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Q&A: Sean Payton's Friday press conference

Video and quotes from Sean Payton's press conference

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Post-Practice Media Availability
Friday, October 23, 2015

Do you think you played one of your best games and one of your worst games in 2011 and 2007 vs the Colts?

"The 2011 game? Obviously we'd come off a loss to Tampa Bay. (They were) Two entirely different teams on either side of the ball (than they are now). Pete (Carmichael) did a real good job (of play-calling). It was really just one of those games that just went in a certain direction."

The 2010 game was pretty good too.

"The 2010 game, yeah. 2007 we opened the season after their Super Bowl season, but those are two entirely different teams. They have no bearing on this game."

What is your assessment of how Cameron Jordan is playing this season?

"I think he is doing well. It's tough with lineman always because we see production. Typically if we're talking about an offensive lineman and we're not talking about him during a game he's probably playing well. Last week of course you saw the production. There is a lot that goes into that. When a team suddenly has to throw the ball it becomes a lot harder on the offense and so he has that versatility to play the run and give us the rush as well."

What kind of problems does Cameron's skillset on the inside present to an interior offensive lineman?

"I mean it's pretty common when teams get into third down. That defenses are trying to get their best four rushers. You're seeing ends inside. When it's not a 100 percent but almost 100 percent in passing situations, you're trying to get your most active players in the pass rush on the field and maybe sometimes you're looking for a certain matchup on a lineman, but that always creates problems offensively because you're in an obvious passing situation and you know you have to be spot on with your protections. Where the help's coming from and what type of protection you're in."

Is there a certain type of pass rusher that's better able to rush in the interior?

"Typically, I think you're normally a little bigger inside and that's not always the case. It can be more crowded in there because you're dealing with the extra center. When you are on the edge you're dealing with the nudges and chips and offenses that are able to help the tackles when you're inside. If you are in an even facing front you are dealing with three to block two. It is a little different the space your operating in is a little tighter."

Did you guys look close at Phillip Dorsett in the draft?

"I think I made a comment it might have been to their media. We were at the pro day and that would be pretty common at a school like Miami and he had a real good workout. He was someone that really stood out and obviously runs well. His routes were impressive."

Are they faster at receiver than most teams?

"Yes, I think that would be fair to say. They've got real good team speed. I think you see it and when you're talking about T.Y. Hilton and you're talking about (Donte) Moncrief, who I think is playing real well. I think it's something that stands out to you when you watch them on tape."

When you have Terron (Armstead) in the lineup does he help your screen game and some of the stuff you do on the perimeter because he's so athletic?

"Yeah I think that's accurate. Obviously I think he is a real good athlete and so there are some things that you are able to do because of that athleticism."

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