Saints on 6 Analysis: Saints vs Texans



>>WELCOME BACK AND CELEBRATE
WITH IT NATION. THAT WOULD THAT THEN MA NATION. THE SAINTS IN A LOSING STREAK ON
SEASON OPENERS, THAT IT’S OVER
SINCE 2013 THANKS TO WIL LUTZ,
HIS CAREER LONG 58-YARD FIELD
GOAL. YOU SAID THEY WERE GOING TO WIN
BECAUSE OF WIL LUTZ THE>>
THAT’S RIGHT. ALSO, DREW. WE WILL CARRY HIS PRESS
CONFERENCE LIVE WHEN HE COMES TO
THE PODIUM UNTIL THEN, I WILL
ASK YOU ALL ABOUT HIM. A SLOW FIRST HALF, INTERCEPTION
IN THE RED ZONE, THEN HE
RALLIES. TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND BOTH OF YOU,
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HIS
PERFORMANCE TONIGHT, ESPECIALLY
THE LAST DRIVE?>>YOU LOOK AT HIM, HE IS A
CONSTANT PROFESSIONAL. ALL HE WILL TALK ABOUT IS HOW HE
FEELS HE NEEDS TO IMPROVE IN THE
RED ZONE. THAT EARLY INTERCEPTION. .
HE WILL NOT STOP HARPING ON
THAT. HE WILL HAVE THAT INFO BY
NEXT WEEK. BUT THAT IS WHAT HE DID TONIGHT.>>I AGREE WITH ROMAN. HE IS A VETERAN AND HAS BEEN
AROUND A LONG TIME IN THE
LEAGUE, HE HAS BEEN IN THESE
SITUATIONS BEFORE. HE KEEPS A CALM AND GET HIS JOB
DONE. IF HE HAS A LITTLE HELP, WHICH
HE HAD TONIGHT. YOU CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT DREW
BREES. DOES HE PLAY PERFECT GAMES, NO. HE HAD A ROUGH START IN THE
FIRST HALF, BUT PLAYED A LOT
BETTER IN THE SECOND HALF.>>AND YOU CAN’T SAY ENOUGH
ABOUT THE JOB OF THE OFFENSIVE
LINE. ONLY ONE SACK GIVEN UP. I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT
THAT RYAN RANSACK PLAYED A BIG
ROLE IN THIS.>>YES, HE HAD SOME BIG GAMES
SINCE HIS ROOKIE YEAR, BUT HE
HAS NEVER LET THE MOMENT BE TOO
BIG FOR HIM SINCE HE CAME IN THE
LEAGUE. SINCE HE GOT DRAFTED IN THE
FIRST ROUND. HE WILL CONTINUE TO PERFORM AT A
HIGH LEVEL. EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT J.J. WATT,
HOW HE WILL AFFECT THE SAINTS
OFFENSE. AND HE DIDN’T LET THAT HAPPEN. I THINK SEAN PAYTON DID A GREAT
JOB MIXING UP THE WRONG TO PASS,
MIGGY SURE THEY DID SOME
MOVEMENT THROWS, TO MAKE SURE WE
HAD A MOVEMENT THAT WE WILL NOT
LET A PERSON THAT DOESN’T TOUCH THE BALL THE US TONIGHT. AND THEY DID A GREAT JOB OF
DOING THAT.>>DO YOU THINK IT IS BECAUSE
CLONE HE WASN’T HERE? YOU TALKED ABOUT THE DEBIAN
CLOUDY LAST YEAR. LOCHHEAD 16
SACKS — WATTS. HAD 16 SACKS DO THINK IT IS
BECAUSE THEY PAID MORE ATTENTION
TO J.J. WATT’S?>>I THINK CLONING WAS A GOOD
PLAYER, HE WAS ON A SPECIAL
LEVEL. HE COULD MAKE BIG PLAYS, MAKE
SOMETHING HAPPEN, GET THE KEY
SACK, THINGS LIKE THAT. THEY HAD TO WORRY ABOUT HIM WHEN
HE WAS MAYOR. HE AND WALKED WEATHER BIGGEST
OFFENSIVE LINE OF — HE AND
WATT WEATHER BIGGEST OFFENSIVE
LIN LINEMAN. NOW THEY HAVE TO FOCUS ON J.J. WATT. THEY HAVE TO BLOCK THIS GUY AND
NOT LET HIM BEAT THEM.>>SPEAKING OF THE OFFENSIVE
LINE, ROMAN, THE OPENING DRIVE
OF THE SECOND HALF, YOU SAW
SECOND LABEL BLOCKING TO ALLOW
MURRAY TO GET THE TOUCHDOWN. DO THINK THAT OPENED UP A GAME
FOR THE SAINTS OFFENSE RETURN?>>I THINK THEY HAD TO REALLY
HUNKER DOWN ON THE RUN GAME. THEY HAD TO GET LITIGIOUS MARA
GOING. THEY HAD TO GET ALFRED KAMARA IN
SPACE. A LITTLE BIT OF THE MOVEMENT
TYPE THROWS, GET HIM IN THE BACK
REAL QUICK. I THINK THAT IS WHERE THEY HAD
THE MOMENTUM GOING. THEN, DEFENSIVELY GETTING THE
TURNOVER. YOU CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW
MUCH OF THAT IMPROVED. IT SWITCHED THE WHOLE GAME FROM
OFFENSE AND DEFENSE. IT IS AMAZING TO SEE WHAT
HAPPENS WHEN THE SAINTS FORCED
TURNOVERS DEFENSIVELY, THAT
THEIR OFFENSE BACK ON THE BALL,
IN MOMENTUM THAT LOVES NOBODY IN
FOOTBALL, SHE IS ALL OVER THE PLACE.>>370 YARDS, TWO TOUCHDOWNS,
ONE INTERCEPTION, ONE STRANGE
STATISTIC YEAR, AND I HATE TO
BRING THEM UP ON A NIGHT THAT
ENDED ON A HIGH NOTE –LAST
YEAR, DREW THROUGH NO INTERCEPTIONS IN THE RED ZONE,
TONIGHT, HIS FIRST ONE IN THE
RE ZONE. AGAIN, NOT A GREAT FIRST HALF
BUT A TREMENDOUS SECOND HALF OF
THE BLACK AND GOLD. WE ARE A FULL-SERVICE POSTGAME
SHOW.>>WHAT KIND OF STAT IS THAT? [LAUGHTER]
>>IT IS JUST A STAT. SOMETIMES JIM GETS ON ME ABOUT
STATS. [LAUGHTER]
I THINK HE MADE CLUTCH PLAYS
LATE WHEN THEY NEEDED TO.>>THEY SURE DID, A MUCH BETTER
SECOND HALF BOTH OFFENSIVELY AND
DEFENSIVELY. THEY MADE PLAYS, WHETHER IT WAS
A BIG RUN OR PICK UP A FIRST
DOWN, OR STOP ON THIRD, WHATEVER
IT WAS, THEY MADE PLAYS. THEY LOOK LIKE A BETTER FOOTBALL
TEAM IN THE SECOND HALF THE THEY
DID THE FIRST HALF.>>I WILL FOLLOW FLETCHER’S STAT
WITH A POSITIVE STEP. COMING INTO THE GAME, DREW BREES
HAD 37 TOUCHDOWNS ON OPENING
NIGHT, THE MOST IN NFL HISTORY. ADD TWO MORE TONIGHT, THAT IS
39.>>WE JUST GOT A TEXT
MESSAGE ON THE SAINTS, THEY TELL
US THAT DREW BREES IS ON HIS WAY
TO THE PODIUM. , BEFORE WE HEAR MORE FROM JIM
AND ROMAN WE WILL HEAR FROM DREW
BREES COMING UP MOMENTARILY,
ASSUMING THE SAINT PR STAFF IS
CORRECT IN THE TEXT MESSAGE WE
GOT, THAT DREW BREES IS COMING TO THE PODIUM. AGAIN, DREW BREES WAS A VERY
GOOD NIGHT, A TREMENDOUS DRIVE
LATE IN THE GAME, IT COMPLETION
TO SET UP THE GAME-WINNING FIELD
GOAL. WIL LUTZ, A CAREER LONG 58-YARD
OR. THE SAINTS WIN 30-28. LET’S SPEAK TO DREW BREES RIGHT
NOW. [LAUGHTER]
DREW BREES: OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS A
LONG FIELD GOAL, BUT I AM GLAD
WE ATTEMPTED ONE FROM THE SAME
SPOT PRETTY MUCH EARLIER ON IN
THE GAME, SO HE GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT. I TURN OFF CONFIDENCE FOR US TO
GET BACK IN THE SITUATION WHERE
WE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN. I THINK WE ALL FELT LIKE IT WAS
GOING TO HAPPEN. THE MINUTE YOU HEARD THE BALL GO
OFF HIS FOOT, IT WAS A
THUNDERING KICK. I THINK WE ALL KNEW IT WAS
GOING. IN. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: REALLY THAT WHOLE DRIVE,
FIRST OF ALL, THE CHALLENGE OF
THAT DRIVE WAS 37 SECONDS AND
ONE TIMEOUT. YOU WANT TO TRY TO SAVE THAT
TIMEOUT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. YOU NEED TO PUT YOURSELF IN
FIELD GOAL RANGE. I FELT LIKE READING A REALLY
GOOD JOB. WE PRACTICED THAT. AND I THINK WE FELT LIKE WE KNEW
EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO IN
ORDER TO GIVE OURSELVES A CHANCE
TO WIN. THE COMPLETION TO TED, CLOCK IT,
THE COMPLETION TO MIKE, CLOCK
IT, THEN ASSESS WHAT THEY ARE
DOING. I HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET US
INTO WHATEVER PLAY WE NEED TO
THAT WAS GOING TO PUT US IN
POSITION TO WIN THE GAME. TED DID A GREAT JOB ALL DAY
LONG. SEVEN TARGETS, SEVEN CATCHES,
OVER 100 YARDS, A COUPLE OF BIG
PLAYS ESPECIALLY IN THE FOURTH
QUARTER. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: ABSOLUTELY. IT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE AS TO
YOUR FLEXIBILITY IS AN OFFENSE
WHEN HE HAVE A TIMEOUT, AND THEN
HOW THE DEFENSE WILL DEFEND YOU. , IF THEY KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET
OUT OF BOUNDS IT BECOMES EASIER
FOR THEM TO DEFEND. SO IT IS TO PROTECT ABOUT
TIMEOUT AT ALL COSTS, EVEN
THOUGH YOU ARE SPIKING WITH SIX
SECONDS LEFT. WE ARE OK WE CAN GET THE YARDAGE
WE NEED TO PUT OURSELVES IN
POSITION TO GET THE GAME-WINNER. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: I THOUGHT HE DID A
PHENOMENAL JOB, THE ENTIRE FRONT
DID. I THINK EARLY ON WHEN — AFTER
THE FIRST HALF WE LOOKED AT THE
NUMBERS AND FELT LIKE WE HAD TO
GET TO RUN THE BALL A LITTLE
MORE. FELT LIKE WE HAD PUT TOGETHER
SOME LONG DRIVES. WE GOT SOME BIG PLAYS. THERE WAS A LOT OF STUFF IN THE
PASSING GAME AND NOT NECESSARILY
IN THE RUN THAT WE FINISHED OFF
AT 180 YARDS RUSHING, SEVEN
YARDS CARRY. BOTH SIDES RUSHED REALLY WELL,
TOO, BUT IT IS JUST TWO TEAMS
GOING AT IT. PLAYOFF-CALIBER TEAMS WITH
REALLY GOOD OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
AND A LOT OF EXPLOSIVE PLAYERS
ON THE FIELD JUST IN A BATTLE
ALL MY LONG. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: HE IS A VERY GOOD PLAYER. SO VERSATILE. HE CAN THROW THE BALL FROM
POCKET. YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE IS
ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE POCKET. HIS ABILITY TO CREATE SOME THIRD
LONG’S, AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET
OUT OF SOME TOUGH SITUATIONS
BECAUSE OF HIS VERSATILITY. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR
MATCHUPS. BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE PLAYING A
BIT MORE CONSERVATIVE — EVERY
DEFENSE PLAYS A LITTLE
DIFFERENT. TYPICALLY YOU SEE SOMETHING IS A
SITUATION THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN
ALL GAME LONG, SO YOU HAVE TO BE
ABLE TO REACT ON-THE-FLY. EVERYBODY HAS TO KNOW THAT THIS
MAY BE YOUR MATCHUP, IT MAY BE
YOUR OPPORTUNITY. JUST LIKE IT WAS ON THE FIRST
THROUGH AT TED, THE SECOND THROW
WITH MIKE, IN THE SECOND THROUGH
BACK TO TED. THOSE GUYS HAD THE MATCHUP SO
THEY GOT THE BALL. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: YEAH, HE IS A STUD. THE ONE RUN HE MADE WHEN WE GOT
BACKED UP AFTER THE HOLDING CALL
WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. HE MADE SOME GREAT PLAYS REALLY
ALL GAME LONG BOTH IN THE RUN
GAME AND THE PASSING GAME. HAVING A GUY LIKE HIM IS GOOD
FOR TO ME. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: I SAW MIKE THOMAS GET A
TON OF ATTENTION. LET TASTE AND RUN FREE. I FELT LIKE THEY DID A GOOD JOB
ALL GAME LONG WITH THE STUFF
THEY WERE DOING. THERE WERE TIMES WHERE THEY GAVE
SOME ATTENTION TO MIKE AND THAT
WOULD OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES
ELSEWHERE FOR OTHER PEOPLE ON
THAT PLAY. IT JUST HAPPENED TO BE TASON. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
GREAT TO START THE
SEASON OFF WITH A WIN, IN THE
POSITIVE. OBVIOUSLY, WE KNOW THE STRETCH
OF GAMES WE HAVE COMING UP,
WE’RE IN THE SHORT TIME PLAYING
THE RAMS, THEN BACK TO SEATTLE,
THEN BACK HERE TO DALLAS ON
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. SO IS KIND OF THE GAUNTLET HERE
IN THE FIRST QUARTER. OF THE SEASON SO WE HAVE TO MAKE
IMPROVEMENTS VERY QUICKLY
BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE PLAYING
OUR BEST FOOTBALL. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: [LAUGHTER]
I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME
WE WORKED ON THAT. YOU WORK ON A TON OF TWO-MINUTE
SITUATIONS, BUT MOST OF THE TIME
YOU HAVE 1:50, AND ONE TIME YOU
NEED A TOUCHDOWN, OR MAYBE HAVE
50 SECONDS, TWO TIMEOUTS AND YOU
NEED A FIELD GOAL. MOST OF THE TIME EACH — MOST
OF THE TIME, YOU DON’T HAVE JUST
30 SECONDS. [LAUGHTER]
BUT WE DO PUT OURSELVES IN THOSE
SITUATIONS A LOT IN PRACTICE,
WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE VERY
PRECISE, YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO
MANAGE THE CLOCK, PUSH YOURSELF IN A POSITION TO WIN. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
SEAN: HE HAS A BIG LEG, WHICH IS
GREAT. TAKING THE DOME HERE. HIS FIRST GAME AS A SAINT. OPENING GAME OF 2016 WHERE HE
ATTEMPTED THE 61 YARDER, I THINK
HE HAD THE LEG FOR IT. SO I KNEW THAT IF A COULD JUST
GET HIM A LITTLE CLOSER, HE
WOULD BE EVEN BETTER. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
DREW: NO. I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE DEAL
WAS. SOMEONE CAME UP TO ME IN THE
LOCKER ROOM AND SAID THAT THEY
OF KNOWLEDGE THERE WAS A MISTAKE
THAT WAS MADE, THAT 10 SECONDS
SHOULDN’T HAVE RUN OFF THAT WE
SHOULD HAVE HAD 31 SECONDS LEFT, INSTEAD WE ONLY HAD 16. THAT CAN’T HAPPEN. WE ARE — THAT IS A GAME CHANGER
, RIGHT? WE ENDED UP HAVING TO KICK A 58
YARD FIELD GOAL, AND ATTEMPT TO
58 YARDER, IF WE HAD 50 MARCH 2,
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WE WERE GOING TO GET CLOSER. THAT IS A GAME CHANGER. THAT CANNOT HAPPEN. DREW: H CONTRIBUTED AND DID A
GREAT JOB. I AM REALLY EXCITED AS A GO
ALONG HERE BECAUSE LISTEN, WE
KNOW WHAT MIKE, TED, WHAT ALVIN
CAN DO, AND NOW THESE YOUNG
PLAYERS, COOK HAVING THESE
OPPORTUNITIES, GETTING MATCHUP’S, THEY WILL BE BIG
CONTRIBUTORS IN THE OFFENSE AS
WE MOVE FORWARD. YEAH. BUSINESS AS USUAL. [LAUGHTER]
I FELT LIKE HE HUNG IN THERE AND
DO A REALLY GOOD JOB. HE HAS A GREAT GROUP AROUND HIM. THEY WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT. FIRST GAME OUT, TO HAVE A GAME
AND A WIN LIKE THIS ON MONDAY
NIGHT FOOTBALL AT HOME HAS GOT
TO MEAN SOMETHING. ARIK, GUYS. THANKS. ANNOUNCER: LIVE. LOCAL. LATE-BREAKING. THIS IS THAT THE DSU NEWS AT
10:00. SULA: GOOD EVENING AND THANK YOU
FOR JOINING US, A WONDERFUL
NIGHT FOR THE WHO DAT NATION AS
A CELEBRITY BIG WIN, THE SAINTS
BEAT THE HOUSTON TEXANS 30-28,
IN A NAILBITER. SHAWN IT WAS EXCITING. THE EXCITEMENT DOESN’T STOP NOW. OUR SAINTS ON SIX COVERAGE
CONTINUES RIGHT NOW. ♪
>>THAT’S RIGHT, THIS IS OUR COX
SAINTS ON SIX POSTGAME COVERAGE. I AM FLETCHER MACKEL ALONG WITH
SHARIEF ISHAQ, AND OUR GUESTS. THE SAINTS ARE VICTORIOUS, FINAL
SCORE, 30-28, FIRST TIME THE
SAINTS WIN A SEASON OPENER SINCE
2013. IT WAS A NAILBITER, BUT
NONETHELESS, A W IS A W, AND IT
WAS ALL THANKS TO WIL LUTZ. NO SHOCKER, HE HAD THE CLUTCH
PLAY OF THE GAME OR KICK OF THE
GAME. WIL LUTZ, A CAREER LONG 58 YARD
FIELD GOAL TO GIVE THE SAINTS
THE 30-28 WIND. SOME MAY SAY, HE COULD HAVE
KNOCKED IT IN FROM 63 YARDS,
JUST A BEAUTIFUL CAKE RIGHT DOWN
THE MIDDLE. THE CLUTCH PLAY OF THE GAME. A BEAUTIFUL ONE. THE FIRST REGULAR SEASON OPENING
WIN SINCE 2013. JIM, AS YOU WATCH THAT, IT WAS A
THING OF BEAUTY. JIM: EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT, THE
SNAP WAS RIGHT, THE OFFENSE
COULD HAVE SCREWED UP THE WHOLE
SITUATION, AND HE WOULD HAVE
MISSED IT. THE HOLD WAS REALLY GOOD BY
MARS, AND THE GREAT KICK — BY
MORRIS, AND IT WAS A GREAT KICK
ALL AROUND. SHARIEF: WIL LUTZ SAID I HIT IT
AND I STARTED CELEBRATING, I
KNEW. YOU PLAYED SPECIAL TEAMS IN
YOUR CAREER. HOW EASY IS IT TO KNOW? I KNOW WE ARE SAYING THAT IT
WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD FROM 65-67,
BUT STILL, THE EXECUTION HAS TO
BE PERFECT BY EVERYONE TO MAKE
THAT WORK. ROMAN: LET US GIVE THE SACK SOME
LOVE HERE, HE PROBABLY GETTING
SOME BOOST ON TUESDAY. [LAUGHTER]
IT TAKES EVERYONE. THEY — YOU TALK ABOUT THE
LITTLE THINGS. LIKE TELLING MORRIS TO BE IN THE
BALL A LITTLE FORWARD SO IT IS
AND THE SWEET SPOT, TO BE OF TO
GET THE BALL TO MOVE LONGER, I
DON’T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I AM
NOT A KICKER. BUT THEY DID WHAT THEY HAD TO DO
TO WIN. BUT IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO
CORRECTING MISTAKES AFTER A WIN.>>WDSU SPORTS REPORTER CARLY
MCCORD HAS BEEN TALKING TO THE
PLAYERS. LET’S JOIN HER WITH ONE OF THE
DEFENSIVE STARS OF THE GAME,
DEMARIO DAVID. SHE TALKED ABOUT TIM ABOUT THE
BREAKDOWNS THAT ALLOWED THE
TEXANS TO POTENTIALLY WIN THE
GAME. CARLY? CARLY: GOING BY THE
MARRIOTT DAVIS POST WIN IN THE
LOCKER ROOM. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND
WHEN HE SAW WIL LUTZ ATTEMPT THE
FIELD GOAL? DEMARIO: EASY MONEY. HE HAS MADE GREAT PICKS ROSS, I
DON’T THINK ANYBODY WAS WORRIED
ABOUT THAT. WE KNEW WE NEEDED A GOOD SNAP
AND HOLDEN A GOOD KICK, AND HE
DID IT. IT WAS JUST GOOD, COMPLEMENTARY
FOOTBALL. WE HAVE TO GET BEST GIVE CREDIT
FOR THE OFFENSE. WE WOULD LIKE FOR THE DEFENSE TO
GET OFF THE FIELD BEFORE THAT,
BUT IT IS COMPLEMENTARY
FOOTBALL. SO I AM PROUD OF THE TEAM. CARLY: LET’S TALK ABOUT DEFENSE. THINGS STARTED TO GEL
DIFFERENTLY IN THE SECOND
QUARTER. WHAT WAS GOING ON? THE MARR — THE MDEMATIO:
ANYTIME YOU’RE ABLE TO GET HITS
ON THE QUARTERBACK, IT MAKES A
BIG DIFFERENCE. WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT,
THERE WAS PRESSURE, BUT THEY
KEPT RESPONDING AND MOVING. IT WAS A SLUGFEST. DEFINITELY GREAT TO BE A WERE TO
GET ALL WENT. CARLY: IS THIS GAME IS SYMBOL OF
WHAT THE SEASON WILL BE LIKE? THE MARIA — THE DEMARIO:
WHO KNOWS. THE MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, YOU GOT
TO GET THE WIN. CARLY: THANK YOU, WE APPRECIATE
IT. BACK TO YOU.>>WE ARE LIVE BACK, THE
MARRIOTT DAVID SAYS THE SAINTS
WIN IT. NEXT WEEK THEY WILL GO

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