Saints getting tougher on both sides of the ball
It was the
Along the way, they all got a little tougher – and better, Brees said.
“It was fun for me to kind of watch those guys develop, watch those guys come together and kind of form that new attitude,” Brees said Monday. “You kind of just saw that culture changing over there. … It was intense and I think in the end what ended up happening was they made us better, and I felt like we made them better.”
At 5-0 and coming off their impressive 48-27 dismantling of the previously unbeaten New York
“I think we have had that reputation for the last few years,” Brees said. “We’re trying to get rid of that label because I don’t think it applies.”
“That says a lot about the guys that we have up front blocking and the guys that we have running the football,” Brees said. “It says a lot about our defense and their ability to rise to the occasion and defend against a very good rushing offense, a really good offense in general.”
New Orleans has a league-leading 15 takeaways, which have led to seven touchdowns and a field goal.
Payton made the hiring of Williams a priority last winter after the
Williams said he hoped that approach also affected the way the
“Our offensive line’s had to defend themselves out in practice,” Williams said. “All of a sudden our offensive line’s pretty nasty. … It’s a habit that you teach every single day. It’s an attitude you teach every single day. I get way too much credit for X’s and O’s.”
Payton said he was not surprised his team was 5-0. The team learned a lot of hard lessons during the past two seasons and is putting that experience to use now, he said.
“What’s important is … looking closely at yourself without dusting it under the rug,” Payton said. “We try to be critical of ourselves and pay close attention to what wins.”
Payton also didn’t want to make too much of the fact that the
Rather, he wanted to make sure the team is ready for that time when they finally fall behind.
“You’re not going to go 16 weeks the same way that some of our games have unfolded,” Payton said. “We just have to keep working to get better.”