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Mickey Loomis: Drew Brees is great


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.

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15 Responses to “Mickey Loomis: Drew Brees is great”
  1. hooks024 says: Mar 3, 2012 7:12 AM

    These guys are definitely no saints! Hah!

  2. lombardihero says: Mar 3, 2012 7:20 AM

    Drew this is Mickey I’m in serious trouble I was only kidding that your not a Great QB so much trouble there I said it YOUR A GREAT QB so please sign I’ll give you what you want…

  3. neauxgeaux44 says: Mar 3, 2012 7:21 AM

    Such wit and genius above…wow…tremendous use of a GED…

  4. pondbridge says: Mar 3, 2012 7:24 AM

    At a time when Saints may face record fines, Loomis just blew any negotiating leverage with Brees. Shrewd. Fire him Tom (maybe that will partially placate Goodell over Bountygate).

  5. vuudu says: Mar 3, 2012 7:28 AM

    Yes Pondbridge, about time we started to call it Bountygate instead of bounty program. The later sounds so lame.

  6. mikebe1 says: Mar 3, 2012 7:43 AM

    The saints wanna keep all their players by not giving the best player his value.

  7. kelvinmchale says: Mar 3, 2012 7:57 AM

    Loomis needs to call a bunch of those armored trucks with his name on the side and tell them to dump their “bounty” on Drew Brees’ front lawn. Heh heh heh…

  8. kegowhisky says: Mar 3, 2012 7:59 AM

    Opening up a pool on what day and hour Loomis “starts pursuing other interests”. I’m going with March 6th, 11 am.

  9. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 3, 2012 8:07 AM

    In other news, Loomis says “Cheating and injuring is great.”

  10. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 3, 2012 8:54 AM

    if you have drew brees throwing for your team and your defense can knock out the other team’s star players, then you have a winning recipe.

  11. propertyofthebroncos says: Mar 3, 2012 10:47 AM

    sure, Brees is great….at padding his stats and playing in a dome because they have ideal conditions. outside that? ……got nothing. definitely lost respect for him last season, and now for the entire organization.

  12. coolgato13 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    Too little, too late Loomis.
    After yesterday, you are a goner.

  13. clayton43 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:18 PM

    Bree’s benifits from the system he is in ( most attempts by far ….plays in a dome at least 60 percent of games… and N.O doesnt hold back after they are up by 20… they still are throwing it around…. I like Bree’s but I have same knock on Manning… The Saints already have to let people go … If paying Bree’s 20 plus million a year then have to let more go…If was my fav team and fan of team, I would be looking for someone else.

  14. brenenostler says: Mar 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    Considering Drew Brees isn’t having any financial troubles and spends most of his life throwing the football anyway, I don’t see why he has play for $23 million per year instead of $16 million.

    I would be mad at Brees if I were a Saints fan.

  15. WestCoastVet says: Mar 3, 2012 5:06 PM

    “And to pay a great player like a great player.”

    Well, now that the exclusive tag was put on Brees, that’s not going to happen.

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