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Doug Marrone, Bills players talk about loss to New Orleans Saints

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Postgame quotes from Doug Marrone and Bills players

Bills Coach Doug Marrone:

“Obviously, a good job by New Orleans. We came out and we turned the ball over. We can’t have that happen. I thought that early on our defense did a nice job. They (the Saints) missed a field goal. Then we wound up turning it over again and that equated to seven points. We fought our way back in there. It was 14-10 (Saints) and then we really didn’t execute in scoring positions. We had some penalties on our defense that were costly, timely at that time. (We had) an interception in the end zone, but yet there was a penalty for a face mask. On a third down we had a defensive holding penalty that could have gotten us off of the field. They (Saints) would up scoring on that drive. You can’t make mistakes like that against a good football team and a quarterback like Drew (Brees).”

On needing to improve as a team: “For us, I have to do a better job of changing the process of our challenges. We haven’t been successful in that. If we keep it the same, how do I expect that to change? We’ll look into that. I need to do a better job of that. We have to do a better job all of the way around. At the end of the day, we really lost this game as a team. We are going to have to make those plays and not have those penalties for us to win football games. We have been doing a very good job in the turnover situation (this season, but way too many turnovers today. We are not good enough to miss those opportunities. We’re really not.”

On the Saints’ pressure today: “A lot of it was zero pressure. There is always going to be an extra guy just holding up in there and going. We thought coming in here today that we were going to see some pressure, but I think it’s natural in this league. Any time that you put a young quarterback that doesn’t have a lot of experience, even the teams that normally play coverage will pressure you. They did a nice job (of getting to the quarterback). The one thing about when they do pressure you, it’s pretty hard to pick up pre-snap. That’s where they do a very good job, and they have been doing a really good job of that all year.”

On the first Kenny Stills touchdown: “It was a good call by them and it got us in a tough call. We put Jerry (Hughes) in a tough situation on that play. We told him that when they came off of the field. Those things happen in this game, but you feel really, really terrible as a coach when that happens because you feel that you put them in a bad situation. That’s what happened. Jerry was good about it. He said, ‘No, I’ve got to do a better job.’ That’s what you want to hear. We need to be careful about those situations.”

On returning to New Orleans: “I tried to make it like business. I really did. I think of all of the places that I have ever been back to, obviously, I have a little bit more feelings here from my past. I found myself a little bit (thinking about my time here). Not during the game, but early on when I first walked in. I tried to block it out and tried to do the best job I can for the team.”

On the challenges today: “(On the first one) we thought that he was in, so obviously I challenged that. On the last one, I heard that the knee was down…I’ve got to change the process of how we do that. I think I’m 0-4 (this year). I’ve just got to change the way we do that. That’s me. That’s what I mean when I say that everyone has to get better. I’ve got to do a better job of changing whatever I have to do to make sure that when we challenge that I can’t afford to lose those timeouts. That is my fault. Period. I am the head coach.”

“We have to keep working on what we need to do from three phases from coaches, offense, defense, and special teams. And then we have to work as players. It’s really that simple, but it’s hard to do. That’s what we are working on. And that is what we will do. I told the players, ‘Does it hurt? Absolutely.’ We had a great opportunity. We had that opportunity because we did a heck of a job last week, and now we come on the road again and we fell short. We are going to fire our butts off now. We have to get back and we have to go in and play a good Kansas City team. It is a great challenge for us. We are going to have to go in and beat them and then create another opportunity somewhere else in the schedule. I am fired about it. I am fired up to get back and start coaching and get this thing right. I told the players that there are things here and there that we have to do and we just have to get them right. That is a playoff team that we played. That is a good football team that we played. You can’t make mistakes like we did. You never know when it’s going to come out. You never know when it’s going to hurt you. Tonight, they did hurt us pretty good.”

On the mismatches the Saints' offense creates:Jimmy Graham is very difficult. At times tonight, we put a corner on him. Darren Sproles is a play-maker. We had a DB on him. And when we didn’t have a DB on him, we had him bracketed. We had him bracketed a couple of times and Drew wound up throwing it down the field and missing a couple of those throws that are usually open for him. They do put the pressure on you that way. He (Drew Brees) doesn’t miss that much. All of a sudden, we had Jerry Hughes on (Kenny) Stills with the double move and there we go where we get beat and he finds him (open). That is the one thing about him. He is a veteran guy. He is one of the top guys in the league. Everyone knows my relationship with him. He always finds those guys.”

saints-billsQuarterback Thad Lewis:

“We knew the pressure was going to be there – that’s what all teams will do. And I thought in the beginning we adjusted real well. But the Saints kept coming and that’s what led to some of the early turnovers.”

“There was no doubt in my mind that after the very first hit that I was going back in the game. I never doubted that – I just took some time to catch my breath because I had the wind knocked out of me a little bit, but I was fine and I just told the docs (doctors) that I was going back out there.”

“There’s nothing you can do about it (fumbles) when you are about to throw the football and a guy is standing there and hits you. Yeah, the first one was on me but the next ones when you get a little pressure and you get ready to throw the football the defense just makes a great play.”

“We’re a resilient team. I mean we’re not going to make any excuses as I have to give my hat off to the Saints as they did a great job and they beat us today. But being resilient isn’t good enough. We’re never satisfied with that. So we just have to get over the hump and we just can’t get behind like we did out there today.”

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson:

“We knew coming in that we had to score because we know that’s a great offensive team. I don’t want to say no team can shut them (Saints) out, but what you have to do is contain them. So our offense knew coming in that they had to put up points. I was proud of our defense, because for the most part they held them until the second half. Our offense has to pick up the slack and we didn’t do that today.”

“Most of us got dinged up out there but we had to play through it. And we have another tough team to prepare for. So right now we have to heal quick and just get ready for Kansas City.”

On Thad Lewis: “It just showed his toughness today. At the end of day we all knew, as a team, that he took some real hard hits. He’s a real tough guy because I knew he was hurting today.”

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore:

“We were playing a zone for the most part but when he (Jimmy Graham) came into my area it became man-to-man coverage. On his first touchdown I think they (Saints) caught that and that’s what resulted in his score.”

On Drew Brees: “He’s a great quarterback; one of the best in the league. He’s good at what he does and he sure spread it around on us today. He did a great job out there today.”

Linebacker Jerry Hughes on TD pass to Kenny Stills:

“On that play I just had my eyes in the backfield. And he (Stills) just took off and I tried my best to catch him. It was an unfortunate mistake on my part – it was just me. When you have an elite quarterback like that, he’s gonna find that. It was just a mistake you can’t make.”

On Drew Brees: “Yeah, he’s an elite quarterback. We can’t give him too much to work with. But with that being said, we know that we had to contain him. The defensive line did get some pressure on him today so we have to do a better job in coverage.”

Defensive back Jim Leonhard on Drew Brees:

“He is as accurate as they come. And it’s frustrating because you can still play a good down and still get beat. He got out of the pocket a couple of times on us and just made great plays and he was out there making good plays under pressure. And that’s why he’s one of the best players in the league. In the end, we just have to play better.”

“They (Saints) are a match-up team and that’s what Brees does – he sits back and spreads it around. They just made too many big plays against us today.”

 

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