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Drew Brees says workouts put Saints “way ahead of other teams”

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We noted this morning that the Saints, led by Drew Brees, are getting together for the first time today for a series of organized workouts. After this morning’s session, which 37 players attended, Brees said he thinks the Saints are going to be ahead of the rest of the league when the lockout ends.

“We would all be working out somewhere anyway, so why not do it together,” Brees said. “I feel like this is putting us way ahead of other teams by having it so organized.”

On the other hand, Brees, as one of the named plaintiffs in the players’ lawsuit against the NFL, understands why some players are hesitant to get together for any kind of organized workout as long as the lockout is on.

“I don’t blame them if they’re not here,” Brees said of the Saints who didn’t attend. “We have no injury protection [as we would] if we were at the facility. You take a risk by being here.”

But it’s a risk that Brees thinks will yield a significant reward for the Saints when the season starts.

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51 Responses to “Drew Brees says workouts put Saints “way ahead of other teams””
  1. phillycheez says: May 3, 2011 12:43 PM

    Brees later retracted his statement upon learning that the Saints have installed a new playbook which, because of the lockout, they have been unable to distribute to the players. He later re-issued his statement saying that the Saints are, in fact, hopelessly behind in their preparation for the (possible) upcoming season.

  2. ilovefoolsball says: May 3, 2011 12:43 PM

    Begin spewing jealous anti Drew vitriol hatred in 3…2…1…
    fire!

  3. dccowboy says: May 3, 2011 12:46 PM

    LOL, yep. They’ll be ahead until the first starter is lost to season ending injury.

  4. dexterismyhero says: May 3, 2011 12:47 PM

    10-6……

  5. schemefactory says: May 3, 2011 12:47 PM

    as if nobody else is working out in any organized way. they’re just running around with weights on their heads or something. i think brees is giving himself too much credit.

  6. pu74y says: May 3, 2011 12:50 PM

    ya good thought Brees… you will be so far ahead because you’re working out… o wait everyone else is too? o then you’re dumb i guess

  7. annnann says: May 3, 2011 12:50 PM

    I understand the Drew Brees hate, but I think teams, not just the Saints, but also the Browns, Redskins, Dolphins, Bucs (sorry if I am missing out any teams) who already have or are holding organized players’ workouts are in a position to be ahead of schedule. Does that suddenly mean those teams will win the Superbowl next season? probably not. But I feel that whenever players get together, especially at a time where they can’t have contact with their coaches, it is always a positive.

  8. rhinosteel56 says: May 3, 2011 12:50 PM

    Who cares what he thinks…

  9. boisestatewhodat says: May 3, 2011 12:53 PM

    They’re already one of the best teams in the league so being ‘way ahead’ of most teams comes with that territory, certainly considering the very advantageous draft they just had. Saints should go deep into the playoffs…WHO DAT!!

  10. marthisdil says: May 3, 2011 1:02 PM

    Hope a bunch of them get hurt in their little workout sessions….PUP and no pay….

  11. arodg12 says: May 3, 2011 1:04 PM

    You’re right Drew, you’ll be the first team to 0-1 after the opening-night beat-down you’ll get at Lambeau opening night.

  12. melonnhead says: May 3, 2011 1:04 PM

    Well the mouth works, but in the end they’re still the Aint’s.

  13. minormillikin says: May 3, 2011 1:11 PM

    Hurricane Katrina.

    =.(

  14. boisestatewhodat says: May 3, 2011 1:11 PM

    Saints will crush the Packers on Sept 8…you’ll see.

  15. holdthemayo123 says: May 3, 2011 1:12 PM

    And one injury puts them way behind.

  16. pdmjr says: May 3, 2011 1:17 PM

    Breeze is a little annoying maybe he should go play with himself

  17. footballfan292 says: May 3, 2011 1:20 PM

    Does Brees really believe the Saints are the only team doing this?

  18. nps6724 says: May 3, 2011 1:36 PM

    I love how so many of you are hating on Brees and the Saints. All that means is you’re insecure about your own team.

  19. skinsman2121 says: May 3, 2011 1:37 PM

    So by his logic……Since he clearly hasnt paid attention…..The Washington Redskins were the 1st team to hold organized workouts ( Story on this Website just about 2 weeks ago)….so that must mean the Skins are ahead of the Saints then right…..LOL…..Right Drew it will definetely pay off but in the End…..Players Play….I could be a homer and say oh so now the Skins are going to the Super Bowl….but working out is gr8….and i loved seeing the Skins be the 1st to practice together…..but in the end it really wont matter all that much….Teams are good or theyre not and hopefully the Skins will be better this season…..

    Heres to hoping we actually have a season so we can find out…..

  20. ty46 says: May 3, 2011 1:40 PM

    He puts the Saints ahead of bad teams with no leadership. Some good teams are working out for weeks already.

  21. hedleykow says: May 3, 2011 1:47 PM

    Maybe they should have had an organized workout before traveling to Seattle last winter.

  22. ampats says: May 3, 2011 1:49 PM

    Please shut up Drew Brees!

    Yes, you are so far ahead of every other team.

    What an idiot!

  23. tramonisland says: May 3, 2011 1:54 PM

    boisestatewhodat says:
    May 3, 2011 1:11 PM
    Saints will crush the Packers on Sept 8…you’ll see.
    ————————————————
    just like they crushed the hasselbeck led seahawks? ya good luck with that. haha.

  24. jamoe17 says: May 3, 2011 1:56 PM

    I am fairly certain that I, along with most NFL fans, would appreciate never hearing another peep from Drew Brees.

    Not another statement about he CBA or these exceptionally productive workouts he has organized, and especially not one more of those idiotic over-the-top pregame ‘speeches’ he raps to his teammates.

  25. nps6724 says: May 3, 2011 2:00 PM

    “just like they crushed the hasselbeck led seahawks? ya good luck with that. haha.”

    ————————————

    Didn’t the Packers lose to Washington AND Detroit last season?

    Contrary to what you or boisestatewhodat think, I think this will be an extremely close game won in the final 5 minutes.

  26. theripster30 says: May 3, 2011 2:09 PM

    boisestatewhodat says:
    May 3, 2011 1:11 PM
    Saints will crush the Packers on Sept 8…you’ll see.

    ———————–

    despite being the most injured team last year, the packers never trailed by more than 7 points during or after a game. not even once. You can spew your biased and delusional speculation if you choose. Clearly nobody crushes the world champion gb packers. the proof is in the pudding

  27. tramonisland says: May 3, 2011 2:11 PM

    nps6724 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:00 PM
    “just like they crushed the hasselbeck led seahawks? ya good luck with that. haha.”
    ————————————
    Didn’t the Packers lose to Washington AND Detroit last season?
    ————————-
    ya the packers also won their last 6 games including a little game called the SUPER BOWL, maybe you’ve heard of it? so you’re argument is weak. i’ll leave it at that.

  28. chasec says: May 3, 2011 2:24 PM

    You guys are sheep.

    The article was clearly written to stir up arguments, which drive this site. Don’t mix up what Drew Brees said with what MDS wrote.

    Brees: “I feel like this is putting us way ahead of other teams by having it so organized.”

    MDS: Brees said he thinks the Saints are going to be ahead of the rest of the league when the lockout ends.

    See the difference. Brees didn’t say all teams, he said ‘other teams’…for those still struggling, meaning ‘other teams’ who are not organizing. This is fact. Yes, starters can get hurt, and the Saints can fall behind, but that’s not the point. Working together now puts them ahead of teams who aren’t. That’s probably a little too rational for some of you, but it makes sense.

    Before you bash someone, make sure you understand what you are bashing.

  29. bilpac7 says: May 3, 2011 2:27 PM

    nps6724 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:00 PM
    “just like they crushed the hasselbeck led seahawks? ya good luck with that. haha.”
    ————————————
    Didn’t the Packers lose to Washington AND Detroit last season?
    ————————-
    ya the packers also won their last 6 games including a little game called the SUPER BOWL, maybe you’ve heard of it? so you’re argument is weak. i’ll leave it at that.

    OWNED!

  30. chasec says: May 3, 2011 2:32 PM

    @theripster30

    Last years results are not an indication of this years team. Hence the reason you were Champs last year, and the Saints didn’t repeat.

    While most won’t admit it, fans of the Saints fear the Packers, and fans of the Packers fear the Saints. And they should. Both look to be great teams.

    I’m a Saints fan, and I can honestly say i think the game will be extremely close. I won’t pick a winner now, because too many things can change, but i think they are evenly matched.

  31. gallogj says: May 3, 2011 2:33 PM

    I just wish the Browns had the Saints on the schedule 16 times THIS year…because they OWNED you last year!

    Brees threw more picks than Jimi Hendricks in that game!

  32. beedubyatoo says: May 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    THIS JUST IN!!

    The Saints are so far ahead of eveybody else that opening night in GB has been canceled and the Packers have forfeit to the Saints.

    In gratitude, the Saints have sent the Packers a check for one half of the travel expenses they wiil have saved by not having to travel to GB.

  33. brutus9448 says: May 3, 2011 2:38 PM

    umm I think all other teams are doing the same thing drew. You didn’t just think of this. duh!

  34. robinandtony101 says: May 3, 2011 2:55 PM

    Yea they will be way ahead until the give Reggie “the Savior” Bush the rock. With Tampa emerging the A’ints will finish 3rd in their rightful place behind the Dirty Birds!!!!!

  35. goforthanddie says: May 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    Yeah, because no other team has similar workouts going.

  36. nps6724 says: May 3, 2011 2:58 PM

    “ya the packers also won their last 6 games including a little game called the SUPER BOWL, maybe you’ve heard of it? so you’re argument is weak. i’ll leave it at that.”

    This same Saints team did it the year before. What happened last year has no bearing on this year.

    My only argument was every team will play poorly and/or lose to an inferior team. Thus using 1 game out of a team’s schedule as a reason they aren’t good or why 1 team will beat another is useless and just plain wrong.

    If you’re going to poke fun at someone for losing to an inferior team, best make sure your team didn’t do the exact same. Or you end up looking as foolish as you currently do.

  37. danielfturner says: May 3, 2011 2:58 PM

    The guy is doing what he suppose to be doing…being a positive leader for the team.

  38. dvnelson72 says: May 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    Brees doesn’t need owners.

    Or coaches.

    When this is all over, maybe Brees should sue for punitive damages when a coach yells at him or makes him run too much and try to change the game even more.

  39. tramonisland says: May 3, 2011 3:32 PM

    nps6724 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:58 PM
    “ya the packers also won their last 6 games including a little game called the SUPER BOWL, maybe you’ve heard of it? so you’re argument is weak. i’ll leave it at that.”
    ——————————————–
    This same Saints team did it the year before. What happened last year has no bearing on this year.

    If you’re going to poke fun at someone for losing to an inferior team, best make sure your team didn’t do the exact same. Or you end up looking as foolish as you currently do.
    ———————————————
    clearly you’re not understanding who looks foolish here.

  40. nps6724 says: May 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    “clearly you’re not understanding who looks foolish here.”

    Yes and you will see him best if you look at your monitor when it’s turned off with the lights on.

  41. bigslizzle4twizzle says: May 3, 2011 3:45 PM

    Great to see that Brees is practicing with his teammates. Hopefully he will suffer a freak injury and end his season early and make the rest of the NFC South very happy not to have to see him 2x this season.

  42. maddog111 says: May 3, 2011 3:49 PM

    chasec says:
    May 3, 2011 2:24 PM
    You guys are sheep.

    The article was clearly written to stir up arguments, which drive this site. Don’t mix up what Drew Brees said with what MDS wrote.
    ———————————————-
    Says the guy who just posted a reply on this topic. Open your mouth and say “Baaaaaaa” chasec.

  43. squabguy says: May 3, 2011 3:58 PM

    God for Brees and the Saints…

    while other fans watch their QB go play golf in hopes for qualifying for a golf tourney, a dream of his…

    wish his dream of Super Bowl aspirations were higher. Some QB’s seem to portray that a bit more than others.

  44. theripster30 says: May 3, 2011 4:04 PM

    @chasec

    Let me start off by saying youre missing my point. thats ok tho.

    That being said, let me reply to what you addressed to me. Obviously I know things can and usually do change from one season to the next. Where many superbowl teams falter never to be seen again as a result, dynasties thrive.

    I have absolutely no problem with the saints. No way do i fear them, or any team for that matter. To be afraid of anybody standing in your way is a recipe for failure.

    From now until September a lot can happen. I could imagine the saints have considerably more holes to fill/players to re-sign. The pack are more or less set. We may want to bring back a couple free agents, but at this point its more about sorting out our talent. There are a handful of stars on the pack about to enter their prime. So, blowing out a championship team on opening night in one of the most hostile environments in the world may be difficult.

  45. chasec says: May 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    maddog111 says: May 3, 2011 3:49 PM

    Says the guy who just posted a reply on this topic. Open your mouth and say “Baaaaaaa” chasec.

    ———————————————-

    The sheep comment wasn’t for replying to the article, that’s what blogs are for. The sheep comment was for replying to the article based on loose paraphrases, and not forming an opinion of your own (not meaning you specifically).

  46. chasec says: May 3, 2011 4:15 PM

    @theripster30

    I actually agreed that it wouldn’t be a blowout. But to say definitively that they couldn’t be blown out because they weren’t last year is not accurate.

    2009 saints finished 13-3, and excluding the last game where no starters played, only lost by 7 and 3 in the others. Then, they won the superbowl. 2010, with the same team, they were blown out by Cleveland.

    Unlikely, of course. But with a little SB hangover, against a high scoring team like the Saints…it’s more likely than Cleveland blowing out the Saints or Patriots in 2010. :) Should be a great game though. As for fearing the Packers, it’s ok if i do it, because i won’t be taking any snaps from anyone other than my brother after 10 beers.

  47. tramonisland says: May 3, 2011 4:37 PM

    nps6724 says:
    May 3, 2011 3:40 PM
    “clearly you’re not understanding who looks foolish here.”

    Yes and you will see him best if you look at your monitor when it’s turned off with the lights on.
    ————————————————
    So basically you’re trying to compare the Packers losing in early October to the Lions & Skins (which put their record at 3-2) to the same thing as the Saints losing to the Seachickens in mid January (which put them in their family rooms for the rest of the playoffs so they could watch the Packers win the Super Bowl)? Moron.

  48. 504in860 says: May 3, 2011 4:41 PM

    37 guys showed up? That’s very impressive…no doubt!

  49. nps6724 says: May 3, 2011 4:55 PM

    “So basically you’re trying to compare the Packers losing in early October to the Lions & Skins (which put their record at 3-2) to the same thing as the Saints losing to the Seachickens in mid January (which put them in their family rooms for the rest of the playoffs so they could watch the Packers win the Super Bowl)? Moron.”

    Yes. Because any team can beat any team at any time. If it was different in the playoffs, upsets wouldn’t happen.

    Anyone who thinks either team will blow the other out 9 times out of 10 isn’t very bright. Both teams are very good and when they each play their best, are unbeatable. It just depends on which version shows up.

    Personally, I think history will hold true and Green Bay will win just like every other Super Bowl winner has done. But if any team has a chance to upset them, it’s these Saints.

  50. tinopuno says: May 3, 2011 5:19 PM

    To boisestateWHODAT:

    A contest was held recently to determine which expression…”who dat” or “how ’bout them cowboys”… more accurately captured the oh-so-charming stupidity and ignorance of the typical white trash trailer dweller.

    The contest ended in a tie.

  51. macjacmccoy says: May 3, 2011 8:17 PM

    Of course he thinks its worth the risk he has 10′s of millions of dollars to fall back on in case he gets injured. Alot of his teammates dont and I wonder if he would be willing to pay there bills if they got hurt seeing that he thinks its worth the risk.

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