Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
October 16, 2015
Q: How about Darren Sproles? Is it his elusiveness? What makes him so effective?
A: Great catch mechanics, he gets a head start, heís very elusive. You see him on offense and what he can do there, he does the same thing in the return game. If you give him any space at all, heís real elusive, quick, explosive and he can finish. Legit.
Q: With Brad Wing, it seems like heís performed as well as you can expect from a guy who just came in a couple of days before the season started. What are your thoughts on him?
A: For a punter or kicker coming in, itís not that much to learn. You just punt the ball. Thereís no cadence, thereís nothing for themóthereís no learning curve and heís been consistent, which is nice. Heís still working hard, trying to get better every day.
Q: What sort of areas does he need to improve?
A: The hang distance. Youíre always aiming to have better hang time to help the coverage out, so thatís something. Heís decent with location, but the hang time and being more consistent with that.
Q: Is there a magic number like four seconds or something like that?
A: You obviously you want to match the distance. You kick it 45 yards, you want at least 4.5, 4.6 seconds. Itís usually kind of rule of thumb.
Q: It may have been asked, but is it something positive for you when you see the Saints block a punt and you know youíre going to play them in a couple weeks, so you have it on tape?
A: To see them block a punt?
Q: To know what they did for that.
A: Well, we already played Atlanta, so.
Q: Yeah, so thatís got to help?
A: Well they blocked it on Atlanta. SoÖ
Q: Well, with what theyíre going to bring out to you, I assume.
A: Oh yeah. I mean you go back as many years as the coach has been there and you scout out all their rushes and give them to all the players and try to rep as many as you can. But, no, that was a well-orchestrated block. Big play for them to start the game off.