During the interview, he touched on the subjects of: preseason preparations, motivation, Aaron Kromer, the offense, the team's confidence at home, and the Washington Redskins defense.
Make the jump for quotes from the interview, as they appeared on the Saints official team website.On the preseason and getting ready for the regular season...
"I am excited about our team. I am excited about our opportunity. It's really the focus of one week at a time just trying to get a little bit better each time you step on the field. I feel like we have been able to do that throughout the preseason and now we start the regular season at home against the Washington Redskins. I couldn't be more excited about where we are at and where we are headed."
On how he stays motivated after everything he has accomplished...
"I think you always have to have a chip on your shoulder. Whatever that might be, that always serves as motivation. For any person who is self-motivated and prideful like I am, every time you step on the field you feel like you have something to prove. No matter what has happened in the past, you certainly are not going to sit back on any past accomplishments or successes because in my mind, you are only as good as your next performance.
"We are blessed to play this game. We hope to play it as long as we can. I think we all know someday at some point, we are not going to play this game anymore. You try to relish each and every opportunity you have to play it, take advantage of it, never take it for granted and try to be the best that you can be every time you step out there."
On Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer...
"He is a guy who paid his dues in this league as a coach. He is extremely well respected by our entire team, not just the offensive guys, but the defensive guys."
On the Saints offense...
"We are very diverse with our formations and personnel groups and everything we do offensively. There are really a lot of guys that get a lot of playing time throughout the course of a game.
"Everybody is getting their opportunities. I think that is one of the things that is so exciting about this offense, the way that we gameplan is everybody knows they are going to get their opportunities. Come game day, I find that we have so many guys that play very unselfishly."
On the team's confidence when playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome...
"First and foremost, it starts with our fans - the Who Dat Nation. They make that atmosphere electric. It's loud, it's really loud. It's a confidence level when we step on that field. We feel like ‘this is our house, these are our fans and we want to put on the best show we can for them.' We understand the advantage they give us. That really kind of started back in 2006 when they reopened the dome after Katrina. That is when we really started to build the bond with our fan base. I just feel like we are playing for much more than to win football games. We are winning to restore hope and the spirit of a city.
"That bond that has been forged with the fans, they feel as much of a part of what we are doing and what we are accomplishing as we do. That is what it is all about. They are going to ride it out with you through thick and thin and then when gameday rolls around, they are going to be crazy. They are going to give you all they have."
On the Redskins defense...
"Jim Haslett is their defensive coordinator and I have a lot of respect for him. They can do a lot of things defensively and are very multiple in the type of personnel groups they put out there as well. They get exotic with some of their pressures. I think they play a pretty aggressive style of defense."
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