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Important quotes after the Saints win over the Bucs include Sean Payton explaining late-game play-calling

Sean Payton always had a plan.

NFL: OCT 31 Buccaneers at Saints Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sean Payton

On the win generally:

“Obviously, it was a good win. There are a number of things we did well. Certainly, the turnover differential was important. Yeah, a good hard fought division win.”

On the performance of Trevor Siemian:

“[Trevor] did a good job. He came in. He’s one of those guys who is pretty calm. I coached a player like him once, Ty Detmer. He’s never (flustered), he’s just (signs to show even-keeled). It’s a good trait for him. It was not perfect. There were a number of things that we are going to be able to coach off of the tape on. I thought we played with energy, and that was a big concern of mine coming off of the Monday night west coast trip. I thought we played with a lot of energy.”

On Trevor Siemian’s chemistry with his receivers:

“I don’t know that anyone goes into the game saying that we are comfortable throwing to Alex Armah. I like Alex. He’s a fullback, and we found him. It was a pressure look, and he scored. It was awesome. I know where you’re going. There’s no like, ‘Oh, I have chemistry with the dude’. I think he has to go out and execute the offense. I think the read took him to Alex on that play. We were counting on a goal line defense. We got on the field late. They matched. They weren’t in a goal line defense. Fortunately, we had a play that was going to protect, regardless of whatever defense they were in. I prefer to throw that play to the quarterback’s right, but there was a reason for that relative to the game plan. I think that was one of his better throws. That’s pretty hard flipping around going that way.”

On his play-calling at the end of the game:

“I know what you’re thinking, but here is the thing. They have time; they have an eternity. I’m thinking score. I still haven’t met the person that’s got the formula. I hear all the time, you can’t leave Tom Brady with time on the clock. There are two methods. We could eat up time and kick a field goal, and he has plenty of time to get his team back in field goal range. The perfect scenario is you eat up the clock, and you score. Well, that is easier said than done. In other words, run, run, score on third down. I am thinking of scoring on any down because when you look at the time and you do the studies, him having to come back to kick a field goal is much easier than him having to come back and score. Obviously, I do not want to throw an incomplete pass. I do not, and yet, everything about today’s approach was going to be super, super aggressive. I heard the fans. It is what it is, but there’s more to it. I’m always curious as a play caller when the announcers say, ‘Hey, you want to eat up as much time as possible and then score’. Well then, I want to know those three plays.”

On Mark Ingram:

“[Mark Ingram] got a game ball today, and it was the ‘You can hear him before you see him’ game ball. He brings a lot of energy. It’s good to have him back.”

Trevor Siemian

On having to stay ready:

“Not really. You get reps on scout team and you’re always kind of wired in preparing like you’re a starter, because if you don’t, you’re screwed if you do have to play. As being a backup in this league that’s your job. Fortunate to have a really good staff that keeps us ready and keeps us in it.”

On watching Tom Brady’s final interception:

“Yes, I was thinking he was going to get down and we could take a few knees (laughter). I remember playing a game in Denver against Kansas City. We scored and went up eight, then they scored, went for two and ended up winning the game. So, I thought about that initially, but I’m happy for PJ and our defense played so well.”

PJ Williams

On his interception:

“Yeah, it was a play I for sure was looking for coming into this game, like, ‘Oh, I’m going to pick this off.’ I was a free player, just like a robber. Just reading the quarterback. We have been looking for those in cuts all day and I feel like they kind of switched up the game plan because they did not run it as much on third down. So it was a play I was looking for. I was reading the quarterback and he took me to the ball and I just couldn’t believe he threw it. So I broke on it, got the ball, I saw the sideline and took it to the end zone. Coach was a little mad that I didn’t get down in, but hey, we won the game and it was great.”

On if he considered kneeling after the interception:

“No, I do not think so. In my mind, seeing what I saw, I was going to the end zone. If I felt like they had me for sure then I probably would have went down or went out of bounds, but I saw the end zone and I was going.”

Cam Jordan

On the importance of turnovers:

“Of course, I have been trying to get some more forced fumbles out of these quarterbacks for a while now. It’s great to see one finally come home. That gives us that much more energy for the defense to support the offense so these guys can put points on the board. I think we had ourselves in great position going into that second half and we come out with whatever it takes, however long it takes, we’re going to go ahead and put it on us.”

On the mindset of the defense:

“The same thing it was last week. We have to go out here and take over. For us to go out there and get an interception in what should have been a quick down and we would have been out the game, P.J. (Williams) goes ahead and scores, we go back out, gives us another chance. You have to relish these moments, you’ve got to love our confidence that we’re building on defense each and every game. To go against one of the greatest to ever be at the quarterback position and finish the game like that, you’ve got to love it. We talk about Tanoh Kpassagnon, Kwon Alexander coming up big. If they didn’t get those sacks, they would have been mine (laughter). The fact that defense is riding like that, I love it, I love being a part of it. I know everyone is on four cylinders and it’s going to be a bloody battle like it was today. Whether we beat somebody by 30 points it doesn’t matter, our defensive mentality is the same, go out there and get the dub.”

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