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Todd Wash - Thursday, October 10, 2019

(On Jaguars Owner Shad Khan saying he believes that CB Jalen Ramsey will play against the Saints) "I was just informed, but if Jalen [Ramsey] does play obviously we have a plan for him to play. It was great to see him out on the grass yesterday, out there communicating with him teammates and that kind of stuff. I love the energy that he brings to practice. But at the same time, if he doesn't play, I think it's our job as coaches, we have to be able to develop a plan for him if he doesn't play.'

(On what conversations he has with Ramsey during the stretching period of practice) "Obviously Jalen and I have had some talks in the past, and I think it was about three years ago that happened. And he's matured a lot, and so have I just dealing with Jalen. And I think we have a very good personal relationship now. If you were out there obviously, we were joking and laughing and having a good time. So, once again, I just like to have him on the grass and be able to communicate with him, so it was really nice to have him out there."

(On the challenge Saints WR Michael Thomas presents) "Obviously he's big. He can take the top off. Once he catches it, he's a tough guy to get down. If I'm not mistaken, I think he leads the league in receptions and receiving yards, so it's going to be a big challenge for us. Our back end is obviously chomping at the bit to get at the game, and I think that's us as an entire unit after what happened last week. I think we're ready. We've had a really good couple days of practice so far and we're ready to get back out on the grass, especially here at the Bank at home."

(On the challenge Saints RB Alvin Kamara presents) "When I was talking to the unit, he reminds me, obviously being in Seattle, of Marshawn Lynch. Now, I said maybe it's the hair, I'm not sure, but he runs angry. He is a tough guy to bring down. Doesn't have that breakaway speed, but he does break a lot of tackles and we're obviously locking into that this week, that we have to get population to the football and do the best we can to get him down. But first of all, it starts with our front seven, having some gap accountability, that was the big thing obviously last week. We have to have a 'stop-the-run' mentality, but also a, 'Just do your job' mentality. Don't worry about trying to get out and make a play or whatever, just do your job and we'll be able to improve in the run game."

(On if teams attack them differently without Ramsey on the field) "Obviously he's a guy you can put over there and for the most part you say, 'I don't have to worry about that wide receiver.' And when Jalen's healthy we put him on the best guys that they have. So, he allows us to do some things schematically. Once Jalen's not out on the grass, then obviously it probably maybe opens up their package, I'm not really sure, of how they feel about Jalen and stuff. But how we feel, that he can eliminate a side of the field."

(On if Ramsey being out for the last two game is a shock to the system after starting 51 consecutive prior to his back injury) "The first game that he wasn't there, prior to the national anthem and stuff, I was sitting there and boy, it's been a long time since I haven't seen you on the grass since my days as a coordinator [and] him here as a player. It's just different not having him out there, but I think our team feels very confident with the guys that are playing in the back end, that know what we do as coaches, that they'll go out and execute the game plan and put us in position to hopefully win the game."

(On if D.J. Hayden was a bright spot in the Week 5 game at Carolina) "D.J.'s [Hayden] been playing some really good football for us. He's steady, he does a nice job in the run game when we're asking him to get involved in the run game and just the zone and man coverages. So, I sat and talked with him this morning as he was in watching tape, he's playing extremely well and it's a credit to him. He's fighting through some stuff injury-wise, but he's coming in and he's playing well each week."

(On how much Hayden's foot injury is bothering him) "It was bothering him a lot last week. And I think our training staff and our doctors have done a real good job of rehabbing him and getting him in position to be able to play this week."

(On how much playing at home helps the defense) "I think a lot. Our guys, we're definitely an emotional group. So, when the crowd gets behind them, they start making plays, you start seeing them play with a lot of emotion and I think that's when we play our best. So, being home – and it is a great crowd. They're used to us playing some very good defense and we're anticipating going out and doing it this week."

(On how you fix players being out of position in gap assignments) "When we talked to them on Monday, I think it's fundamentals. And as a coaching staff I think at times we try to take some wear and tear off of the players in practice and we neglected some things as a coaching staff, and I have to take responsibility for that. But we have got to work our base fundamentals each and every day, especially at D-Line play. It's a monotonous thing, but it's the same stuff over and over. And we have to continue to work that. But at the same time, I think we have to calm their world down, I do as a coach, do the things that they're very good at and let them do those things instead of being creative and all that kind of stuff."

(On what gives him the confidence that the defense will bounce back from last week) "The guys that are in that room to be honest with you, they were hurting afterwards. Once again, I told them, I said, 'We haven't lost a lot of games defensively and we did last week.' And they take a lot of pride in that, of how we play defense, and the reason I believe we're going to come back and play well is because of the guys in that room."

(On how they balance getting more defensive turnovers without pressing) "We had the ball on the ground twice last week. The week before that, we had the ball on the ground twice. The turnover that was re-examined or whatever the heck you call that. We're in position, but we have to be able to get the football, that's another point of emphasis. We do talk about hopefully they're going to start coming in bunches. We're getting there, we're getting to the quarterback, we're getting the ball on the ground, we just have to be able to recover it."

(On what he said to LB Quincy Williams this week after being benched in the fourth quarter last week) "With Quincy [Williams], right now we're trying to get a base foundation for him. He didn't play linebacker in college, he missed all of OTA's, missed all of training camp, so he's really playing linebacker for six weeks and we're really trying to speed up the process and give him a base foundation. And I think that once again my job is to really calm things down game plan-wise, so when he gets in there, he plays well. Because he is going to be a very, very good football player, I truly believe that. There's a lot of new stuff going at him and we have to be able to just increase that foundation so he has something to fall back on when things may be a little bit different than what he's seen on tape."

(On his thoughts of the linebacker play after five games) "We've had some misfits, but I think a lot of teams do have some misfits. It's just that these [Panthers rushing touchdowns] went for 84 [yards] and it went for 56 [yards]. We just have to play consistently. That's what we're looking for. The other day we had three three-and-out's, two four-and-outs. We have some spurts of some really, really good football and we just have to be able to do that consistently, that's what we're looking for."

(On DE Yannick Ngakoue showing production in Week 5 at Carolina) "As soon as the game was over, I texted him right away. Because he comes to work every day. He's passionate about what he does. He's very good at what he does, so it's good to see him have some individual success last Sunday with two sacks. But knowing Yannick [Ngakoue], the first thing he texts back is, 'I feel like hell because we lost.' And that's the type of person that Yannick is. He's more team than individual, and that's why we love him."