Super Bowl. Well continue to strive for that. Thats what we set out to do.

How challenging is it to have Drew Brees and Carl Nicks, two of the best at their positions, being free agents following the end of the league year and knowing youre going to have to spend a lot of money to get them back?
I think each year the puzzle is different. Last year it was heading into potentially a lockout season with 27 free agents. This season certainly we have some real good players that are potentially free agents. I think every year theres that challenge. Its something that Mickey (Loomis) and I will spend a lot of time on. Hes already been working on it closely with Khai (Harley) and Ryan Pace and Rick Reiprish. I think we do a good job in that regard. Part of it is really spending time on the evaluations and looking closely at your team and trying to look at ways where despite however many wins you just had, where can we improve and where can we be better a year from now? I think that technically begins now, but its already a work kind of in progress. Certainly there are challenges though, and we recognize that.

Do you feel like you guys have a good chance of bringing those two players back?
I think so. Theyre potentially expensive because theyre good football players and are guys that have come into our program, developed, played well and been a part of a lot of wins. I think weve been fairly judicious in regards to what weve done. Weve been smart and practical, and yet each year weve been able to look to improve. Thats kind of the approach we take.

Do you have any type of timetable for when you want to get the Drew Brees deal done?
Thats a good question. I think if that question were asked to Mickey (Loomis) or Drew right now, I dont think there would be any timetable. Certainly the sooner the better, and yet I think this time away here initially after the season ended will be good for everyone to kind of remove yourself from the emotion of the season. I think it will be something that would certainly be on our priority list.

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Old 01-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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I think we're all or nothing... ready for another Superbowl.
This team never used to talk this way. It's so different than it used to be with the Saints.
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Yes I agree if you don't win a superbowl then the season was a waste sorry that's just my opinion. You can break all the records you want but the ultmate goal is to go to the superbowl and win.
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Great season. Lousy Playoffs ! Defense needs to play better we expect more from you guys. Their is a lot of talent on that side of the ball. You need to make big plays evey time you go out on to the field.

If you don't win you loose. You go home, I don't ever want to go home.

I think we're all or nothing... ready for another Superbowl.
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Defensive improvement and lack of injuries will set us up for a home-field superbowl run next year. If we have learned anything over the last few years, it's one egg during the season can really screw you in the post-season. So that needs to be avoided and the rest will fall into place.
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