Saints CB Brandon Browner discusses angry tirade and penalty woes

"We gotta find a way to win the game," Brandon Browner said. "I think if we would have won the game, the attention wouldn't be on penalties and what happened after the game." Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

METAIRIE, La. -- Brandon Browner talked about two hot-button issues on Monday -- his angry tirade against a reporter following the New Orleans Saints' overtime loss on Sunday and his season-long penalty woes.

In both cases, Browner said he thinks the issues would be diffused by winning.

"We gotta find a way to win the game," Browner said. "I think if we would have won the game, the attention wouldn't be on penalties and what happened after the game."

Browner expressed some regret over his profanity-laced tirade. But the veteran cornerback explained that it was mostly a case of his emotions and frustration boiling over after a tough 34-28 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"I regret some of the curse words, and that's about it," said Browner, who was later asked if he was disappointed since he was brought in to be a veteran leader.

"I don't think it has anything to do with my leadership," Browner said. "That's just being emotional at that point in time. We're human beings. You get emotional with things, it's just they don't have a camera in your face when those things are happening. So it just happens to spill out, and people see it. It's something I can deal with. It is what it is, it comes with the territory."

Browner, who has been terse with the media at times this season, seemed to make a point of sitting at his locker and inviting all questions on Monday. He even fielded several questions about his league-high totals of 17 penalties called and 15 accepted -- which he declined to discuss last week.

"I've been dealing with this. This is not new to me. I've led the league the past couple seasons," said Browner, who indeed led the NFL in penalties from 2011-2014 even before he signed with the Saints. He had 48 called and 40 accepted during his first four years with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

Browner said he has tried to make a "conscious effort" to cut down on his penalties, and he said he has worn boxing mitts in practice along with other Saints defensive backs this year to cut down on the grabbing tendencies -- something he had also tried in New England last year.

"I try not to get on the refs, because they got a job to do. But I do feel like sometimes it's inconsistent just watching football across the league. Some of the stuff that I get called for and some guys don't get called for," said the 6-foot-4, 221-pounder, who stands out because of his massive size for a cornerback and his physical style of play. "It happens, it's part of the game. But it sucks when you lose and those plays affect the outcome of the game."