New Orleans Saints, WR Lance Moore
Post-Practice Media Availability
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Sarah Thomas, which was up here speaking. Did you notice any kind of stuff with the two female referees that were out there today?
“Yes, because you guys are all here. Sarah has actually been at our camp for the last two or three years, maybe even four years. You notice her the first couple times but after that you don’t really notice her when you’re on the field. Once the whistle is blown, we have to play ball. We can’t worry about who is up there wearing the zebra shirts.”
Playing ball now with seven days under your belt, how would you asses how the guys are progressing? We see more defensive side, more blitzes.
“I think we are playing a little better. It’s still early on in camp. We have not gotten yet to intersquads (which we will do) on Saturday. We have not had any live action yet. Guys can look really good in practice, but not so good in games. Once we get closer to those game situations we will get a better read. Like I said, we are working hard, trying to get better every day and that’s our focus.”
It kind of seems, when you look at position battles with receivers and defensive backs and lots of players in there battling for positions. It kind of helps each other around doesn’t it?
“It does. Anytime there is going to be competition especially on both sides it’s going to bring the best out of us. We got a deep group of receivers. From top to bottom I think this is one of the deepest groups we have had since I have been here. I think that is only going to make us better. Each day we go out we are trying to make the DBs better and I hope in turn they are trying to do the same for us.”
What does it mean the you are the senior tenured player among the receivers?
“I don’t really like it (joking). I don’t want Sean (Payton) to come up to me and call me one of the old guys. He has done it a couple times already during camp and I don’t want to get that label. It is definitely a credit to the way that I work and coming from where I came from to get to this point. This is my ninth training camp and about seven days in it feels like it’s my fifteenth. I feel good and I’m just trying to continue on forward.”
Isn’t that a compliment?
“It is because I’m still here, but you don’t want them to start to call you old.”
Coach has talked about wanting to have more balance on running the ball this year. From your perspective have you noticed them calling a lot more running plays?
“I would not necessarily say they are calling more running plays, but the focus is definitely there. Anytime we can play more complementary games on offensive, not only is going to help us more on our offensive team; but it’s going to help our team in general. It will give our defense a little more rest and hopefully gain more yards, more first downs, and (produce better) time possession as well, and definitely help our special teams out too in bad situations.”
Is that something you noticed as a receiver when you guys ran the ball better in the past if you have more room to work with out there?
“Yes. The year we won the Super Bowl I think we were top 10 rushing. That kind of gets swept under the rug because Drew seems to pass for a ton of yards every season. The more success we have on the ground then I guarantee the more successful we will be every season.”
Drew said that Sean Payton came back in here this year with a different perspective and a lot of fresh ideas. What have you noticed that you have brought to the table on your side of the ball?
“I would say, first and foremost just the sense of normalcy. The whole last sixteen to eighteen months have been different around here. He is such a creative and intelligent football mind. He is always going to be breaking things down. He was away for a whole season and he comes back and knows every single play that happened last year because he broke it down on film. Like you said he has definitely got new ideas and innovative things to put into our offense (we) can’t give those away now but we will see those here in a couple of weeks.”