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Vilma: “We’re more committed than other teams”

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There can be a reasonable debate regarding the value of the player-only workouts organized around the league this offseason.

There is no question that a little team camaraderie can be beneficial. We’d guess the most important benefit is that it helps keep players in top shape, although most of them would be doing that on their own anyway.

The Saints have inarguably had one of the best organized and attended regular workouts, led by Drew Brees. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma believes it will give the team a real edge.

We’re more committed than other teams,” Vilma told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com. “Anyone who watches what we do can see that. There’s a lot of trust in each other and the system. I’ve been in the defensive system for three years. Drew has been in the offensive system for five years.”

Vilma, who is helping to auction off a practice spot with the team to fans for charity says the Saints are actually in better shape now than the summer before they won the Super Bowl.  We can’t speak to that, but we do agree with him that the continuity the Saints enjoy provides a huge advantage.

Since the Saints system is stable, Brees and Vilma can work on their schemes during the lockout.  Players with new coaches and playbooks to learn can’t get the same kind of work in.

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50 Responses to “Vilma: “We’re more committed than other teams””
  1. bobwsc says: Jun 6, 2011 10:12 AM

    guess you can’t take the Jets-narcissism out of the player.

  2. rpiotr01 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:14 AM

    No you’re not.

  3. randysavage4ever says: Jun 6, 2011 10:14 AM

    i believe it, but not every team has a vilma or brees leading the charge…

    young QB’s and defensive captains of the league – TAKE NOTE on how New Orleans handles their biz…

    & dont wonder why the Saints are kicking teams behinds again this year, its simple – COMMITMENT

  4. ty46 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:17 AM

    Saints are mouth karate champions.

  5. innerlign says: Jun 6, 2011 10:29 AM

    Bless You Boys

  6. b7p19 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    There is a difference between stability and being committed. I’m pretty sure the Saints aren’t the only team committed to winning. It’s pretty arrogant of him actually.

  7. ginnitti says: Jun 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    The saints may be melding well this offseason, but their 2012 free agent list is cause for concern.

    http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/2012/new-orleans-saints/

  8. krow101 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    The Saints fans turned into a-holes fast, didn’t they.

  9. duanethomas says: Jun 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    Why weren’t they committed last year in the playoffs verus a 7-9 Seattle team?

  10. chubbsmcgee says: Jun 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    Okay, everyone, pat him on the head and give him a treat. Maybe then he’ll go away.

  11. patpatriotagain says: Jun 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    6-10

  12. breeshasabush says: Jun 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Mouth Karate Champions???? We back up every single thing we say. If we hadnt had to deal with horrible defensive back (fred thomas, Jason David) we’d probably have 1-2 more rings to add to the 2009 SB ring. How are they “mouth karate champions” when in actually we are former World Champions?? When / If the season starts their hard work will pay off and for anyone to state that hard work doesnt pay off is just plain stupid. All Vilma pointed out is that they are working hard and have been very organized while other teams (Eagles) have little to no organization while the lockout is in place. TWO people showed up for the Eagles the other day, Jake Locker didnt throw at their work out bc “only two WR showed up”, etc…. so in all actuality Vilma is correct when he claims they are more Committed than other teams, not necessarily bc of what The Saints are doing but bc of what other teams aren’t.

  13. saintsfan1111 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    The free agent list is a concern, but I assure you, no one is desperate to leave the saints. We may indeed lose a few due to high offers.

  14. buhbay1c says: Jun 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    Good God, I’m a Vikings fan and I would rather hear these kinds of things coming from the Packers. At least they are the defending champs, not a bunch of chumps that got their asses kicked up and down the field by a mediocre Seattle team. And Saints fans, please spare me the 2010 NFC Championship zings. Try to stay focused on this year, apparently Vilma is.

  15. Spencer says: Jun 6, 2011 10:52 AM

    It’s true, the Saints have had the most consistent, organized and well-attended workouts of any team. I don’t see how that can do anything but help them when the season starts. I’ve been surprised that more teams haven’t followed their lead.

  16. scoob766 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    @Randy – “& dont wonder why the Saints are kicking teams behinds again this year, its simple – COMMITMENT”

    I guess the Seahawks are more committed then them judging by last years playoffs.

  17. tombradyswig says: Jun 6, 2011 10:55 AM

    I hate Drew Greed Brees!

  18. stinkfingers says: Jun 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    How in the hell could Vilma possibly know that?

  19. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    buhbay1c says:
    Jun 6, 2011 10:46 AM
    Good God, I’m a Vikings fan and I would rather hear these kinds of things coming from the Packers. At least they are the defending champs, not a bunch of chumps that got their asses kicked up and down the field by a mediocre Seattle team. And Saints fans, please spare me the 2010 NFC Championship zings. Try to stay focused on this year, apparently Vilma is.
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    THAT’s a lot of trash talking coming from a team with a collapsed roof, coming off a disappointing losing record, and no super bowl victories ;)
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    scoob766 says:
    Jun 6, 2011 10:54 AM
    @Randy – “& dont wonder why the Saints are kicking teams behinds again this year, its simple – COMMITMENT”

    I guess the Seahawks are more committed then them judging by last years playoffs.
    _______
    yeah buddy, you got lucky with one game against a banged up team. Let’s see how this next season shapes up for you and Mr Marshawn and Mr Carroll. I bet you can’t even get into the playoffs this year with a winning record. St Louis is going to be handing that a– all year long.
    BTW who is your starting QB???

  20. pmars64 says: Jun 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    I’m a Saints fan, but I’d wish they’d just shut up sometimes. Nobody really cares anyway until you prove it on the field.

  21. breeshasabush says: Jun 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    @buhbay1c

    ok…. you tell us not to rag on you for the NFC championship games and focus on this year yet u bring up the seattle game (which is also in the past). So as a typical Viking fan its ok for you to pick your spots while the rest of us arent allowed to point out your teams faults? Yeah Green Bay is the defending champs but we were defending champs last year and BEAT you AGAIN to start the season. As far as us getting their “asses kicked up and down the field”… watch that game again, we jumped out to a good lead and over time things started to unravel MAINLY bc of injuries to some of our core players (Jenkins, Graham, Meachem, Ivory, every running back on the team, etc…) not to mention Brees played hurt all year. And still we delt with the loss instead of holding on to it crying about unfair it was like certain other fans do. Viking fans…. please!!! You guys are the worst fans on the planet. Dont worry about the Saints focus bc if you read the article you’d see where their focus really is… instead worry about your own problems: Relocation, stadium, mediocre head coach, the qb controversey of the decade in Joe Webb and Christian Ponder, etc… you have a lot more worries than we do slick. Have a nice day jackwaggon

  22. innerlign says: Jun 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    Yes, it was a poor showing in Seattle. That won’t happen again. The Saints will use that as motivation headed into the next year. Watch out.

  23. innerlign says: Jun 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    buhbay1c says:
    Good God, I’m a Vikings fan and I would rather hear these kinds of things coming from the Packers. At least they are the defending champs, not a bunch of chumps that got their asses kicked up and down the field by a mediocre Seattle team. And Saints fans, please spare me the 2010 NFC Championship zings. Try to stay focused on this year, apparently Vilma is.

    You tell us to stay focused on this year and you just mentioned last year. You can’t play both sides of the fence, sweetheart.

  24. Deb says: Jun 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    I sensed that during the Seattle game :roll:

    It would have been smarter just to say they’re committed. Clearly other teams are just as committed, which is how they’ve been just as–or more–successful.

  25. bigginfragable says: Jun 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    You are more committed because your “elite” QB is picking up the cost of the facilities, rooms and travel for many of the players to come down and practice. Nice if you have an “elite” paid player, who happens to also be part of the lawsuit vs. the NFL during the lockout.

    I’m sure the Colts and Patriots are in the same position the Saints are, the only difference is that the Colts and Patriots are keeping their mouths shut during the process.

  26. imjinbrdgr says: Jun 6, 2011 11:51 AM

    breeshasabush says: Jun 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    @buhbay1c

    ok…. you tell us not to rag on you for the NFC championship games and focus on this year yet u bring up the seattle game (which is also in the past). So as a typical Viking fan its ok for you to pick your spots while the rest of us arent allowed to point out your teams faults? Yeah Green Bay is the defending champs but we were defending champs last year and BEAT you AGAIN to start the season. As far as us getting their “asses kicked up and down the field”… watch that game again, we jumped out to a good lead and over time things started to unravel MAINLY bc of injuries to some of our core players (Jenkins, Graham, Meachem, Ivory, every running back on the team, etc…) not to mention Brees played hurt all year.

    OK lets just make it official. After what the Packers did last year no team can use injuries as an excuse again. EVER!!!

  27. cleonslamminsalmon says: Jun 6, 2011 11:55 AM

    How committed were they against the Seachickens? See you lames week 1. Go Pack!

  28. semperfi24 says: Jun 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    Exactly how the F does Vilma know what other teams are doing, how committed they are, etc??? Just curious. I think it is foolish for any player on ANY team to comment about how they are working harder than anyone else, when they have no frame of reference to compare themselves to anyone else….

    And to follow that up, the only thing dumber than players making these comments, is fans believing its true, and defending it as fact. How the F do you know???

    Every team is working hard to be the best they can be. Some teams have more players participating than other teams, but no one can know for sure who is working harder, who is more committed, who is making themselves better, etc etc… You can bust your ass and “work harder” than anyone else, but if you are working on the wrong thing, it didnt really help you…

  29. stadanko says: Jun 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    You haters can down vote all you want, but they have the rings and the trophy to back it up. Of course he doesn’t know what every team is doing. He’s simply stating what he and his teammates believe, and that’s the kind of culture and confidence that build a winning franchise. I’m pretty sure Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and New England feel the same way about their teams. But, hey, a Saints player said it. Burn him at the stake! They only won the Superbowl because of Katrina and the lockout is all their fault. Those poor owners are just victims and this is how they are rewarded after asking 3 future hall of fame QB’s to throw the 2009 playoff games, right?

  30. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    young QB’s and defensive captains of the league – TAKE NOTE on how New Orleans handles their biz…

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    OR, completely disregard anything the Saints do, being one of the historically worst franchises in NFL history, feel-good Cinderella Super Bowl win notwithstanding. If they were all THAT, they’d have gone right back and won another one the next year instead of getting bounced in the wildcard round by the only 7-9 team to ever make the playoffs.

    They’re still the Saints, after all.

  31. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    Is anybody surprised that the Aints keep reminding the media that they’re working out on their own? You have to pry info from other teams… hell, nobody really knows where the Cowboys are working out or how often they’re doing it, for instance. All we know is that they’re doing it, they’re getting like 45 guys in there every time, and it’s being led by Romo, Ware and Witten.

    “The Saints have inarguably…”

    Inarguably? Have you observed the workouts of all of the teams? Or are you just going on what Brees and Vilma tell you?

  32. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 1:12 PM

    You haters can down vote all you want, but they have the rings and the trophy to back it up. Of course he doesn’t know what every team is doing. He’s simply stating what he and his teammates believe, and that’s the kind of culture and confidence that build a winning franchise.

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    Or at least, a franchise that has has three winning seasons out of the last eight.

  33. goawayeverybody says: Jun 6, 2011 1:29 PM

    Haters can eat me. The Saints DO have the best workouts currently. Why? Because they are a FAMILY. They have an incredibly strong organization. I mean look at the Eagles workouts! What a joke!!!!

    I bet all the haters here are jealous Eagles fans.

  34. purpleguy says: Jun 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    40 guys working out together isn’t materially different or more committed than smaller groups of guys working out together for other teams — unless you’re a delusional Saints fan or named Vilma.

  35. gcsuk says: Jun 6, 2011 1:54 PM

    stadanko says: Jun 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    You haters can down vote all you want, but they have the rings and the trophy to back it up.
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    Rings? As in plural? As in, more than one ring? When did they win their 2nd Super Bowl? Sorry, I must have missed that one.

  36. stadanko says: Jun 6, 2011 1:58 PM

    @melonhead

    Anyone can use a specific segment of statistics to their advantage. How about this one? In the 5 seasons Sean Payton has been the coach the Saints have only had one losing season, and that was 7-9. Not exactly bottom of the barrel, jackass.

  37. stadanko says: Jun 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    @gesuk

    Notice how rings is plural and trophy is not. As in they(the players) have rings(each player got a ring), So there are multiple rings. After that the word trophy, which is singular, implies the amount of championships they have so far. Let me know if you need help with your math homework too, junior.

  38. 504in860 says: Jun 6, 2011 2:08 PM

    gcsuk says: Jun 6, 2011 1:54 PM

    stadanko says: Jun 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    You haters can down vote all you want, but they have the rings and the trophy to back it up.
    ———————————————————————–

    Rings? As in plural? As in, more than one ring? When did they win their 2nd Super Bowl? Sorry, I must have missed that one.
    —————————————————

    As in more than 1 player on the team has a ring…dummy.

  39. breeshasabush says: Jun 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    @imjinbrdgr

    now thats just downright moronic. The packers had injuries yeah but each team is different in the way that they are able to sustain the damage an injury inflicts to that particular team. Yeah, the RB’s were injured… the Packers aren’t a running team, the Saints however won a SB bc we had a good running game to balance out our dynamic passing attack…. cant win em all if Brees has to throw 60 times a game. Jenkins injury was HUGE to that Seattle game. You cant seriously say Seattle is the superior team/organization to that of New Orleans… any one who knows anything about football knows that’s far from true. And how can “no team use injury as an excuse, ever”. thats just an asanine statement… so ur saying if Aaron Rodgers had gotten his knee blown out on the last game of the regular season they wouldnt have a reason to say “hey we had a significant injury that put us at a disadvantage” ???? And YES Malcom Jenkins was that important to that game.

  40. buhbay1c says: Jun 6, 2011 3:20 PM

    breeshasabush

    ok…. you tell us not to rag on you for the NFC championship games and focus on this year yet u bring up the seattle game (which is also in the past).

    That was the last game the Saints played, is there another benchmark I’m supposed to use? Sometimes I wish the South was its own country. It would really help lower the stupidity level in this country.

  41. tellemallrex says: Jun 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    Hey Bobswc, Why do you feel it’s necessary to drag the Jets into the story? Keloid of their success? Maybe, you should look up the definition of Narcissism before you use it in a sentence. If he were being narcissistic he would not be talking about THE TEAM he is a member of rather than himself. Genius!

  42. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: Jun 6, 2011 3:46 PM

    Some of you posters are ridiculous. Media asks questions, Saints players give answers. It’s not like Vilma called a press conference to announce that statement. Hating on players for being media-friendly?

    The teams with the best camaraderie are the ones with the best player-run workouts. The workouts don’t create the camaraderie, the existing camaraderie creates the workouts.

  43. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 6, 2011 4:34 PM

    melonnhead says:
    OR, completely disregard anything the Saints do, being one of the historically worst franchises in NFL history, feel-good Cinderella Super Bowl win notwithstanding. If they were all THAT, they’d have gone right back and won another one the next year instead of getting bounced in the wildcard round by the only 7-9 team to ever make the playoffs.

    They’re still the Saints, after all.
    __________
    “feel-good Cinderella Super Bowl”?
    —Is that supposed to be a jab? If so keep doing it, your punches have the effect of a sensual massage.

    “If they were all THAT, they’d have gone right back and won another one the next year”

    —Yeah because it’s sooooo common for teams to go to the Superbowl two years in a row.
    The last team to repeat a Superbowl appearance was the Patriots in ’04 and ’05, before that it was the Broncos in ’98 and ’99.
    I hope your parents don’t let you out of the house without your safety helmet on. Bless your heart.

  44. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 6:35 PM

    Yeah because it’s sooooo common for teams to go to the Superbowl two years in a row. The last team to repeat a Superbowl appearance was the Patriots in ’04 and ’05, before that it was the Broncos in ’98 and ’99.

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    So the last time it happened was like 6 years ago and the last time before that was like 12 years ago? You’re making my point for me. 7 of the 18 teams that have won Super Bowls have done the back-to-back thing and one of them did it twice (Steelers), which realistically brings the total to 8, so it’s not as rare as you probably think it is. Just because it doesn’t happen every time doesn’t make it a rare occurrence.

    Now, want to talk about teams that won the Super Bowl and got bounced out of the wild card round by a 7-9 team the following year? Now THAT’S a pretty rare occurrence.

  45. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 6:46 PM

    Anyone can use a specific segment of statistics to their advantage. How about this one? In the 5 seasons Sean Payton has been the coach the Saints have only had one losing season, and that was 7-9. Not exactly bottom of the barrel, jackass.

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    I guess it depends on one’s perspective. Congrats on having two winning seasons in a row? One more will tie the franchise record set by Jim Mora!

  46. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 6:56 PM

    OK, I get it, the Saints have the best organization, they have the best workouts, they have the best players and they’re all FAMILY so I expect them to at least win the NFC Championship. Anything less and then all of you Bobbie Bouchet wannabes are all proven to be FOS and should go out and have some nutra rat pie and “warsh” it down with some corn squeezin’s or something.

  47. breeshasabush says: Jun 7, 2011 11:39 AM

    buhbay1c says:

    That was the last game the Saints played, is there another benchmark I’m supposed to use? Sometimes I wish the South was its own country. It would really help lower the stupidity level in this country.

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    So you can define a team by one game now? By its last game? By its last season? Aren’t you a Vikings fan??? By that logic I could state that the Saints lost to a 7-9 playoff team but Saints also beat the Vikings last year as well…. so by your logic the Seahawks are MILES and MILES better than the Vikings. lets be real the Seahawks are not better than 90% of the teams in the NFL but this IS the NFL and upsets happen especially if one of the teams is crippled coming into the game. Saints shouldnt have been close in that game but they were, they shouldnt have had the outstanding record they did (with Brees being hurt ALL YEAR) but they did, Saints shouldnt have been playing in Seattle (which is a complete joke) but they were. People like you are the ones who bring these issues up, we dont. When we lose, we lose with class and move on. We dont make up a million reasons why its “unfair” we leave that to Viking fans.

    te retort to your south comment….. sounds like some one has confederate blood in them. You see if you had a proper education you’d know that the confederacy wanted to be seperate from the north but the north did not want that thus resulting in the Civil War (in short). So what you’re saying goes against the customs of your own region…. ur new nickname is Mr. Flip flop. Think before you spew ignorant crap for the public to read… it makes you and the people (Viking fans, northerners, etc…) looks completely ignorant.

  48. breeshasabush says: Jun 7, 2011 11:43 AM

    …also by using your logic…. Buster Douglas was a way better boxer than Mike Tyson, right?

  49. semperfi24 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:00 PM

    breeshasabush says: Jun 7, 2011 11:43 AM

    …also by using your logic…. Buster Douglas was a way better boxer than Mike Tyson, right?
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    He was on that night….

  50. breeshasabush says: Jun 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    semperfi24

    Seriously….SMH. Go back and watch that fight Tyson knocked down Douglas and Douglas was on the ground for longer than 10 seconds but tyson didnt go to a neutral corner after the knockdown so the count started about 3 seconds late. Without looking at wikipedia please tell me 3 other people Buster Douglas fought. Buster Douglas was not even a spec as good as Tyson, Larry Holmes wasn’t better than Ali, USA Soccer isn’t better than England, and the Seahawks certainly arent close to being as good as the Saints…. thats why they’re called upsets. Its Sports people!! One night doesn’t define the quality of a team, organization, coach, player, referee, etc…

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