Metairie, La. - The Saints offense put up just 188 total yards of offense in Seattle a month ago, their worst performance by 159 yards. Now they're tasked with turning thing around in order to advance in the playoffs.
The following is a copy of quarterback Drew Brees' media availability Tuesday, as transcribed by the New Orleans Saints:
Can you talk about the Seahawks defense?
"You look at them in every statistical category and if they're not number one, they're certainly top five. It's as complete a defense as there is at every position, front four, the linebacker corps and obviously the secondary."
Is the way they are physical and try to disrupt the routes of receivers a big thing that they do on defense?
"Yes. The coverages they play and even in zone, the coverages outside. That's the solid defense they play and that they thrive on."
What was the message after playing Seattle last time?
"That was not a very good performance by us. They played very well. A lot of credit (goes) to them. Just knowing that we have to get better and the road to the playoffs and the Super Bowl looks like it's going to go through that place. If we want to accomplish what we set out to accomplish, then we better find a way to go there and win. I was just hoping we have another opportunity and here we are with that opportunity."
Were you a little confused about where you were practicing today with the logos?
"I thought you were talking about the arctic chill (laughter). No, that's all part of the little things we do throughout the week to prepare ourselves."
What's your interpretation of it?
"It's just when you are out of your elements, you have to put yourself in the moment as much as you can. It's in the indoor facility as well. Knowing that you're going to see a lot of those colors when you step into that stadium, you prepare to play your best out here on the practice field and hopefully that carries over."
Was the last game against Seattle something you took personally and something you want to make right?
"There were a lot of things where we walked away from that game and said that's not us. Like I said, we have to give a lot of credit to them because they forced us to be that way, but then again, there are a lot of things we have to correct and get better at. I think we have and like I said, we were just hoping for another opportunity to go through there and we have that opportunity."
Do you think it's possible to take the 12th man in Seattle out of a game?
How do you do that?
Is it that easy? You think that would take them out?
"You make plays, you score points, you get enough of a lead. That's how you take the crowd out of a game."
Did the earpieces work well last time in Seattle?
"Yes, they definitely quiet things. I think there's definitely something to them."
How do you feel about how you are running the football now as opposed to the last trip to Seattle in December?
"I think we're running the football better now than we were then. I feel like we've experienced a lot since then, played six games since then. Some haven't been our best performances. That kind of started our road skid. We went and lost to St. Louis and Carolina after that. I feel at times we played some good football and obviously last week on the road, first round of the playoffs, getting that win the way we did, a complete team win, certainly helped us gain confidence and hopefully we continue to grow there as we move forward."
How much does it help to have seen the whole Seattle experience recently so that you know what to expect when you get there?
"I think that's important. You know what to expect as you visualize it and you come up with your plan and know how it's going to be."
Does being the six seed and going on the road take some pressure off you guys as opposed them being the one seed and having all the pressure on them?
"I guess there's always going to be pressure on both sides to perform well. We have high expectations regardless of what seed we are. I don't look too much into that other than that I know we have to come up with a great plan and come out and execute it. There's always pressure to win and play well."
What did they do well in that first game?
"They did a lot of things well. They rushed the passer well. They covered well. We didn't feel like, at the end of the day we felt like we didn't have much rhythm, we didn't have many opportunities and so all of that is just obviously managing the circumstances, managing the crowd noise, managing all that stuff, finding ways to create rhythm within your gameplan, doing well on first down, getting yourself in a third and manageable position before they just pin their ears back and come back to you. The more balanced you can be is better. Hopefully you can make some big plays and take advantage of some opportunities. It's one thing that man coverage and bump and run does give you is that if you can get the ball in your guy's hands and make someone miss, you have potential opportunities there."
Richard Sherman raved about your adjustments in an SI.com article. Why in that particular game were you not able to adjust as well?
"I actually did feel like we made adjustments. We were just down 34-7 in the third quarter, so on all of our drives after that we were going to for it on fourth down and not kick field goals. We got down in the red zone two times in the fourth quarter and didn't make it in fourth down. We had some errors on our part in regards to getting lined up and running the plays as we had gameplanned for in practice. Some of that was on us. I feel like we've always been pretty good at that and hopefully we'll continue."
You guys have struggled with turnovers on the road. What do you take from being able to bounce back from those turnovers in the playoff game in Philadelphia and moving forward now?
"Being resilient. Having a resilient team. Having a team that doesn't have a panic button. We can overcome because defensively we're built that way. Offensively we're built that way. We're built to score and to score quickly, also to be able to possess the ball. All of that breeds confidence in no matter what happens we have a chance."
Are you not afraid to take risks in terms of turnovers?
"I won't hash through each one of them, but in the last game, one of them was a shot play to Kenny (Stills) in it looked like he was on top of the corner and was kind of leaving him. I go to launch the ball and all of a sudden he's kind of slamming on the brakes thinking I'm going to leave it short for him, so that's just one of those miscommunications. How many of those balls do you see me throw to Kenny that he goes and gets? That's just one out of the five that we've thrown for touchdowns this year that didn't work out that way. The other one, honestly I just didn't see the guy and could have put the ball in a better place for Lance (Moore), but (I) just didn't see him."
In some ways do you think this offense is a little better this year in terms of being able to win the style of game on Saturday night?
"I do. I know we were a top five offense in terms of taking care of the football. We were a top five offense in regards to yardage and points. I'd say we stuck with the run this year better than I've ever seen. We were a top five rushing team back in '09 when we won the Super Bowl and I believe we made significant improvements as the year went on in that department. I know one thing. There were days where it was a little tougher sledding. We stuck with it and found a way and wore down the defense and found opportunities in the passing game. It served us right. So, yes, maybe from an overall discipline standpoint, I think maybe we are a better offense than we have been."
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