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Joe Vitt uneasy after Drew Brees takes some hits

Drew Brees, Andre Branch AP

For the Saints, a rough offseason would get a whole lot worse if quarterback Drew Brees went down with an injury. So Saints coach Joe Vitt wasn’t pleased when he saw Brees shaken up on Friday night against the Jaguars.

We’ve got to protect Drew better,” Vitt said after the game.

The biggest hit Brees took came after Saints tight end Jimmy Graham missed a block on Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey, and Mincey got a direct shot on Brees, hitting him on his throwing hand and shoulder, forcing a fumble. Mincey said the Saints’ offense gave him a direct shot on the play.

“I was just watching what they were doing on offense and one guy shifted out, so I made an inside move on Jimmy Graham and took the quickest path to the quarterback,” Mincey said.

Brees returned to the game after that hit, and he marched the Saints down the field with six straight completions on a drive that ended with a touchdown pass. So he bounced back from that hit just fine.

But Vitt would prefer not to see his franchise quarterbacks take any more hits like that in the preseason.

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24 Responses to “Joe Vitt uneasy after Drew Brees takes some hits”
  1. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 18, 2012 7:18 AM

    Drew denies that he was hit, and says there’s no hard evidence.

  2. CKL says: Aug 18, 2012 7:19 AM

    Is it me or are offensive lines in general really struggling this preseason? I would expect SOME struggles due to the nature of OL in general because they get better as they play more as a unit, but this has been a real “come on, man” so far.

  3. hollywoodhulkhoginsays says: Aug 18, 2012 7:20 AM

    with or without brees, the saints are one of many teams that will bit*h slap bob and and skins.

  4. mikeyveli says: Aug 18, 2012 7:21 AM

    How is it that the Saints have played their 3rd preseason game already and a team like the Pats have yet to play their second?

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 18, 2012 7:22 AM

    That’s strange because most coaches are fine with their starting QB getting hit in a preseason game :/

  6. chimps000 says: Aug 18, 2012 7:36 AM

    that’s why you don’t design a play with a tight end blocking a DE one on one… unless there was a missed assignment on the play.

  7. crit76 says: Aug 18, 2012 7:59 AM

    And the pressure was applied by one of the worst teams in the NFL (ranked #30 by PFT), a team “in disarray” , and a team in which the head coach has lost touch with his locker room…many media member’s questioned if the Jaguars were even going to be able to field a team this season!

    What kind of pressure will Brees’ get when the Saints play an average to good team?

  8. n0hopeleft says: Aug 18, 2012 8:50 AM

    Saints and Packers look terrible.

  9. jagsfan11 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:52 AM

    Cause our DLINE is getting better.

  10. hpb2167 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:53 AM

    Get use to excuses from the Saints, maybe the Jags just actually performed at a higher level then the Saints…better yet they finally have a legitimate pash rush with Branch and Mincey. Again get use to excuses why the Saints won’t be as good this year.

  11. phillyphan72 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:54 AM

    He better get used to it I got a feeling for some reason the Saints and Drew are in for a long year

  12. jg725 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:57 AM

    I thought joe vitt was suspended for 6 games – does that not kick in until the regular season?

  13. xxwhodatxx says: Aug 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    I was one saying the ref situation couldn’t be any worse with the replacements, man was I wrong. They are lucky this was a preseason game, the sheer amount of terrible calls was disturbing. From a missed fumble on lance Moore, the phantom PI call on 4th down with the ball waaaay over the head of a reciever, the questionable Henderson TD to the reversed interception and that’s just the main ones. If this were reg season they single handedly would’ve cost them the win, that’s the story here.

  14. thejuddstir says: Aug 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    As he was leaving the field, Jerome Mincey could be heard sauomg “pay me my money man pay me my monty”

  15. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 18, 2012 9:32 AM

    hollywoodhulkhoginsays says:
    Aug 18, 2012 7:20 AM
    with or without brees, the saints are one of many teams that will bit*h slap bob and and skins.
    ———-

    Sadly I have to concur hulk. Just let us Skins fans have a few more weeks of hope and overhype before reality hits Bob in the mouth brother.

  16. niubears says: Aug 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    Branch looked real good last night. Looks like a great pick for the Jags. The refs on the other hand… Well awful doesn’t even begin to describe them. Way too many 5min delays while refs figured the call out. Ridiculous.

  17. saintsfan83 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:39 AM

    The browns swept the preseason last year and pooped the bed for the regular season yea the saints and packers should be worried bout the preseason. Wait till the regular season to pass judgement and the jags were playin like they were tryna get into the playoffs and the saints was playing like it was the preseason we were rushing 3 to sharpen our blitz happy defense from last year.

  18. kivory2 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:57 AM

    GO JAGS!!!!!

  19. finsrock2 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:29 AM

    Not so fun with a target on your back is it?……. Said Brett Fabre

  20. pats777 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:11 AM

    That’s the big difference between Gronk and Graham folks. Gronk would never let his QB get killed by completely missing a block like that.

  21. purpleguy says: Aug 18, 2012 12:52 PM

    Graham is a great receiver, but he’s one-dimensional.

  22. purplegreenandgold says: Aug 18, 2012 2:37 PM

    purpleguy says: Aug 18, 2012 12:52 PM

    Graham is a great receiver, but he’s one-dimensional.
    ======================================
    i know ” touchdown”

  23. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    If you don’t have a clue about what is going on in the NFL, please do not post. 1. The Saints have played 3 games because they were in the HOF game. 2. Vitt’s suspension begins at the start of the regular season. 3. I believe the season the Lions were 0-16, they were 4-0 preseason. The Saints and Pack will be just fine.

  24. rmzthefirst says: Aug 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    Yep and the las time the Jags started the preseason 2-0 they went 14-2 in the regular season..!

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