<span> <span style="">Q: How did practice go for you today?</span>
A: It went pretty good. It was a good first day for us. I felt comfortable out there. I felt like it hit the holes when I saw them and made some progress today.
Q: Do you dread the dual practices with the Texans due to the inevitable comparison's with Mario Williams?
A: No, I don't think we should shy away from work. Anytime you have an opportunity to come out here and practice with another team, I think it's only going to help you get better. I don't think we should shy away from work and I don't think anybody on our team does. We embrace it, welcome it and use it to our advantage.
Q: Are you tired of the comparisons?
A: No, that's part of the territory. It comes along with it. It doesn't affect me at all.
Q: Have you had any time over the past few years to chat with Mario?
A: We've done events together. We've seen each other. We talked today inside. He's a great guy. There's no tension between us. I think that's for the fans and the media. In all honesty, I think it makes for a better story. I think all it does is bring more attention to the game and that's what we want to do, bring attention to the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints.
Q: What did you get out of these workouts today going against another colored jersey?
A: For us it's an opportunity for us to go against a different team and see where we stand and how they practice and where we stand. I don't want to say we practiced better than them or we practiced better than us, but I think all in all, it was a great day for Houston and us. I know for sure the Saints got better.
Q: Can you talk about the changes in the Saints organization the last few years?
A: Historically the Saints haven't been the greatest organization, but I can assure you that times are changing. Drew Brees, Will Smith, Mark Brunell/Charles Grant.aspx">Charles Grant, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, guys like them and us, we're going to change this organization. We're changing it, the mentality of this organization, the team and we're going to turn it into a winning program.
Q: Is the key for you staying healthy?
A: Yes, if I'm healthy or 100 percent during the season than I should be able to do what I expect to.
Q: How much do you want to get rid of the third down back label?
A: It's another thing that comes with the territory. All I can do is what I can control. I can't control what people say. I can only do what I do on the field. Obviously people are saying that for a reason. I haven't been the most productive over the three years I've been injured. With injury, when you're not on the field, you're going to miss production. I understand where it comes from, I hear it and I use it as motivation.
Q: Pierre Thomas said you've hit the hole like never before. Is that something that you've really worked on?
A: I'm really working on just being explosive and hitting holes. I think over the last two years I haven't done that. The first step to recognizing when you have a bad habit is admitting it to yourself. It's like an alcoholic when they go into the AA meeting. The first step is recognizing and getting better from there on out.
Q: What do you remember about the regular season game you played here?
A: I remember it was a bad game for me. I wasn't real productive. I was injured in that game. It was an all around bad day for the Saints. Those are the steps, using that to our advantage and my advantage as a learning experience and getting better.
Q: Has the performance of the defense as opposed to that of your offense the last two years been frustrating?
A: I can't put all the blame on the defense, because this is a team first and we can't point fingers, but obviously the numbers don't lie. We have struggled a little bit on defense. I'm very excited about what our defense will do this year with Gregg Williams. So far, he has brought a physical mentality to our defense that is aggressive; they're stripping the ball all the time. I think if you saw the first preseason game we had two turnovers which were huge for us. I don't think I've seen that since I've been here. I think that's reassuring for us and as a team we have to get better. We can't just focus on the defense. We have to play as a team.
Q: What do you think of the comparisons with Mario Williams and Vince Young?
A: I think it makes for a better story. I think it's great for two young guys early in their career who are striving to be the best in their position. We'll see how wins, may the best man win.