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Minnesota Vikings players on the loss to New Orleans Saints

Postgame quotes from Vikings players on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

"First off, my prayers go out to Matt (Cassel). You all heard and I think Coach Zimmer expressed that he broke several bones, I believe. Matt's been nothing other than supportive to me and I am going to keep him in my prayers and wish him nothing but the best."

"I think I did pretty well for the most part. I missed a couple of easy throws. But overall I thought it was a good performance but there are areas where I need to improve."

"I had no idea how serious the injury was. But for me as a backup, the moment you see the starter limping, or he takes a hit, you always try to stay ready. So, for me, once I saw Matt was a little slow to get up, my headlights went on and just told myself to grab my helmet and get ready to play football."

"New Orleans, in the 'Dome, is a tough place to play and the crowd is pretty loud. But for me, it's just hearing the plays and calling the plays in the huddle. I really think I can get better in that area and I will continue to get better in that area."

"Right after the game he (Brees) came up to me and told me I had a good game. And that if I ever needed any advice he's here for me. I was able to meet Drew during the Super Bowl so he's been a great mentor to me, and I learn from watching him play on the field and I enjoy having conversations with him."

"Moving forward, I think I am definitely going to be ready. I just need to get more practice reps throughout the week. As a backup, it's all about getting mental reps during the week. But now we have seven days to prepare for Atlanta so we have time to develop that chemistry with the guys and be able to be a better quarterback."

(on being nervous) "I wasn't nervous at all. I mean, this is where I wanted to be. Unfortunately, the way it happened wasn't the way I expected it to. I was just able to go out there and relax and look at my teammates and have them trust me and they all told me not to change. Don't change the game plan, just go out there and play football."

(on first game in Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl) "It was great to be back here. The city of New Orleans is a great city. It was great to be back in a facility that I pretty much had my best college football game. And then you get a chance to play your first professional football game here – it was just a great feeling."

(on running game) "We need to work on a lot of things and get better. We can't look at his (Adrian Peterson's) situation and make excuses. We lost the game. I mean we got into the red zones a few times and just didn't capitalize. You put yourself in a great situation to score and we didn't do it. We didn't get that done today and that's disappointing."

(on personal foul) "Yeah I talked to him (Brees) after the play. I told him the play wasn't what you think it was. I mean I told him one guy threw you down and then I piled on top of you and that's what happened. And I told him I inadvertently hit your head and hit your back. And that's all that happened. I mean he got the call. At the end of the day we've got to learn from this and just stop making mistakes."

"We got some pressure on him but he's (Brees) one of the best quarterbacks – one of the best in the NFL. It wasn't a whistle call at all. But they called it anyway and threw a flag. And I think Coach will call up the league and we'll see what they say."

(on personal foul) "We got a sack and we should have been off the field, but unfortunately we got a penalty. There's really not much more to say about the call."

(on Teddy Bridgewater) "He proved out there that he's ready. Since he got here in the offseason he's worked extremely hard to put himself in a situation that when the opportunity came he would go out there and show a lot of poise and composure. Especially in the huddle, he controlled himself real well. It was very impressive."

"We have a lot of character in this locker room, and especially after a week that we just had it was great to see everyone stick together. Last week when we got down we tried to fight back when things didn't go our way and then this week, even when we got down early, nobody quit; and I think that showed a lot of resolve."

(on Teddy Bridgewater) "He has a lot of poise. Even though he's a young guy, I've said it since day one that all he has to do the things he's doing and he'll be fine. He's learning on the job. All he has to do is keep playing within himself, and I think if he does that he'll be a special player in this league. Now we have to support him and move forward and score more points for him."

(on missed opportunities in red zone) "That's the part that's most disappointing. It wasn't anything special that they (Saints) did. Don't get me wrong, when you win a game in this league you have to tip your cap to the opponent. And I do that graciously. But we just didn't take advantage of our opportunities and we've got to get better doing that."

 "I thought we played all right but we made too many mistakes obviously. When you play a good team like that on the road you've got to match them and be pretty much perfect. We played hard, but we've got to play smarter."

(on running game) "It's disappointing, obviously, that we don't have him (Peterson). I mean he's the best player in the world – I think he's the best player in the league. It's disappointing, but I won't call it a distraction. I mean we played hard and well enough to win. We just made too many mistakes out there."

Fan photos from the Saints vs Vikings game on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert and Matthew Sharpe. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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