NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Saints rookie linebacker Stephone Anthony has already turned quite a few heads with his play thus far this year. He led the Saints with 11 total tackles in Sunday's win over the Giants, and while he was happy with getting the win, he wasn't pleased with the defense's performance, as Eli Manning finished the day with six touchdown passes.
During Monday's conference call Anthony talked about the defense's performance on Sunday and where his squad stands eight weeks into the year.
Below is a transcript of the conference call, provided by the New Orleans Saints:
What was it like playing with Michael Mauti and how was it adjusting after the injuries?
"I think we adjusted well. Obviously we got the win, but I think he did a good job of being able to step up and be in position and make plays. The game doesn't change much, see the ball get the ball."
What do you think of C.J. Spiller?
"He's an elite athlete. He's going to be a tough cover for a DB, linebacker, safety or whoever is covering him at that time. He is a tough out."
Do you throw this game out since it got out of hand?
"I think we got the stop when we needed to. We obviously have to improve and have to take and learn from our mistakes. We didn't play well or play our best and I think everybody understands that. On a Monday morning, on the day off we are going to try and learn and get better."
What's the mindset of the team now compared to the start of the season?
"I think we just take it one week at a time. We do our best that week and do what we can and we're going to try and win that game on that day."
Do you feel like the defense took a step back yesterday and what went wrong?
"It's a lot to learn in any game we play in. After watching your tape and getting with the guys, I think it's a process we are eight games in now and it's a process we are going through and have to continue to gel and play well together. (We) Just have to continue to believe in the process."
At Clemson you guys played in some games like this because you had a fast-paced offense as well. Was that a unique game or is there any game in your past that you can compare it to?
"The first game that I can think about is probably (Clemson against) NC State in my sophomore year. NC State came in there with (Mike) Glennon. They had a couple of good receivers and they were able to score some points. We were able to do the same thing and we were able to get the key stop when we needed it. We ended up winning the game."
Can you explain why the Giants were able to score 49 points and yet were just one-of-eight on third downs? What was the good and bad of that?
"Obviously, we had some penalties that we have to clean up and address. That is part of the game. When you have elite athletes and when you are playing hard, things happen. We have to keep trying to overcome adversity and keep trying to get off the field like we're doing."
When Khiry Robinson got hurt during the game there seemed to be an awful lot of concern for him with players huddled around him. Was that reflective of him in some way?
"I think it's a reflection of all things. I think it's a reflection of what Coach Payton is building here and what the coaching staff has in place. It just goes with the type of guys that we have here. We're trying to grow as a team. We have a genuine care for each other and he's our brother. Everybody had their hands reached out praying for him and praying he gets back. "
Do you like the position that this team is in now? It didn't look good at 1-4 and now you are 4-4; how confident are you that you guys are going to be able to continue this role?
"I think the best thing that we can do right now is continue to prepare each week, continue to focus on one week at a time and try to win that game on that week. I think that's what we're doing well now. We're starting to play together. We are going to put all three phases of the game together, we are going to complement each other and we will put a good game together. Like I said, right now, it is one week at a time."