HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON
(Opening Statement…) "I was proud of the way that they fought tonight. You know it's a good team we played on the road, in a tough environment. We had a chance I felt in the second half to break this game wide open. And I kind of backed off a little bit and was being smart with this lead, maybe a little to conservative, but I wanted the clock to move. I thought our defensive hung in their exceptionally well. Our special teams came up with a big play like we talked about. And that is an important win for us, right now. We certainly needed one. I thought we played well up front offensively. But we blocked them pretty well."
(Has the team turned the corner after tonight…) "There is no corner. We're 1-4 and we won a game. We gotta get back and have a good week of practice."
(How important was it to win on the road…) "I think this is a tough environment and I tough place to play. I thought our guys early on came out prepared. We got out here (in the lead) tonight early. I think our preparation leading up to this game, there was good focus. Just getting the win was important. So, we'll take it home or away."
(Was there a special attempt to throw (David) Patten the ball today…) "I thought he was going pretty good in the first half. He fought pretty well."
(Thoughts on Drew Brees tonight…) "I thought he had good command of what we were doing. We had some good long drives. We had a turnover and it was troublesome. We had a big third down drops right there at the end, that would have been a touchdown. I thought he did a good job of hanging in their and directing us at the end of the half for a score. That was really encouraging. There were a lot of encouraging signs and he played with a lot of confidance."
(Thoughts on David Patten…) "He was healthy and running. He is someone that has played well throughtout the preseason. We just have to find out ways to keep him involved. (Marcus) Trufant started matching up a little bit with David in the first half. He (Patten) went to the other side and made some big plays."
(Was it easy to set the tone with that early turnover…) Obviously the snap was low and went over the punters legs. And it gave us a good start."