POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 3:16pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 3:18pm
New Orelans, La (New Orleans Saints Media Release) — Former Jacksonville Indian Luke McCown spoke with the media today at Saints training camp.
The East Texan is backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans.
Here's a look at the transcript from that interview:
Luke how much more comfortable do you feel now in this offense than maybe you did a year ago at this time?
“A lot. Reps make all the difference. I understood the deal last year. Being here with Drew’s (Brees) contract situation and the uncertainty. And with Chase Daniel they needed a veteran just in case. So I understood that and you weren’t getting a ton of live reps. So, obviously there’s a higher comfort level for me now that I’m getting to play more and getting more reps.”
What are you trying to take away from tomorrow’s scrimmage?
“I’m just trying to execute. I think if you ask across the board that’s what the players want. We’re just trying to execute what we’ve installed to this point. We’re not trying to do too much. It’s not like we’re getting a scheme up on what our defense is doing. We’re running our plays and there’s going to be some things that don’t mesh up well with what they’re doing defensively and vice versa offensively versus what they’re doing offensively. It’s just a matter of executing with in the game plan, within what we’ve installed and come away with a good scrimmage.”
What have you seen from Ryan Griffin so far?
“Ryan’s done a great job. Obviously, he’s familiar with the system, having run a lot of the same stuff the past couple years in college. He’s very smart obviously. He just needs to continue to work. Experience is that main thing for the young guys and it always is. Continue to work, and get better at recognizing defenses, which he already does pretty well anyway. The sky is the limit for him.”
Last year you were with Atlanta. Is that the biggest rivalry for both clubs and maybe some insight you can provide?
“That’s just the way this league is. There’s always a lot of turnover. One guy may bring whatever understanding of whatever previous team he was on to his new team. That’s just part of the game. I’m studying a lot right now so I know what I’m doing here. They know that Atlanta is going to change what they do when they come to play us or we go to play them because of that familiarity and that history there. Even if I could tell the defense, hey this is what the defense is going to do; it doesn’t really mean it’s going to help them.”
A handful of guys on this roster have been in the league for 10 years and you’re one of them. What does it mean to be in this league for that long?
That kind of like a milestone; that’s a goal that guys set when they enter the league. You don’t say, hey I want to play two or three years. Ten years is the goal. I think there was a stat that said something like 15,000 players have come into the league since 1980 and only 600 have made it past six years. That’s a pretty significant statistic. It’s a testament to your work and how much you care about the game. If you don’t love the game, you won’t be here very long; you’ll get exposed quickly. It’s how you care about the game and how you work. Also you’re ability to adapt to new teams, new situations, new systems, new coaches, new cities and things like that. It’s a testament to your will to want to play.”
Speaking of that, your draft class is representing real well. You look at Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith who were also drafted that year. Do you guys talk about that at all?
“We talk about our draft class a lot and not just on this team. For my class, quarterback wise, you look at Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub. Eli’s got two Super Bowls, Ben’s got two Super Bowls, Philip’s been an All-Pro and Matt’s been an All-Pro. We had a significant draft class back in 2004 and I don’t know that we get enough attention for it.”
How did playing at Louisiana Tech prepare you for the NFL?
“Well it’s throwing the football and this league is a passing league. If you can’t decipher things quickly in the passing game in this league then you can’t make it in this league. It’s just the way this league has gone. The days are long gone when you play good defense and pound the run game all game. Now you have to be able to spread guys out and throw the ball. The caliber of athletes is so much higher than what it used to be.”
Do you get back to Tech much?
“I try to make it back maybe once a year. Maybe go catch a basketball game or go see some friends.”
What has struck you about Sean Payton’s offensive mind?
“He’s intuitive. He’s got a knack for saying, hey I want to do this right now and being right. Those are rare qualities.”
Tomorrow without Seneca Wallace in there gives you more playing time to get your game out there more. How do you feel about about taking advantage?
“Sure I’m looking forward to just being able to play and get in some live situations. After this first week and a half of camp, we’ll see what we can translate into live situations.”