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Coach Payton has 100th win with Saints

"I thought it was a good, hard fought win. I think the turnovers in the second half ended up being, obviously,
what was the difference. It wasn't perfect by any mean, but I thought, when needed, we did a lot of things well
and complemented each other. Fortunately, we were able to make them a little one dimensional and I felt we ran
the ball with some efficiency and of course, that was the difference from the first game (against Tampa Bay) a
couple of weeks ago. It was a good win. We'll have a little time here and then get back on the Atlanta film."
On what they were able to do in the passing game to give Drew Brees more time "We blocked them better.
Our situations were different, in the last game it seemed like we were second and twenty, we had a lot of
penalties, and looking down here (at the stats) offensively, we had a few (tonight). Our third down numbers
were a little better. We rushed for 107 yards so we had a lot more plays. The last time, from what I can recall, I
think we had 18 or 19 plays at the half and so our time of possession was better and that helped. I thought our
guys up front played well today. I thought the O-line played real well."
On if the plan was to go a little bit heavier offensively "A little bit. They present some challenges with the
front and their movement and we felt like with some size that we would able to bend them a little bit. We were
able to, but of course when you get into the second half and later in the game you are in a little bit heavier in
your personnel in your four minute, but we mixed it up. The first touchdown run was a three wide receiver set,
but that was part of it."
On Mark Ingram's running tonight "I thought he played well. I thought it was noticeably different in the first
half with a few of our handoffs and how we blocked them. I think we averaged 10 yards a carry on just a power
play, which is always a tough play in our league, but those guys up front did a really good job. I'm proud of
them."
On Jairus Byrd tonight "If you are really watching the tape, you will see him tackling well. He has really good
instincts and sometimes they come in chunks. Fortunately for him today, he got a couple (interceptions) and it
ended up being really the difference in the game."
On the team's effort and mojo considering elimination from playoffs "We've been in those locker rooms
where you are paying close attention and I think our focus was on getting this win, honestly."
On Jairus Byrd's play in addition to the two interceptions "We'll see the tape, but I thought he was good.
Honestly, I thought we got some tough calls. There was an illegal procedure on the last series with the backs
moving. I don't know how we miss that call, and we can't. You can't be moving like that and that was a big
pass play that was converted and later resulted in a field goal, but I thought overall, obviously, just from
watching it like you guys, I thought Jairus stood out."
On Will Lutz "Our protection has been better. His earlier, if a kick didn't go through it wasn't because it was
wide right or left. He is getting good elevation. I think Kevin (O'Dea) has done a good job working with him
and you see that, but I think our protection has been better. He's been steady and it's encouraging because those
are some important field goals."
On being the all-time winningest coach in Saints in history "It's exciting. Those are all, obviously, important
games, team wins. A lot of work, a lot of coaches and players over the years have been a part of that so it is
good to get another one, especially here this Christmas Eve. This is a first for us that I can recall, with
Christmas day off anytime in the league."
On having so many close games this season and if any feel like the one that got away "There has been a
couple. The opening game of the season here, fourth and five we're off the field and there is a flag on the field
that should not be. We have been resilient. It is difficult but those are important calls. We have had some
difficult ones. We had the Denver game where we get a PAT blocked and that game is probably going to go into
overtime, but we had to be better in some of those areas and not count on the proper call and not count on some
of these things that have happened. This group, I'm proud of how they've prepared and we have some good,
young players that I am encouraged about, especially in the last few drafts. Jeff Ireland and terry Fontenot, we
have made a lot of changes with our personnel department, and we will continue to do that and I think it's
helping us."
On what the compliment from owner Tom Benson coming into the press conference to congratulate him
means to him "I think he came in because it was 100 wins. It is good to see him on Christmas Eve, good to get
a win for him. Happy Holidays to everyone here."


"I thought it was a good, hard fought win. I think the turnovers in the second half ended up being, obviously,
what was the difference. It wasn't perfect by any mean, but I thought, when needed, we did a lot of things well
and complemented each other. Fortunately, we were able to make them a little one dimensional and I felt we ran
the ball with some efficiency and of course, that was the difference from the first game (against Tampa Bay) a
couple of weeks ago. It was a good win. We'll have a little time here and then get back on the Atlanta film."

On what they were able to do in the passing game to give Drew Brees more time: "We blocked them better.
Our situations were different, in the last game it seemed like we were second and twenty, we had a lot of
penalties, and looking down here (at the stats) offensively, we had a few (tonight). Our third down numbers
were a little better. We rushed for 107 yards so we had a lot more plays. The last time, from what I can recall, I
think we had 18 or 19 plays at the half and so our time of possession was better and that helped. I thought our
guys up front played well today. I thought the O-line played real well."

On if the plan was to go a little bit heavier offensively: "A little bit. They present some challenges with the
front and their movement and we felt like with some size that we would able to bend them a little bit. We were
able to, but of course when you get into the second half and later in the game you are in a little bit heavier in
your personnel in your four minute, but we mixed it up. The first touchdown run was a three wide receiver set,
but that was part of it."

On Mark Ingram's running tonight: "I thought he played well. I thought it was noticeably different in the first
half with a few of our handoffs and how we blocked them. I think we averaged 10 yards a carry on just a power
play, which is always a tough play in our league, but those guys up front did a really good job. I'm proud of
them."

On Jairus Byrd tonight: "If you are really watching the tape, you will see him tackling well. He has really good
instincts and sometimes they come in chunks. Fortunately for him today, he got a couple (interceptions) and it
ended up being really the difference in the game."

On the team's effort and mojo considering elimination from playoffs: "We've been in those locker rooms
where you are paying close attention and I think our focus was on getting this win, honestly."
On Jairus Byrd's play in addition to the two interceptions "We'll see the tape, but I thought he was good.
Honestly, I thought we got some tough calls. There was an illegal procedure on the last series with the backs
moving. I don't know how we miss that call, and we can't. You can't be moving like that and that was a big
pass play that was converted and later resulted in a field goal, but I thought overall, obviously, just from
watching it like you guys, I thought Jairus stood out."

On Will Lutz: "Our protection has been better. His earlier, if a kick didn't go through it wasn't because it was
wide right or left. He is getting good elevation. I think Kevin (O'Dea) has done a good job working with him
and you see that, but I think our protection has been better. He's been steady and it's encouraging because those
are some important field goals."

On being the all-time winningest coach in Saints in history: "It's exciting. Those are all, obviously, important
games, team wins. A lot of work, a lot of coaches and players over the years have been a part of that so it is
good to get another one, especially here this Christmas Eve. This is a first for us that I can recall, with
Christmas day off anytime in the league."

On having so many close games this season and if any feel like the one that got away: "There has been a
couple. The opening game of the season here, fourth and five we're off the field and there is a flag on the field
that should not be. We have been resilient. It is difficult but those are important calls. We have had some
difficult ones. We had the Denver game where we get a PAT blocked and that game is probably going to go into
overtime, but we had to be better in some of those areas and not count on the proper call and not count on some
of these things that have happened. This group, I'm proud of how they've prepared and we have some good,
young players that I am encouraged about, especially in the last few drafts. Jeff Ireland and terry Fontenot, we
have made a lot of changes with our personnel department, and we will continue to do that and I think it's
helping us."

On what the compliment from owner Tom Benson coming into the press conference to congratulate him
means to him: "I think he came in because it was 100 wins. It is good to see him on Christmas Eve, good to get
a win for him. Happy Holidays to everyone here."

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