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John DeShazier: Saints running backs Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara make history with Pr Lamar Miller Jersey o Bowl spots

They are first running backs from the same team to earn the status since Jim Otis and Terry Metcalf of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975

The New Orleans Saints’ barrier-breaking backs broke down another one Tuesday, when Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team, the first backs from the same team to be so honored since Tampa Bay’s Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott in 2000, and the first running backs from the same team to earn the status since Jim Otis and Terry Metcalf of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975.

Ingram and Kamara, who have a combined 2,756 yards from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns this season – Ingram has 1,045 rushing yards, 375 receiving yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, and Kamara has 652 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and 684 receiving yards and five touchdowns – headline six Saints named to the NFC team.

Quarterback Drew Brees (3,850 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 71.8 completion percentage); defensive end Cam Jordan (10 sacks, an interception for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, 11 batted passes and 55 tackl Houston Texans Youth Jersey es); cornerback Marshon Lattimore (a team-leading four interceptions including one returned for a Will Fuller V Jersey  touchdown, 13 passes defensed, a forced fumble and 44 tackles); and receiver Michael Thomas (94 ca Shane Lechler Jersey tches for 1,085 yards and five touchdowns) join Ingram and Kamara on the team.

The surge in Pro Bowl invites coincides with the Saints’ return to success. New Orleans (10-4) leads the NFC South Division and controls its fate with regard to winning the division title; it can claim the title with victories in the final two games, against Atlanta on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and in the season finale on the road against Tampa Bay, or with a victory against Atlanta on Sunday coupled with a Carolina home loss to Tampa Bay.

In the previous three seasons, when the Saints finished 7-9 each year, the Saints earned a total of six Pro Bowl appointments, shared among five players (Brees earned two).

None of the Saints were named as starters this year.

Brees earned his 10th invite, extending his franchise record, while Jordan notched his third and Ingram posted hi Lamar Miller Jersey s second. Ro Men’s Nike Houston Texans Shane Lechler Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Pink Jersey okies Kamara and Lattimore, and second-year man Thomas, earned their first nods.

Ingram and Kamara are the first combo designated as “running back” from the same team to be named to the Pro Bowl since 1975 by virtue of the fact that Alstott was listed as a fullback for Tampa Bay.

Ingram, who has topped 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season, already has established single-season career highs in rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and rushing touchdowns. And Kamara, with 12 touchdowns, is one score short of tying George Rogers’ franchise rookie record of 13, in 1981. Each has six games this season with 100-plus yards from scrimmage, and they’ve topped the mark four times in the same game.

Thomas joined Odell Beckham Jr. as the only players in NFL history to have 90-plus receptions in their first two seasons, and he’s eight catches shy of tying Jarvis Landry’s NFL-record number of 194 catches in his first two seasons.

He’s the Saints’ first Pro Bowl receiver since Joe Horn in ’04, making him the first Pro Bowl receiver since Brees joined the Saints in 2006.

Lattimore is the team’s first Pro Bowl cornerback since Eric Allen in ’95.

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John DeShazier: New Orleans Saints only team with three players over 1,000 yards from scrimm Ken Dryden Jersey age

Payton: “It’s an interesting stat’

Currently, the New Orleans Saints are the NFL’s only team that has three players with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

It’s a monumental feat, but one that has occurred with some regularity under Coach Sean Payton.

This season, running backs Mark Ingram (1,420 total, on 1,045 rushing and 375 receiving) and Alvin Kamara (1,336 total, on 652 rushing and 684 receiving) and receiver Michael Thomas (1,085 receiving) join a list for the Saints that includes last year’s trio of Ingram (1,362), Thomas (1,137) and receiver Brandin Cooks (1,203); the 2011 combination of running back Darren Sproles (1,313), tight end Jimmy Graham (1,310) and receiver Marques Colston (1,143); and the ’06 collaboration of Colston (1,038) and running backs Deuce McAllister (1,255) and Reggie Bush (1,307) as the triplets to accomplish the feat since Payton took over in ‘06.

“It’s an interesting stat,” Payton said Monday afternoon, during a teleconference with local media. “I don’t know that you ever go in with the idea that you’re going to have that balance, if you will, with the runners and with the way Mike is playing. Those have all been play-makers for us and those guys have been consistent and have done a very good job. I imagine there have been years where we’ve had runners and maybe Jimmy Graham and a receiver. But with the length of our season, sometimes you get lost in some of those numbers.”

CLEAN UP, NOT CLEAN OUT: Payton referenced repeat offenders during his postgame news conference after Sunday’s 31-19 win over the Jets in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, noting that some errors were being committed by the same players. However, he said that personnel changes for the Saints (10-4) weren’t the solution.

“It’s just cleaning up som Jeff Petry Jersey e of our technique,” Payton said. “We had a couple of holding calls inside offensively, we got a couple of holding calls on the back end (on defense). I think it’s just constantly working with the technique that we’re teaching at practice, so that in a later game it doesn’t really come out to hurt you.

“(Cornerback) Ken (Crawley’s) foul, for instance, is kind of after the play. (Crawley drew an unnecessary roughness penalty after making a tackle following a 1-yard gain on first-and-15 in the fourth quarter; the 15-yard penalty carries an automatic first down). And Ken is someone that, it’s a little out of character. You want to be mindful of how the officials have to call certain things if they feel like there’s extra. It might be something small and yet, it could become something big in a closer game.”

ROUND TWO: It’s rare for NFL opponents to play a season series as quickly as will the Saints and Falcons. When they meet on Sunday in the Superdome, it will be the second meeting in 18 days, following their Thursday night game in Atlanta on Dec. 7.

The benefit is that there needn’t be a significant change in preparation.

“What we’re doing right now, I’m sure every one of us is going to look at the game a week-and-a-half ago,” Payton said. “We’ll still go back and look at the cut-ups. Then the question would be, ‘How are deep do you go in the cut-ups?’

“If you want to spend more time on a cut-up, we’ll have one made of the whole season. Let’s say you were looking at Jean Beliveau Jersey  every screen pass, or plus-4 runs – pick a section or a category – you can search that by a five-game study, their most recent five. Or if you want to spend longer, you can search it on a year study. You’re looking at the same offense and defense, but I don’t know that the weekly to-do list is any different than it would have been six weeks ago had we been playing them.

“There’s still a certain, ‘This is what we’re trying to get done on Monday, this is what we’re trying to get done on Tuesday.’ You’re playing a division opponent who’s got the same defensive scheme as a year ago, a similar offensive scheme a Montreal Canadiens s a year ago and there’ll be certain elements to, let’s say, Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 4 Jean Beliveau Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey  the game a week-and-a-half ago that maybe you didn’t call, that you’ll have back in for this game. But from a scheduling standpoint it’s very similar. I would say that the uniqueness would be that we’re looking at them tonight (on ‘Monday Night Football’) and they haven’t played their next game yet.”

THE NON-CATCH, AND THE FUMBLE: Payton, one of the newest members of the NFL Competition Committee, was asked his thoughts on a pair of controversial plays from Sunday: A Pittsburgh touchdown that was overturned late in the Steelers’ loss to New England, and a fumble out of the end zone that cost the Raiders possession and an opportunity to score in their loss to Dallas.

“I do think they – our league and the committee – have defined clearly ‘catch, no catch,’ ” he said. “Now, we could argue, let’s look at tinkering with that and yet, I think the bright line is, control after you hit the ground. And I get that.

“With regard to the touchback … I’ve got that play and a couple of others to show on Wednesday because we’re so inclined to clear the ball across the pylon. Drew had a  Ken Dryden Jersey play this year. We’re in Buffalo and he scrambles to the left, and he doesn’t dive, he’s kind of running but he extends the ball over the pylon as he heads out of bounds and gets the touchdown.

“I think that with the current rule, as coaches it’s important for us to talk about, ‘Is this goal-to-go?’ Or, like in last night’s game, if you were watching it you knew that (Raiders quarterback Derek) Carr had gained the first down. And he’s trying to score and yet, it would cost. So, you could make a strong point to say, hey, the two scenarios are, ‘Desperate, I need to get in here,’ as opposed to, ‘It’s not at all cost,’ then maybe it’s not worth the risk of extending the ball.

“Because every weekend we see great plays, where players are diving for that landmark and extending Customized Canadiens Jersey  the ball and getting a touchdown. But there’s that balance of, at what cost? I’ve heard discussions, not formally, but recommendations or thoughts – well, if that were to happen, maybe it’s your ball back on the 20 and you don’t lose Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 29 Ken Dryden Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey  possession of it. Each year, every other year, it comes up and gets revisited. It’s one of those unique rules that seems to come up maybe once or twice a season in a very critical moment. I don’t know that I have a strong opinion one way or another. What comes to my mind when I see it is, I’ve got to get a tape so our guys understand. I know we want the score, but at what cost?”

John DeShazier’s Turning Point from Ken Dryden Jersey  Saints win over the Jets

Saints third-down conversion provided enough breathing room down the stretch.

Nothing suggest Customized Canadiens Jersey ed that the odds favored the Saints.

It wasn’t just that, entering Sunday’s game against the Jets  Jeff Petry Jersey in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans only had converted 31 percent of the time (4 of 13) when facing third-and-7 situations this season.

Or that, up to that point in the game – specifically, with 11:32 remaining and New Orleans nursing a 17-13  Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 29 Ken Dryden Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey lead – the Saints had converted just twice in eight third-down chances Ken Dryden Jersey  (25 percent, though one would-be conversion was wiped off the board by Brandon Coleman’s lost fumble on the first play of the quarter).

Just as much as the aforementioned reasons, there was this: T Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 4 Jean Beliveau Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey he Saints were mired in a rut offensively, not having scored since opening the game with a field goal and two touchdowns on their first three possessions.

So there wasn’t much reason to have fa Jean Beliveau Jersey ith that, facing third-and-7 from their own 39, New Orleans would find a better recipe than the ones envisioned for third-and-5 or third-and-4 in the first quarter, third-and-8 in the second, third-and-4 or third-and-9 in the third, or the third-and-9 in the fourth – the play on which Coleman fumbled.

All of those plays failed.

This one, though, didn’t.

The Saints broke the huddle having converted 30 percent of the time this season (24 of 79) when facing third-and-7 or longer. But the 25th conversion was a huge one.

On third-and-7 from the Saints 39, Drew Brees took a shotgun snap and connected with receiver Michael Thomas over the middle for an 11-yard reception. Thomas added six yards after the catch, the 17-yard play gave the Saints a first down at New York’s 44 and six plays later – with a 2-yard penalty enforced against the Jets defense – Brees and Thomas linked again for a 4-yar Montreal Canadiens d touchdown pass that gave New Orleans a 24-13 lead with 7:39 left.

That proved to be just enough breathing room, as the teams exchanged touchdowns inside the final two minutes of the Saints’ 31-19 victory.

Game notes: New Orleans  Kevin Pillar Jersey Saints vs. New York Jets

New Orleans out-gained New York in total net yardage 416-294

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Saints Postgame Notes

• With the win, New Orleans improves to 10-4, clinching its first double-digit win season since the 2013 campaign, the franchise’s 11th overall and their sixth under Coach Sean Payton. The Saints next take on the Atlanta Falcons for a week 17 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is set for noon CST. The game will be aired on Fox (WVUE-Fox 8 in the New Orleans area).

• The Saints win improved New Orleans’ record to 7-6 against the Jets, making them the eighth team to have a winning record against. It also gave the Saints a 3-1 record in closing out their 2017 interconference slate with the AFC East. Sunday’s win also improved Payton’s record against the Jets to 2-1.

• The Saints win improved New Orleans’ record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2017 to 6-1, which gave the Marco Estrada Jersey  Saints six wins at home for the first time since the 2013 season when they went 8-0. It also gives them a six-game home winning streak which is tied for the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history.

• With the win over New York Coach Todd Bowles, it gives Payton a win vs. 57 head coaches in both regular season and postseason.

• Sunday’s win improved New Orleans’ all-time r Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey ecord at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season to 165-161.

• The Saints currently have a streak of 254 games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League.

• New Orleans out-gained New York in total net yardage 416-294.

• New Orleans out-rushed the Jets 131-124.

• New Orleans out-gained New York in net passing yardage 285-170.

• Quarterback Drew Brees appeared in his 247th career game, putting him in sole possession of sixth place in NFL record books for games played for quarterbacks past quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1961-1978). He completed 26-of-36 passes (72.2 percent) for 285 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception and a 102.2 passer rating.

• Running back Mark Ingram led the Saints in rushing with 12 carries for 74 yards. He also had five catches for a total of 77 yards and recorded the longest reception of the day with a 54-yard catch. With 74 rushing yards, he joined Deuce McAllister (2002-04) and Ricky Williams (2000-01) as only the third Saint to have consecutive 1,000-yard rushin Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey g seasons. Ingram has 11 rushing touchdowns in 2017, setting a career-high (prior high nine in 2014). With 11 total touchdowns, that exceeds his prior career-best of 10 in 2016.  Ingram has 1,420 total yards from scrimmage in 2017, setting a career-high, surpassing his total of 1,362 in 2016. Ingram joins Dalton Hilliard, McAllister, George Rogers and Chuck Muncie as only the fifth Saint with 10 rushing touchdowns in a season.

• Rookie running back Alvin Kamara had 12 carries for 44 yards and also caught six passes for 45 yards with one touchdown. Kamara and Ingram now each have at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 scrimmage touchdowns this season, becoming the third pair of RB teammates to both reach those marks in a single season and the first since RBs Ickey Woods and James Brooks of C Kevin Pillar Jersey incinnati in 1988.

• With his first catch Sunday, wide receiver Michael Thomas reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season for the second consecutive year. Thomas finished with a team-high nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Thomas joins Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. as the only two players in NFL history to have 90 receptions in each of their first two NFL seasons. With 94 receptions on the season, Thomas’s total is tied for the club’s third-highest single-season total all-time.

• Defensive end Cameron Jordan played in his 110th consecutive game, putting him in a tie for 33rd place in club record books with P Tommy Barnhardt in games played. Jordan also started his 95th consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends. Jordan tied his career-high with four passes defensed, doing it the  Toronto Blue Jays first time at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2014.

• Defensive end George Johnson, making his Saints playing debut, recorded the Saints only sack of the game, dropping Jets QB Bryce Petty for a nine-yard loss.

• Rookie corner back Marshon Lattimore recorded his fourth interception, finishing with five total tackles (three solo).

• Linebacker Manti Te’o finished with seven tackles (five solo).

• Linebacker Craig Robertson picked off Petty, creating New Orleans’ first takeaway. Robertson finished with seven tackles (three solo).

• Safety Kenny Vaccaro led the Saints with 10 tackles (eight solo).

• Kicker Wil Lutz produced the first points with a 23-yard field goal. Lutz also drilled all four PAT attempts and had Men’s Toronto Blue Jays 19 Paul Molitor Authentic Mitchell and Ness Home White Throwback Jersey  one touchback on a kickoff.

• Punter Thomas Morstead punted four times for 187 yards (46.8 avg.) with one punt landing inside-the-20 yard line. Morstead played in his 140th career game and move into sole pos Marcus Stroman Jersey session of 18th place on the club’s all-time games played list past defensive end Will Smith.

 

 

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All three held conference calls with the New Orleans media on Monday, Dec. 18

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton

Conference Call with New Orleans Media

Monday, December 18, 2017

Does it change the way you watch tape and prepare when you play a team as recently as you’ve played the Falcons?

“I don’t know that this late in the year it does. What we are doing right now because we’ve turned the page this afternoon is I’m sure every one of us is going to look at the game a week and a half ago. We will still go back and look at the cutups. Then the question would be how far deep do you go in the cutups? If you want to spend more time on a cutup, we will have one made of the whole season. Let’s say you were looking at every screen pass or plus four (yard) runs. Pick a section or a category, let’s say safety blitzes, defensively sacks. You can search that by a five-game study, their most recent five or if you want to spend longer, you can search it on a year study. I think you’re looking at the same offense and defense, but I don’t know that the weekly to-do list, like right at this moment today, is any different than it would have been six weeks ago had we been playing them. There’s still a certain (schedule where) this is what we are trying to get done on Monday, this is what we are trying to get done on Tuesday, and you’re playing a division opponent who has the same defensive scheme as a year ago, a similar offensive scheme as a year ago and here will be certain elements to let’s say the game from a week and half ago that maybe you didn’t call that you’ll have back in for this game. From a scheduling standpoint, it’s very similar. The uniqueness would be that we’re looking at them tonight and they haven’t played their (most recent) game yet, just because they’re playing on Monday Night Football.”

The Saints as of right now are the only team in the NFL to have three players  Men’s Toronto Blue Jays 19 Paul Molitor Authentic Mitchell and Ness Home White Throwback Jersey that each have 1000 yards from scrimmage with Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara. How impressed are you that you have a trio of players that have been able to achieve that mark?

“It’s an interesting stat. I don’t know that you ever go in with the idea that you’re going to have that balance with the runners and certainly with the way Mike is playing. When you first brought that stat up, I was thinking, you’re not going to mention Hoo-man (Michael Hoomanawanui) or Josh Hill in that statement, Paul Molitor Jersey  but those have all been playmakers for us, those guys have been consistent and have done a very good job. I would not have a reference if that’s happened before, for instance here, in any given season. I imagine there have been years where we have had runners, and maybe Jimmy Graham, and a receiver. With the length of our season, sometimes you get lost in some of those numbers.”

I want to tap into your role as the newest member of the National Football League Competition Committee. What are your thoughts on the touchback rule on a fumble through the end zone and are you surprised that there is still a ton of controversy over what is a catch?

“That is a good question. First off, let me preface this by saying I have not attended my first meeting yet. That being said, I do think they, our league and the committee, have defined clearly catch, no catch. We could argue that we could look at tinkering with that, and yet, I think the bright line is control after you hit the ground and I get that. With regards to the touchback, it’s a good question and I’ve been involved in discussions with it before. You get down there close and you have a fumble, like if that happened on the seven-yard line and it went down. I’ve got that play and a couple others to show on Wednesday because we’re so inclined to clear the ball across the pylon. Drew (Brees) had a play like that this year. We were in Buffalo and I believe he scrambles to the left and he doesn’t dive, he’s kind of running, but he extends the ball over the pylon as he heads out of bounds and gets the touchdown. I think that with the current rule, as coaches it is important for us to talk about is this goal-to-go or like in last night’s game, if you were watching it, you knew that (Derek) Carr had gained the first down. He is trying to score, and yet at what cost? You could make a strong point to say ‘hey, the two scenarios are desperate and I need to get in here as opposed to it is not at all cost, then maybe it is not worth the risk of extending the ball. Because every weekend we see great plays, correct me if I am wrong, where players are diving for that landmark and extending the ball and getting a touchdown, but there is that balance of at what cost. I think that, I’ve heard discussions, not formally but recommendations or thoughts, ‘if that were to happen, maybe it’s your ball back on the 20-yard line and you don’t lose possession of it.’ Each year or every other year it comes up maybe it’ll get revisited. It is just one of those unique rules that seems to come up maybe once or twice a season in a very critical moment like it did last night for Oakland. I don’t know that I have a strong opinion one way or another. What comes to my mind when I see it is man, ‘I have to get a tape so our guys understand where I know we want the score but it would cost’ (if fumbled into the end zone).”

Mike Pereira former head of NFL officiating was on a radio show and he was saying that he would advocate removing replay from deciding what a catch is. How much would you agree with that?

“I think it’s hard to go down that path once you’ve crossed it. I don’t know if I would be for that. When you think of the countless maybe completions that were initially ruled incompletions or vice versa I think that it is hard to go backwards that way, if that makes sense. In these (league rules) meetings, there’s a lot of time spent on trying to determine what is and what isn’t. I think one of the things that we’re all aware of is how do we make the officials job easier. I think the cleaner we can do things and reducing as best we can some of the complex issues regarding rules, the better it’ll be. I do not know that I would advocate eliminating that. I think you’d have, there’s a lot of games you’re counting on getting it right and there’s a lot at stake. I’d hate to see Mike Thomas catch a big third and 10, ruled incomplete and the replay shows it was a catch but we don’t get to replay it. I don’t know. I wouldn’t advocate that.”

You mentioned yesterday you were seeing some errors repeated by some of the same guys. This late in the season do you risk tinkering with personnel or do you just stick with what you have?

“No, I think it’s just cleaning up some of our technique. I think we had a couple of holding calls inside offensively. We had a couple of holding calls on the back end. I think it’s just constantly working with the technique that we’re teaching at practice, so that in a later game it doesn’t really come out to hurt you. Ken’s (Crawley) foul for instance, Crawley’s (hit), it was kind of after the play and Ken’s someone that it’s a little out of character and yet you just want to be mindful of how the officials have to call certain things that they feel like there’s extra. There might be something small and yet it could become something big in a closer game.”

Getting back to the Pittsburgh game, what would your coaching point be, would it be similar to the out-of-bounds touchback rule if you catch the ball? Would you use that play as a coaching point? If he catches the ball going to the ball near the ground toward the end zone don’t reach it out?

“You’re talking about as you approach the end zone. I think that if you know that you’re going to be first and goal at the one, there’s a risk-reward here. You’re in the final two minutes of the game, let’s say it’s third and goal from the nine and this is a run that’s  Kevin Pillar Jersey either going to score and you have to kick a field goal, I just think you have to understand that if that ball comes out as you’re extending it then it’s like a fumble, right? Essentially it is. So I think that I’d much rather live for first and goal at the one. So I just think that you have to have an understanding of where you’re at in the game and making sure that you don’t want to lose a possession.”

New Orleans Saints LB Craig Robertson

Conference Call with New Orleans Media

Monday, December 18, 2017

Have you guys had the chance to watch the film from yesterday yet?

“Yes, we came in this morning at nine and watched the film.”

What do you think went wrong with the run defense on some of those early drives for the Jets?

“We just (had) a couple of miscommunications, misfits. It’s something that will definitely get cleaned up.”

Can you take us through that tipped pass that led to your interception?

“100 percent that was all Ken Crawley. I was just the guy that was right there closest to the ball. We were just in a cover three and Crawley made a g Marcus Stroman Jersey reat play, a great PBU and the ball just jumped up. Anybody could have caught that and it just happened to be me at the time. It’s a great play that the defense made for our team.”

How unique is this situation and I guess exciting that you get to play this same team, this same Falcons team two weeks later? You really want to get back on the field and sort of play again and get revenge against (them because) it means a lot to the division race and everything to play them twice in three weeks?

“Yes. This game means a lot. More so because it’s a division game and we haven’t beat them in our last three opportunities to play this team so it’s another opportunity for myself to get the first win against these guys since I’ve been a Saint. It is just a good opportunity for this team to see where we’re at to play them again for a second time and find a way to win.”

You mentioned at the top of the call that you did watch the tape and you saw some things that went wrong against the run, how is there such an urgency to fix that knowing you are facing a Falcons team that likes to run the football?

“We have stuff that you have to fix every game so there is always a sense of urgency when it comes to trying to fix something. No game is ever going to be perfect no matter how good or bad you may play, you always come into the film room knowing that you have to fix something. That is just how you  Marco Estrada Jersey grow as a team and as a defense. We definitely need to get off things fast and we will. That’s why we came in today and we’re focused on that. We watched it as a front seven and at the end of the day (run defense) rolls on us so we have to get that fixed and that’s our goal right now.”

Do you feel like some of the defensive penalties are easily fixable, especially the big ones? The pass interference penalties, the unnecessary roughness infractions, those kinds of things?

“Yes, those are just calls that are going to be called during the game, easily fixable. Guys just trusting their abilities and trusting where they are on the field. And just not doing anything down the field. (We need to) get off the field on plays we should have.”

New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Michael Thomas

Conference Call with New Orleans Media

Monday, December 18, 2017

Would you try to avoid reaching over the goal line carelessly like a situation in a game played yesterday?

“I would say Coach always reminds us how important ball security is. It’s probably one of our top three keys to victories every week. He always tells us he has tons of plays to call, just protect the ball. That kind of happened to me on Sunday on the fourth and one or fourth and two play where I got stopped like an inch before the goal line. I could have reached out, but the guy was coming from my left and the ball was also in my left side so I didn’t know how he was going to play the ball.”

As a wide receiver in the NFL, are you still surprised that there is so much controversy over what is a catch?

“No. The rules are the rules and you just have to find ways to get better and critique your technique.”

You’re pretty comfortable with the rule on what a catch is in the NFL?

“Yes. They’ve been playing this game for a long time. Those are the rules they created. I’m just trying to do my job and trying to make all my catches, but ultimately, I’m not trying to argue, just get better.”

If you were to make a catch and you fall down near the goal-line, would you be inclined not to reach the ball out?

“If there are a ton of defenders around, depending on the situation and where I am on the field. You just don’t want to turn over the ball in that situation. That’s the main goal, just to not give the ball away.”

In that case, it would’ve been incomplete? If you reach the ball out while you are going down and you have not secured it and it moves when it hits the ground?

“I didn’t see the exact play, I was just going off the description that he had gave earlier so I don’t even want to argue with it.”

The Saints right now are the only team in the NFL to have three players each with 1,000 total yards from scrimmage. Obviously, with yourself, Alvin Kamara, and Mark Ingram. How presently surprised are you that you’ve been a part of this and what does it say about this Saints offense that you can have three players with 1,000 total yards?

“It just shows how high profile the offense is. Credit our coaches here, the development, and the preparation during the week. We are getting a lot of those reps that we are getting on Sunday in practice. To be out there and go from practice and perform on Sunday is always a great thing. It’s a blessing.”

Do you think it is important for this offense the way each guy has gotten to 1,000 yards to have that diversity? Mark is mostly on the ground, you’re all in the air, and Kamara is almost 50-50?

“When the play is called in, we are just tryi Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ng to do our jobs and execute it to the best of our ability. However it turns out on the stat sheet it turns out, but ultimately, we’re just trying to go one for one on every play. However we need to get the victory is how we are going to get the victory and when our number is called, we’re just trying to make the most of it.”

In terms of keeping defenses off balance, you’re not sure if it’s a factor having three guys with over 1,000 scrimmage yards?

“That’s what makes Coach Payton, Pete Carmicheal, Curtis Johnson, the whole offensive staff, that’s what makes them great and makes this offense very successful. It’s how they use the guys on that side of the ball. Like I said, when our number is called, we’re just trying to make our play.”

For the Atlanta game, are you glad you can focus on that game now, especially Toronto Blue Jays  with all the emotions carrying over from the last one? Do you carry any of the residual emotions from the Thursday night game into this game?

“We’re just going to play Saints football. We will have our team meeting on Wednesday and coach is going to give us the keys to victory. From those keys to victory, we’re going to do whatever it takes from that Wednesday immediately to Sunday when we get to perform. We will try to do as much as we can to get those keys to victory almost 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by gameday.”

It seems like you’re a level headed and even-keel guy with your approach to every game, maybe some guys are more emotional. Do you not really buy into the fact that you need to draw upon some kind of emotional motivation in certain games to reach the level of play that you need for that situation?

“Ultimately, we are trying to win them all. I just put it all into preparation. I asked coach immediately after we won our game against the Jets, and now it is onto Atlanta, what do I have to do to get ready for our next opponent and that is just how I approach every week. There is not really emotion. There are going to be games that are probably more important than others, but at the end of the day they’re pretty much all important. As long as you enhance your routine, coach always tells us to find ways enhance our routine, try to get an extra rep, try to watch an extra rep of film, try to get your rest, enhance your recover. All of those are ways to get you ready for Sunday.”

Did you get asked how you liked playing with a visor? It didn’t seem to affect you negatively, that we could see. What do you make of that?

“It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just a visor.”

Do you think in the long run a better sense of security and concentration in any way just knowing that your eyes are protected more?

“No. It’s just a visor, a face shield. It’s not that big of a deal.”

Did the player who hit in the eye ever say anything to you anything about it or reach out to you in any way?

“No.”

We custom Twins jersey ek 15 Postgame Quotes: Coach Sean Payton

Postgame reactions from Coach Sean Payton after the week 15 victory over the Jets.  Custom Twins Jersey 

New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Opening statement:
“First off, it was good to get the win. I didn’t feel like this was one of our better games, nonetheless we were able to win the game.”

On defense:
“I thought in this game alone we played pretty well. Overall I thought we did a good job. We’ve got to eliminate the penalties. It shows up every week. Same guys. Every week.” 

On efforts to eliminate defensive penalties:
“You work on it in  new york mets custom jersey practice. That’s what you do in practice. We’ve got to do a better job of coaching that.”   (on gratification of the win) “It is what it is. We’ve got to improve.”  

On why he didn’t challenge Mark Ingram’s foot being out of bounds on the screen in the first quarter:
“You can’t challenge it. The whistle blew. If the whistle hadn’t blown I could but they blew the whistle. The play was dead.”  

On Cameron Jordan:
“I think his disruptions have been pretty consistent all y Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ear and that’s been very important for us”  

On his plan for Andrus Peat today:
“The original plan is he was going to back up tackle and guard, mainly tackle. He went out to play some Jumbo. I think he played a snap or two of Jumbo so he was out there for a reason. We able to get through a game and still get him healthier.”

On Regg Custom Mets Jersey ie Bush’s retirement announcement:
“I’m proud of him. He had  custom mlb jersey a really good career. He was really instrumental in what we did and having the success we had. He was our first draft pick. I think he’ll do well on TV.”

On his message to the team this week with the fight for the NFC South, playing the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday, the Carolina Panthers playing at the same time and the Falcons playing at Tampa Bay tomorrow night:
“Our message was to focus on playing our best game today. Of course there was one other game, but it was not like we were looki Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap ng at three scenarios. We are in a round-robin tournament here. Everyone’s playing everyone. Whether it is Atlanta and Carolina, Carolina and New Orleans, New Orleans and Tampa Bay we just have to focus on the game we’re playing. I know that sounds a little bit cliché, but it is the honestly. It is the truth. I wasn’t thinking about or looking at what was going on with another game. Certainly that might be an issue. We looked like we were a little sloppy and we’ll get that corrected. We have to.”

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Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan, special teams players get the honors

As usual, there were an new york mets custom jersey  avalanche of subplots for the New Orleans Saints in their 31-19 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans scored on its first three possessions (a field goal and two touchdowns), then couldn’t score because it was its own worst enemy (three turnovers), then scored touchdowns on two of its final three possessions. Defensively, the Saints made Bryce Petty look like a quarterback who was making his fifth NFL start, but also bailed out the Jets off customized minnesota twins jersey cheap ense with a couple of pass interference penalties, an unsportsmanlike conduct and an encroachment on defense. They didn’t make it easy on themselves, but a couple of players were  Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap instrumental in helping keep New Orleans (10-4) in first place in the NFC South Division.

OFFENSE: Yes, Mark Ingram ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries – he has career highs in rushing yards (1,045) and rushing touchdowns (11) this season – and also caught five passes for 77 yards. And, yes, Alvin Kamara added another 89 yards rushing and receiving, and scored his team-leading 12th touchdown (he’s one short of George Rogers’ franchise rookie record of 13, set in 1981). But Michael Thomas is just beastly. On a day the Saints were without Ted Ginn Jr. (inactive because of injured ribs), Thomas caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown as the main receiving threat. He’s the second player in NFL history with 90 or more catches in his first two seasons (Odell Beckham Jr. is the other) and has 94 receptions with two games remaining; no Saints player ever has had a 100-catch season. His imprint on the game? With the Saints leading 17-13 early in the fourth quarter, Thomas caught a 17-yard pass on third-and-7 from his own 39, a 20-yard pass on the next play, a 9-yarder two plays later and then a 4-yard slant for his touchdown and a 24-13 Saints lead. Twice before in the game, replay erased potential touchdowns (once, he was down before crossing the goal line and once, his toe of his second foot  custom mlb jersey tapped down over the line at the back of the end zone). But Drew Brees keeps going back to him because Thomas is reliable and productive; he claims ownership over every pass thrown in his direction.

DEFENSE: You won’t ever see many one-tackle games that were as impactful as the one-tackle game that defensive end Cam Jordan submitted Sunday. He batted down four passes – three of them on third down – and knocked down another pass on a two-point conversion attempt against the Jets. He wasn’t as disruptive in terms of sacking the quarterback and forcing him to dance, but four official batted passes, and another on a conversion attempt, illustrate how smart Jordan plays the game and h Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey ighlight the fact that there are other ways to affect the passing game besides hits on a quarterback. That doesn’t mean I’m ignoring rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore (an interception, three passes defensed and five tackles) or linebacker Craig Robertson (an interception, a pass defensed and seven tackles). But Jordan has a feel for things, and it shows. He can be dominant in a variety of ways.

SPECIAL TEAMS: I have to spread the wealth on this one. Given that there were no “game-changing” things that jumped out to the naked eye, the steadiness of the overall group did stand out. Tommylee Lewis had a 17-yard punt return to give New Orleans nice field position to start a 64-yard touchdown drive; Chris Banjo and Taysom Hill had nice tackles on punt and kickoff coverage, respectively (and Hill continues to flirt with blocking a punt); and Thomas Morstead had a 46.8-yard net average on four punts, with one downed inside the 20. Solid always is better than the alternative.