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Veteran Brown Eager to Help Lead Defense

Saints DE is entering his 10th NFL season


New Orleans Saints Defensive End Alex Brown
Training Camp Press Conference
Monday, August 1, 2011

As a veteran, do you prefer the no two-a-day rule?
"I'm just going to make sure I follow the rules.  The CBA says no two-a-days, so I'm going to stay with that."

With the possibility of Will Smith being out the first few games, does that change the preparation on the defensive line?
"It's just a matter of where the coaches want us to play.  If we have to compensate for Will not being there for a few games, which I'm not sure if that's what's going to happen, then that's what we'll do.  We're going to do whatever the coaches ask us to do.  If that means move to the right side, or if they want to do something with Cam Jordan…I understand he needs to get his contract done and take his time with that, but when he comes here we're going to have to speed things up and get him ready to play.  We have other guys here that can play.  Junior Galette is going to have to step up and play well.  I'm not sure about the other guys that haven't signed yet.  If they haven't signed, they're not here and they're not a part of this team until they are signed.  Hopefully Will doesn't miss time, but if he does the coaches will have something in place to compensate for it."

Are you looking forward to putting the full pads on?
"Full gear doesn't matter for us as defensive linemen.  In shoulder pads, we're going to hit the offensive linemen just the same.  They're not going to cut us if we're in full pads, so it's the same thing for us.  It's just instead of having shorts on, you have spandex on – it's the same thing."

There's been a lot of talk about building a brand with Gregg Williams' defense.  Is that the kind of mentality you have?
"We do want to build a brand and find the players that fit this system.  It's a great system and it works if it's run correctly.  Will Smith was able to have a good year in this system where he had 13 sacks.  It might be someone's job to take up two offensive linemen and free up a linebacker.  I want to win.  That's all that matters to me.  I don't care if I have one sack or ten sacks.  If I had one sack and could win the Super Bowl, or if I had ten sacks and get knocked out the first round of the playoffs, which one do you think I want?  I just want to win.  That's what I believe tis defense is about and everyone associated with this team is about."

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