Opening Statement

 

“We have some active roster moves that we made (this weekend). We waived Jonathon Amaya, claimed number 25 safety Rafael Bush who was in (training) camp at Denver. We terminated corner Elbert Mack, claimed number 31 cornerback Jerome Murphy who was at St. Louis.  The other guys that we signed were (for) the practice squad, defensive end Braylon Broughton, Ezra Butler at linebacker, Harland Gunn at guard, Ricky Henry as a guard, brought back tight end Michael Higgins, Nick Hixson at corner, Jerico Nelson at safety and wide receiver Andy Tanner. Those are our practice squad signings and then last night we elected captains. The team voted for these captains, two on offense, and two on defense and one on specials teams. The two offensive captains were quarterback Drew Brees and offensive tackle, Zach Strief. The defensive captains were safety Roman Harper and our other safety Malcolm Jenkins. The special teams captain was Courtney Roby. I would like to talk about the injury report on Wednesday, not today. Today we went out and had an initial early start, a jump on the Washington Redskins. We had three periods of team and got some first and second down work done. They were playing really fast. We went away for the hurricane, came back and this was a chance to get those guys’ legs fresh from camp and it looked like they were playing very quick today.”

 

How do you feel now that you are in this role?

 

“Like I said the last time I said it at this short table, it’s a case. I’m following the formula so anytime you have a plan; you have a good sense that things are going to go well. We have a good plan here. I’m following the plan and the team is with us.”

 

Did you spend any more time away from the offensive line today at practice than you ordinarily would?

 

“No. I did the normal amount of offensive line coaching and during team (periods) I was able to see both sides of the ball.”

 

Does Brian Young take over for Joe Vitt as linebackers coach?

 

“They are working it out on defense. I’d rather not talk about that. They are spreading the work there.”

 

How do you handle that? Do you put one guy in charge?

 

“There are a couple of guys that have coached linebackers in past. They have taken care of it.