Who What?: Sean Payton expects to see lots of blitzing

The Vince Lombardi Trophy on display at the Super Bowl. It's troubling for Falcons fans that their hated rivals actually own one of these. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

The Vince Lombardi Trophy on display at the Super Bowl. It's troubling for Falcons fans that their hated rivals actually own one of these. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Got to check out the guys on Inside the NFL last night on Showtime  and Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp and Phil Simms were making their picks.

Sapp and Simms picked the Falcons to beat the Saints. Collinsworth picked the Saints to win.

Earlier, a few members of the media chatted with Saints coach Sean Payton on the conference call. We didn’t ask him to pick a winner.

NFC South foe New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

NFC South foe New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

But here’s what he had to say on a few subjects leading up to the 82nd regular-season meeting between the Saints and the Falcons.

ON THE SAINTS JAGGED SCHEDULE TO START TO SEASON: “I think part of that comes with winning. When we came here in ‘06 I think every game was at 12 noon and we had one Monday night game. That was the result of losing. When you do start having success I think you find yourself playing on some of those time slots. Sunday evening, Monday nights, Thursday to open the season, Thanksgiving; there are about five of them this year. It can be challenging, but I think it’s really what your goal was in the beginning; is to put yourself in that position.”

ON HIS PLANS TO REPLACE REGGIE BUSH: “I don’t know if you replace him. Your packages change. Probably, similarly in Atlanta with them (losing) Norwood. There are certain things you do and maybe certain things you stay away from with the player out.”

ON DREW BREES INSTINCTS AND DISTRIBUTION OF HIS PASSES: “I do think he has good instincts. He spends a lot of time studying film and defenses. It’s not often that he’s surprised with something he sees. I think half of the battle with protections at that position is at least knowing when you are protected or when you might be short (of protection). He is certainly one of those players that understands that. I think he has a quick release and he’s able to key and diagnose, make decisions fast. All of those things serve him well.”

Safety Thomas DeCoud "congradtulating" Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Monday Night Football on Nov. 2. The hit led to a Falcons touchdown.

Safety Thomas DeCoud "congratulating" Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Monday Night Football on Nov. 2. The hit led to a Falcons touchdown.

ON THE FALCONS REVAMPED DEFENSE: “Certainly, when you watch them, they’ve got exceptional team speed.  They run to the ball. They are very aggressive. They give you a lot of looks. . . We saw a lot of pressure last year in both of our games. Certainly when you watch the early part of this season, you see the same thing again.”

ON THE FALCONS RUNNING GAME: “Atlanta has always had an outstanding running game. When you go back to since Coach Mike has been there. It’s certainly been big part of what they want to do. They have great balance. They do a great job with their play action and can pass off of that. The numbers the other day were certainly staggering when you consider the amount of yards they rushed for.”

ON MALCOLM JENKINS AT SAFETY: “He’s playing well. He is someone that is very intelligent. He’s a quick study. I think he’s got good football instincts. We are pleased from the first two weeks with the way he’s play.”

ON PENCHANT FOR SAINTS CREATING TURNOVERS: “The one thing we’ve seen in our league the last 8 to 10 years is the emphasis placed on tackling the ball and ball disruptions. I had this conversion recently with a coach. Teams do such a good job now of emphasising that now that ball carriers, the receivers, the tight end and the running back, all of those players that have the ball in their hands, are certainly mindful of it. We were able to come away with four turnovers Monday night and that was big in our win. One thing that hasn’t changed is that statistic still wins and loses game.”

ON RODDY WHITE’S START TO THE SEASON: “He’s got great speed off the line of scrimmage. He’s an extremely talented receiver. He can hurt you down the field. Certainly you see Matt’s confidence with him. He’s a special player.”

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124 comments Add your comment

rkcola

September 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Marcus

September 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

2nd, Matty Ice style.

Section 108

September 23rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Sean Payton is gonna be reaching for his secret stash of painkillers after our Dirty Birds are done with them….

Let’s Go Falcons!!! Rise Up!!!

Marcus

September 23rd, 2010
12:25 pm

I hope Payton sees a smaller no. on the scoreboard next to his teams’ name. Now the key is which player will step up. Eitehr we have blowouts or last second wins with N.O. historically, so I expect this one to be tight.

Matty Ice

September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Sean Payton is a pretty good coach and you can tell he respects the Falcons and Mike Smith….

Falcons rule, baby!!!! Go Falcons!

First!?

Matty Ice

September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Fifth! As in, give me a fifth of vodka!

Joe Horn

September 23rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Falcons beats the Saints Sunday and restore order to the alternative universe we have been forced to live in since the Saints won the SB. If I see another Saints commercial I am going to puke.

Samuel

September 23rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Well, Coach Payton knows alot about the Falcons strenghts, but didn’t mention anything about their weaknesses. I think he’s very Intuitive and mindful not to give anything away. If Matt Ryan has an A game against the Saints, I think he can steal some of that Vickism that’s going around the league.

DJ Sniper

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

I don’t expect a big drop off in the Saints offense due to Bush’s absence. On the flip side, losing Bush hurts the Saints worse that losing Jerious Norwood hurts the Falcons. Bush is a bigger part of their offense than Norwood is for ours.

As far as blitzing, we all know that Drew Brees is pretty good at beating blitzes. Our secondary is much improved, so I’m interested to see how much we blitz. Also, the Saints run the screen pass as well as anybody in the league. Pierre Thomas is capable of making things happen, so it’s imperative that we figure out how to snuff out that option.

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Payton should be more worried about what the Falcons running game has done to his team instead of the “numbers the other day”.

Turner tends to roll over Saints who are trying to strip the ball. He better preach some tackling.

Ueeediot

September 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Sean Payton is a classless whiner. Who gives a dam what he has to say about anything.
No one likes the Saints. Its all just pity from the league. Saints fans are and always have been the drag on the bell curve in this league.

And by the way, Sean, the Falcons will be just fine without Norwood. Cant wait for you to meet Antoine Smith and Jason Snelling. But I think you just admitted that your team has to change to accept the Bush injury.

Snelling and Smith are the future @ RB. Depth Chart: Turner, Snelling, Smith. I am happy with this.

Brian Hunt

September 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Coach Payton should tell the Saints to buckle their chin straps tight because the Falcons are going to lay the wood to those boys this Sunday.

JONESBORO SLIM

September 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Saints when you lost Reggie….we got a chance to see all of your “screen plays”.and I mean ALL …so have the RED carpet out because were coming at you………..

Ueeediot

September 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Joe Horn…..what ever you do, dont buy Madden 11. Its all about how the Saints are just the greatest team ever….
Yeah, right.

Ueeediot

September 23rd, 2010
1:07 pm

I cant remember a time when the Falcons were deeper at RB.
1982 Gerald Riggs and William Andrews comes to mind…..

This is the best group of RB I think this team has ever assembled at one time.

It is really sad that Dimitri Nance got away.

james

September 23rd, 2010
1:17 pm

I see alot of bloggers disappointed that Nance got away. But in watching preseason games, I felt Antone Smith outplayed Nance, and in the acquisition of Gartrell Johnson the loss of Norwood is neutral to the offense (at best). I mean what had Norwood really done for us after the St. Louis game in 2008?

Saints LSU

September 23rd, 2010
1:17 pm

please blitz brees game over no wind in the super dome one on one with your DB’S

Season Ticket Holder

September 23rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Saints! We are here to bring the pain!!!! Go Falcons

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:20 pm

7-1 against Atlanta since I have signed with the Saints in 06… hmmm We love “Dirty Bird” gumbo in New Orleans!

SeenThisB4

September 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Drew Brees: Coach, I hear the falcants might start William Moore again, you hear anything on that?
Payton: I’m counting on it Drew. We’re going to burn him like Prudhomme puts the fire to blackened redfish!
Drew Brees: I love it coach! I love it! Throw something in there just for Dunta too.
Payton: Yeah, got a lot in there for him, got something special for Spoon too. It’s going to be like shooting fish in a barrel. Let’s go install it!
Drew: Oorah!

NO LA

September 23rd, 2010
1:28 pm

time for the aints to reappear… ol’ reggie is out and the field position will suffer. Birds capitalize, shut down Thomas and run a ball control offense all day long. ATL 31 NO 28

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Wake up B4 u r dreaming.

Go watch some highlights from last years Saints-Falcons games. The homey ref calls alone should cheer u up.

reckingball

September 23rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Is Peyton still sleeping with that trophy?

K Bird

September 23rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Birds will be in Brees face all day and will make the whiny little head coach of the Saints cry out loud. Go Falcons. Time to put this Saints team in their proper place. Their little party is about to be over.

james

September 23rd, 2010
1:33 pm

I definitely agree with alot of the bloggers who feel the Saints get a “free pass” from the NFL and the media and get to remain on this sort of honeymoon with them. Somehow we are supposed to feel sympathy for them and believe that their winning the Superbowl over a “white collar”, businesslike Colts team was divine justice. Meanwhile their organization is milking it for all its worth and the majority of the American public are just taking the bait. And let’s not even go their about the breaks they get from the officials who seem to also be in bed with them.

K Bird

September 23rd, 2010
1:35 pm

We can beat them and the officials.

K Bird

September 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Yep, I have really heard enough about this whole devine destiny crap. Get over it already.

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Agreed K Bird. Mike Smith WILL NOT forget the rip off Grimes INT.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

You clowns whining about the officials are laughable. All of a sudden the Saints win the title and the refs gave it to them. Have the Saints benefited from poor officiating? I would say absolutely and so has every other team in the NFL! You only remember what you want to with your selective vision. Take the Red and Black blinders off

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:47 pm

You know what’s funny is listening to the Falcons fans whine about that pass interference call on the Grimes/Meachem play like that was the difference in the game… when you should be whining about the wide open TD pass that Jenkins dropped earlier in that game. But no that would mean that you are accepting your own team’s dificiencies, it’s easier to just blame the ref’s and give absolutely NO credit to the team that beat you… 7-1 isn’t poor officiating, that is one team clearly being better than the other. Hope you don’t take butt whooping on Sunday personally

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
1:49 pm

Wrong Breesus. I remember bogus calls the official have no business making when the game is on the line.

The B Grimes interceptions are all over the net. You are too much of a yellow tail to look at it an admit the truth…homey refs.

FALCONS SORRY

September 23rd, 2010
1:50 pm

AINT BET A FEW MOR DAZE ENTILL DA FALCANS GIT TO RIZE UP AN PLAY THERE ARCH-ENIMEES BET YALL SHED BEE WURRIED MOR BOUT OL NOODLE ARM AN HIS WEEK ARM AND TERF TOZE. WANT EVEN BEE SHOCT TOO SEA DEM BERDS GIT SKERD AND STR8 4FIT DIS GAME. WATTS 1 GAME OUT OF 16 INN A MARCH TOO DA SUPPER BOWL N E WAY??? HAW HAW HAW HALE NAW!!!

Hollywould

September 23rd, 2010
1:51 pm

I put some vicodin in Payton’s juicy fruit.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Front Row,

Did the officials some how blow the call and the game for the dirty birds when Jenkins dropped that wide open TD pass right in his hands?

Gritz Blitz

September 23rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Sean Payton’s mouth may be a little dry by the 4th quarter Sunday. Better have the Juicy Fruit on stand-by.

bayou tattler

September 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Breesus just mad ’cause he’s got a small peesus.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Front Row,

I guess the officials were also to blame in the other 5 losses Atlanta had last year right?

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:54 pm

bayou tattler,

You get a tip of the cap for that one buddy, that was actually really funny lol!

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

No dork they blew the call when Grimes picked Brees CLEAN. The gift allowed RB to score a go ahesd TD; without it the Saints lose.

But your to yellow tail is too wimpy to admit the homey call.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

And for the record Front Row, I never said it was the right call, it was definitely questionable and I can see why you view it as a bad call. I am not arguing whether that was or was not a penalty. What I am saying is that one play didn’t decide the game anymore that Jenkins dropped TD pass but you fail to see it that way because it’s easier for you to blame the refs than to give the Saints any credit

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Absolutely. The Greer pick 6 replay clearly shows J Vilma pushing R White to the ground with the ball in the air (interferce in everybody’s book). NO WAY THE REF MISSED IT – homey non-call.

I’ll give you both games free in 2007 but rememeber the Saints almost lost to the quitter coach. 2008 we split and 2009 was the worse homey ref season I’ve ever seen.

Even last week the Saints benefitted from multiple non-calls concerning blocking and linemen downfield on pass plays. Voodoo all you want; the tapes exist and they don’t lie.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Yea that’s kinda what I thought, still don’t want to own up to that dropped pass…

I hope the Falcons players are as worried about the refs as you are Front Row, that will mean another easy W for the Saints. You keep blaming the refs and we’ll keep working on polishing that Superbowl Trophy ;)

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Not to mention the tapes of Frank Gore ripping the Saints like he was Michael Turner.

Sid

September 23rd, 2010
2:04 pm

The Vince Lombardi Trophy on display at the Super Bowl. It’s troubling for Falcons fans that their hated rivals actually own one of these. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Hey D, it don’t bother me one bit, that was last year, this is this year. Saints are going down!

Sack heads talkin some kinda smack
Falcons gonna beat them with a ground attack
Brew Wheeze will be taken down
gonna get hurt when he hits the ground
Bush got his leg broke it’s just the beginning
Aint’s fans heads are gonna be spinning
talk all you want but that was last year
we are flyin’ at you like a bombardier
After we embarrass you with a shot to the solar plexus
So sorry we won’t see you in Arlington, Texas

Paper or plastic sack heads, we are nuts over your women http://tinyurl.com/2bsh9p2

Kim Kardashian's Colon

September 23rd, 2010
2:04 pm

If the Saints lose this one, I’d hate to think of the consequences…

FrontRow

September 23rd, 2010
2:05 pm

No refs involved in Jenkins dropped pass.

No business for the refs to throw the flag on Grimes…its a homey call; don’t get it and the Saints don’t score i.e. the refs helped the Saints score on that drive.

THEY DO IT EVERY GAME! So much so the Saints fans in the dome last year were thanking the refs. So much so that EVERY incomplete Brees pass includes multiple Saints calling for INT flags.

Face it, you guys are used to it.

Ueeediot

September 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

Jenkins dropped pass means nothing if you make your field goals earlier in the game.

And, yes, it most definitely is easier to show the officials mistakes. But they are on both sides of the ball. I agree you have to overcome adversity like that.

However, the pity party that this country shows for that city of felons, rapists, and overall losers is pathetic.

PLEASE pick on Duanta and Grimes. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the 7 step drop and try to throw it deep.

Breesus

September 23rd, 2010
2:06 pm

Your right Front Row, you have discovered the mystery that is the Saints success and it all hinges on illegal screen passes and bad calls. There are 32 teams in this league each with their own scouting departments and ability to go to the NFL front office to bring attention to calls they feel should be a penalty, but some how the Saints keep running those darn screen plays and no flags are thrown. It’s a conspiracy!!!! The Saints are taking over the NFL 1 illegal screen pass at a time!!! lol Clown!!!

Mike Jay

September 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Seenthisb4,

Said this in the last blog: “The defending World Champions are going to expose the falcants soft and slow defense”

His coach just said this: “ON THE FALCONS REVAMPED DEFENSE: “Certainly, when you watch them, they’ve got exceptional team speed. ”

Oppps. Prove that saints fan lack any intelligence due to wearing those paper bags over their heads for so many years.

Ueeediot

September 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Breesus…you dont polish tin foil. They have already pawned the real trophy and all the rings.