Q&A with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who with an interception helped his team beat the Vikings in week one. Up next are the 49ers on Monday night in San Francisco.
Interview via email by Dewey Hammond.
Q: Was Brett Favre the same QB last week that he was in last year's NFC Championship game?
A: i think brett favre was a little rusty but he'll get better as the season goes.
Q: What is the biggest challenge when coming off an emotional victory like your team's victory in week 1?
A: biggest challenge is humbling ourselves to work hard to get the next victory...the old cliche "one game at a time"
Q: What challenges do you face with San Francisco that you didn't face against Minnesota?
A: the challenge we face is going into a hostile environment and handling the not only the team, but the fans, and the atmosphere
Q: San Francisco has a defensive legend (Singletary) coaching its team. What can a linebacker bring to coaching that is unique when compared to coaches whose experience includes playing a different position (or not at all)?
A: singletary can bring the game from a player's perspective as well as a coach. he's been there and done that at the highest level and can tell his team from experience what it takes to win.
Q: Is there any part of your game that you've modeled after Singletary's game when he played?
A: i modeled my smarts after him. he knew what play was happening everytime and i try to do the same
Q: San Francisco struggled in week 1 running the ball. Alex Smith has never proven himself as a passer. Do you see San Francisco trying to beat you through the air or ground?
A: definitely through the ground. they have a pro bowl running back in frank gore that they will use.
Q: It's the first business trip for your rookies. How do you prepare them? What are you going to say?
A: not much to be said, ill tell them follow my lead