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What the Saints are Saying About the Bolts

"Melvin Gordon is a good player; he's a good back. He's good at a little bit of everything. He can run in between tackles, he can bounce it and cut it back real well." – Defensive Tackle Tyeler Davison

On Jason Verrett….

*"The way that I always explain it is I feel like he is me, but just playing defense. He is real quick and fast, but at the same time he is a savvy, smart and instinctive player. It's hard to go against a guy like that." – *WR Brandin Cooks

On Chargers Defense….

*"Defensively, I think it's a very active front.  They give you a lot of man-to-man (and) press looks.  I think they've been a really good third down defense.  I know they've had some guys nicked up, much like we have.  But as you watch them, you're looking at players where you know you're going to have to help the tackles in protection.  (Melvin) Ingram is an outstanding rusher.  I think they get good rush not only on the edges, but from the inside as well.  The corners are aggressive and confident.  They do force the quarterback to get rid of the football early.  Their pressure package is unique and one that causes you a lot of time on task in preparing for it." – *Head Coach Sean Payton

*"I think they've played very well.  I think they have some really good players in the secondary.  I think they have a really good pass rush.  Melvin Ingram is an extremely impressive player.  Really, that whole defensive front… a lot of guys who can make plays on the ball (in the secondary).  We have our work cut out for us.  I think we have to be ultra-efficient in everything we do; run and pass.  We need to have a good protection plan.  I have a lot of respect for (Defensive Coordinator) John Pagano.  He was coaching there when I was playing for the Chargers (and then) he became the defensive coordinator.  I think he's done a really good job ever since he's been there.  I know they like to dial up the pressure at times so we have to be ready for all of that and it's going to be a great challenge for us." *– QB Drew Brees

*"They've done a good job so far this season against the run, so that is a challenge for us.  I know they have some injuries, some things like that, but that has always been a focal point for us. Whenever you can run the ball successfully, it makes the offense run smoother." *– RB Mark Ingram

On Dexter McCluster….

*"Certainly a different type back, a different style back. And I think some of the challenges are just understanding when he's in the game the type runs you might be getting in regards to the scheme can be different.  They've had him back at kick return. He is a change of pace, exceptionally fast, a guy that you have to pay attention to wherever he's at on the field."  – *Head Coach Sean Payton

Take a closer look at who the Chargers will face this Sunday at the Q for Week 4.

Notable comments from the New Orleans Saints in the lead up to the Week 4 match vs. the San Diego Chargers.

On Chargers' Offense….

*"I think Philip is playing at an elite level right now, really spreading the ball around. Obviously Antonio Gates, a first-ballot hall of famer, I don't know if he is healthy or not, Hunter Henry their rookie is really good. They've got a few good receivers, so I'm excited." – *Safety Kenny Vaccaro

*"They are an explosive offense. They have my dawg, Travis Benjamin; he is a fast, fast guy.  They run the ball well as well so we have to stop the run and just come out and play sound defense." *– LB Craig Robertson

*"For the first three weeks of the season, Philip (Rivers) is playing at an extremely high level.  Obviously, there are some injuries that maybe change what you want to do.  They're running the ball better.  (Melvin) Gordon is getting his touches.  They do a good job with tempo, getting you at the line of scrimmage and getting you into formations where they can kind of see what you're doing and attack it." – *Head Coach Sean Payton

On Philip Rivers….

*"He is definitely one of the tops (in the league).  A quarterback that plays with a lot of passion, he is a guy that will talk noise as well and you don't get too many quarterbacks that will do that. Philip is a smart quarterback and we have to give him disguises and just play sound defense." *– LB Craig Robertson

On Melvin Gordon….

"Melvin Gordon is a good player; he's a good back. He's good at a little bit of everything. He can run in between tackles, he can bounce it and cut it back real well." – Defensive Tackle Tyeler Davison

On Jason Verrett….

*"The way that I always explain it is I feel like he is me, but just playing defense. He is real quick and fast, but at the same time he is a savvy, smart and instinctive player. It's hard to go against a guy like that." – *WR Brandin Cooks

On Chargers Defense….

*"Defensively, I think it's a very active front.  They give you a lot of man-to-man (and) press looks.  I think they've been a really good third down defense.  I know they've had some guys nicked up, much like we have.  But as you watch them, you're looking at players where you know you're going to have to help the tackles in protection.  (Melvin) Ingram is an outstanding rusher.  I think they get good rush not only on the edges, but from the inside as well.  The corners are aggressive and confident.  They do force the quarterback to get rid of the football early.  Their pressure package is unique and one that causes you a lot of time on task in preparing for it." – *Head Coach Sean Payton

*"I think they've played very well.  I think they have some really good players in the secondary.  I think they have a really good pass rush.  Melvin Ingram is an extremely impressive player.  Really, that whole defensive front… a lot of guys who can make plays on the ball (in the secondary).  We have our work cut out for us.  I think we have to be ultra-efficient in everything we do; run and pass.  We need to have a good protection plan.  I have a lot of respect for (Defensive Coordinator) John Pagano.  He was coaching there when I was playing for the Chargers (and then) he became the defensive coordinator.  I think he's done a really good job ever since he's been there.  I know they like to dial up the pressure at times so we have to be ready for all of that and it's going to be a great challenge for us." *– QB Drew Brees

*"They've done a good job so far this season against the run, so that is a challenge for us.  I know they have some injuries, some things like that, but that has always been a focal point for us. Whenever you can run the ball successfully, it makes the offense run smoother." *– RB Mark Ingram

On Dexter McCluster….

*"Certainly a different type back, a different style back. And I think some of the challenges are just understanding when he's in the game the type runs you might be getting in regards to the scheme can be different.  They've had him back at kick return. He is a change of pace, exceptionally fast, a guy that you have to pay attention to wherever he's at on the field."  – *Head Coach Sean Payton

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