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Transcript: Arizona Cardinals Postgame Quotes | Saints-Cardinals 2019 Week 8

Check out photos of the on-field action between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season.

CARDINALS HEAD COACH KLIFF KINGSBURY

On fourth down call in 3rd quarter:

“Yeah, I thought we had a good chance to get it basically. That is a very good offense and they were moving the ball well and felt at that point after getting the turnover, we had to make something happen. Unfortunately, it did not work out. You have to give them a lot of credit. They have a great defense and made a play.

On play call before the fourth down:

“I liked the play call. Love that, practiced it a bunch. They did a great job disrupting the play and got in our face. That is a play we have executed at a high level. Once again you have to give them credit.”

On Chase Edmonds injury:

“How is Chase? We will see. That is all I can give you at this point. He didn’t finish the game obviously.”

On Kyler Murray’s play:

“Yeah, that is a really good defense coming after him. 94 (Cam Jordan) is as good as there is in the league. He made his presence felt most of the game. To come into this environment and not turn the ball over, we still had our chances down there and made some bad play calls, that put us in some bad spots in the red zone on fourth down. But he is competing at a high level and making plays. Couple he wished he had back but overall, I continue to see progression. These are great lessons to play one of the best teams on the road. He will learn from all of it.”

On message to team after the game:

“A lot about that is a very good football team. We know we can play better, but we have to get over this one quick with the short week and get ready for Thursday night. There is no time to let it linger.”

On lack of rushing attack:

“They are a very good defense. That is all I can say. I thought they made a good plan defensively. Did a nice job taking that away and kind of kept us at third and long most of the game, which made it difficult.”

On if 4th down play call was difficult:

“Not at all. The analytics plus myself, I was all for that. We had two shots to get half a yard and we didn’t get enough.”

On if the lack of touchdowns is similar to the beginning of the season:

“No, we have moved passed that. That is just a good defense and we were not able to put it in the endzone.”

On if they were expecting Drew Brees to start and their defensive strategy against him:

“I did. He is a great competitor, Hall of Fame quarterback. I knew he would want to play and be back sooner than anticipated. They are a great offense. One of the best quarterbacks to ever play, and a great receiver, and a great offensive play caller. I thought are guys played hard. I will watch the film to see what went wrong, but they got it rolling. Won 6 in a row and are a very good football team.”

On Chase Edmonds availability next week:

“Obviously, there is concern. We don’t have a back with us that long (Zach Zenner), but there is definitely concern.”

On if he regrets any red zone play call:

“Anytime we don’t score, I would like to have them all back.”

On David Johnson’s availability for the next game:

“It is still day-to-day with David.”

On if Alfred Morris was a healthy scratch:

“He was, yeah.”

On how to have similar success like the Saints:

“They have been doing it a long time. They have drafted well defensively. (They) Have had a quarterback in the same system with the same head coach for a long time. It clicks. You didn’t see the ball touch the ground many times. (They have a) Great running game. They are a complete team. That is what we are trying to build.”

On if David Johnson could play if Chase Edmonds cannot:

“I mean we are not going to put David out there if he is not 100%.”

On Christian Kirk’s return:

“He brings a real explosiveness to the passing game. There are a couple other things and we will have to watch the tape, but we were not able to get it to him. He plays hard. He plays the game the right way. He brings that element of speed down the middle of the field.”

On if this loss felt better than others:

“No. It is disappointing to lose anytime, but once again you have to give them a lot of credit. They are a very good football team and are on a roll. They were playing at an extremely high level and you could see it.”

On lack of pressure on Drew Brees:

“He has that savvy. He’s been doing it for a long time. You don’t get him down like that. He gets the ball out and knows where his outlets are. He knows even when it is time to throw it away and where he has to throw the ball away. That is what the great ones do.”

On being one play away from breaking through in the 3rd quarter:

“I thought our guys had good energy throughout halftime and coming back out, but once again, we didn’t get it done when we needed to and they did.”

QB #1 KYLER MURRAY

“It was a great environment. When you’ve got a good football team with great fans, it’s going to be a great place to play. Today they came out and showed up.”

“It definitely hurts because we felt like we were in the game. And we were. There were a couple of negative plays, and we weren’t finishing drives. We weren’t cashing out and we had a couple of three-and-outs. It’s tough to do when you play a good team like that.”

“The one to Chase [Edmonds], Kevin Jordan was in between both of us, so I tried to throw him upfield. It was tough for me and him, both. The fourth down, we just didn’t get it. We’ve got to be better and we will.”

“I’m all for being aggressive. We’ve just got to execute, and we didn’t. It’s tough.”

On his performance:

“I thought it was alright. I wish I could have some back. For the most part we moved the ball. We just didn’t finish. We couldn’t really run the ball well, so that always makes things hard too.”

On Drew Brees:

“I told him it was crazy watching him on T.V. my whole life. Then to see him up close and personal, it’s definitely an experience. He just takes what the defense gives him, and when the shots are there, they’re there. We’ve just got to be better as a whole.” … “I didn’t think he was going to play today.” … “He said a lot (about what he is with his play).”

On offensive issues:

“We were just not finishing.”

“It’s tough when you lose Chase [Edmonds]. Then a guy who hasn’t been here, but a couple days (Zach Zenner) has to play. It’s tough with Dave [Johnson] out as well, but we’ve got to find a way.”

WR #11 LARRY FITZGERALD

“We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to play better. This is a playoff atmosphere. The Saints, I don’t know how many times they’ve made the playoffs in the last 10 years, but I know it’s been a lot. This is a team that’s used to winning and protecting home field. That kind of atmosphere is (among the) top 5 greatest atmospheres in professional sports.”

On Saint’s defense:

“We don’t play them every single year so it’s hard to compare them from year-to-year. When they get you on third-and-long and those great pass rushers can get after you, [Marcus] Davenport and [Cameron] Jordan, those guys can really do a lot of great things. They are very talented and athletic in the back-end.”

On the fourth-and-one call:

“I support all the coach’s decisions. We work really hard on executing those plays. Once the plays are called it comes down to man-on-man and being able to win your individual match-ups. Across the board. We didn’t do enough today. We didn’t use enough of our individual one-on-one match-ups. You want to win, and you have to win when you’re playing against really good teams in this league.”

“You want to execute. You want to be able to get a rhythm going. It’s something we weren’t able to get done early on in the game. When the clock is ticking, and you have guys on the field. You’ve got to play hard no matter what the score is. It’s just the way we’re wired.”

On the incomplete pass in the end zone:

“I would have loved to have been able to get the other foot down. It was a decisive play in the game. I haven’t seen it yet, but when I get on the plane and get a chance to watch the tape, I’ll see what I could have done better. Kyler [Murray] put a great ball on me. I expect to make those plays.”

“No one individual play changes the outcome of the game. The incomplete pass that could have been a fumble-recovery for a touchdown, that’s a decisive play. There’s a lot of plays that you could look back and say, ‘if this would have happened,’ or ‘that would have happened,’ you can play the what-if game all day. We got beat today. We got beat handily. We’ve got to put it out of our minds and get ready for a quick turnaround.”

On Drew Brees:

“[He’s] a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer competing, taking charge, and doing what leaders do. He was Drew Brees. There’s a reason he’s the leading passer in the history of this game. We’ve been doing this one-hundred years and he’s the most to ever do it. Hats off to him and what he’s been able to accomplish. I’m happy to see him back out there and playing. He’s a great man and a wonderful ambassador to this league.”

On atmosphere:

“We prepare for it. We know what to expect. The only thing you can’t replicate is the talent on the defense. When you get prepared for them, they’re extremely talented. Coach (Dennis) Allen has those guys flying around. They gave us some different looks on every single down-and-distance. That’ll really keep you on your toes. You’ve just got to tip your hat to those guys. They played well.”

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