Here is a collection of quotes from Thursday nights game and also regarding the Saints plans to evacuate. Sorry I can't hook you guys up with some meaningful, thought provoking post or in-depth analysis. My mind is elsewhere. I will keep you updated later today and let you know what you might expect from CSC. I will be making a decision today on whether I will be evacuating or staying based on the the latest Gustav path. The rest of the day will be spent preparing.
"These preseason games that I'm missing are huge in my point," Arrington said earlier in camp. "I just wanted to really get out there and show those coaches what I can do out there. In my opinion, I think this is definitely hurting me."
“I thought there were some things that were sloppy that bothered me a little bit tonight,” Head Coach Sean Payton said following the game.
“I am excited, though, about the team that we have and am looking forward to the season,”
“I am encouraged,” said Payton of Ellis’ play. “He’s what we thought he was when we selected him (in the draft). He’s going to play a lot for us. He’s active, he’s strong, he has a nose for the ball and he’s smart.”
“Obviously I’ll start with the negative and wish I could have punched it in on the goal line. Miami did a good job and showed us a different look,” McAllister said. “I am fine (health-wise). As I continue to get stronger, that’s what I am drawing on and I am looking forward to going out there and making plays."
"It is preseason, but more than anything else it's just actually an opportunity to get out there in game-like plays and just really getting in the whole motion of getting back on the field in game-like speed,"
"I thought (McAllister) looked pretty good," Payton said. "I don't know if he had 11 or 12 carries, but he was right there at that number, which is what we wanted. We're trying to gather as much information as we can."
"We came out of the game relatively healthy," said Saints Coach Sean Payton. "Guys played a lot more than normally for preseason, it's because of how we approached it."
Sean Payton, on Jason David
"I was excited he competed," Payton said. "It ws good to watch him specifically for a whole half. What you saw tonight, we've been seeing in practice."
“I had to convince the coaches and my teammates that I’m a good player with a good heart,” said David, who was beaten repeatedly in a 31-27 loss to Houston two weeks ago. “One thing I kind of live by is before there’s a resurrection, there’s a crucifixion, so I just had to go out there and make plays.
“I think it was my time, I was due. I just kept playing hard and just tried to do what I do out there and have fun while I was out there. It’s a boost whenever you make plays, whether it’s in practice or a game.”
“Without looking at the tape, in my mind it appeared to be poor,” coach Sean Payton said of Palko’s performance. “But you have to be given a chance. You’d like to see some things done better, but on some plays he just didn’t have a chance.
“Some of these young linemen are a play or two away from blocking for Drew Brees, so we have to do a better job there.”
"We have a great hotel space set up with meeting room space," Payton said. "We've got a great facility that's brand new that is not being used at all next week."
"If we have to go, we have to go," said cornerback Mike McKenzie, who played for the Saints when they evacuated for Katrina three years ago. "We'll just have to take it as it comes.... That's the whole thing. You just don't want to even thin about it. It's going to be what it's going to be so I don't want to put any real thought into that."
"What we do is really predicated on when it's supposed to arrive, and the good news with a hurricane is there's advance warning," said Payton, who was not with the Saints when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. "So we'll have a plan. ... And having gone through this once before, we'll be thoroughly prepared."
“I want them at home taking care of their wives, their families, their girlfriends, their loved ones,” he said. “That’s a priority so (if and) when the relocation takes place, they feel comfortable that those closest to them are taken care of.”
“Essentially our players will fly there,” Payton said. “Some of our players are going to be out of town and will fly from where they’re at to Indianapolis and we’ll have a team meeting there on Sunday, if Sunday becomes the day we’re leaving.
“The dynamics for right now are going to be a little complex in that the next 24 to 48 hours in regard to the roster is important and with everything that’s going on with the potential problem, the storm coming. We’ve got to do our best to have a real good plan and possibly put it into place sooner rather than later.”
Audio clips from WWL's Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert.
New Orleans Saints - SEDRIC ELLIS
New Orleans Saints - MIKE MCKENZIE
New Orleans Saints - SEAN PAYTON
New Orleans Saints - BOBBY HEBERT
Point After - Part 1
New Orleans Saints - Part One of The Point After
Point After - Part 2
New Orleans Saints - Part Two of The Point After
Point After - Part 3
New Orleans Saints - Part Three of The Point After
Point After - Part 4
New Orleans Saints - Part Four of The Point After
Point After - Part 5
New Orleans Saints - Part Five of The Point After