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In an exclusive interview with BlackAndGold.com, Tulane University football Quarterback Coach Mike Neu makes the case for undrafted free agent (UDFA) Ryan Griffin having a shot at making the Saintsí roster.

BlackAndGold.com: Coach, we know that your time is precious this time of year with recruiting and everything else, so we really appreciate your taking the time to speak with us.

Coach Neu: Youíre welcome; itís my pleasure.

BlackAndGold.com: Coach Neu, when I spoke briefly with your Media Relations office, we were told that you are a former coach of the New Orleans Voodoo. I guess you know this area quite well.

Coach Neu: Yes, I am very familiar with Mr. Benson (owner of the Voodoo), and have a good working relationship with him and many on the Saintsí staff. The Voodoo facilities and Superdome are all fields that Iím acquainted with. I have also gotten to know Head Coach Sean Payton quite well since he arrived in New Orleans (after Hurricane Katrina). We have all have a great working relationship with Mr. Benson and the Saints organization since we arrived.

BlackAndGold.com: Is Ryan Griffin from the Louisiana area, and was he recruited by the Green Wave?

Coach Neu: No, Ryan is from Southern California within an hour of Los Angeles (I recall his hometown to be Westlake Village). He was recruited by the former Tulane staff; I have only been with the Green Wave for the past season after coming onboard with Head Coach Curtis Johnson.


BlackAndGold.com: What stands out about Ryan Griffin as a player on the field?

Coach Neu: Number one is his desire to succeed. Heís very intelligent, and knows how to effectively manage a game on the field. He calls for the right protection, and can also buy time by moving around in the pocket. He knows where to go with the ball in all situations.

BlackAndGold.com: What stands out about Ryan Griffin as a player on the sidelines and locker room?

Coach Neu: He is understands his players and has good football instincts. On the sidelines, he knows his offense and opposing defenses. He will call younger players on the side to go into greater detail on what the team is trying to do (scheme-wise) He leads by example, and is one of the hardest workers in the weight room, studying video, and putting forth maximum effort.

BlackAndGold.com: Is there a present or past NFL player that Ryan models after or reminds you of?

Coach Neu: No, not really. He knows who he is, and operates best at being himself. He knows that this is a tremendous opportunity to play for/with two who are among the ABSOLUTE BEST in their profession:

Head Coach Sean Payton and Quarterback Drew Brees. Ryan will undoubtedly make a good impression.

BlackAndGold.com: Is there a game in Ryanís play in 2012 (last season) that stands out as one in which he performed as a stud player?

Coach Neu: Yes. Iíd have to say it was the game vs. a very good Southern Methodist (SMU) team that made a bowl appearance last year. In that game, Ryan made the big plays downfield, and made some very tough throws into tight coverage. When we had a pressure, must-have-first-down, Ryan was able to come through and make the play. He was decisive throughout the game. We eventually won that game (at home): 27-26.


BlackAndGold.com: Competition will be tight to see who backs up Drew Brees. Do you see Ryan Griffin making the Saints as a backup or practice squad?

Coach Neu: He knows it will be a challenge, but he is not afraid to work his way up. Right now heís 4th on the Saintsí QB depth chart (as a rookie). He will make the most of his opportunities. He has played tough in the backfield all his career, and has taken his share of hits. He missed 3 full games, and half of another (this past season). Overall, he has been very reliable and durable. When everyone gets a chance to see him play, regardless of how many snaps he gets in the preseason, they will see Ryanís best. He will do whatever it takes to help the offense move the ball down the field, and I would not be surprised if he opened a few eyes in camp. You never know how well (or poorly) a player will do when he comes to the pros; only time will tell. Some players get rattled in the backfield (as QB). But that will not be the case with Ryan. He does his homework, can anticipate what a defense will do, mixes his snap count, moves defenders with his eyes and pump fakes. He is a student of the game, and will do what it takes to maximize his chances to make the Saintsí roster. He will certainly do his part to make the Saints want to keep him.

BlackAndGold.com: Any predictions on what the Saints will do in 2013 with the return of Head Coach Sean Payton?

Coach Neu: I absolutely love the Saints! It is a first-class organization top to bottom. They will be right in the thick of things come December. And if they get into the playoffs, they will be a tough opponent for ANY OTHER NFL team. I look for them to have a huge season this year.

BlackAndGold.com: Coach Neu, we once again thank you for your time, and for providing insight for Saints fans about QB Ryan Griffin. On behalf of BlackAndGold.com and Saints fans everywhere, a big WhoDat thank you! All the best to the Green Wave this season!

Coach Neu: Youíre welcome; glad to talk with you.


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Old 05-15-2013, 05:03 PM   #2
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I wish him the best of luck.
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He sure sounded excited about the Saints organization.
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There is reason SP is big on him. He looks good, but.... SP must know something we don't
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Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
There is reason SP is big on him. He looks good, but.... SP must know something we don't
What are you "hinting" at, Homer?

I think Tulane Head Coach Curtis Johnson placed a call to Airline Dr. (Metairie) and convinced the Saints to give him a look at UDFA.

It would be a "feel good" story if he could make the team. We certainly lost a good one when Chase Daniel signed on with the Chiefs to play for Andy Reid.

Anyway, let's see how this all pans out. I'm excited for the kid!

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The Green Wave snapped a 15-game winning streak in that game. They were competitive for most of the remainder of the season.

After getting that losing streak monkey off their back, they nearly won @ UTEP the following week. In the next 2 home games (after beating SMU), the Green Wave averaged over 50 ppg.

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Ryan Griffin was injured for the first half of the season. And the Green Wave had a lot of holes in their defense. Bu after a year under his belt, Coach Curtis Johnson should bring a very competitive (and improved) Tulane squad on the field in 2013.

I'm convinced of that.

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Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
There is reason SP is big on him. He looks good, but.... SP must know something we don't
Yeah, he knows Tulane runs the exact same offense the Saints does now that our former Wide Receiver coach is their head coach.

And this kid Griffin racked up ridiculous numbers in that scheme.
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Thanks, Halo.

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Sounds a lot like drew coming out of college.

Stealthman another great interview
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It might be a year early but if this kid comes in and is content to learn from Drew and SP, he could be our next QB in about 4 years. I like how he see's and reacts to things quickly and like Drew, seems to know where to go with the ball before the play begins.
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