New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston joined "The Ron Jaworski Show" to talk about being a co-owner with Jaworski of the Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football League), playing with Drew Brees and not having Darren Sproles on the Saints last season. Here are some of the highlights:
On how big of a problem it was for Saints coach Sean Payton to create favorable matchups without Darren Sproles last season:
Colston: "Well, that kind of speaks to the stability I was just talking about. When you lose a guy that has produced at that high of a level and don't have an immediate replacement planned for him, you're going to struggle at times when those crucial situations when you know exactly the matchup you're going to get, the look you're going to get and what you're going to get out of that player. When you don't have that, and it's kind of an unknown, it kind of makes gameplanning that more difficult."
On the stability of the Saints offense with Drew Brees and Payton and Brees not being a running quarterback:
Colston: "I think there is a lot that goes into that, and to me I look at the NFL right now and there is just not a lot of stability in a lot of places. So, what we have been able to do on offense I think is a product of stability. Sean Payton has been there nine years. Drew has been there nine years. We've got other pieces that there six, seven, eight, nine years. The stability that comes with that allows for us to make the adjustments and kind of go out and put together unique gameplans knowing everyone is on the same page. I think in a lot of these situations the lack of stability is when you see a lot of these mobile quarterbacks - their physical abilities and traits start to take over and kind of cover up some of those areas that aren't quite where they are supposed to be yet."
On how important it has been for career to have had a quarerback like Brees as his quarterback:
Colston: "It's everything, because receiver is one of the positions in football where it is totally dependent on everyone else. If the offensive line doesn't protect, the running back doesn't do his job in protection and actually running the ball to kind of keep the defense balanced, the quarterback is not on point with the ball you can't have success. Playing with a guy like Drew for my entire career has been a huge part of my success personally."
On what the NFL combine meant to him:
Colston: "I try not to think back, because it makes me feel like one of the old guys. It was an experience you never forget. You know, just being able to perform and compete on that platform. And for me, being a smaller school guy, it gave me an opportunity to kind of level the playing field with my performance. "