Important quotes after Saints win over Raiders include praise for Alvin Kamara
Head Coach Dennis Allen
On victory, usually:
“I think any time you get a shutout in a game, I think that’s huge. They’re hard to come by in our league and you know the defense has been challenged this week in terms of stepping up and playing the way we’re capable of playing. I think they came out and played with energy, passion and I thought they played with swagger, which was good to see.
On the challenge the defense faced this week:
“Look, I think it was just more that our guys understood that we’re perfectly capable of playing the type of football that we played today, and we haven’t done that until now, so it’s It’s really about our guys maximizing their potential and I thought they answered the bell today.
On Alvin Kamara:
“Well, I think he’s really important. I think the leadership has grown this season. I think he understands that when you really look offensively at some of the young talent, we just have I think the presence of leaders veterans is important, and it’s important to have that in your best players so I thought it was good to see him step up this week and you know what he hasn’t just stepped up in his lyrics but did in his actions and I think that’s what a true leader does.
On whether Andy Dalton has shown enough to justify sticking with him:
“Yeah, I felt like him. I thought he was doing the things we needed to do. There were potential opportunities where we could get the ball across the field. I think we had a big ball (possible opportunity) on the pitch. But when it wasn’t there, he was ready to take the check. I thought he used Alvin very well in the passing game. Look, I just think right now with what he’s doing, I think our offense is on pace, I think our game calls (are) on pace, our offense is on pace, and we’re able to lead football that gets us into much more manageable third downs and we convert more third downs and keep the other attack off the field.
On Alontae Taylor’s competitive play:
“I think that’s what our unit has been. I think that unit over there always plays swagger, they’ve always been competitive, they’ve always risen up for a challenge.
On Payton Turner:
“Look there’s a reason we drafted him in the first round and he’s a capable player, we’ve got to get him out there and keep him healthy and that’s us and him and all of us because he’s able to do it and now he’s just a young man able to be consistent and do it match in and game out.
On the offensive line:
“They played very well. Coming out of a game not just to not get fired, but to not really get hit either. It’s a testament to what they do and what we were able to do in the racing game today as well. I think it’s so important. These guys have found a groove and these guys fit in well. These guys played very well.
DB Tyrant Mathieu
On Alvin Kamara:
“Obviously he’s always been that kind of player. Even throughout camp you have to face him every day in training. I think that’s really what is expected of him. I think personally that you saw it coming. You saw the passion come out of him after the game against Arizona. He was looking forward to getting back on the court today.
On defense that doesn’t give up a big play:
“That’s what we are capable of. Obviously, we are missing a few pieces. I think when we play loose and our style of play and not pressing, then that’s mostly what we’re capable of. I think it’s just one game, but it was a good game for us.
On his interception:
“I was just trying to reach the ball. I think tips and knockdowns are a big part of the game. I’m a little pissed off about the one I dropped. I can’t seem to get the one out That’s out of my head. It’s cool to make a game for the team anytime.
RB Alvin Kamara
How badly the team needed the win:
“I feel like we have to win every week. Our defense has faded. That’s what defensive plays are like. That’s how they’re supposed to play. This is what we expect. Our attack came out and did what it was supposed to do. This is what we expect every week. If that doesn’t happen, then I’m pissed. I’m sure the coaches are pissed. It’s empowering everyone. It’s like ethics. Everyone is responsible for themselves and for their teammate. We bring some responsibility and control over each other, passing through misfortunes and then looking for that breakthrough performance, and then it’s about justifying and doing the things that you need to do.
OL Cesar Ruiz
On Alvin Kamara:
“We all know that when 41 touches the ball magic happens, we all know that. It’s really great to see him go out there and do what everyone knows he can do. Everyone knows what he’s doing. For him to go out there and do that is great, to miss people in an open space is great.
On what winning does for this team:
“It’s like watching this game and continuing to build it. That’s how it’s supposed to gel. It’s what we do, how we play football, this swagger, keep doing it, keep building it and do it every week.