New Orleans Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt
Post-Practice Media Availability
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Watch Vitt's Press Conference
Opening Statement: “
Do you think there is any chance you could have Zach Strief available on Thursday night?
“(It’s a) possibility. Possibility looks good.”
Has he had a decent amount of progress since Sunday?
“Yes, he certainly has.”
How much will another week help
“Our right tackle situation is going to fine in this game. There are a lot of ways that we can help that position. There is a lot of ways that we do help that position. We have the next man up theory that we have always gone to. There is not going to be any built in excuse for us not to try to play our best football.”
Yesterday you mentioned that you were going to be looking at some players…
“Yeah, I’m sorry, I should have mentioned this. We did make some roster moves today. We had to put
Can you tell us what Bryce Harris’ injury was?
“He has a broken bone in his leg.”
How does not having Junior Galette impact your pass rush?
“Listen, Junior is a big part of what we’ve tried to get accomplished around here. He is a big part of our future. I’ve said this before about Junior’s physical and emotional growth as a player. He is working hard right now to get better. This has been an opportunity for
What does Atlanta do so well on third downs?
“I think it starts with the quarterback. I think he really does a great job with pre-snap read and where to go with the ball. All of a sudden he will have immediate pressure in his face and he’s tall enough to get the ball out and go to the right target. I would say with some of their numbers in the last couple of weeks with turnovers that third down has really saved them both offensively and defensively. They’ve improved dramatically since the last time we played them.”
“Listen, San Francisco, that game is like a year ago to me. It really is. We’ve been on to this next game now since seven o’clock Monday morning. We watched Sunday’s game on Sunday night. We’re excited about playing this game. I know he’s excited about playing this game. With a short week, there are challenges to it. I don’t really care if we played them on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, this is a great opportunity for our football team. I’ve kind of put San Francisco in our rear-view mirror and I know he has. I don’t know what else to say about that.”
How tough is it to condense two practices into one day?
“It’s a challenge. We’ve done this before. We had the challenge when we played Dallas on Thanksgiving two years back. That was a one o’clock game and we’re using every hour we can. This is an 8:30 start eastern time. Back then, we started our practices at 10:30 in the morning and tried to duplicate what time we were playing and we moved our practices and our meetings back to a nine o’clock start for team meetings and 12:15 for the start of our practices. We’ve been through this before. We took good notes from the first time that we played this game on Thanksgiving day and we’re using the same formula as if Sean (Payton) would be here.”
How difficult will it be to duplicate your success against the Atlanta rushing attack in the first game?
“Every week, every game takes on a life of its own and a challenge of its own. We played them on a short week, had to come back from a night game. These guys are professional players. We’ve got the right people in this locker room and they prepare properly. They are accountable to one-another. When you have the right people and you have some confirmed validity on how you approach the game as an organization and a team, there’s always challenges but those challenges are never going to be an excuse for failure.”