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New Orleans Saints Postgame Quotes

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer and QB Drew Brees met with the media following Sunday's Overtime loss to the Chiefs



QB #9 DREW BREES

“(The) third and fourth quarter were pretty invisible, in terms of never really feeling like we could get any tempo going or rhythm, getting first downs to keep drives going. We got those two turnovers in the third quarter, (and) capitalized on both those with touchdowns, which was great. Then we get (another) drive going, and (it ends with a) turnover.

“The entire fourth quarter just felt like it was played on our end of the field. Every time we got the ball, it was inside our 10-yard line. We were backed up. We got ourselves into some third-and-long situations. We know better. We just weren’t real good on first and second down. We’ve got to find a way to fix that.”

(on if he has ever have that many consecutive poor possessions) “I’m not sure, but that’s not our standard. That’s not what we’re used to. That’s going to get fixed.”

(on whether the Chiefs did something different in second half) “No, they really didn’t. We just weren’t able to really get anything going. That’s all I can say, really.”

(on if there were there drops in some second- and  third-down situations?) “There’s a little bit of everything. We all could have done things a little bit better, just to keep the drive alive and convert the third down or get us in a better situation. We just put ourselves in a lot of bad situations today.”

(on if there is a comparison to some other lows) “I know the type of team we have. I know the type of team we want to be and that we can be. We’re not playing anywhere near that level right now and it’s resulted in an 0-3 start. It’s very frustrating and disappointing, and yet there’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to turn this thing around. I don’t know what that’s going to result in, in terms of how many wins, playoffs or whatever, but we’re going to be a great team. This team.”

(on comparing this three-game losing streak to streak at end of 2009) “We are far from talking about a Super Bowl right now. What we need to be talking about is how we can each get a little bit better, how we can make those plays that we haven’t been making, how we can eliminate those mistakes that have put us in the situation we’re in. We’re about to go on the road and play in Lambeau against a very good Green Bay Packer team. We’ve got to have it. We come back on Sunday night against the Chargers, then we have a bye week. It doesn’t get any easier after that. What we need to focus on is getting one win. Once we get one, we can turn that into two, three, and we can get rolling. We’ve got to find a way to get that one.”

(on differences in the second half of games between this season and last season) “It’s probably a combination of a few things. Obviously, once you get into the second half, there are adjustments that have been made during halftime. You have an idea of what you’re going to face, what they’re doing to you, how they’re defending you and certain personnel, and you’ve got to find a way to take advantage of that within your system.”

(on if Sean Payton not being here makes a difference) “All I can say is, Sean Payton’s a great football coach, and he’s great at those things (adjustments), but he’s not here. The rest of us have to find a way.”

(on the product on the field the last three weeks) “There have definitely been some things that are uncharacteristic or not what we’re used to, certainly not to the level that we aspire to play at. You can look at just about every situation, from the way we want to run the ball, the way we convert on third down, the way we possess the ball, tempo, rhythm. Red zone efficiency is the one bright spot, but we’d like to get down there more. Big plays. A little bit of everything. If you just worry about execution, take it one play at a time, take advantage of those opportunities, all those numbers go up, as well as points, and that’s the most important thing.”

(on his interception in third quarter) “It was man (-to-man coverage). I underthrew it a little bit. The guy (Chiefs DB Jalil Brown) made a nice play. At that stage, we had a good tempo going. I needed to lay it out there for (Devery Henderson) and it’s either him or nobody. I just left it inside.”

(on the Chiefs) “Give them credit. They did a nice job. I would just say the biggest thing was the momentum. You’re up 18 points late in the third (quarter) and you’ve got all the momentum on your side. We’ve just gotten two huge turnovers. You’ve got to hand it to them. They rattle off that 91-yard run and it just felt like the momentum swung to their side and they kept it the entire (remainder of the) game. Obviously, offensively, we’ve got to find a way to get it back. We weren’t able to get it back. We need to find a way.”

(on the team’s mindset during the fourth quarter) “We were just thinking about when we get our opportunity, go out there and execute. And we just didn’t.”

(one if teams are defensing the Saints differently) “I don’t know about differently, but there’s been a little bit of a kind of theme over the last few weeks, and we’ve got to find a way to move the ball, get open, get guys the ball, run the ball, convert on third downs, possess the ball so we don’t keep our defense out there like we did in the second half of the game today. We need to take a hard look at that tape, because if there are things that aren’t working, we’re darn sure going to see it again.”

(on if he is being forced to hold the ball longer) “Teams that typically play a lot of man coverage and rush five, it’s five-on-five up front. All it takes is one guy to get beat and it rushes you a little bit. That’s why teams play man for tight windows, tight coverage. Maybe you’ve got to hold it a little longer and they get a good pass rush on you. It’s risk/reward. A guy on the back end misses, and all of a sudden you get a big play. If (opponents) bring pressure, you’ve got to get the ball out faster, but you also leave big holes in the defense. They’re going to live and die by what they do. We’ve just got to do a better job of attacking.

“Listen, everybody’s got their own scheme. They do things according to their personnel, according to their scheme and according to your personnel. Every game plan seems to be a little bit different. Something shows up on film that’s been working against you, you’re going to see it.”

(on any changes that need to be made) “I think the biggest thing is, we need to stay the course. We need to take a hard look in the mirror at what has gotten us beat these last three weeks. Each guy, to a man, what can you do to get better. What extra can you do. I can tell you this, though; we’ve got the right type of people and the right type of guys. There’s a lot of situations where teams would turn it in, notch up the season as a loss and kind of go about their day with no purpose. We have purpose, and we have the right type of guys, so we’re going to rally. It’s going to bring us together. The guys need to take a hard look at themselves, how they can get better, how they can help this team. We believe, and we also know that whatever we’re facing right now is strengthening us. We’re running out of time here. We need to pull together. We need to get a win, and no better time than this week.”

#12 WR Marques Colston

(On what it feels like to be 0-3) “It’s not a good feeling at all. In this locker room, we know that this group can get it done. We just have to trust our process. We just have to continue to work.”

#33 CB Jabari Greer

“They were able to shift momentum their way and capitalize. Their kicker did a great job of making the field goals. They did a good job in the running game of creating some big runs. We are disappointed, but we realize that the only people that are going to address this is us. We are not going to back down. We are not going to point fingers. We are going to band together. We are going to come out fighting. That’s all we know how to do as professionals. This is how we grow together.”

#58 LB Scott Shanle

(on if the outcome is bittersweet) “I think some teams might that are 0-3 might take moral victories in things, but not here. We’ve won a lot of games in the last few years. Nobody cares if you do something a little bit better this week or that week. It’s all about winning the games especially the way we controlled the game like we did.”

(on if the defense was out on the field too long) “That’s just part of the game. That’s playing complementary football. There are weeks where the defense has to rise up and play that way. There’s been plenty games around here where the defense hasn’t played well and the offense has put up 40-plus points. Games have different ebbs and flows. Today was our day to rise to the challenge and we just didn’t do that.”

#23 RB Pierre Thomas

(on coming back from an 0-3 start) “We’re good. This is how we respond. It’s about next week and how we respond. Things happen. Things might go your way and things may not. I feel like we played a good game out there, but we just didn’t finish. We have to get better next week. That’s the only thing we can do. We can’t worry about these games. We have to put it behind us. We have to look forward. It’s only three games. We have a whole lot of games in front of us.”

(on if it will be hard to climb out of an 0-3 start) “I don’t think it will be difficult at all. We are not in a situation to worry about anything. It’s still the beginning of the season. We are not in a struggle. We have no worries. I feel that we can turn this thing around and it’s going to start next week.”

#16 WR Lance Moore

(on moving forward this season) “It would be good if we could win next week. We can’t talk about playoffs. We can’t talk about the division. We just need to win one game. If we don’t start winning now or soon, then it’s going to be over early. It’s not going to happen on its own. Teams aren’t going to come into the Superdome and lay down and give it to us. You saw that tonight. We just have to keep working.”

 


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