SaintsTonight – 2017 Week 14

SaintsTonight – 2017 Week 14


>>>IS THAT A LOVE TAP — >>DEFINITELY, THE PASSES ARE GETTING OUT OF CONTROL, THAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORST I’VE SEEN. >>SO THEY THROW THE FLAG, KEEP THE DRIVE ALIVE. MATT RYAN BACK TO THE END ZONE. TRAY HENRY IS DOWN, WITH A GROIN INJURY, HE GETS TAKEN OFF THE FIELD, THIRD AND ONE, DAVONTE FREEMAN GETS IT OFF THE PLAY, IT TOOK 8:27, THE OFFENSE WAS TAKING A NAP. ATLANTA UP 10-3, GETS THE BALL BACK, FRESH LEGS, THEY GET RIGHT UP. TO MICHAEL THOMAS, FIRST AND 10, MARK INGRAHAM, LOOK AT THE NICE SPIN MOVE. BUT HOLD ON NOW, THERE IS ANOTHER INJURY, CALAMETE GOES DOWN, WITH A STRAIN, IT WAS SO BAD ON THE SIDE LINE IT IS LIKE YOU HAD TO TAKE A TICKET TO GET LOOKED AT IN THE TENT. THERE WAS A PLAYER IN THERE, MEANWHILE, TWO WAITING TO BE SEEN. FIRST EVER TOUCHDOWN SEEN — LOOK AT THIS PLAY, WHAT A WAY TO BALANCE ON THE SIDELINE, TO CAP A 66-YARD DRIVE TO TIE THE GAME AT TEN WATCH THE FOOT. ALL IN THE TOES, STAYS ON THE GREEN GETS IN THE END ZONE. AND WE’RE TIED AT TEN. ATLANTA DRIVING LATE IN THE 40, YOU SEE 15 SECONDS TO GO. THERE IS MARSHAUN LATIMORE, GETS IT DOWN TO THE SIDE LINE, FROM 47 HE IS GOOD. WAIT A MINUTE, THERE IS A FLAG, THEY’RE GOING TO SAY ILLEGAL FORMATION ON THE SAINTS BECAUSE IT’S AN OFFENSIVE PENALTY, YOU TAKE THE FIELD GOAL OFF THE BOARD THE CLOCK RUNS OUT AND THE SAINTS DON’T GET A CHANCE TO TIE THE GAME. SO WE’RE TIED AT TEN INSTEAD OF THE SAINTS LEADING 13-10. BY THE WAY, IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE SAINTS RAN NINE, CHRIS BANJO, SING US SOME SWEET STRING MUSIC TO START THE THIRD QUARTER AS HE PICKS OFF MATT RYAN, RYAN, SECOND INTERCEPTION, LOOK AT THE WALL OF WHITE JERSEYS IN FRONT OF MARK INGRAM, TAKING IT DOWN THE TENTH YARD LINE. BOBBLES THE SNAP, GETS IT OUT OF HIS HANDS QUICKLY. FINDS MICHAEL THOMAS, FOUR PLAYS AFTER THE TURNOVER, AND RIGHT NOW THE SAINTS HAVE A 7-10 LEAD. THIS WAS PICKED OFF BY MARCUS WILLIAMS, HE COULD HAVE TAKEN IT OFF AT THE 20, INSTEAD HE GETS IT OFF AT THE FIVE, THIRD INTERCEPTION BY MATT RYAN, SAINTS DEFENSE FORCES ANOTHER TURNOVER. BUT SAINTS CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH IT. LATER, INTO THE BACK FIELD, MATT RYAN, SAINTS TRYING TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING UP 7 AND INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER, SECOND AND TEN FROM THE 33 AND RYAN FINDS JULIO JONES ONCE AGAIN, JONES AGAINSTS DOWN TO THE 20 YARD LINE FOR COMPLETION DOWN AT THE 15. ONCE AGAIN, MOHAMMED SANU, BIG NIGHT. PENALTY DRIVE KEPT ALIVE. EIGHT YARDS, 11 PLAYS, AGAIN, ANOTHER LONG DRIVE FOR ATLANTA EATING UP THE CLOCK TIED AT 17. DREW BREES GETS OUT OF TROUBLE AND TRIES TO SCRAMBLE AND RUNS RIGHT BACK INTO TROUBLE. ON FIRST AND TEN, 28, MOHAMMED SANU, LOOK AT THIS, TAKES PRIDE, WASN’T LIKE IT WAS DANCING, GOOD FOR 22 WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, HJULIO JONES THIS TIME, FOURTH AND 11, HERE COMES MATT BRYANT FROM 52 STARTED WIDE MADE ITS WAY BACK IN. JUST LIKE THAT NOW THE FALCONS HAVE A THREE-POINT LEAD BUT THE SAINTS HAVE TIME ON THE CLOCK AND DREW BREES AT THE QUARTERBACK POSITION, TAKES IT 35 YARDS GETS OUT OF BOUNDS AND NOW THE SAINTS HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO WORK WITH IT. CLOSE TO FIELD GOAL POSITION TO TIE IT. DREW BREES TO MARK INGRAM. WATCH THE SPIN OUT OF THE TACKLE. GETS THE FIRST DOWN. NOW HE IS SLOW TO GET UP. BUT HE WOULD GET UP. ON FOURTH AND ONE, DREW BREES GOES FOR IT ON FOURTH. DIVES FOR IT ON FIRST DOWN, DREW BREES TO TED GUINN JR., HE WOULD GET UP, NOW SECOND AND 10, AND DREW BREES TO THE END ZONE. THERE WAS THE PLAY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. FORMER LSU TIGER DEON JONES, WHAT ATHLETICISM TO GET UP THERE AND MAKE THAT PICK THE FIRST TURNOVER FOR THE SAINTS, THE ONLY TURNOVER FOR THE SAINTS AND THERE YOU SEE IT AGAIN. HE LANDS ON HIS BACK AND CRADLES THE BALL AND THAT PUTS THIS GAME TO BED. SAINTS GET OUT-SCORED BY TEN IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, DREW BREES, 207 YARDS, MATT RYAN, 221 YARDS, THREE PICKS, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DID ENOUGH TO GET THE GAME IN THEIR HANDS, FALCONS GO TO 8 AND 5, SAINTS 9 AND 4, THEY WIN OUT AND THEY WILL WIN THE NFC SOUTH BUT THESE TWO TEAMS WILL MEET AGAIN CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE SUPER DOME IN NEW ORLEANS. LET’S HEAR FROM THE HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON. >>REAL QUICK, I’LL BE BRIEF. OBVIOUSLY, IT’S A DISAPPOINTING LOSS, WE FOUGHT HARD. BUT WE FOUGHT A LOT OF THINGS OUTSIDE OF JUST THE FOOTBALL GAME. BUT YOU KNOW, I WAS REAL PROUD. ANY QUESTIONS?>>WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS — YOU TALKED ABOUT — >>JUST WHAT IT IS. >>AND INJURIES — >>WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? SERIOUSLY, SPEAK UP, WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? WHY DO YOU THINK THERE WERE SO MANY INJURIES TONIGHT? ANYONE?>>HUH?>>çó SHORT WEEK. ANYWAY, CREDIT ATLANTA, THEY CAME BACK SHOWED SOME HEART GOT A BIG WIN, IT WAS DISAPPOINTING FOR US. >>JUST WISHING — >>THEY FELT LIKE — PLAYER WAS NOT FAR ENOUGH UP ON THE LINE, USUALLY YOU GET A WARNING WITH THAT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A BACKUP IN. BUT HEY. >>COULD YOU SEE THAT ONE FROM WHERE YOU ARE — >>IN THE HALF?>>YEAH?>>NO. NO. >>THE NORMAL PROTOCOL IS THAT THEY GET A WARNING?>>ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE SECONDARY PLAYS?>>I THOUGHT WE FOUGHT REAL HARD. I THOUGHT WE PLAYED OUTSTANDING ON DEFENSE, STRUGGLED OFFENSIVELY TO FIND A RHYTHM. A LOT OF DIFFERENT GUYS GO DOWN, I WOULD SAY EIGHT OR NINE PLAYERS GOT HURT HERE TONIGHT, GIVE OR TAKE SO — BUT — THAT BECAME CHALLENGING. I THOUGHT THE DEFENSE FOUGHT HARD. >>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE STANDPOINT, ONCE YOU START MISSING SOMETHING OF THESE MID-GAME — >>QUICKLY YOU GOT BACKUP PERSONNEL GROUPS. BUT — YOU KNOW, THAT IS A CHALLENGE WHEN YOU HAVE GUYS — >>ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, COACH, HOW DO YOU THINK MARSHAWN HANDLED IT?>>WE HAD A LOT OF OTHER CHALLENGES, BUT I THOUGHT WE COMPETED. >>THE OXYGEN A COUPLE OF TIMES –? THAT IS PRETTY NORMAL. I BET THAT HAPPENS QUITE A BIT, YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S PRETTY DRY ON A SHORT WEEK. >>SEAN, IS — >>WHO IS THAT?>>THE SAINTS — >>LISTEN, WE STILL HAVE A TON OF FOOTBALL LEFT. WE’RE PLAYING FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY JUST LIKE ATLANTA, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TOMMYLEE GETTING IN THERE — >>THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD PLAY, FOUGHT HARD. >>I CALLED A TIMEOUT, AND THEN HE ASKED ME AGAIN, AND I SAID I PRO ALREADY CALLED A TIME OUT. I PROBABLY SAID IT WITH A LITTLE BIT MORROW OMPH OR VIGOR THAN THAT, BUT I HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT IT. S>>IS THAT THE KIND OF THING YOU WOULD EXPECT THE FLAG ON IN THAT GAME?>>IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE GAMES. LISTEN, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN A PART OF A GAME LIKE THAT YOU KNOW AND FRUSTRATING, BUT YOU KNOW, OUR GUYS WILL BOUNCE BACK. >>JUST — YEAH. JUST — THE FLAGS THAT WERE THROWN. THAT WAS — >>IT’S CALLED — >>ANY MORE QUESTIONS — >>THE VIDEO — >>I DON’T REMEMBER THAT. I DON’T REMEMBER THAT. THANK YOU. >>WELL, HE SAID HE WOULD BE BRIEF AND YOU COULD TELL HE WAS DOING EVERYTHING HE COULD TO NOT JUST REALLY LAY INTO — OR HE WOULD GET A LETTER OR FINE FROM THE NFL. HE WAS FRUSTRATED. WHEN HE SAID THERE WAS A LOT OF PLAYERS THAT WENT DOWN HE WAS NOT KIDDING, THERE WAS A LAUNDRY LIST OF PLAYERS THAT WENT DOWN. YOUR BODY, YOU SAID MAYBE BY FRIDAY YOU STARTED TO FEEL BETTER. YOU SAID THE SAINTS HAD TO TRAVEL TO ATLANTA ON WEDNESDAY TO PLAY TONIGHT AND YOU HAD EIGHT OR NINE GUYS GO DOWN. YOU EVEN SAID IT LOOKED LIKE INJURIES WERE MUSCLE STRAINS OR TENSION BECAUSE THEIR BODIES HAD NOT RECOVERED. >>IT WAS NOT BROKEN BONES OR TORN ACLs, IT WAS GROIN, THINGS THAT WERE ATTRIBUTED TO NOT GETTING ENOUGH REST OR GETTING ENOUGH TIME AWAY FROM THE GAME. YOU ARE LOOKING AT GUYS WHO PLAYED THE AFTERNOON GAME ON SUNDAY, HARDLY GOT ANY REST SUNDAY NIGHT, GOT ON A PLANE AND WENT TO ATLANTA. THE HUMAN BODY, IT CANNOT RECOVER UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT’S A HUGE ISSUE, THEY HAVE TO LOOK AT THESE THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES AND OF T IF THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP THE THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES GO AHEAD, BUT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT TEAMS TRAVELING, THEY HAD FIVE OR SIX — >>IN NEW ORLEANS, THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO BE ON THE ROAD. AND THEN ALONG THAT DISCUSSION WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SHORTENED SCHEDULE LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THIS WAS NOT A GAME PLAYED IN WEEK THREE OR FOUR, YOU ALWAYS WONDER WHY THE GAMES ARE SO BAD. BUT EARLY THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO GET INTO THE RHYTHM, LATER IN THE SEASON THEY’RE WORN OUT. LOOK, I’M NOT MAKING EXCUSES, EVERYBODY PLAYS A THURSDAY NIGHT GAME BUT A GAME OF THIS MAGNITUDE WHEN YOU BACK LOAD THE SCHEDULE ALL OF THESE GAMES IN THE NFC SOUTH TO HAVE ALL THAT HAPPEN AND THEN YOU SEE YOU’RE LOSING BASICALLY DOUBLE DIGIT PLAYERS TO INJURIES IT’S JUST TOUGH TO WATCH. >>I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING THERE. I THINK THEY SHOULD ASK ABOUT THE NEXT CBA, IT WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA TO END THURSDAY GAMES BECAUSE THE GUYS ARE ALREADY TIRED. YOU COULD PUT EVERYBODY ON THE INJURY REPORT THIS SEASON, YOU NEED TO LET EVERYBODY RECOVER, EVERYBODY WANTS TO SEE A HEALTHY SAINTS GAME IN DECEMBER. WHEN YOU LOSE GUYS LIKE ALVIN COMERA, THAT GAME TONIGHT WAS NOT GOOD TO WATCH. VERY SLOPPY, THE SAINTS STILL HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN IT. BUT JUST NO FLOW. IN EVERY GAME THERE IS ABOUT FIVE GAMES THAT COULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE GAME. TONIGHT THERE WERE ABOUT 20, THAT WAS JUST THE WAY THE GAME FLOWED BECAUSE IT WAS SLOPPY. >>YOU HEARD SEAN MENTION SOMETHING ABOUT THE PENALTIES, YES, INJURIES WERE A FACTOR BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF OTHER THINGS THE SAINTS COULD HAVE DONE BETTER A>>>ATLANTA WINS THE BIG THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN FROM THE NFC SOUTH, FALCONS ON THEIR WAY TO NEW ORLEANS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. WE’LL SEE IF THE SAINTS ARE HEALTHIER, RIGHT NOW THEY WIN, THEY TAKE THE NFC SOUTH. OUR SAINTS INSIDER MARK NABOR IS MAKING HIS WAY INTO THE LOCKER ROOM. >>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, VICTOR, HI, YOU HEARD THE FRUSTRATION FROM SEAN PAYTON, IT CARRIES OVER TO SAINTS PLAYERS, WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE COACH JOINING US, I GUESS YOU GUYS AGREE. >>STUFF HAPPENS IN FOOTBALL, INJURIES, PENALTIES, YOU KNOW, CAN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. WE JUST WERE NOT ABLE TO FINISH THE GAME. WE HAD ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO FINISH THE GAME AND WE DIDN’T DO IT. >>TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU WENT THROUGH INJURY-WISE, PENALTY-WISE, THAT LAST DRIVE SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING WAS GOING YOUR WAY. >>WE’RE JUST A RESILIENT GROUP, WE FOUGHT HARD, WE WORK TOO HARD TO JUST LAY DOWN BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS AS FAR AS INJURIES AND PENALTIES. YOU KNOW THAT STUFF HAPPENS IN FOOTBALL. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FINISH AND GET THE JOB DONE, I FELT LIKE WE WERE IN CONTROL OF THE GAME AT HALF TIME BUT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FINISH. >>MARK, TAKE ME INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM. WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION OF THE TEAM, YOU’RE ONE OF THE YOUNG LEADERS, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH THE GAME?>>WE’RE ALL ACCOMPLISHED, WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING WE WANT TO. WE JUST HAVE TO CONTINUE TO GET BETTER. >>I KNOW YOU LIKE THE NICKNAME BOOM AND ZOOM. BUT YOUR PARTNER COMERA HAD TO LEAVE THE GAME WITH A TOE INJURIES, HOW DOES IT LEAVE YOU FEELING?>>I’M READY TO CARRY THE LOAD, HE IS READY TO CARRY THE LOAD. I DON’T THINK IT WILL AFFECT THE GAME PLAN, WE EXECUTED AS A TEAM. UP 17-10 AT THE HALF. AFTER THE HALF. ANDñr WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FINIS THE GAME. >>TALK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD NOW YOU HAVE THESE GUYS AGAIN IN TWO WEEKS, BUT THEY WILL AGAIN BE IN NEW ORLEANS, A LOT OF MOTIVATION NO THAT FOR THAT GAME COMING UP. >>YES, BIG ONE, WHERE THEY BEAT US TODAY, THEY’RE STILL IN THE RACE. OUR NUMBER ONE DIVISION, WE’LL TAKE THIS LONG WEEKEND AND GET READY FOR THE JETS AND — WE FOCUS ON BEATING THE JETS. >>I KNOW YOU’RE FRUSTRATED. YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN STAND-UP WITH US, I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME. ALL RIGHT, MARK INGRAM. >>THANK YOU. >>I’M NOT GOING TO SIT HERE AND SECOND GUESS WHAT MARK INGRAM SAYS ABOUT THE GAME PLAN BUT I’LL PRESENT YOU WITH A NUMBER THAT CONTRADICTS WHAT HE SAID. DREW BREES HAD TWO, TED GUINN LOST ON ONE CARRY FOR THREE YARDS, THIS IS SOMEBODY TEAMING UP WITH ALVIN COMERA AND COMBINED THEY HAVE BEEN EASILY GETTING OVER 100 YARDS, IF NOT 200 YARDS. I KNOW WHAT MARK IS TALKING ABOUT, WHEN YOU SEE 50 YARDS RUSHING TONIGHT TOTAL COMERA LEAVING IN THE FIRST DRIVE, IN THE FIRST QUARTER, IT WOULD SEEM THEY AFFECTED THE GAME. >>THE ONE THING THAT AFFECTED THE PLAY CALLING, WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE ALVIN ON THE FIELD. YOU GO BACK TO DOING MORE BASICS, MORE CONSERVATIVE, THEY CAN LINE THEM UP EVERYWHERE AND STILL GET EXPLOSIVE PLAYS OUT OF IT. LOOKED LIKE OFFENSIVELY THEY GOT A LITTLE MORE CONSERVATIVE IN THEIR PLAY CALLING LEADING TO TWO YARDS, THREE YARDS. >>PLAYERS ARE STILL COMING OUT, WE KNOW THEY’RE TIRED, A SHORT WEEK, WE APPRECIATE THEM TALKING BY TO TALK TO MARK NABORS. MIKE?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THREE INTERCEPTIONS, ONE OF THEM BY THE MAN WHO JOINS ME, CHRIS BANJO, JUST TALK ABOUT HOW FRUSTRATING THE GAME WAS, YOU GUYS MADE GREAT PLAYS, LOT OF INJURIES, AND FRUSTRATION, YOU STILL PULLED THIS ONE OUT. >>I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE THIS TEAM SHOWED A LOT OF GRIT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL. ALL PHASES, ACTUALLY, GUYS GOING DOWN, YOUNG GUYS COMING IN AND YOU KNOW MAKING PLAYS. I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE THIS IS A GAME WE NEED DURING THE SEASON. DEFINITELY DIDN’T LIKE THE OUTLOOK, BUT DEFINITELY PROUD OF ALL THE GUYS IN THE LOCKER ROOM, COACHES INCLUDED. >>YOU LOSE A.J.KLINE, EVERYBODY HAD TO BE THE NEXT MAN AND REALLY STEP UP. >>NO DOUBT, WE APPPREACH IT ON CONSISTENT BASIS. I DEFINITELY THINK GUYS CAME IN AND WERE PREPARED AND PERFORMED.>>MARCUS WILLIAMS GETS THE PICK, YOU GUYS FEEDING OFF EACH OTHER?>>NO DOUBT, ESPECIALLY IN OUR ROOM, IN DEFENSIVE BACK ROOM, WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN BECAUSE THIEVES. I THINK WE DID A GOOD JOB WITH THAT TONIGHT. WE DEFINITELY NEEDED MORE, CAPABLE OF GETTING MORE. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BUILD ON A GAME LIKE THIS AND CORRECT THE MISTAKES WE DID HAVE AND GO ON FROM THERE. >>YOUR INTERCEPTION INSTSTALLEE DRIVE, WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THAT PLAY?>>I READ THE COMBINATION AND TRIED TO GET AS QUICK A COMBINATION ON IT AS I COULD. FORTUNATELY CAME UP WITH THE BALL, PLAYS LIKE THAT ARE JUST A BI-PRODUCT OF FINISHING AND REALLY RUNNING THE BALL. >>YOU GUYS HAVE THE FALCONS IN TWO WEEKS, I KNOW YOU WERE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE OUTCOME, HOW WILL IT MOTIVATE YOU IN THE GAMES TO COME?>>WE’RE PAST THIS GAME, WE’RE PAST THIS GAME, WHENEVER WE GET THERE WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THAT THEN. RIGHT NOW WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT WINNING THIS NEXT GAME AND GETTING RESTED UP AND HEALING UP AND LIKE I SAID GETTING READY TO TAKE THE GAME. >>GREAT GAME BY YOU, A TOUGH LOSS, I APPRECIATE THE TIME. CHRIS BANJO PART OF THE SECOND FOR THE SAINTS, WE HAD DREW BREES STEPPING UP — >>I DON’T BELIEVE THAT IS THEIR FASTEST GAME. THEY WILL REMEMBER THIS, MIKE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY HAD SOME TURNOVERS TONIGHT THEY COULD NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TURNOVERS HIS INTERCEPTION BEING ONE OF THEM. THERE WAS A HARD TIME GETTING CONVERSION, THEY COULD HAVE WON OF THE SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS. >>MATT RYAN PROBABLY PLAYED THE WORSE I’VE SEEN HIM PLAY IN A LONG TIME. HAD YOU HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TURNOVERS, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE, PLAYS LIKE CHRIS MADE IN THE GAME WERE BIG IN THE GAME THEY JUST COULDN’T GET ENOUGH POINTS ON THE BOARD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE. >>WE’LL SHOW YOU STATS WHEN WE COME BACK, AND THE SAINTS COMING OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM, THE FALCONS WIN BY A SCORE OF 20>>>WE HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO HEAR FROM A COUPLE OF THE ACTIVE PLAYERS, HOW ABOUT FROM FORMER PLAYERS, DEUCE McALLISTER, ON THE CALL, HE IS NOW STANDING BY TO GIVE HIS THOUGHTS WITH MIKE. >>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, VICTOR, WIN OR LOSE YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON THE RUNNINGBACKS, WE HAD DEUCE McALLISTER, WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF BAD CALLSÑi AND NEVER MADE IT A EXCUSE, BUT A LOT OF QUESTIONABLE CALLS, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A GAME WITH CALLS LIKE THIS?>>NOT TO THE TUNE OF 11 PENALTIES, I THINK IT WAS NINE FIRST DOWN YOU GO RIGHT BEFORE THE HALF THAT THREE POINTS THINK ABOUT HOW HUGE THAT IS. YOU KNOW, AT THE END OF THE GAME YOU’RE GOING FOR THE WIN AND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN OR FIELD GOAL YOU KNOW YOU PLAY CLOSE ENOUGH, JUST COULDN’T PLAY WELL ENOUGH AND YOU KNEW AT SOME POINT THE PENALTIES WOULD GET THIS TEAM BUT YOU DIDN’T THINK IN THAT FASHION. YOU DIDN’T THINK IN THAT FASHION. IT’S DISAPPOINTING, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU FOUGHT, JUST NOT ENOUGH. >>TALKED TO CHRIS BANJO, HE SAID WE MOVED PAST THIS AS A TEAM. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT IS POSSIBLE. WE’RE JUST ABOUT A HALF HOUR FROM THE GAME ENDING BUT BOY THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO DWELL ON THIS, THEY HAVE THE FALCONS AND OH, BY THE WAY THE JETS, THEY HAVE TIME TO PREPARE, MAYBE THIS WILL MOTIVATE THEM. >>THE BEST PART IS THEY GET ABOUT TEN DAYS, SO FOR SEAN, HE PROBABLY WON’T BRING THEM IN NEXT WEEK EARLY LIKE HE WOULD ON A MONDAY, HE IS PROBABLY GOING TO GIVE THEM OFF. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT OF GUYS BANGED UP. TWO WITH CONCUSSIONS, OTHERS WITH GROIN INJURIES. IF THEY HAVE A HEALTHY ROSTER WHEN THEY MEET THIS TEAM AGAIN AT CHRISTMAS EVE, NOT EVEN CLOSE. >>WHAT DOES IT DO FOR A TEAM WHEN YOU HAVE THE PENALTIES AND YOU LOSE GUYS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL, WHAT DOES IT DO FOR THE TEAM?>>IT HELPS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT MISSING STARTERS, MISSING DEFENSIVE STARTERS, THERE IS THE NEXT MAN UP. BUT YOU ALREADY HAD A CONDENSED PACKET. NOW YOU LOSE ALVIN COMARA, YOU OB ONLY HAVE ONE RUNNINGBACK, 30% OF THAT OFFENSE IS FOR HIM. DEFENSE DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB, THEY WERE OUT THERE FOR A LOT OF PLAYS, ONLY GIVING UP 20 POINTS.>>I TALKED TO MARK INGRAM, HE SAID YOU KNOW WHAT, I DIDN’T LIKE NOT HAVING HIM OUT THERE, BUT HOW DID IT CHANGE THE LOAD?>>IT CHANGED BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE PLAYS, IT’S A SHORT WEEK, IF THEY KNEW GOING INTO IT MARK WAS GOING TO BE THE ONLY GUY, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE DONE SOME THINGS DIFFERENTLY. BUT THEN YOU HAVE COMERA, AND THE LEADS, THEY WERE KIND OF TAKEN AWAY. IT MADE IT TOUGH, YOU ARE PLAYING BRYCE HARRIS AS AN EXTRA GUY, HE PROBABLY HAS NOT GOT A LOT OF REPS SO YOU’RE PUTTING A LOT ON THE TEAM, YOU TALK ABOUT GOING OUT AND EXECUTING THEY JUST DIDN’T DO IT ENOUGH. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE STRETCH, WE’LL TALK TO DREW IN A SECOND, WHEN IT WAS THIRD AND ONE THEY PASSED THE BALL SEEMS LIKE THEY WERE IN FOURTH DOWN TERRITORY. THEY WERE GOING TO GO FOR IT. >>YEAH, YOU KIND OF FELT THAT IS WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING AT. YOU HAD SOME OPPORTUNITIES, JUST HAD TO EXECUTE. THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES THERE WAS PRESSURE IN HIS FACE, DIDN’T PICK UP TWISTS, I DIDN’T BLAME HIM ONE BIT FOR GOING FOR IT. >>YOU FELT LIKE DREW BREES WAS GOING TO MAKE THE PLAY, LEANED ON DREW BREES A LITTLE MORE. THIS TEAM, ESPECIALLY SEAN PAYTON LIKES HIS ATHLETICISM. WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THAT PLAY?>>THE TIGHT END IS THE BENDER, WE’VE SEEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN HE WILL SHOW A HIGH BACK SHOULDER THROW PROBABLY DIDN’T PUT ENOUGH UNDER IT. DEON JONES DID GOOD. GOT UP HIGH FOR THE INTERCEPTION. IF YOU ASKED DREW, HE WOULD MAKE THE SAME THROW PROBABLY ABOUT A FOOT OR TWO HIGHER NEXT TIME. >>LAST QUESTION I HAVE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TEAM? THREE GAMES LEFT AND TWO OF THEM ARE AT HOME. ONE TO GET THE BUCCANEAR TEAM ON THE ROAD — >>THE CROWD WILL BE BEHIND YOU, GO OUT, PLAY HARD, GET GUYS HEALTHY AND SEE WHERE THE CHIPS FALL. >>ALL RIGHT, MY FRIEND, APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. ALL RIGHT, THAT IS DEUCE McALLISTER, WE HAVE DREW BREES IN THE ON-DECK CIRCLE COMING UP.>>ALL RIGHT, WE’LL STAY RIGHT HERE AND GET BACK OUT TO MIKE AS SOON AS HE HAS THE SAINTS QUARTERBACK. DEUCE, ECHOING WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT, LET THEM GET HEALTHY. AND JEFF DUNCAN WAS POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT TWO WERE COUGHING UP BLOOD, IT GOES TO THE BODY, WHEN YOU’RE JUST NOT READY AND LAYING EVERYTHING AGAINST YOUR BIGGEST RIVAL, THESE GUYS NEED A FEW DAYS OFF. >>YEAH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT HOW BIG AND VIOLENT THESE PLAYERS ARE, RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER. THE ONLY WAY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT IS DOING IT. IT’S JUST NOT NORMAL TO DO YOUR BODY THAT WAY. ALMOST WOULDN’T SURPRISE ME IF DREW BREES GIVES THEM ALMOST LIKE A BYE WEEK. THEY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO REST THE BODIES. çó YOU KNOW THEY NEED IT. THE MAJORITY OF THE TEAMS NEED IT. THEY WILL REST UP THEIR MINDS, LAST THREE GAMES ARE IMPORTANT, OBVIOUSLY THE BIGGEST GAMES OF DECEMBER THE 24th. >>JETS FIRST AT HOME, THE FALCONS MAKE A RETURN TRIP BEFORE YOU FINISH UP IN TAMPA BAY, AND THAT FALCONS GAME RIGHT THERE WILL CIRCLE EVERYTHING FOR HOW IT WILL WORK OUT. LET’S LOOK AT THE FINAL NUMBERS, YOU HEARD DEUCE REFERENCE IT A MOMENT AGO TALKING TO MIKE ABOUT THE PENALTIES, IT’S AMAZING, BEFORE WE CAME ON THE AIR, THE SAINTS HAD THE TURNOVER BATTLE, 3-0, BEFORE THE STEALING OF THE INTERCEPTION, THERE IS A REASON WHY YOUR PLUS TWO, YOU STILL LOST THE GAME, THAT IS BECAUSE YOU GO RIGHT ABOVE THE LINE WITH THE TURNOVERS. >>HOW DO YOU WIN THE GAME WHEN YOU’RE STILL MINUS TWO? THE UNFORTUNATE PART THEY HAD A LOT OF PENALTIES BUT LED THE FIRST DOWN, AND KEPT THE ATLANTA OFFENSE OFF THE FIELD, THE OFFENSE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR OWN WAY BUT THE SAINTS LED WITH THE PENALTIES, WHAT YOU SAW WAS THE FALCONS RUNNING GAME STARTING TO TAKE OVER AND THE SAINTS DEFENSE LOOKING TIRED. WE TALKED ABOUT IT ALREADY, AND THE THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES, TIME OF POSSESSION 34 MINUTES DEFENSE GOT TIRED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.>>AND DID IT CHANGE THE GAME PLAN WITH COMERA GOING OUT? WE DON’T KNOW. BUT WE SAW THE RUSHING NUMBERS SO LOW, IT HAS NOT BEEN THIS YEAR, WE JUST DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT AFFECTED IT. TO YOUR POINT ABOUT THE FIRST DOWNS OFF OF PENALTIES, NINE FIRST DOWNS FOR ATLANTA TONIGHT OFF OF PENALTIES, THE SAINTIS HD 11. WE ARE GOING TO SNEAK IN A QUICK TIMEOUT HERE, WHEN WE COME BACK MORE REACTION FROM ATLANTA AS MIKE SAID, W>>>ONCE AGAIN WE’RE GLAD YOU STAYED UP LATE WITH US ON THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, AS THE SAINTS FALL TO THE FALCONS 20-17. WE SHOWED YOU THE STANDING AND THE SCENARIOS HOW IT’S LINING UP RIGHT NOW FOR A PLAYOFF RUN, OF COURSE THE SAINTS AND FALCONS NOW HAVE THEIR GAMES IN THE BOOK WITH EVERYBODY ELSE GETTING SET TO PLAY THIS WEEKEND. THE SAINTS DIDN’T MOVE FROM WHERE WE WERE EARLIER. THEY HAD A CHANCE TO MOVE UP TO THE NUMBER THREE SPOT TONIGHT, BUT BY LOSING TO THE FALCONS THEY WILL STAY FOURTH. REMEMBER, THE SAINTS HAVE A SWEEP OF THE CAROLINA PANTHERS IN THEIR BACK POCKET. NOW THE FALCONS GET A LITTLE MORE SEPARATION FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 72 HOURS WITH THE LIONS, PACKERS AND COWBOYS ALL STILL TO COME, THE PACKERS PLAY THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, CLEVELAND WINLESS THIS SEASON, SCOTT WE TOUCHED ON THIS, THIS SEASON. THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS CAN SWING THE MOMENTUM FOR ANYBODY HERE. THEY JUST BEAT PHILADELPHIA, BUT IF THE SEAHAWKS WERE TO BACK PEDAL AND STUTTER, YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THREE OF THE TEAMS IN THE NFC SOUTH — >>I THINK THE LEAGUE BY THE WAY THEY SET UP THE SCHEDULE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A TOUGH DIVISION AND IT HAS BEEN WITH ALL THE GAMES PUT IN THROUGH DECEMBER, THE SEAHAWKS GO TO JACKSONVILLE THIS WEEK, THAT WILL BE A TOUGH GAME FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO ME, I THINK THE DIVISION COMES DOWN TO THE SAINTS AND FALCONS, FOR THE 24th GAME, IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET YOUR LOVED ONE A GIFT, BUY THEM A TICKET. THAT WILL BE A DIVISION FOR THE DIVISION. THE PATTERNTHERS STILL PLAY TOU GAMES, BUT I THINK THE SAINTS — THE PANTHERS HAVE BEEN BANGED UP. >>A LOT WILL GET JUJUMBLED, BU THEY HAVE A BREAK BEFORE A MINI BREAK AND GO WITH THE JETS AGAIN BEFORE THE FALCONS AND THEN FINISH THE END OF THE SEASON FOR TAMPA BAY. RECEIVING TONIGHT, MICHAEL THOMAS, 14 TARGETS TEN RECEPTIONS, NOBODY ELSE WAS EVEN CLOSE, MARK INGRAM WAS NEXT, WITH FIVE. WE’RE WAITING FOR DREW BREES AVAILABLE. HE WILL BE THERE TO TALK TO MIKE AS HE ALWAYS DOES, OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM AND THEN HE WILL COME OUT. HE SEEMED TO LOCK ON ONE GUY. >>WHEN YOU LOSE A GUY LIKES — WHEN COMERO GOES OUT OF THE GAME YOU SAY WHO DO WE NEED TO GET THE BALL TO, HE PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN TARGETED THAT MUCH. AT THAT CRITICAL TIME ON THE ROAD AGAINST A GOOD TEAM, DIVISION RIVAL, YOU HAVE TO GET THE BALL IN THE PLAYMAKER’S HANDS, ANY TIME YOU THROW THE BALL TO THIS KID GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. >>AS YOU HEARD DEUCE McALLISTER SAID, HE THOUGHT THAT SEAN WOULD GET UNTIL NEXT WEEK TO GET READY FOR THE JETS, CERTAINLY IT DOESN’T HAVE THE IMPLICATIONS IN THE NFC SOUTH. YOU PLAYED THE THURSDAY NIGHT GAME FOR THE TEAM, THEY WILL FLY HOME, GET BACK TO NEW ORLEANS, WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THE GUYS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. >>THIS IS A JET TEAM THAT EVERYBODY THOUGHT THEY WOULD POSSIBLY GO 0 AND 16, THIS IS A TRUE TRAP GAME. THE JETS ARE PLAYING MUCH BETTER FOOTBALL THAN ANYBODY THOUGHT THEY WOULD PLAY. NOW THE DOWN SIDE TO HAVING THIS MUCH TIME, YOU GET TO REST YOUR BODY BUT MAKE SURE YOU REST YOUR MIND. YOU CAN’T SIT AROUND FOR TEN DAYS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN, AND THEN LOSE A GAME TO THE JETS, YOU HAVE TO GET OVER THIS GAME BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. >>LET’S MAKE OR UR WAY BACK TO THE STADIUM BECAUSE DREW BREES IS READY TO TALK WITH MIKE. >>WELL, THANK YOU, THIS IS A FRUSTRATING LOSS HE HAS BEEN A PART OF. DESCRIBE THE FEELING IN THE LOCKER ROOM, AND HOW YOU’RE FEELING. >>WELL, IT’S OBVIOUSLY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE WE LOST. I FEEL LIKE WE HAD IT THERE FOR US TO WIN. AND THE GUYS BATTLED THEIR HEARTS OUT. WE HAD TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES WITH INJURIES, BOTTOM LINE IS WE STILL HAD A CHANCE. AND I THINK JUST THE FIGHT AND THE RESOLVE OF THIS TEAM IS WHAT MAKES YOU SO PROUD, EVEN THOUGH THE RESULT WAS ALL WE WANTED. >>OFFENSIVELY AND DEFENSIVELY YOU GUYS LOST A LOT OF KEY PLAYERS ON BOTH SIDES. WHAT DOES IT DO TO A TEAM ON BOTH SIDES IN THE PROCESS WHEN IT JUST KEEPS HAPPENING LIKE THAT?>>LISTEN, WHAT I CAN SAY IS YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE GUYS GO DOWN. BUT TO SEE THE OTHER GUYS STEP UP AND PLAY SO WELL, YOU KNOW, GUYS LIKE TOMMYLEE LEWIS, AND OTHER GUYS STEPPING UP TO FILL THOSE ROLES, TREMENDOUS TO SEE THAT AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT ABOUT THE TYPE OF GUYS WE HAVE AND THE CHEMISTRY AND TOGETHERNESS. THE WAY THE GUYS ARE PLAYING TOGETHER AND FIGHTING TOGETHER AND TRYING TO WIN. >>WITH ALVIN COMERA GOINGBmUT, HOW DID THAT CHANGE THE GAME PLAY OFFENSIVELY?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IT’S TOUGH BECAUSE HE IS A BIG PART OF WHAT WE DO. SO YOU KIND OF HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE GAME PLAN SHEET AND FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. AND FIGURE OUT IF IT’S NOT COMERA, HOW CAN WE RE-PLAN IT, I FEEL LIKE WE HANDLED IT WELL. >>DESPITE THE PENALTIES AND INJURIES YOU GUYS HAD IT TO WIN DOWN THE STRETCH, AND THIRD AND ONE, WERE YOU GOING TO GO — >>CAME OVER AND IT WAS 13 INCHES, THE CONVERSATION WHERE SEAN WAS, WE TAKE A SHOT. AND WORSE THING IS, WE CAN GO FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN THAT CONVERSATION WAS HEY, WE CAME HERE TO WIN SO LET’S GO WIN. >>AND WITH THE INTERCEPTION OF JOSH HILL, I KNOW THAT IS FRUSTRATING LOOKING BACK ON THAT. WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THAT PLAY?>>WELL, COULD HAVE POSITIONED THAT BALL A LITTLE BIT BETTER. BOTTOM LINE IS THAT GUY MADE A NICE PLAY. NOT WORTH TAKING THE RISK, SECOND BALL, JUST CHECK THE BALL DOWN AND LET’S GET TO THIRD DOWN YOU KNOW, THIRD MEDIUM, STILL A SHOT AT THE END ZONE. BUT TRIED TO FORCE SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT THERE. SO THAT IS DISAPPOINTING. >>DREW, SO MUCH TO PLAY, THREE GAMES LEFT BUT YOU HAVE THESE GUYS IN YOUR HOUSE IN TWO WEEKS. I KNOW YOU GOT TO TAKE CARE OF THE JETS FIRST BUT JUST TALK ABOUT HOW YOU MOVE ON FROM THIS LOSS MOVING FORWARD NOW. >>WELL, YOU LOOK FOR THE FILM. YOU KNOW, YOU FIX THE MISTAKES. YOU COME UP WITH A GREAT GAME PLAN THE NEXT TIME YOU PLAY AND YOU GO OUT AND EXECUTE THAT TO PERFECTION. BUT OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE THE JETS WHO ARE PLAYING SOME REALLY GOOD FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW AND WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH OUR BEST PERFORMANCE TO BEAT THOSE GUYS AND THEN WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THE NEXT OPPONENT. BUT YOU KNOW, WE GET A COUPLE OF EXTRA DAYS HERE TO RECOVER. AND THEN WE’LL GET BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY GETTING READY FOR THE JETS. >>AS ALWAYS, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. WE’LL SEE YOU BACK IN THE MORNING. >>DREW BREES, OF COURSE WITH ALVIN COMERA GOING OUT THEY HAVEN’T LEANED ON HIM AS MUCH THIS SEASON, BUT LEANED ON HIM DOWN THE STRETCH. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>I DIDN’T GIVE YOU DREWS’ NUMBERS, 26 AND 35 FOR 271 YARDS DIDN’T GET SACKED TWICE, THE TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND OF COURSE THE COSTLY INTERCEPTION DOWN THE STRETCH. BEFORE WE WRAP IT UP. YOU LOST EIGHT OR NINE PLAYERS, NINE FIRST DOWNS, YOU HAD THE BALL 11 MINUTES LESS THAN THEY DID YET YOU HAD THE BALL INSIDE THE 15 YARD LINE, AND A CHANCE TO WIN THE BALL GAME, THERE ARE CERTAINLY POSITIVES THEY HAVE TO BE TAKING THAT DOESN’T OVERSHADOW THE NEGATIVES WE TALKED ABOUT. >>ABSOLUTELY, THAT IS A GREAT WAY TO SUMMARIZE IT, WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A GAME ON THE ROAD AGAINST ATLANTA YOU KNOW YOU’RE A DARNED GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. I KNOW IT WAS A LOSS, BUT THIS SAINTS TEAM IS A REALLY GOOD TEAM. THEY GET TO THE PLAYOFFS NOBODY IS GOING TO WANT TO FACE THIS TEAM. THEY JUST NEED TO KEEP THIS ROLLING, DON’T LET ONE SETBACK LEAD TO ANOTHER ONE, THIS TEAM HAS THE POWER TO MAKE SOME NOISE, STAY HEALTHY BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. >>WHEN YOU HAVE TEAMS GO DOWN WITH THE CONCUSSION, THEY CAN TRY TO GET THEMSELVES RIGHT FOR THE STRETCH RUN. THIS THURSDAY NIGHT OF ACTION HERE, WE WOULDN’T SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND, BUT WE’LL GET YOU READY TO GET SET FOR THE JETS, AND WE’LL WRAP IT UP ON SAINTS NIGHT FOR THAT. WE THANK MIKE NEIGHBORS FOR ALL HIS WORK

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