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- Oct 26, 2006
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Transcript: Saints Coach Sean Payton
More (not all Shockey questions)...Q: 4-0, how does it feel?
A: Well, it is early in the season yet. I think there are some things that we have done well, we have improved on, that has really helped us overall. I think we are playing better defense. We are doing a better job with the turnovers. Those are a couple of things that come to mind.
Q: Obviously you know Jeremy. You were here with him. Can you compare for us kind of what he is like now maybe on and off the field compared to what he was like when he played here?
A: He was obviously real young when I was there. So I think there is always that growth period for players as they get into the middle or latter part of their careers. I think he has been able to stay healthy this year and had a good offseason with us. And I think all of us - players and coaches - become wiser the longer we are in this game. And I think he is someone that is comfortable and understands his role in the offense. And like I mentioned, the key has been his health. He has got his weight where we want it now. He is moving around well. So he does those things that we are looking for on the inside portion of the field. He is doing a good job in his blocking and in giving us some consistency there.
Q: What have you told him this week as far as managing his emotions?
A: I think this - each week it seems to be a different player with the free agency in our league. Last week it was Jon Vilma and the New York Jets. I think any more it is not uncommon with the rosters the way they turn over to be playing an opponent maybe that you once played for or there is some member of your team. So I think with him it is no different than any week in that it is still about the execution of the plan. And this is really about the Saints and the Giants and not any one individual in a game like this. And I think the players are smart enough to understand that.
Q: But you have to admit that he rants it up a bit more than some players.
A: Yeah, but again, like I said, I think he is smart enough to understand how we have to play as a team to have success.
Q: Is he still the weapon on the field that we used to see - explosive. Physically is he still that same weapon?
A: He is a big target and he is explosive. He still runs well and certainly we try to look at matchups with - not just Jeremy - but other individuals on our team and try to find the right matchups that we think are an advantage. So his size - he is quick in and out of his cuts. Those are all things that you still see, especially now that he is healthy.