Sunday, October 13, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New Orleans Saints
By Mike Triplett
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots:
Greer faces fire: Saints cornerback Jabari Greer welcomed the media interrogation after he gave up the game-winning touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Kenbrell Thompkins. Greer said it was the first last-second game-winner he'd allowed in his 10-year career and admitted he'll replay it in his mind for a long time. He said his teammates deserved better. But Greer also insisted that neither he nor his teammates will let that play define them, and he knows he's capable of making those plays going forward.
Pats man up: Like many teams, the Patriots made it their top priority to take away Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, using top cornerback Aqib Talib on him as well as frequent double teams. But this time, the Saints' other top weapons weren't able to take advantage.
“They still played man and everything,” Saints running back Darren Sproles said. “But they did a good job of it.”
Wounds still fresh: At some point, the Saints will probably take several positives away from the fact that they overcame an early 17-7 deficit and almost pulled off the comeback. But they weren't quite in that frame of mind yet.
“It sucks,” guard Jahri Evans said. “But we'll digest it, just like we do a W. … We'll be better because of it.”
No word on Graham: Graham left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. But the team offered no updates postgame, and Graham didn't appear in the locker room, so the severity is unknown. He'll have an extra week to heal with the bye week coming up.