This offseason has gone about as badly for the Saints as any NFL offseason has ever gone for any team in NFL history. But the player whose absence is one of the issues affecting New Orleans says everything should be fine.
Drew Brees remains unsigned as the team’s franchise player, but he has made it clear that he’ll be with the team this season, and he believes the Saints will keep a positive outlook and perhaps even benefit from both his own contract situation and the mess that has arisen from having players, coaches and the general manager suspended for the team’s bounty program.
“It’s definitely been a tough off-season for everyone but in a lot of ways adversity and these types of things bring people together,” Brees told Parade. “We’ve always had a motto that if guys aren’t there, if the head coach isn’t there, if certain players aren’t there, it’s the next man up. The next guy steps up and it’s an opportunity for him to help contribute. That’s the approach we take. It’s a very positive one and it’s the only way we know how. We’ve done it that way ever since I’ve been there and that’s the culture and environment we created. I’m excited about this season despite everything that’s happened. It can’t get here fast enough.”
After so much has gone wrong, Brees finally signing is the one thing coming up this offseason that we can expect to go right for the Saints.