Sep 16, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis (56) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and cornerback Justin Hardee (34) celebrate with fans in the stands after a missed field goal by Cleveland Browns place kicker Zane

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Quotes inside Saints locker room from Monday

Reaction to Browns win, and a preview of Saints-Falcons

Steve Geller
September 18, 2018 - 12:30 am

It was a victory Monday for the Saints, but the players were not given a reprieve from having to talk to the media in the locker room. Typically after a win we they get a break until Wednesday, but we we’re given access despite a 21-18 victory over the Browns. You could tell the players were not pleased with their performance, but still remain confident going in week 3. Here’s what some of the guys on defense had to say:

Linebacker Demario Davis on if he feels the defense showed improvement from week 1 to week 2.

“I think we did better in every department. We stopped the run, we did better against the pass, we got a take-away, we got off the field on third down and we were better in the red zone; so I think that’s what you have to do.”

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins managed to register his 1st sack of the season against Cleveland. He was asked why the takeaways haven’t been coming their way.  The Saints have one interception on the season and no fumble recoveries. The team finished tied for 9th in 2017 with 25 takeaways and Rankins feels the floodgates will open soon. 

“That’s football, there is going to be times where you’re doing everting the right way and those plays aren’t coming to you. But then, there is going to be a point where we’re going to go on a stretch where they’re just flowing, the turnovers are happening. So, we continue to stay the course. Approach the game the right way, approach each play the right way and do what we’re taught to do and we’ll make those plays.”

It’s no secret the Saints we’re saved by some poor kicking from Zane Gonzalez. He missed 4 kicks total, two extra points and two field goals. That is 8 points and the Black & Gold won by just 3. Gonzalez has been waived by the Browns.  Safety Kurt Coleman says even though the Saints defense faltered down the stretch they can still use it as a building block since they were able to come away with a victory in the end.

“We came out with the win. So we can take a deep breath there. As this season continues to progress we’re going to be put in those situations again and it’s going to be that experience we’re going to have to lean on. Whenever we get in that situation, we’re going to fight through, we’re going to get though it and we’re going to handle it a lot better.”

The Black & Gold jump back into division play this week and go on the road for the first time this season Sunday in Atlanta.  The Falcons are also 1-1 after putting down the Panthers 31-24 in the Mercedes Benz Stadium.  The Dirty Birds have a number of weapons on offense to contend with including the always dangerous Julio Jones and rookie Calvin Ridley. The Saints passing defense is ranked 29th currently in the league but cornerback Ken Crawley is confident they’ll be ready to bounce back in the A.T.L.

“We just have to know what they’ve been doing and how they’re going to try and take advantage of our mistakes these past two games.  We’re going to have a good week of practice on them, and we just have to come out on Sunday”  

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