METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Sean Payton was very critical of his defense's consistency after yesterday's practice, and clearly, they took that to heart. The way they dominated on Monday morning's practice was nothing short of impressive.
"We feed off each other," says linebacker Manti Teo. "It's a great opportunity for us to go against our offense everyday. It's one of the best, if not, the best offense in the NFL. And for us to go against them and compete, it's only going to make us better."
"I thought defensively, it was a better practice," says Payton. "Offensively, we struggled. We let some mistakes compound and become all of a sudden become a bigger mistake. Next thing you know, we're turning the ball over. We'll look at the film."
Those turnovers came by way of fumble and multiple interceptions. Kurt Coleman had one off of a dropped ball from Tommylee Lewis, and Demario Davis hauled in a pick in the pouring rain toward the end of practice. But the most impressive was a leaping interception from second-year linebacker Alex Anzalone off a Tom Savage pass down the middle of the field.
"When we have days like today, it's a good building block for us," says Teo. "Now, we've just got to keep stacking them up. A good defense can have one good day, but a great defense can continue that success as days go on."
We'll see if the offense bounces back after a Tuesday off, but their work will certainly be cut out for them if the defense continues to play with this level of energy.