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Drew Brees, Saints players' post game interviews

Drew Brees, Benjamin Watson and Brandin Cooks


(On if it's tough to win tight games consistently for a team)

"It's the manner in which you arrive at that point. Sometimes, there are tight games where it is hard fought and it is just back and forth and all that, but give them a lot of credit. When you look at the things we talk about as being an emphasis for us to win a football game, first being the turnover-takeaway ratio, we lost that. We gave it away twice and only got it back once. I'm not sure what the penalty number was, but it sure felt like there were a lot of penalties against us. We are close to leading the league in penalties, and that is going to get you beat. You look at both of those things right there, and those are two critical statistics that every team looks at and says that we have to be on the plus side of a lot of these things if we are going to give ourselves a chance, and we are not right now. That fact makes these games really close, maybe even dipping in the favor of the other team, and we have to constantly overcome that. That's the reason for some of these tight games, and if you're lucky, you win some, and others you lose, and you know why."

(On why Saints became so ineffective in the second half)

"I have to go back and look at the film. We became a little bit more conservative, which is fine. We've answered for whatever a defense wants to throw at us. We feel like we have an answer to any defense that anyone wants to throw at us. We can move that ball methodically down the field. We wait for opportunities for big plays, and we will call our shots, checking down if it's not there to make sure we keep possessing the ball and moving the ball down the field. Obviously, we came out and scored on the first three drives, and it slowed down a bit after that. We kept moving it and then we had that one turnover, which was my fault, but sometimes you're playing the field position game against a good defense. That team has a very good defense. That just happened to be the case in the second half."

(On frustration of not being able to climb over .500)

 "Forget the records. It's frustrating that we lost this game because of all of those things that I mentioned earlier; penalties, turnovers, and just not making the plays that we need to make. I know we can run the ball better. I know we can stop the run better. All of those things that mean winning in football we didn't do enough of today."

(On toughness of the defense today getting a few hits on Drew)

"Everybody wants to hit the quarterback, that's just part of the game. That's a very good pass rush team. If you turn on the film and watch them, they have a lot of guys that can get after the quarterback. I think we knew that coming into this game."


(On if Tennessee changed any of their defensive approach at halftime)

"No, there's not much you can do at halftime really. You just stick to your gameplan. Players make adjustments throughout the game. In the end, they deserved to win. They played better than we did down the stretch."

(On if he is surprised at the result of the game today)

"No, not when you look at how we played. We didn't establish a run game. That's something we really wanted to do. That was very important for us. We had some costly turnovers as well. When you don't do those two things well, then it doesn't bode well for you. You have to do really well in all of the other areas to get the win. They played better than us and that's why they won."


(on the winning streak coming to an end)

"It is tough. We worked extremely hard to get back to where we were. We just have to keep on fighting and keep doing what we do."

(On if they held themselves back)

"It was one of those games where we held ourselves back. They weren't doing anything special. There was no specific adjustment at all."

(On if playing close games caught up with them)

"No. We put in so much work. We are always ready for any situation and any type of game. It's tough. We've just got to find a way like we've been doing."


(on the officials throwing lots of penalties)

"It's on us to adjust accordingly if you are going to have a crew that throws a lot of penalties. I think both team were affected by it at times. I don't think it affect the rhythm necessarily."

(On establishing early momentum in the game today)

"Momentum in games sometimes can be a little bit out of your control. I think that we got off to a fast start. I think that's something we talked about all week. We were able to do that, which was good. We had momentum not go our way. Sometimes that happens. We felt real good coming into halftime. I would tell you the inability to establish that momentum coming out of half time hurt us the most."


(On early bobbled defensive play with Keenan Lewis that resulted in Titans score)

"It was just a play where we were both going for the ball and trying to make a play on the ball, and with two people there, stuff like that is obviously unfortunate, but it just happened. You're not really aware of other people around you, you're just going for the ball. This isn't a one guy calls the other one off type of situation. You just go for the ball."

(On mood on the sideline following that play)

 "Next play. There's nothing really to say. You're just going for the ball. It was a pop fly. You can't call it, you just go for it."


(on Marcus Mariota's poise)

"He's a good quarterback. There is a reason why he was the No. 2 pick. It is what it is."

(On the frustration of the loss today)

"It is frustrating. You have teams like Carolina and Atlanta who are winning games. You don't want to be third or fourth in your division. It's getting close to playoffs and it's the time to start winning."


(On making a game-winning kick last Sunday and missing one today)

"It's part of the job. We have to get to work next week and work on those things."

(On if the hold was okay)

"We haven't had a chance to look at it. I'm just looking at the ball. It comes out quick. We will look at it this week."

(On if the new holder made a difference)

"Thomas (Morstead) has been helping me since I got here. We practice on the side. I felt comfortable with him coming in this week."


(On the process for the fourth quarter missed field goal)

"Everything felt good. The hold, snap, kick felt clean. I was just telling those guys I don't actually watch the ball once it's kicked. I catch it and put it in its spot and I don't see if anything goes in or not."

(On if things felt clean)

"Everything felt clean. It sounded like a really good strike. Then you hear the road. Something happened."

(On if he could tell something went wrong after)

"I looked on the jumbotron, normally you can tell it's going this way. It was going to the other way."

(On how much practice he has holding)

"I probably hold more than anybody. I'm with the snapper and kicker all practice long. It's nothing new for me to hold. I've been doing it for several years. I'm always ready."

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