New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Conference Call Transcript
Monday, November 18, 2013
Obviously you have a short week this week and another set of eyes after looking at the film after the win?
“Yeah we haven’t even gotten through the film. Typically on a short week like this we get right on to the next opponent. There have been snippets we looked at, really nothing has changed since last night. We are kind of on to the Atlanta plan just with the reduced time.”
What are some of the challenges that go along with a short week? Is it helpful that it is a divisional opponent?
“I think from that aspect someone you played already I think it can make the transition for Atlanta as well as ourselves a little less hectic. I think the big challenge is our, obviously, physically playing a game, an afternoon (3:25) game and then turning around and playing another game here in a few days. I think (about) the toll on the players and just trying to get them as much rest as possible prior to playing another football game.”
Is it somewhat helpful that it is a divisional opponent?
“Well it is just what I said, I think for both teams being it’s a division opponent number one and then number two, a division opponent you have played already (it can make transition into preparation a little less hectic). You go back to the scouting reports. You kind of update maybe the changes because there have been some changes since week one ourselves and I’m sure for Atlanta in regards to personnel. (We) Had our meeting already this morning with our advance team, our pro personnel team and they are going to go through recently injuries, recently who’s doing what. Some of that has changed in the last 10 weeks.”
Can you give us an update on Jabari Greer?
“I don’t have an official update. We are waiting today. I know he is visiting with the doctors. I will probably have more information for you tomorrow. It was a significant injury, but the specifics I would rather wait to give you tomorrow. We are just trying to keep our fingers crossed with him. I spoke to him last night in the hospital. It is always difficult when someone like Jabari who has been with us and has been a staple with what we have done defensively goes down with an injury like he sustained. It’s a knee injury and I will fill you in with the specifics tomorrow.”
Are you going to rely on your own experience with short weeks or is there a new trend or idea that you see yourself and your team trying this week?
“I don’t know that there is anything new. I think it is always about backing off any padded practices and it becomes more the mental in regards to meetings and walk-throughs and allowing their bodies to recover.”
How were Jabari Greer’s spirits in the hospital last night?
“As well as you could be expected. He is a strong person and it is something nonetheless that is still difficult. He seemed to be hanging in there and he was with his family.”
You brought in kickers and safeties in last week. With Jabari Greer looking like he is out, will you bring in cornerbacks?
“We will see. Our guys are working hard right now looking at all of our options.”
Run defense has not been a strength of the team this year, how impressed were you with how you guys were able to stop the run?
“I said after the game, what was encouraging was we were able to create those third downs that we felt were favorable. And conversely we were able to run the ball, I thought in both of those areas against a real good 49er front, I thought we ran it very well and I thought against a very good rushing attack, one of the better rushing attacks in football, I thought we defended the run real well. Ultimately I think those two goals I would say were probably the most important keys to us winning that game and we achieved both of them.”
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