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Perspectives In Practice: Vilma and Bush Reflect

Like their many fans around the country, members of the New Orleans Saints are anxious to put last week’s disappointing loss behind them. Even though it was only a preseason game with no real bearings on postseason aspirations, the defeat has left a bitter taste for the defending Superbowl champions to swallow, leaving many players ready to just get back out on the field in search of redemption.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Vilma shared with his thousands of Facebook friends that he is “hype” about the upcoming matchup against the Texans this Saturday. Dubbed the “QB Killa” by many of his adoring fans, the ProBowl linebacker makes no secret about his work ethic which is fueled by his intense determination to make the Saints defense better and stronger.

In an interview with after Tuesday’s scrimmage, #51 was forthcoming as he discussed everything from his take on the state of the defense to the team’s visit to the White House. When asked if he has seen any improvement (in the defense), he replied,

“Yes, today we saw that improvement. Aside from the first drive that we scored on, I thought we did a very good job defensively. We flew around pretty well. We made plays on the ball. That was the biggest thing. A lot of those things are reminiscent of what we did last year, of getting to the ball and making plays. I was excited with what I saw.”

But Vilma isn’t the only Saint who saw positive aspects from this week’s practices. RB Reggie Bush also felt that the team’s scrimmage against the Texans on Wednesday was beneficial to the team’s development. In an interview with, Bush was candid as he discussed his take on the way the joint practices had gone. He told the site,

“I think it gave us a chance to see different looks and a different defense for us. (Texans’ defense) is solid every year. Every time we play against them they are solid. They do a great job at stopping the run. All in all, it gives us a chance to compete against a different team. It gives us some different looks and gives guys a chance to compete who are trying to make the team.”

It’s encouraging to see that defensively as well as offensively, the Saints are maintaining a positive outlook based on different things they’ve seen in practice. Positive attitudes breed positive results. The Saints will need a heavy dose of that if they are to repeat as World Champions.

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