LB Alec Ogletree
Postgame vs. New Orleans
September 30, 2018
Q: You guys are 1-3 and obviously thereís been some games, everythingís a fine line between being 2-2 and 3-1. How would you assess the season thus far just putting aside the record?
A: Itís a battle. Itís a battle each week, day in and day out, and thatís what we expect and for us itís just coming in day-by-day and keep battling, just keep working. It could easily be the other way around, but weíre not. We know where weíre at, we know what we need to do and we have to get it fixed soon.
Q: What was the feeling when you guys came in here at the half? You held them out of the end zone in the first half and then you come in at halftime and youíre trailing. Itís a little weird.
A: It wasnít weird, itís just a part of the game, what the score was, it is what it is. Defensively, our job is to stop them as many times as we can and I thought we did that for the most part, except right here at the end of the game. We didnít drop the field like we should have and itís just something that we got to get fixed.
Q: When they were pinned at the three there, you felt like you get a good couple of stops and then get the ball back to your offense?
A: Yeah. Like I said, thatís our job as a defense to get as many stops as we need to get our offense back the ball. Give them as many opportunities as we can and if we do that, we feel good about having a shot to win the game.
Q: Why was your red zone defense so effective throughout the game?
A: Everybody just battled throughout the whole game and we battled and we got down there and itís just a credit to the guys up front, the guys in the back end and everybody doing their jobs.
Q: You guys obviously did a good job against (Drew) Brees and limited (Michael) Thomas, but (Alvin) Kamara hurt you bad. What happened in that second half with him and some of his big runs?
A: We just didnít make the tackles that we needed to do and we didnít finish what we started, so they say I wish we started well, but the second half we didnít finish the way we needed to finish.
Q: You have so much to worry about with that offense just to cover so many different bases. You have someone like Brees and Thomas out wide and all the weapons they have.
A: Like I said, we didnít do enough in the second half to do what we needed to do to win the game and thatís that.
Q: You feel like you got a bad whistle in this game?
A: Honestly, I think itís basically theyíre worried about reffing in the Super Bowl game. If you ask them why they call a call, they tell you they wouldnít make that call in the Super Bowl. I think thatís bad. Thatís bad all around.
Q: Somebody told you that?
A: Yeah. Thatís definitely what was explained to me that you wouldnít make that call in the Super Bowl and I donít think thatís right. I think you should call the game as itís being played and if you do that, everything will work itself out.
Q: Which referee said that?
A: I donít know.
Q: What was the play?
A: Iím not really trying to get into all of that, but Iíll leave it at that. Like I said, theyíre worried about reffing in the Super Bowl. Weíll leave it at that.
Q: Were you kind of upset or disappointed in some of the calls that didnít go your way?
A: Yeah, you donít want those calls going against you, especially at critical points and times in the game, but they made the call and we didnít do enough defensively to make the plays to get our offense back the ball.