Q: You’re one of many players who has outplayed his draft-pick status. With quarterbacks, what gets undervalued, and is there a way that that can be measured better than is being done right now?
A: There's no foolproof way, but I think more to the position than any physical trait, the most important things are your ability to lead, your ability to compete, your ability to be poised, show composure. I mean, certainly you've got to be able to throw the ball, you've got to be able to be accurate and do certain things in that regard. I think in so many cases, it's how do your teammates respond to you.
Q: How much do you personally feel the animosity in the Falcons-Saints rivalry?
A: I think where that comes from is this. Look, over the last five years with the exception, I think, of one year, being the Panthers winning the division last year, it's either us winning the division or the Falcons. And then you look at what, seven of the last 10 games we've played against them have been determined on the last possession of the game by three points or less, period. (Six games have been decided by four points in the past 10 games, each late in the fourth quarter or in overtime.) So you just know the type of game it's going to be and how good both teams are.