New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
On losing the first game of the season:
"The loss is disappointing. Obviously, there are some things out there on both sides of the ball that we all feel like we can improve upon and be better at. Obviously, the difference between winning and losing (is thin). I think there were some unfortunate penalties today that stopped drives for us offensively and continued drives for our defense. When you look at the final score and you get to go back and see the impact of some of those, those are significant and make the difference between winning and losing. So, maybe we can get better in some areas and just understand that if we want to put ourselves in the best position to win, we have got to fix these things."
On the offense having to pick up the pace to come back late in the game:
"It really does not change our mentality at all. We still go out there with the same intent, that is great execution, great poise, tempo, mixing the run and pass. We expect to score on every drive. Regardless of what is happening on the other side of the ball, we are always focused on scoring points and if we don't, then let's put our defense in the best position with punting them down deep into their territory and making that a challenging thing."
On there being a wake-up call after a week one loss:
"Listen, we understand we have some areas that we need to improve upon, but regardless of a lot of things if you just look at it, we gave them a touchdown, with that turnover, and we turned the ball over another time when we were in a position to get points; a minimum of three points, potentially more. That is a ten-point swing, so despite all the other stuff, a ten-point swing in this game is a huge deal. That wins the game for us."
On having to score a lot in the second half with the deficit:
"We kind of got the feeling that was the way the game was going, but again that does not affect our mentality offensively. Until you get into a position where it's the fourth quarter and it is 48-24 and now you have to score quick, but prior to that it was just methodical. When we get the ball, lets possess it, move the chains, get points and play complementary football.