NEW ORLEANS ― Scott Fujita might be slightly less liked in his adopted home after a big performance against the Saints.
Fujita led all tacklers with 10, had one sack, an interception, a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss as Cleveland beat New Orleans 30-17 in the linebacker’s return to the Superdome for the first time since the NFC championship game in January.
While fans booed his actions with more and more gusto as the game went along, Fujita harbored no ill will towards the Saints fans in the Dome Sunday.
“I had joked around and there were some boos for Morten Anderson as well,” Fujita said. “I feel no shortage of love in this city whatsoever. Not one bit.”
As for his former teammates, they’re happy to see him doing well. They only wish it was against someone else.
“He made a lot of plays,” Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb said. “We wish Fujita the most success in the world, just not against us. It’s disappointing for our team. You don’t want anybody to have a day like that. Him or (David Bowens) for that matter.
“But the other 15 games of the year, I want nothing but the best for (Fujita).”
He was big, especially early in the game. On the Saints’ first series, he stopped Chris Ivory for no gain on second-and-10, putting New Orleans behind the chains.
On the next series, he blew right past Saints tight end David Thomas and sacked Brees for a 10-yard loss.
And with the Saints threatening to score on second-and-seven at the Browns’ 11, Fujita intercepted Brees at the 3 to end that drive.
Throughout the game, Fujita matched the Saints’ personnel by calling Cleveland’s defensive plays. For anybody who thought he wouldn’t have a say in how the Browns played New Orleans, they were wrong.
“I was in there early on Monday just trying to help these guys formulate a plan as best as I could, thinking back to teams in the past that had played this offense well and looking at some of that film,” Fujita said.
Regardless of the game and how it turned out, Fujita was just happy to come home.
“After this win today, I look at it as this might be the last time I’ll ever come back to the Superdome,” Fujita said. “Just to come back and be received as well as I did last night and to enjoy this city that I love, it’s just awesome.”