Stormy week for Saints

"I think they are a well-coached football team. You know, coach Erickson has a heck of an offensive mind. They got a good running back and skill at wide receiver. I think they played extremely well. I thought both quarterbacks played well last week and you can tell that they are very well-coached on the other side. They got a lot of talent, a lot of speed. I thought the defense played probably as good as you can play against the Atlanta Falcons." --- New Orleans coach Jim Haslett

Q: Has it changed your preparation at all to pack up from New Orleans and go to San Antonio this week because of the approach of Hurricane Ivan?

Haslett: Not to this point. San Antonio has been very accommodating. The Marriot and everyone involved. It's actually been a smooth transition. We got in late (Tuesday), and we're basically on our regular schedule. We had special teams at the facility and the offense and defense had a walkthrough. Now, we're going to go out to the practice field. Basically, all we did is change some times for the bus ride.

Q: Are you able to get some game preparation in?

Haslett: Yeah, we came over early. The coaches came in early, like three o'clock on Tuesday morning to prepare for the game. We got almost everything accomplished that we had to. From our standpoint, it's an inconvenience, but anytime you are in a situation like that, there is going to be some inconvenience.

Q: Did some of the families come with you guys?

Haslett: Most of the families, some of the players secured their families early and got them out. My family and a bunch of other families left yesterday morning and drove to Shreveport, Galveston or Houston. Then, there were about 18 people who were left behind because the bus service never showed up. We brought them over here to San Antonio.

Q: Looking at the 49ers, what are your observations?

Haslett: I think they are a well-coached football team. You know, coach Erickson has a heck of an offensive mind. They got a good running back and skill at wide receiver. I think they played extremely well. I thought both quarterbacks played well last week and you can tell that they are very well-coached on the other side. They got a lot of talent, a lot of speed. I thought the defense played probably as good as you can play against the Atlanta Falcons.

Q: How familiar are you with Ken Dorsey?

Haslett: I just know of him from watching him at college. I know he is my son's favorite player in the National Football League. So, I get an earful about it all the time about how good he is. He's a good player. He's got a good offensive mind. He has a good release. I think he is smart. He spreads the ball around well. He sees things fast. I think he is a good football player.

Q: When was the last time your son gave you crap for not drafting him?

Haslett: As soon as we played San Francisco, that was the first thing I heard. Then, when we found out he was starting the other day, he was just ripping me about it. Ken signed a ball last year and sent it to him and I'm very appreciative of that. He has it hanging up in his room.

Q: Why was Dorsey not a sought-after player after combine?

Haslett: I just think more than anything, he's kind of like Marc Bulger. He's a skinny guy and he didn't really have great arm strength. I think that has been improved dramatically. He reminds me so much of Marc. Great leadership, a guy that gets the ball off fast, he sees things fast, he has the ability to run around. They kind of parallel each other in my mind.

Q: Do you change your preparations for one QB as opposed to another?

Haslett: Not necessarily. I think Tim (Rattay) is a very good quarterback too. I think he does a great job. He's a guy that we had some interest in last year when he became a restricted free agent. I think they are both very efficient. They run the offense very well. They see things fast. They react to things fast. I thought Tim did a great job in the two-minute the other day leading his team back within two points.

Q: How has Julian Peterson developed since playing against him two years ago?

Haslett: I think he is the same guy. He's 100 miles per hour. He's full speed. He's a heck of a pass rusher. He's tough and physical. To me, that is a guy on defense you have to account for all of the time. I know he becomes the end in their 3-2 package and he's going to move around all over the place. So, he's a good football player.

Q: Do you see any changes in the 49ers defense from Jim Mora to Willy Robinson?

Haslett: Well, I coached in Pittsburgh and I kind of know their defense a little bit. So, I know a little bit about him. There are a lot of similarities. They do a lot of the same. They still play press man. They still are blitzing the backers a lot and they blitz a lot. I think there is a little bit of both in there.

Q: What do the 49ers linebackers do well?

Haslett: They attack everything. They are very active. They are all very, very instinctive, and they are very aggressive. That is probably one of the better groups in the league.


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