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Brees wanted records for teammates, but refused a curtain call

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees wore an NFL Films microphone for Sunday’s regular-season finale, and the audio that was played on Inside the NFL this week showed that Brees spent much of the second half concerned about recognition for his teammates — but declining recognition for himself.

The Saints have been criticized in some quarters for continuing to play their top offensive players deep into their final two wins over the Falcons and the Panthers in an attempt to pad their stats, and there’s no question they were doing that late in the game against the Panthers. Brees, coach Sean Payton and others on the sideline were keenly aware of how much yardage Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles needed to break the records for receiving yards in a season by a tight end and for all-purpose yards in a season.

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel checked the stats and went to Brees on the sideline and said, “Jimmy’s like 25 away.” Brees then went to Graham and told him the route he wanted Graham to run to get him those 25 yards.

Later, Payton approached Brees and said, “Sproles is four yards shy of the all time–” and before Payton could finish, Brees said, “Get it to him. Get it to him.”

Payton then told Brees that he should hand off to Sproles on the first play of the next drive and then come out of the game, so that Brees could get one last ovation from the home fans as he trotted off the field. But Brees told Payton that if it was time to put Daniel in, he should do it immediately.

“Coach, you don’t need to do that,” Brees said.

Brees then went to Daniel and told him he’d go in to start the next possession.

“He wanted to pull me out after the first play so everybody could clap, but I told him that’s not necessary,” Brees told Daniel. “You’re up. It’s your show.”

Daniel then went in, and his first play was a handoff to Sproles for eight yards, earning the new all-purpose yardage record. Daniel also threw twice to Graham, who briefly held the tight end receiving yardage record, although he lost that record within minutes, as the Patriots also had their backup quarterback throwing late in the game, and New England’s Rob Gronkowski ended up taking the record from Graham.

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  1. nflfollower says: Jan 5, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ok….all this really seems to show beside the fact that Drew Brees is a great guy and very humble (which we all knew) is that Sean Peyton is obsessed with records and treats these games like Madden football. Never heard of a coach paying so much attention to stats…. I really don’t like offense though, so maybe I’m biased.

  2. picksix401 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:01 PM

    i mean, i wouldn’t act like a selfish jerk either if i knew i was mic’d up for NFL Films…

  3. threegriffons says: Jan 5, 2012 6:02 PM

    Graham got Gronked!

  4. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 6:05 PM

    Enjoy all of this while you still can Saints fans, 1/14 will be here before you know it and none of their little records will matter.

    The Saints disrespected the crap out of the 9ers in the preseason and the 9ers will return the favor in January, when it counts.

    Lock it and book it!

  5. cakemixa says: Jan 5, 2012 6:06 PM

    Can’t wait to see someone try to spin this as Brees being a bad guy! Good luck.

  6. hiperactivodg says: Jan 5, 2012 6:07 PM

    Brees is so humble, such a good guy, that he needs to show it to everyone who’ll listen, because that’s what a good guy should do, he should show off whatever good he does!

  7. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Jan 5, 2012 6:09 PM

    nineroutsider – one thing is for sure. You guys got embarrassed by the Saints in the preseason. Will probably happen again next week in your house. Enjoy your weekend. The Saints are going to work.

  8. prmpft says: Jan 5, 2012 6:11 PM

    nineroutsider – sounds a bit like ninerhomer…

    those boys will be seriously EXPOSED when they play an elite team – so buckle up, it’s gonna be a really rough ride!

  9. buckybadger says: Jan 5, 2012 6:21 PM

    I would prefer my team not to care about records and just to play the game. Stop with this running up the score just so you can a record that will be completely temporary because of the way game is played now.

    You can have your records, I will take the championships.

  10. thehungariancrippler says: Jan 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    Let them get their stats. Better yet…let defense stop the Saints offense. Defenses can’t stop the Saints? Tough rc

  11. buckybadger says: Jan 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    Can someone explain to me how changing how you would normally call a game to get a record was any different than what Reyes did this year to get the batting title?

  12. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 5, 2012 6:27 PM

    brees is a nice guy, he does this and that, he helps old ladies with their groceries….WHO CARES!!, IM SICK OF THE SAINTS. nineroutsider im with u i cant wait to shut this brees/saints talk down. The old NINERS are back new orleans!! time to take your little records and go home.

  13. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 5, 2012 6:29 PM

    oh yeah and say hi to jim everett for me haha

  14. rayguyreturns says: Jan 5, 2012 6:29 PM

    Not even a Saints fan, but have always thought Brees was a class act. Nothing has changed that opinion.

  15. nspiller says: Jan 5, 2012 6:33 PM

    Why is everybody so in love with the Saints right now? Guy breaks a record on MNF and suddenly we all need to bend down before the best team ever to not even earn a bye in the Playoffs. This team struggles on the road and we expect them to win 2 extremely hard road games. I dont see it. Here’s some more of my thoughts:

    sportspiller.com/?p=132

  16. dougydougdoug says: Jan 5, 2012 6:37 PM

    nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 6:05 PM

    Enjoy all of this while you still can Saints fans, 1/14 will be here before you know it and none of their little records will matter.

    The Saints disrespected the crap out of the 9ers in the preseason and the 9ers will return the favor in January, when it counts.

    Lock it and book it!

    ––––

    What? You’re a little girl, right? It’s football. You win or lose. What does some imaginary “respect” have to do with jack squat? If a team gets its feelings hurt (boo-hoo) then don’t hand your ass to your opponent.

  17. pavelfitzgerald says: Jan 5, 2012 6:39 PM

    Let then go for it. Helps everyone get paid & go down in infamy. No ones talks about how so & so could’ve broke a record but kept getting pulled late in the game because they were up soo much.

  18. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 5, 2012 6:42 PM

    Saints have been doing this all season. I understand if they started the season talking about the record. But, if the game is already in hand and the players and team has already worked to get within reach of the record…why not go for it? If you’re so concerned about it as a opponent, why not try and STOP THEM?! Instead of complaining about it after the fact.

  19. saints25 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:42 PM

    @nineroutsider you wish you had a QB like Drew Brees …Saint’s didnt disrespect your 49ers,Damn 49er’s played their starters for 3 quaters in pre-season an still got whipped…One more thing saints have to beat the Lions 1st,If they do? I promise you the Saints are going going to run you 49er’s fans out of that stadium by the end of the 3rd Quater..49er’s QB “Lil Mark Sanchez” will not beat my Saints!!!!

  20. JSpicoli says: Jan 5, 2012 6:56 PM

    If guys in baseall were that upfront about being self absorbed, they’d get beaned, with no pads.

  21. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 6:56 PM

    Like I said, 1/14 is coming. Worry about your little dome show this week with everyone owing and awing over every pass and catch, but the Saints wilt on the road against tough defenses. It will happen again. Come on here the day after the game…

  22. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jan 5, 2012 6:57 PM

    Records and stats help you get immortalized and paid. Why not go for them? It doesn’t make u a bad guy or an ass.

  23. electricvibe says: Jan 5, 2012 6:59 PM

    That is nice. Glad to know all NFL players aren’t selfish.

  24. chrishousand says: Jan 5, 2012 7:00 PM

    saints25 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 6:42 PM
    @nineroutsider you wish you had a QB like Drew Brees …Saint’s didnt disrespect your 49ers,Damn 49er’s played their starters for 3 quaters in pre-season an still got whipped…One more thing saints have to beat the Lions 1st,If they do? I promise you the Saints are going going to run you 49er’s fans out of that stadium by the end of the 3rd Quater..49er’s QB “Lil Mark Sanchez” will not beat my Saints!!!!
    ——————————————
    They might not, but the Packers will…AGAIN!!!!

  25. realitypolice says: Jan 5, 2012 7:01 PM

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a coach being cognizant of guys nearing records and taking action to get those records.

    A coach asks for an awful lot of hard work and sacrifice from his players throughout the year. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging and rewarding that effort by helping them achieve personal milestones AFTER the team goals have been reached.

  26. zillabeast says: Jan 5, 2012 7:04 PM

    New Orleans had better pray for a nice clear day out at Candlestick, because the matchup against the 49ers goes south in a hurry if it’s raining. Forget about even putting up a fight at Lambeau Field. It will be 2006 at Chicago all over again.

    That’s only IF they get past a healthy, loaded Lions team that’s definitely capable .

  27. sportsinhd says: Jan 5, 2012 7:04 PM

    Good for the Saints, that offense deserves every record it can break, and so do the players on it. So they should just stop playing because they are going up against teams that have given up? Give me a break.

    Not a Saints fan, but Graham and Sproles had great years and obtaining records is good for their pocketbooks.

  28. spellingcops says: Jan 5, 2012 7:09 PM

    I used to sympathize with 9er fans (have only been an NFL fan since 06, 07ish) for the tough run they were in. After this year, I’ve grown to hate them. Their fans could very easily be the most obnoxious, ignorant a holes out there. Then again, maybe I should take that back, and just say “bay area” fans…

  29. TheWizard says: Jan 5, 2012 7:13 PM

    was any different than what Reyes did this year to get the batting title?

    What Reyes did was much worse.

    He took the weasel’s way.

    In a 16 game season with a 53 man roster, no team should have to apologize for who they keep on the field.

  30. packerpride03 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:14 PM

    SCAB

  31. earthtopft says: Jan 5, 2012 7:14 PM

    Luckily the Saints backup QB Chase Daniel, is short and homely as well, so few noticed the change.

  32. bluestree says: Jan 5, 2012 7:16 PM

    What’s the big deal? These records don’t mean squat now to the players compared to how important it will be to them someday. Ask anybody who was close and didn’t get a chance to break a record. Peyton’s being a player’s coach. His right. These guys bust their butts, if they want to go for it, so be it.

  33. tn16 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:17 PM

    Classy guy

  34. franklapidus316 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:18 PM

    Does anyone actually have a problem with Saints going for records? I mean if another team is offended, stop them. Or use it as motivation next time you play. I really find this a totally manufactured issue. Seemed like vs the Falcons, reporters asked 20 guys and finally found someone who was upset about it, then voila, there’s your story “Falcons Upset”

  35. nutitletown says: Jan 5, 2012 7:18 PM

    yeah it sounds like Brees cares only about is stats… more concerned about his and his team’s statistical legacy. Seems like a team that is going to get waxed in the playoffs when the have to play on a real field, in real conditions, where true football is played. I’m not a 9ers fan, but i’ll put my money on them when they face off against that New Orleans arena league team.

  36. blaz0037 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:26 PM

    Won’t be MVP, but should be.

    The Saints are a 3-4 win team w/o Brees.

  37. teddysimonvikings says: Jan 5, 2012 7:27 PM

    As much as I dislike the Saints….Im a Vikings fan you can all guess why then! But Drew Brees is a class act….a good guy….and I dont think he cares about himself..he is not selfish one bit! And these records that these players are breaking are records set back when players played every game…coaches didnt think of sitting them in the last game to avoid injury…so why give grief to people doing the same thing!

  38. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:28 PM

    to all you 49er fans/saint haters, i hope the 49ers beat them up good if they do play.

    good news for the 49ers is that the game is going to be outdoors, and the saints cant play outdoors, they can only play in their cozy dome, or else they look like a garbage team, especially brees.

    yes brees will prob still get his yds because he will throw like 70 times, but the 49ers will beat them good if that game does take place.

  39. vikescry1 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:28 PM

    i’m not a bree’s or saints fan, i believe he is a class act. yes they may have ran the score up and went for some record’s. so what, play defense and STOP them. me personally, i thought what aaron rodger’s did for matt flynn was more of a class act. he could’ve padded his stat’sinstead he sat to let flynn have a chance to play, so he could have a chance to show other teams what he could do. (being he’s a free agent and all) also calling the first half of the game and helping flynn out. but really bree’s seemed to just want to get his teamates in the record book’s with him, i see nothing wrong with that. opposing teams should’ve played harder…

  40. tommccrossin says: Jan 5, 2012 7:30 PM

    Cool, good for them I guess. But I can’t help to wonder what type of stats Rodgers would have if McCarthy kept the pedal to the floor purely for individual statistics in the second half all season.

  41. packfaninchitown says: Jan 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    Brees and Rodgers are two of the classiest players in the NFL, they’re also the best two QBs.

    Records don’t win MVPs however and I believe Rodgers had a better season and will win sole MVP honors, but that’s simply my humble opinion.

    One thing most Packer and Saints fans can agree on however is we do not want the MVP voters to cop out and nominate both players. We each believe our guy deserves it more so please don’t take the coward’s way out and make a decision one way or the other.

  42. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 5, 2012 7:34 PM

    NFL Records
    Passing Yards in a Season – Brees *

    * – Indoor football 11 of 16 games

  43. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    spellingcops says: Jan 5, 2012 7:09 PM

    I used to sympathize with 9er fans (have only been an NFL fan since 06, 07ish) for the tough run they were in. After this year, I’ve grown to hate them. Their fans could very easily be the most obnoxious, ignorant a holes out there. Then again, maybe I should take that back, and just say “bay area” fans…
    ———————————————————
    So serious bro, don’t get hurt…

    Part of the fun of being a fan, especially a NFL fan, is rattling people’s cages when you get the opportunity. It’s been 9 long years since I have had the opportunity, so I am taking advantage of it. Plus, for those of us that go back 20 years, these 2 teams were division rivals. I still hate the doom patrol and Bobby Herbert.

    No fan needs your sympathy bro and everyone on here knows that Steelers fans are the worst in terms of arrogance.

  44. i3addog says: Jan 5, 2012 7:42 PM

    He still doesn’t deserve MVP. Rodgers by a long shot.

    SI_PeterKing Peter King
    Good nugget from @jasonjwilde: He polled 14 MVP voters, and it was 14-0 for Rodgers.
    1 hour ago
    Retweeted by MikeVandermause

  45. JMil_ATL says: Jan 5, 2012 7:45 PM

    Glad they got records and don’t understand why anyone cares when they got them. If games and teams were more competitive to where people would more readily accept the accomplishments then the records might not have been broken.

  46. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Jan 5, 2012 7:46 PM

    I love it. All the 49rs fans are getting nervous that the high powered Saints offense is coming to town. As a longtime Saints fan I find this to be the ultimate turn of events.

    Gonna really enjoy the beat down my boys will give you on the 14th.

  47. kevpft says: Jan 5, 2012 7:47 PM

    Within the context of doing something that put the overall interests of the team this season at risk, this was a noble act.

    Hats off to Brees, the all-time leader in passing yards for a season (and only 1 of 2 men to break Marino’s record this year! That’s pretty elite company).

    Snarkiness aside, these guys are doing great athletic feats I could never do. But since it’s just a game, they are by no means above being mocked, too.

  48. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 5, 2012 7:47 PM

    All you people crying about running up the score and records must have crappy QBs.

  49. laeaglefan says: Jan 5, 2012 8:02 PM

    You can get all over the Saints for running up the score, but they can’t do it on their own. The opponent has every opportunity in the world to stop them. Perhaps people should be upset at the Falcons and Panthers for not being able to stop Brees and Company.

  50. mactank1 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:12 PM

    What are you slappies going to whine about when the Saints don’t make it to SF??????? The Lions are dirty????????????? There are alot of things ya’ll should think about. The Lions are 100%. They have Suh, Houston, Fairley, and Delmas back in the lineup on D. The offense is running on all cylinders. Putting the cart before the horse may get you walking back to the barn. For your sake, I hope your team isn’t looking towards SF at this point, or they could be in serious trouble!

  51. towniesman says: Jan 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    nothing better than you punks from new orleans at the very last minute gettin “Gronked” ha ha ha ha ha ha

  52. 247pantherfan says: Jan 5, 2012 8:15 PM

    Not hard to tell who I pull for… and I don’t have a problem with helping get records… Yeah it sucked to watch, but can’t be mad for them getting records in the last game of the year… How many records did Superman get his rookie season? Because Chud, Rivera, and Shula knew the records were for his takings as time went on. You have to be a complete moron to be upset about records being broken.

    Thats about enough time for the Cam haters to start typing. By all means, bring it… You can say whatever you want about him… deep down inside you past all that hateraid… you wish he was on your QB.

  53. MCxShow says: Jan 5, 2012 8:16 PM

    Rodgers doesn’t need to play late into the game for him to put up monster numbers and break records. Rodgers will win MVP.

  54. 247pantherfan says: Jan 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    And I agree with who ever said reports asked 20 Falcon players before finding someone upset… didn’t hear any complaining for the Panthers… instead Rivera lit into them after the game like he was supposed to.

  55. skinsrollyou says: Jan 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    Haha. Niners aren’t for real. Saints gonna be in superbowl clowns. Wish the skins would have pulled the trigger on this guy when he was available

  56. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 8:35 PM

    Good on ya drew! Way to geaux boys! Now, get to work and go get us another championship…we’re counting on it! Who dat! As we say in the dome…’here we come…to get you’!

  57. mactank1 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:35 PM

    There will be a time when a team runs it up on Payton and the Saints. And it will not taste good.

  58. mikeeg says: Jan 5, 2012 8:36 PM

    All that money and u cant get that face scar covered up?

  59. ratedgap says: Jan 5, 2012 8:42 PM

    towniesman says: Jan 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    nothing better than you punks from new orleans at the very last minute gettin “Gronked” ha ha ha ha ha ha

    —————————————————–

    Is that s bad as Brady getting “Breesed?” He coulda caught Drew but he choked away an entire half against Buffalo.

    As far as these 9ers fans, your QB is Alex Smith. We are gonna house you if we can get past this team with an actual pro QB this week. Our defense will look as good as you think yours is as Alex “20th in the league in pass attempts”
    Smith. 17 TDs? LMAO!! Pathetic.

  60. outlawshark says: Jan 5, 2012 8:43 PM

    I would like Brees more if he didn’t have a hand in almost costing us the NFL season with his lawsuit against the owners. I have to admit, if the season actually folded, I would not be a fan of Drew’s.

  61. dannymac17 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:44 PM

    People don’t like it? Don’t watch it.

    Opposing Coaches don’t like it? Stop it.

    K.I.S.S

    keep it simple stupid.

  62. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 8:45 PM

    skinsrollyou says: Jan 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    Haha. Niners aren’t for real. Saints gonna be in superbowl clowns. Wish the skins would have pulled the trigger on this guy when he was available
    ——————————————
    Haha. Skins.

  63. rjkilla says: Jan 5, 2012 8:50 PM

    as a panthers fan i say thank you saints…feed the fire of a division rival with a budding superstar at QB to pad your stats. fortunately for them they didn’t get nicked up chasing any records but that’s pretty risky going into the playoffs.

  64. 20bust11 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:53 PM

    I’m dog tired of hearing the Saints can’t play outdoors. The old version of the Saints couldn’t play outdoors, but this is a different Saints team than 20, or 30, years ago. Brees played at Purdue, in a cold area, outdoors. Colston played for Hofstra, also a cold climate, and outdoors. A lot of Saints players come from northern colleges, and played outdoors. Yes the ball is heavier because it’s colder, but it’s heavier for both teams, so it’s a non-issue. As far as the 49ers defense being great, they are good, but not great. Yes the 49ers did keep their starters in longer in preseason to try and catch the Saints, and it didn’t matter. Are the 49ers better now than at the beginning of the season? Yes, they are. But so are the Saints, so after they meet, Green Bay will be the team that doesn’t want to play the Saints.
    It’s simple. In order to beat the Saints, a team has to score on every drive, or lose. It’s no wonder there isn’t a team, in the NFL, that wants to play the greatest show on turf.
    That’s all!

  65. neer music says: Jan 5, 2012 8:53 PM

    it shouldn’t be frowned upon for hungry competitors to want to get everything they can out of their experiences, including records.

    if it’s not done in an arrogant manner, i feel that the drive for excellence should be admired, even if it’s against you or your favorite team.

    even though i’m not a patriot’s fan, it’s almost made me admire the concept behind “the patriot way” concept.

  66. rkingndayton says: Jan 5, 2012 8:58 PM

    I think it’s great going for records. As a fan, it’s exciting to be able to witness them and watch these players in their prime. I am too young to remember Montana/Rice/Marino in their heyday so this is entertaining. The first SB I remember is when the Elway won his first!

    I only wish our US Military got as much attention…..

  67. musicman495 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:00 PM

    as a panthers fan i say thank you saints…feed the fire of a division rival with a budding superstar at QB to pad your stats. fortunately for them they didn’t get nicked up chasing any records but that’s pretty risky going into the playoffs.
    —————————
    Your team jawed more in the first quarter than any 6 win team in NFL history. Nice try thinking you could intimidate a veteran team like the Saints. Notice the Panthers got much quieter in the fourth quarter when they were having their head handed to them.

  68. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 9:01 PM

    Town-typical new England choad!

  69. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 9:05 PM

    We were breakin records for breakin records! Lol! Only in New Orleans! Who dat…chumps!

  70. nj22 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:09 PM

    I have never seen a bigger Fraud than Brees in my life. The fact that this guy is even being mentioned for MVP for racking up his Madden numbers in Blowouts is a joke. He just “Happened” to throw 5 TD’s the last day of the season when he trailed Rodgers by 4 going into the game. He wanted the record for his teammates! LMAO!

  71. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 9:09 PM

    Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say…our famous saying was stolen from Bengal fans?

  72. sf944 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:20 PM

    Brees sat out nearly an entire quarter in the Viking, Colts and Panthers blowouts.
    For all those talking about the Saints running up the score, talk to the Panthers coach. “Real classy what you did there”
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-sound-efx/09000d5d825b7eb7/Sound-FX-Drew-Brees

  73. ihateyoujeff says: Jan 5, 2012 9:23 PM

    Brees was padding his stats while Matt Flynn was filling in for Rodgers.

    Brees is playing football this weekend while Rodgers is on a first round bye.

    Any coincidence?

    Maybe if you worried more about winning football games than padding your stats and your teammates stats you wouldn’t have to play a pissed off Lions team this weekend.

  74. realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Jan 5, 2012 9:24 PM

    The media just loves the Saints because of Hurricane Katrina….even though most of those people were warned to get out of the city, and they stayed because they are idiots. Oh, and then they decide to loot all the stores…you’ve been served NO.

  75. whodatnhollywood says: Jan 5, 2012 9:30 PM

    I’m glad the Saints are playing 60 minutes of football. If the defenses don’t want them to run up the score, then stop them! What are the Saints supposed to do, start the “victory” formation and start kneeling down in the third quarter?

    This ain’t Pop Warner and people need to stop trippin’! You don’t see baseball and basketball players stop scoring. Why should football players do so?

    As for the stats, they SHOULD go after them! Again, defenses, do something about it. Quit whining! It’s not Sean Payton and Drew Brees’ job to have mercy on defenses. No team is having mercy on the Saints’ defense.

    I feel bad for the fans who pay handsomely to see 60 minutes of football, but are routinely getting 40-45 minutes because teams quit. That’s like buying a cake half done! Bake that cake! I don’t want to see an exhibition game break out at the end of a regular season game because the other team can’t hang! Too bad, because every Tuesday the loser’s fat checks still clears.

    Geaux Saints!

  76. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 9:39 PM

    Hey Mac…that time you’re referring to has already come, it lasted for 37 years man…our time now! Get used to it!

  77. realitypolice says: Jan 5, 2012 9:39 PM

    @20bust11:

    Excellent point. The whole idea that an NFL team from a dome or warm weather city can’t possibly win outdoors is silly.

    Every team in the league has about the same make up as for where their players come from. It’s not like most, or even many, New Orleans players are from Louisiana.

    There are probably as many players from warm weather states playing for Green Bay as there are for the Saints.

    And San Francisco isn’t exactly the arctic. The idea that the Saints can’t win there is even dumber.

  78. abr173rd says: Jan 5, 2012 9:43 PM

    Its funny hearing all the guys hate on the Saints and chasing records, its a known fact that Belichick knew where Gronk was and wanted him to have the TE record. Thats fact. Same as GB wanting to be the first to go 19-0. So lets not get all high and mighty on who’s chasing records. Lets not also forget Brees was pulled in three games prior and broke the recordin 15 games. If Belichick could have gotten Brady that record he would have…. The Saints also needed a win in week 17 to have a shot at a bye week. They were playing division rivals in 16 and 17 so yeah there going to run the score up just as every other NFL would if they could.

  79. 24chef says: Jan 5, 2012 9:52 PM

    I find it amusing that 49er fans are hating on the Saints for being a high powered team and not apologizing for it. After a couple of decades of Montana, Young and Rice waxing the Saints in the old NFC West, I’d say its about time the Saints shine at the top for a while. But keep pounding your chests and asking for it…

    And for the record, the Saints won the SB by 2 TD’s under the highest stakes imaginable and that happened to be outdoors. You guys listen to the nonsense of the talking heads just a little too much. Whoever the Saints play outdoors, I guarantee you it will affect their opponent equally as bad.

  80. blackheld says: Jan 5, 2012 10:02 PM

    You know, the NFL has changed.

    the media all pounds on how defense wins. Sorry, but consider who won the last few Super Bowls.

    Green Bay. (great offense, sucky defense)
    New Orleans (spectacular offense, not so hot defense)
    Pittsburgh (normally running team that now throws the ball 40 times a game)
    New England (good offense, terrible defense)

    I have no idea how the Giants won the Super Bowl. I doubt the Giants know how they won the Super Bowl. Give them credit, they did win…but if that game gets played 10 times, NE wins the majority of them.

    Now, GB, NO and NE are all favorites to win the SB this year. So are SF and Pittsburgh, along with Baltimore, but you know what?

    I can’t see Joe Flacco winning three shootout games to win the Super Bowl. And yes, he’ll have to win those three games, and score at least high twenties-low thirties to do it. Just…not gonna happen.

    Pittsburgh is dangerous, but Rothlisberger is not gonna last three games with every defensive players zeroed in on his ankle. Their offense also lost some of it’s scary, although not it’s ab,lity, when Mendenhall went down. This team can’t score enough as it is, to win.

    I realize San Francisco has maybe the best defense in the playoffs, but there is no way they can trade touchdowns with GB or NO. Their running game is still gimpy, and Alex Smith is still their QB. See the Flacco entry above as to what that means.

    NE is doing it with smoke and mirrors, as usual, but hell, no reason they can’t keep it up. This team is a but less talented than the normal NE roster, but they got a ton of experience, and who knows, maybe Belichick has some new tapes.

    Then we have Atlanta and Detroit. Not a lot of hope for Atlanta, here. Their defense isn’t as good as SF, and their offense isn’t as good as anyone except SF and the Giants. Add playing on the road the whole playoffs and Atlanta will fall, eventually.

    As for Detroit, this is a team who got here a year early. Their lack of depth finally caught up to them, and this playoffs thing is a whole new world. Their offense is top three in football, but their defense needs some better bodies and more experience. They can go crazy on people just like GB, NO and NE though, so stranger things have happened. If they win in NO, it’ll be interesting to see what the betting line is for the rematch in GB.

    One final note: Does anyone really think Green Bay would have scored more points last week with Aaron Rodgers at QB? Me, either. And, consider if you give Detroit back the clear touchdown they honestly scored, that the refs blew the call on…Detroit wins that game. In Green Bay. Outdoors.

    Detroit is a scary bunch.

  81. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Jan 5, 2012 10:22 PM

    5-3 on the road this year, but we cant play on the road… U guys are pathetic.. As for miamidolphins1, did we not hang 46 points on you in your own house a couple years back??? Find a coach and a QB before jumping in adult conversations…
    The Saints will take it one game at a time, as they have done all year… 1st up Detroit, who’s just happy 2 be relevant in January again… Bring your A game and leave the excuses home…

  82. waxthat says: Jan 5, 2012 10:53 PM

    Drew Brees is a good guy and the leader of my late uncles favorite team, the Saints. As a Niners fan, I don’t apologize for how some of my fellow 49er fans feelings are coming out. It is true that we were disrespected in the preseason. It is true that Harbaugh and his staff are preparing 24/7 for this matchup. It is true that Drew Brees is a much better QB in the dome..look at the stats. It is laughable that some think the Saints are going to come into Candlestick and crush this 49ers team. Have you all watched this season? This defense is absolutely nasty. I’m prediciting 24-21 Niners win with a late David Akers FG. It’s fitting for our season and his. Good luck this week Saints fans..Detroit is a scary matchup.

  83. binkystevens says: Jan 5, 2012 10:54 PM

    The Saints are fantastic in their artificial atmosphere, playing on a carpet with artificial noise in a game more akin to the arena league. Get them in a legitimate stadium (ie one without a roof) and they’re a completely different team. This team will get punched in the nose when they have to actually play outdoors, in the wind and the elements…you know, “football”.

  84. outlawshark says: Jan 5, 2012 11:00 PM

    One final note: Does anyone really think Green Bay would have scored more points last week with Aaron Rodgers at QB? Me, either. And, consider if you give Detroit back the clear touchdown they honestly scored, that the refs blew the call on…Detroit wins that game. In Green Bay. Outdoors.
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    Nice post, but you ended it poorly. Do you honestly think that if Green Bay REALLY needed to win that game, that Detroit would have been within sniffing distance of a win? In Green Bay. Outdoors. Really? Epic Fail.

  85. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 5, 2012 11:18 PM

    You know, the NFL has changed.

    the media all pounds on how defense wins. Sorry, but consider who won the last few Super Bowls.

    Green Bay. (great offense, sucky defense)
    New Orleans (spectacular offense, not so hot defense)
    Pittsburgh (normally running team that now throws the ball 40 times a game)
    New England (good offense, terrible defense)

    __________________________

    All of those defenses were in the top 10. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info from.
    Including the Giants who beat the Pats by pressuring Brady. Same with the Colts and ’00 Rams.

    So the rest is a load of crap just like your argument.

  86. tdrundmc says: Jan 5, 2012 11:21 PM

    Not another story about Mr. dink and dunk, he’s such a phony.

  87. bkostela says: Jan 5, 2012 11:50 PM

    the saints will beat detroit in all likelihood, but will probably be done after that. and its not all about not being in the dome, they just aren’t a very good road team. just ask the rams and bucs.

  88. rjkilla says: Jan 5, 2012 11:55 PM

    17 players on IR…majority of those 17 on defense…you ran up the score on the panthers practice squad and the rest of the leagues waiver wire garbage…congrats

  89. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 6, 2012 4:17 AM

    I will forever hate the saints for this.

  90. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 6, 2012 5:59 AM

    The Brees talk says he didn’t care about the record. But the Brees walk says he did. Maybe in New Orleans they call that classy, but where I hail from they call that phony.

  91. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:45 AM

    Wow – lots of haters above…I bet drew and the saints are inconsolable after reading these comments…not! So many jealous losers above that know the Saints will win the SB this year…fact…lmao…who dat, we dat..land, your team ain’t dat..maybe next year….

  92. Ralphie says: Jan 6, 2012 7:37 AM

    ratedgap says:
    Jan 5, 2012 8:42 PM

    “Is that s bad as Brady getting “Breesed?” He coulda caught Drew but he choked away an entire half against Buffalo.”
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    Hey genius, for Brady to catch Brees he would have had to throw for about 300 yards in that 1st and about 630 yards total in that game (and a new NFL passing record) to catch Brees. But I’m sure you’re an advocate of abandoning game plans for individual records. This is the NFL, not Pop Warner you dope.

  93. cshearing says: Jan 6, 2012 8:39 AM

    Just one other reason why players like playing for Payton, and why Brees is such a great leader for their team.

  94. ratedgap says: Jan 6, 2012 9:24 AM

    Ralphie says:
    Jan 6, 2012 7:37 AM
    Hey genius, for Brady to catch Brees he would have had to throw for about 300 yards in that 1st and about 630 yards total in that game (and a new NFL passing record) to catch Brees. But I’m sure you’re an advocate of abandoning game plans for individual records. This is the NFL, not Pop Warner you dope.

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    Hey not so smart guy, Brady started the day 190 yards behind Brees. So no, he wouldn’t have had to start the 1st with 300 yards. He just needed to keep pace until the 4th so the Pats could go for the record like they did with Gronkowski. So seems the Pats are an advocate for abandoning gameplans to pursue individual records too. And seems Brady laid a turd against Buffalo in the first and was out of having any chance immediately. Sorry that makes you butthurt. Ralphie. What are you 12? Get that red rider beebee gun?

  95. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2012 10:10 AM

    It’s a tough call for head coaches when they or a player has a chance to go for a groundbreaking record.

    In some ways the FANS as much as the players deserve a chance to witness NFL history.

    Coaches know that their relationship with players is important too – players with the potential to break records won’t want to play for a coach who refuses to allow them the opportunity to go for it.

    And good coaches SHOULD be mindful of NFL history too.

    Belichick “went for it” with a chance to go 19-0 even though it hurt his chances to win the Super Bowl. The Colts turned their back on history and pulled all their starters and lost in the last game – and still didn’t get to the Super Bowl.

    I like Belichick’s choice much better than the Colts.

  96. rexryanstoecheese says: Jan 6, 2012 10:11 AM

    You know, the NFL has changed.

    the media all pounds on how defense wins. Sorry, but consider who won the last few Super Bowls.

    Green Bay. (great offense, sucky defense)
    New Orleans (spectacular offense, not so hot defense)
    Pittsburgh (normally running team that now throws the ball 40 times a game)
    New England (good offense, terrible defense)

    __________________________

    All of those defenses were in the top 10. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info from.
    Including the Giants who beat the Pats by pressuring Brady. Same with the Colts and ’00 Rams.

    So the rest is a load of crap just like your argument.

    *******************************************

    @bearsrulepackdrool. way to put things into perspective.
    Those teasm had good defenses.

    @blackheld:
    NE is doing it with smoke and mirrors, as usual, but hell, no reason they can’t keep it up. This team is a but less talented than the normal NE roster, but they got a ton of experience, and who knows, maybe Belichick has some new tapes.
    ******************************************

    Smoke and mirrors as usual?

    There was no smoke and mirrors in the early part of the decade; there was a team that outplayed 3 great NFC teams my a mere 3 points in all 3 Superbowls.
    They played tremendous defense to GET to those Superbowls and arguably WON the Superbowl in the AFC title game before ever playing an NFC team.

    “This team is a but less talented than the normal NE roster”

    Really? Gronkowski, Hernandez, & Welker having his all time best year? 3 capable RB’s and 1 with 10+ TD’s….again this year. An all-pro laden O-Line….again?

    If your referring to Defense, then yes, you could have a flawed point.
    Consider this year’s NE Defense gave up 21.2 pts/game. Thats good for 15th in that category. Also, 34 total Takeaways was good for a 3rd place tie with Detroit in the league behind SF and GB respectively, each with 38.
    Smoke and mirrors?
    Even the MASSES of NE haters cant deny that NE had success on defense with 34 takeaways over 16 games.

    Not sure what team yr talking about, but as bearsrulepackdrool says, seems like you just woke up one morning and started spewing your fantasies about the NFL to everyone on this board…do some research next time and save us all the time…

  97. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 6, 2012 10:26 AM

    I think its absolutely hysterical that the negative theme here is that the Saints play in a dome and that’s why they’re so good. Brees was a standout at Purdue and San Diego, both outdoors. Peyton Manning has played in a dome for 12 years…that’s probably why he’s an all time great too. If its so easy to win in a dome, why couldn’t the 8 teams that played there this season win? What a pathetic excuse for knocking a record breaking team! Niner fans…you lost at home to a crappy Dallas team then lost in a DOME to an even more crappy Cardinals team…neither of whom made the playoffs. You lost to the best team you played this year at Baltimore…You won’t know what hit you next weekend. You play in the weakest division in the NFL and you’re no where near as good as the Saints. I promise you…you’re touted defense hasn’t seen anything like Brees’ offense. You’ll get smoked and if you’re lucky…we might even disrespect you again and run up the score at your house.

  98. tigersaints says: Jan 6, 2012 11:57 AM

    For those stating that N.O. is a poor road team. Only 3 plaoff teams had better road records this year – SF(6-2) , NE(6-2), and GB(7-1). The Saints were 5-3 are they are peaking now. After taking care of Detroit, SF will get theirs, then next up before another Black and Gold Superbowl.

  99. dukemarc says: Jan 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    tigersaints says: Jan 6, 2012 11:57 AM

    For those stating that N.O. is a poor road team. Only 3 plaoff teams had better road records this year – SF(6-2) , NE(6-2), and GB(7-1). The Saints were 5-3 are they are peaking now. After taking care of Detroit, SF will get theirs, then next up before another Black and Gold Superbowl.
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    Lambeau + 20 degree weather = Saints lose by 20

  100. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 6, 2012 5:28 PM

    realmendontletothermenleaponthem says:
    Jan 5, 2012 9:24 PM
    The media just loves the Saints because of Hurricane Katrina….even though most of those people were warned to get out of the city, and they stayed because they are idiots. Oh, and then they decide to loot all the stores…you’ve been served NO.
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    Mr. “realmendontletothermenleaponthem”, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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