New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael
Post-Practice Media Availability
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
With Darren Sproles being banged up, how comfortable do you feel if he doesn't get on the field until week one?
"We feel comfortable with that. That's fine. The important thing is for him to get ready for that week one game, but he's going to have a chance to get back here and practice before that game, so we're good."
What does Darren Sproles' absence mean for Travaris Cadet?
"We have a pretty good rotation of those guys going throughout the preseason, but obviously that's going to give Cadet some more work, which is good for us to see more opportunities for him and gives him a chance to maybe get a couple more reps with the ones."
Do you see Travaris Cadet in the mold of Darren Sproles in terms of how you can use him?
"I think he brings uniqueness to that position. He's a guy that you can split out as a receiver and he's also a guy that we feel good about having him in the backfield really like we do Darren (Sproles) as well as a couple of these other guys."
Is there anybody at wide receiver that you're keeping an eye on this week?
"I think we obviously have our three guys that have been with the team as far as Devery (Henderson), Lance (Moore) and (Marques) Colston have been playing, but we have a couple guys that are banged up. So we still have two weeks to look at some of these young guys and we don't have to make those decisions fortunately for two weeks. Once we have to make those decisions, it's going to be a tough round for us."
Is there anything specific you're looking for from your offense in this game?
"Starting with me, I have to and we have to do a better job on third down. It's something that we've been historically good at the last couple years. That's something I think we have to be better on; third down, finish drives and feel like we have some consistency going."
As we're getting closer to beginning the season without Sean Payton and Joe Vitt, how comfortable are you with your role as being in charge of the offense going forward?
"I think we have a great coaching staff and a great group of players that have been in this system over the last couple of years. Like we've been saying, we're obviously going to miss Sean (Payton). We're going to miss him significantly, but we feel comfortable where we're at and how we're going to proceed."
Do you feel like it's going to be even more different with Joe Vitt out?
"Yes, I think Joe brings something to the table as well as the leader of this team. We're going to miss his presence too, but we'll find a way to get through it."
Can you talk about Drew Brees' approach this year and if it's any different?
"I don't think his approach is any different because I don't know how much better it can get. He's a guy that works at his game to the utmost. He's a guy that we expect to lead this team just like he has every year since we've been here."
How would you assess Mark Ingram's play so far this preseason?
"Very good. The opportunities that he's had, we've been pleased with how he's running the ball and hitting the hole, low pads and all that. We feel really good with him."
Mark Ingram looks like he's moving a little faster. Have you noticed that?
"You spend the offseason and sometimes you get caught up during the season, but we went back during the offseason and when we were looking at the cut-ups, really we were pleasantly surprised with how well he ran the ball last year. We expect great things from him."