Saints quotebook: Ryan Ramczyk, November 12, 2018

Tackle talks about the offense's fast starts

New Orleans Saints Tackle Ryan Ramczyk

Conference Call with New Orleans Media

Monday, November 12, 2018

How do you feel the offensive line played without Terron Armstead yesterday after we was forced to leave the game?

“I think we played really well. We were able to run the ball and sustain drives. I think we played really well, obviously it hurt having Terron go down, but Jermon (Bushrod) stepped up and he’s a heck of a player too.”

Do the fast starts set the tone for the rest of the game?

“I think it’s huge to be able to come out there and put together a drive. That was a long drive and we just kept chipping away and ultimately it puts out a statement at the start of the game. We can move the ball at will and I think it’s crucial in each game to come out and get a good first drive.”

What is it like playing with a quarterback who has thrown only one interception through nine games?

“I’ve only played here and only played with Drew (Brees) in the NFL. I guess I’ve kind of gotten used to his performance and obviously it’s not like that everywhere. I am fortunate to be able to play with someone like that with elite caliber (talent), but it has been a lot of fun.”

Drew (Brees) has only been sacked nine times this season. When you look at the film, do you look at some plays and realize that he could have been sacked and he just makes these plays and sort of avoids them? Do you see that a lot?

“Yeah. I mean Drew (Brees) is so good with his reads. He’s so good at dropping back, stepping up, getting rid of the ball. That takes a lot of pressure off us as an o-line, but we still need to do our jobs and do them well. There’ll be some plays where he can’t get it to his first read and he’s able to get it checked down. He’s a technician when it comes to that and he’s really good at doing that.”

It’s only your second year in the league, but do you have any kind of sense of how unique or rare his talent is especially with avoiding sacks?

“He’s a great player. There’s really not that many other players that play like he plays with his style. He’s got a special talent and it’s definitely fun playing for him.”

The team is averaging almost 37 points a game which leads the NFL. Just from your perspective playing football, both as an amateur and a pro, what do you make of that and what do you think is the main reason the offense is so proficient in scoring?

“I’d say it’s a combination of a lot of different things. As an offensive line, collectively, we have been meshing really well. We continue to come out each week and improve on little things and play at high level. Obviously, there is still work we have to do. We are going to continue to watch the film and study and improve on little things, but I think just the cohesiveness upfront really helps us out. Then guys like Mark (Ingram), Alvin (Kamara), Drew, and Michael (Thomas) and all those guys around us are special athletes too and really good. I think together as an offense, when we come together, we can make a lot of great things happen.”  

What do you think of that number scoring 37 (points) per game at this level? Is it hard to not be impressed with yourselves as a unit?

“Yeah. It’s definitely special. It doesn’t happen a lot where you’re the top scoring offense, so to be a part of that is pretty cool.”

What’s your thought on the capability on some of your backups when they come in to play? They don’t get many chances to play, but it seems like you’ve had injuries and you guys have held up.

“I think we have had Josh (LeRibeus) come in, Cam (Tom) come in, (and) Jermon (Bushrod) come in and those guys are all really good offensive linemen. We are fortunate to be able to have them behind our starting guys. When someone goes down, it happens, it is football. It’s imperative that someone else is able to step up and play well in that position. I think we’ve had a number of guys who have been able to step up and really play at a high level still.”

How are you guys managing to stay in the moment each week?

“That really comes down to how you attack each week. We preach to take it week by week. That has just been ingrained in especially my head. You have to take each week like it’s the biggest week and it really is. The next game is the biggest game. That is kind of what we are preached. That is really the motto that guys have embraced in this locker room and each week is the most important week. So this week is our biggest match-up and our biggest game.”

What have you seen by Alex Anzalone and him overcoming the shoulder injury from last year?

“That was tough last year. He had that injury last year, but to be able to come back and fight back through that. He has been able to play really well this year. Gosh, I know that interception he had last week was a very athletic play and he is making a difference and is playing at a high-level.”

Is there any type of connection you have with guys that were in your draft class?