Drew Brees, 10.14.09

Q. What have you seen from watching Corey Webster play on film?

A. I think he is a very good player. Regardless of what coverage they might have going on the other side of the field, he is kind of locked up on a guy. Obviously you will see him match the best receiver on the other team at times as well. Obviously they have a lot of confidence in him. He is a very good player. You don’t see him giving up many big plays. He breaks up a lot of balls, he has good ball skills. Just one of the better corners in the league.

Q. Particular things about his technique that he does very well that you have seen?

A. I think the biggest thing is that he plays with a lot of confidence. There is a fine line for a corner of being aggressive and being overly aggressive, giving teams the opportunity to make big plays against you. With him, it just seems like he is not giving up many big plays, but then again he is breaking up a lot of balls as well. It is usually one or the other, but usually you don’t see both.

Q. You are in a position to study a local debate here so to speak. You studied Darrelle Revis before your last game and now you have had the chance to study Webster. Who’s the better corner?

A. I think they are both pretty similar in the fact they are kind of the guy who matches the other team’s best receiver. They play a lot of man coverage. The style of man coverage they play is very similar in regards to a lot of press coverage, man to man, in your face. I would say they are both pretty similar but I haven’t had a chance to play against Webster here in a while, so I will let you know later on. Here is the thing: I give them both a lot of respect so certainly you have to be aware of where he is at all times.

Q. Can you describe what kind of teammate Jeremy Shockey has been?

A. Shock’s been great. Shock’s been great. Coming here last year was tough for him because we signed him literally the day before training camp. He was just coming off that broken leg. He wasn’t cleared to play fully yet, then five days into camp he hurts his groin, then he’s got the sports hernia, ankle injury soon after that. It just never seemed like the guy was able to stay healthy. With him out, we just didn’t get a whole lot of time to spend together on the field to get the timing down. This offseason we put in a lot of time together and with the preseason. I feel like now I am confident in everything that he does and I feel like we are very much on the same page. I just see him getting better every week.

Q. Sometimes he would get frustrated when he wasn’t getting the ball when he was here in New York? Have you dealt with any of that?

A. I think what Shock understands about what we do here is e are going to go into games with play calls for everybody. Then it is a matter of who is getting open, who has the hot hand and how the defense is playing us. Inevitably, the ball is going to get spread around. I am going to find the open guy or do my best to find the open guy and get it to him. I think all of our guys, including Jeremy, understand that we are going to spread the ball around. Hey, there are going to be those games where he catches ten balls and two touchdowns. There might be other games when he catches two passes and that’s it, but other guys are catching the touchdowns and all of the yardage. The fact is, everybody is going to get their opportunity. I think Jeremy, just like any competitive guy, wants to get the ball and feels like any safety or linebacker is a great matchup and that he is going to get open. Which the majority of the time he does, he is a great player. I think he fits very well into what we are trying to do.

Q. Both teams are undefeated, so this is clearly a big game. Given the fact that your head coach used to be with the Giants and Shockey spent the beginning of his career here, do you think there is a heightened level of intensity to the game?

A. Maybe a little bit. I know what it is like to play against your old team. I played against San Diego last year and a lot of guys have been in that situation before. Jonathan Vilma played against the Jets two weeks ago, and that was a source of extra motivation for him. So, yeah, there might be a little extra juice for certain guys, but the fact is it is another game on your sixteen-game regular season schedule. The fact that we are both undefeated makes it even bigger, but when you win, every game is big and they just continue to get bigger as you go along.

Q. You have played four games and have been sacked four times. Is that because of the offensive line or the fact you are getting rid of the ball quickly?

A. I think they are doing a great job. I think we pride ourselves on pass protection and getting the ball out on time and throwing it away when nothing is there. Trying to avoid negative plays. We talk about those things, we study those things, and we try to execute that way.

Q. When you look at the Giants defensive line, is that going to be a bigger challenge this week?

A. Yeah, definitely, because they  got one of the better pass rushes in the NFL. No matter what the situation is with Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the ends and the two guys inside also getting great push, that front four is stout. Then in ‘nickel’ you bring in Kiwanuka and bring Justin Tuck inside and you got some really potent pass rushers on the field. We need to make sure we have a plan for them and we will. The fact is that they are great pass rushers and they are used to making plays. We have to be aware of where they are and what type of pass protection we have on.

Q. Having Gregg Williams and an aggressive defense, does that change your offensive philosophy at all?

A. I wouldn’t say change our philopshy, but certainly we recognize it and are aware of it during the game. If our defense is playing lights out and getting us turnovers, then more so, you might try to play the field position game and be a little more conservative, no use being overly aggressive and putting them in a bad situation with a turnover. You always kind of gauge how your defense is playing but certainly we have a very aggressive offense and typically that doesn’t change.

Q. When you think what it was like playing San Diego last season, can you relate to what Jeremy is feeling this week?

A. Absolutely, you want to go out there and play your best and beat your old team.

Q. Are you comfortable that he can manage those emotions?

A. Yeah, he wears his emotions on his sleeve, but that is what we all love about him and part of what makes him a great player, but no, I’m not worried about him, he will be fine.

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