Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis had a bad day Thursday when he was widely mocked over a report that he called Drew Brees merely “very good” and not “great,” and then a worse day Friday when reports emerged that he had lied to his boss and the NFL about the Saints’ bounty program. He’s going to have a lot of damage control to do in the weeks ahead about the bounty issue, but first he tried to do some damage control about Brees.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune interviewed Loomis about the Brees report before the bounty report came out, and Loomis said he thinks Brees is better than just “very good.”
“I have always thought of Drew as a great player. Always,” Loomis said.
Loomis then offered a not-so-subtle reminder that there was a time, in 2006, when most of the NFL thought Brees’s injured shoulder would prevent him from ever being a great quarterback, and that Loomis led the way in the Saints signing him.
“Even when his shoulder was damaged I thought he was a great player. That’s why we wanted him, and it’s ridiculous for anyone to think otherwise,” Loomis said.
Loomis said Brees is a valuable player and “we’re trying to pay him accordingly.”
Given the kind of trouble Loomis and the Saints appear to be in right now, it would be wise from a P.R. perspective to get their best and most popular player signed soon. And to pay a great player like a great player.