Vilma: It's About The Signals

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma talks about how to decipher what Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning does to a defense. According to Vilma, the secret is in the signals. But, which signals?

LB Jonathan Vilma
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

(on picking up signals at practice from Drew Brees)
“Oh yeah, it’s the same thing. It’s offense vs. defense at practice and we practice the same things against Drew. I try to pick up a few things at practice in the eight or 10 plays that we go against each other. If I get something, good, if I don’t, next play.”

(on the difference between the Colts offense and other offenses he’s faced )
“Their offense has been together for at least five years. I know that they have rookie receivers, but guys like Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, they’re all on the same page. Sometimes it’s almost like Peyton Manning doesn’t have to give it, they already know they’re going to get the check. They’re going to run whatever route they’re going to run based on the defense that they see. I think that the difference is that they are all one cohesive unit that is really good at what they do. They’re good at executing. Their focus is to out-execute the opponent, to scheme up and disguise things that they do.”

(on how he prepares for Peyton Manning)
“When you watch film, you want to look at the schemes first and understand the concepts, what they’re trying to accomplish as an offensive unit. You try to look at Peyton Manning and see if you can decipher the hand signals, if you can hear anything that he is trying to say. Outside of that, you try to pick up little things here and there throughout the week and hopefully it will hold up in the game. If it does, it will be good for us. If not, we’ll just go ahead and keep playing.”

(on preparing for the game )
“I feel like I’ve been preparing the way I normally prepare. I’m trying to get ready for this game. It’s really been a grind this whole work week. I feel like I’ve done everything I can. I definitely want to be ready and anything I need to do to get ready, I’m going to do.”

(on if he feels that the defense is being disrespected or overlooked)
“I wouldn’t say disrespected because you have to look at the offenses. You look at our offense, we’ve been number one the past two years, Pro Bowl quarterback, it speaks for itself. There is definitely no disrespect for us because our offense is just that good. We’re excited when they talk about our offense. They keep us on the radar and then we go out there and have a good game, and I’m fine with that, as long as we get the victory. When you go out there Sunday, you have to play. If they put up 35 and we put up 36, nobody is going to remember that. They are going to remember that we won the game.”

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