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On the Phone with Payton and Brees

Posted by Sam Good on September 16, 2010 – 3:56 PM

Sean Payton is over it.

He’s past last year’s Super Bowl title. It’s not that the New Orleans Saints coach wants to forget about winning it all, but he’s moved on.

That was last year. Now his sole focus is on the 2010 season, specifically this week’s game against the 49ers.

“When we play Monday in San Francisco, we know that’s a team that is going to be ready to play after a tough loss opening weekend,” Payton said in a Thursday afternoon conference call with the Bay Area media. “It’s a group that when you look at the course of last year, and you look at all of the numbers, they have really reflected their head coach.”

Quarterback Drew Brees echoed Payton’s thoughts.

The Saints opened their season last Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, so Brees has had that much more time to study the 49ers defense. He has watched a lot of film from last year, and he believes Sunday’s performance in Seattle was more of an aberration than the norm.  

But it’s not just last year’s game film that showed what type of defense the 49ers truly have. Numbers don’t lie, so Brees looked at the fact that the 49ers ranked in the top 10 in points allowed, rushing defense, sacks and turnovers in 2009 as a sign that he needs to be fully prepared for Monday’s primetime match up.

“We know the type of team San Francisco is and has been, certainly at home,” the reigning Super Bowl MVP said in his conference call. “I know they are a much better team than what they showed last week.

“You look at their personnel and you say this is a really good team, a team that’s right on the cusp, a team that obviously has high expectations for this year. We know that we have our work cut out for us and we’re going to have to play our best game.”

And while Brees only has to concern himself with the 49ers defense, Payton has to prepare for all three phases of the game.

Having coached Frank Gore in the 2006 Pro Bowl, Payton knows his defense will have its hands full trying to stop the 5-foot-9, 217-pound running back. Payton is also concerned with 49ers tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, who he said create mismatches all over the field.

“When you partner two tight ends that can run like that with a real talented running back, often times your play-action pass is one that puts a linebacker in that in-between (area),” Payton said.

Both coach and quarterback were asked if there is a different feel to the Saints 2010 season, if they feel like the hunted instead of the hunters.

To sum up their answers in a word: no.

They said opponents started gearing up for them last season when they got off to such a hot start, so they’re used to it by now.

The Saints know they will get their opponent’s best shot every week, and they expect nothing less than that when they face the 49ers on Monday night.

Click here to listen to Payton’s conference call.

Click here to listen to Brees’ conference call.


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16 Responses to “On the Phone with Payton and Brees”

  1. By nola on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Will the real GOLDEN BOY’S Please stand up ??? In this scene we see all the Frisco players sitting. LOL Just trying to get y’all to forget about the Seahawk game last week and focus on this MNF game against Da’ New NFC South New Orleans Saints. Sorry but we will have to TWO DAT Y’ALL ! Geaux Saints

  2. By James on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    I bet they say that to all the girls… I mean teams…

  3. By lorenzo on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    THE REAL GOLDEN BOYS ARE THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS………………..DON’T F@#@% FORGET THAT LITTLE MAN.

  4. By Ricordo on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    If we learn how to use our personnel better and open up the playbook, particularly back to the west-coast offense, we’ll be okay. Secondary, calm down and stay discipline to your assigned coverages. Alex Smith, study some Joe Montana and Steve Young tapes and watch a How To Throw A Football Accurately DVD. Let’s lock the golden gate monday night baby!!!

  5. By bryan mccullen on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    on monday nite at home and with jerry rice in the house, be prepared for the 49ers to show the world what we are all about, gore up the middle touchdown 49ers. it wont be that easy to beat us at home, grant it the saints are good , they have weapons like bush, brees, and a fast offence and great defence. but have u heard of frank gore, patrick willis, anythony dixon, micheal crabtree, taketo spikes, and josh morgan . the saints fans will be saying wow who dat to us

  6. By niner die hard on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    (Ricordo) nicely put we need 2 expand the play book n use all r weapons. How about westbrook or dixon just 2 mix it up and stay unpredictable. I love mike sing but we are just 2 predictable. Everyone knows we have weapons LETS USE THEM. Alex needs quaterback counceling and a prayer. Hopefully he dosent f#$@ up 2 much(as always). If we can run the ball then he won’t hav 2 throw as much. That’s r best chance win. I always hav faith n r defence………niner nation stand up.

  7. By Frank the Tank #21 on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Ive been the only niner fan in my family my whole life. i’m done with the criticism from media, from opposing fans, from opposing teams. we got way to much talent to let it go to waste. i know it, the team knows it, and the true red and gold fans know it. now its time to let the world know it on MNF…..

  8. By paul stom on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    first and foremost I apologize for “adios”: truly a no balls attitude (mia copa)
    expectation and disappointment are hard to coincide together. history; the
    Bears vs 49ers. Montana vs McMahon- Patton vs Craig- Rice vs Gault etc.
    Bear won a couple and actually def. won it. Difference of 20 yrs. and a
    dynamically changed game. Bigger, stronger, more complex. But numbers
    don’t lie. The defense has all the personel to “be like Mike”. Def. secondary
    should be ashamed of “biting on the pump” (highschool stuff) and Breezy will
    make you pay. On the other hand if you “Mike up” he won’t have the time too
    fart. Any qb can have great numbers if you don’t close off passing lanes and
    give him NO TIME!
    Ah, offense. I believe that I have been offensive with my quips, but greatness withstands the test of time (and me). Its odd, but upon reflection
    one can remember the signing of one Jerry Rice under the goal posts at
    Miss. State (i believe- old age and retention have taken their toll). Little known
    less heralded, but came to play. The greatest receiver ever! Now we have
    much heralded receivers; whom are unprepared, out of touch with the 1st
    team, and don’t seem to take any responsibility for it. Running backs aplenty:
    good god my man Tom Rathman. Tommy, you were one of the hardest working fullbacks I had seen (and also little known). But you became known
    because of what you did. Not what some idiot prints or writes (me included).
    Variations gentlemen; the element of surprise. Jesus, is a football freak and
    wants to see some combination of Gore/Dixon/Westbrook. Split or stacked
    it should scare the hell out of any defense. Or at least a “who dat” as they go bye. Vernon/Delaney quick slants and a cloud of dust. Haven’t seen anything from Crabtree! Don’t care what you write or say. These boys love to talk.
    But that’s all we hear is talk. OH, this hurts, that wasn’t my good side, opps!
    Next time, etc. etc. Ziegler, Williams each have preformed far more the Mr.
    Crabtree. YO MTV RAP and you diamond tooth are not suited for the game
    of football. Step up or step out. Now, comes the iceman. Alex, what hasn’t
    been said already doesn’t need to be repeated. You have exactly one half-
    of Mondays’ game to show what and who you are. If you faulter; then I know that David Carr (with some protection) will provide better leadership and
    play than you have for the past 5 yrs. Now, from the interviews I have seen
    from Jimmy Raye (whatever his expertise) just his mental processing of
    questions seems to take an extrodinary length of time. No wonder the plays
    take so long. And if you had this problem last year also, then why in the hell
    hasn’t it been dealth with by now? If JRaye’s play calls have to be relayed/
    then interpeted , and then sent in; CAN YOU SPELL REDUNDENT? Now, if
    Alex has to have a play band upon his wrist; so be it. Alex, remember
    quick short pass is as good as a run and sets up the run. Play action passing
    will buy you more time; throw off the lbs. View the field not you primary
    receiver, don’t be afraid to make judgement call and audible at line. Play catch
    with your recievers not drill them into the ground. OH YAH, THROW AT THE
    NUMBERS NOT HIGH. IF YOU ARE GOING TO MUCK IT UP THEN AT LEAST
    THROW LOW SO ITS NOT AN INTERCEPTION. And now we switch back to
    our regular programing “highschool quarterbacking for dummies”.
    WHAT WE WANT IS FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU (AND COACHES)
    TO BECOME WHAT YOU ARE AND WHAT WE NEED YOU TO BE: OUR
    SAN FRANSICO 49ers. You need to stand up and let all your opponents
    and fans know just who you are (and that you should be feared).

  9. By roland on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    alex smith sucks and he’ll suck again monday nite, the defense is good enough but the quarterback is about 90% the reason a team wins in a game. its so sad but true, ive given up! I CAN’T STAND ALEX SMITH!!!!

  10. By al pops on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    So… why the hell does Alex Smith have a grin on his face, after he throws a second interception against the Seahawks? Will we only start winning after we draft a good QB? All the other pieces are in place! With a good or even DECENT QB, we can turn every game into a smoke show!

  11. By JULIAN on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is the problem. Nate Davis is the solution.

  12. By Pattytheirishlass on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    Geez! Paul, were you writing a novel? LOL! I agree with the people who think Alex needs to go. I don’t think he is a very good QB. Nate Davis showed me more how a QB should be. I hate to question Singletary after all he has helped the Niners accomplish, but I surely am not seeing what I’d like to see. Last week we lost because of the coaching. Come on Singletary use what God gave you and let our men start playing real football. Go Niners!

  13. By Rick Dominguez on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    Week 1 loss, all on Singletary. JUST GO FOR THE FIELD GOALS! What was coach thinking? Singletary and Alex Smith, you have problems. “Don’t tell me, Show me”, yeah you showed me you are no coach, Sigletary. Im a Niner FAN but it looks like it’s going to be an ugly season. Alex is done at the end of this year, if not by the second have of week 2. 49ERS are known for great players, QB’s is one of them. Can we honestly say Alex will be up their with Montana and Young. Im sorry but it’s time to let Alex go. As for coach Sigletary, great job on making some of these players into men, but coach still has some learning to do. Go Niners! and good luck against the Saints.

  14. By CB on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    ALL I CAN SAY IS GOOD LUCK AND GOOOO NINERS!!

  15. By Josie on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Mike Singletary will realize that Alex Smith is still not ready. I’m a big funs but Alex is really not doing good. Last week game they all have no team work. Coach MIke will have a good talk to all of his team. Go NINERS! Good luck tomorrow with Saints. Alex play like a quarter back. Stop being such a weak. Show us that you really a quarter back be a leader to your team. Not a follower. Hope for a good game with the Saints.

  16. By ChillyNinerWilly on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    NINER NATION WITH MNF JUST AROUND THE CORNER I HAVE MY TICKETS AND I’M READY TO GET DOWN WITH THE NATION AND CHEER THE BOYS ON!!….I SWEAR I BETTER NOT SEE AN EMPTY CHAIR IN THE HOUSE COME TOMORROW!!!!…….WE NEED TO SET THE GOLD MINE ON FIRE!!!!…THE NATION WILL BE WATCHING!!!!!… I’M CALLING ON ALL MY RED AND GOLD BROTHER & SISTERS….I DON’T CARE HOW BAD ARE BOYS DO LET’S JUST MAKE IT AS MISERABLE AS ALL HELL FOR THOSE SAINTS…ALL…NIGHT…LONG!!!!!

    NINER NATION TIME TO U-NITE…… ON MONDAY NITE BABY..WOOOOOO!!!

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