New Orleans Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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How do you juggle this time of year with wins and losses, with Injured Reserve?
“Listen, we are saying with Malcolm, it would have been a push for him to play. If it’s a push for him to play, then all of a sudden that’s three games that potentially you’re a man short. So listen, the next man up is our philosophy. We aren’t doing anything that we wouldn’t do out of the ordinary realm. We’re in the business of winning football games. We aren’t taking look to younger people by design. The next man who has practiced well and has shown us that he knows our system is going to have a chance to play.”
You talked already how you haven’t been in this position in years about not having great playoff potential. Do you have to guard against the thought of spoilers and just focus on getting better?
“We are focused on two things. We are trying to get better every day and we are trying to win a football game. That is what we do around here. The process does not and it’s not going to change. The best people are going to play, the people that have earned the right to be on our team, to be on our active roster, are going to play and the process doesn’t change. It just doesn’t change.”
Last year, I know it’s a different sport, but New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams, when they were long out of the playoffs, he was saying ‘I need to see who wants to be a part of this team for the future.’ Does that apply to you guys at all?
“That is Monty’s philosophy. We are here to win games. We are all being evaluated on a daily basis in practice and in games. The process stays the same.”