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Drew Brees sends message to Saints offense

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Coming into the season, the Saints had plenty of distractions that could get in the way of focusing on the task at hand and, according to interim coach Aaron Kromer, the team hasn’t done a good job of handling them during an 0-3 start to the season.

Quarterback Drew Brees preached that the team couldn’t afford to be distracted by things like coach Sean Payton’s absence after the opening loss to the Redskins. Based on a tweet he sent after Monday night’s refereeing debacle, Brees hasn’t quite moved on from the league’s decision to suspend Payton and others but that’s not stopping him from telling his teammates that it is time to turn the page.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Brees gave a speech to the Saints offense on Wednesday designed to send a message that it is time to stop making excuses and start playing better football. He also declined some of the interview requests that he regularly accepts in order to make it clear that the only focus on anyone’s mind in New Orleans should be getting better on the field.

“The message was you have to find a way for you to play better,” tackle Zach Strief said of Brees’ speech. “Don’t look outside of you, don’t point at another guy, don’t look for the answer anywhere but inside yourself.”

There’s nothing wrong with a renewed sense of urgency, although it is hard to imagine that the Saints defense has given up the most yards of any team in the league and 34 points a game just because there have been distractions floating around the team. Brees might not have been addressing that unit, but their play is going to have a lot to do with determining whether or not the Saints can turn things around the rest of the way.

New Orleans will get their first chance to prove that they can right the ship against the Packers, a team that’s had to battle some distractions of their own this week.

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41 Responses to “Drew Brees sends message to Saints offense”
  1. squeakywheeler says: Sep 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    This should be a heck of a game on Sunday. Two teams that can’t afford another loss this early in the season.

  2. cletusvandam says: Sep 28, 2012 10:20 AM

    What he should send is a whole bunch of money back to the Saints.

  3. tmac4454 says: Sep 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    I do not need alot of talking. I want to see some executions. That defense is horrible.
    This will be the outcome between the two:

    (GB 2-2, Saints 0-4)

    1) One team will blow out the other-GB
    2) Drew will be sacked at least 4 x’s-GB
    3) GB will dominate the passing game-GB

    Should I say more…

    Geaux Saints…

  4. buchopeful says: Sep 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    A couple more losses should humble them just fine.

  5. sixjak says: Sep 28, 2012 10:31 AM

    I am enjoying the Saints train wreck season.

  6. chooko says: Sep 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    If I were a Saints fan, I’d be praying for Spagnuolo’s D to have an abrupt turnaround like it did his first year with the Giants. Seems like they’ll have a long season if that doesn’t happen.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    Ugly place for the Saints to be. Their offense is still great (though not as good as last year) but their defense is historically horrible. You can already see how Brees and the offense are suffering from having to press harder to try and keep them in games. And at the end of the year, everybody will blame it on Payton being gone, when it will have been the defense’s fault entirely.

  8. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    We lost our OC in Philban and the Saints lost their HC who is also one of the best offensive minds in football. Of course both teams are struggling on offense. As long as the pack can run the ball effectively we should be fine. Our defense is playing great and with House back we should be even better. Jimmy Graham is still the best weapon either QB has to throw to.

  9. rpkllc says: Sep 28, 2012 11:10 AM

    Despite how horrible the Saints defense has been and how anemic the offense has been, the Saints still had a shot to win at the end of each game.

  10. saintsfan26 says: Sep 28, 2012 11:10 AM

    mogogo1 says:Sep 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    Ugly place for the Saints to be. Their offense is still great (though not as good as last year) but their defense is historically horrible. You can already see how Brees and the offense are suffering from having to press harder to try and keep them in games. And at the end of the year, everybody will blame it on Payton being gone, when it will have been the defense’s fault entirely.

    __________

    Right… Because the HEAD COACH has absolutely nothing to do with the defense right? The best defense is a good offense. Learn football.

  11. minnyfan4life says: Sep 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    Does anyone remember when they were questioning what the Saints would do if they went 6-0 under their current interim head coach and Joe Vitt gets back to coach the team like was planned? I’m sure the Saints are thrilled not to have to deal with that problem anymore haha

  12. somekat says: Sep 28, 2012 11:27 AM

    Let’s be serious here, the Saints problem is what it always was, and no speech from Mr. Explanation is going to change that. Their defense is, and has been, terrible. It was just masked before, because the offense put up so many points, the other team would have no choice but to try to keep up, and they would get turnovers. They WERE good at that aspect, takeaways, but as far as down to down, play to play defense, they’ve always been soft. Just this year, the 0 isn’t SO good, that nobody cares.

    Packers are the same thing though, a generally bad d with some big playmakers (althought not as bad as the Saints D), this game should be like 49-35

    It’s not just these guys, look at the Pats, they are the same thing. They can put up a ton of points, but can’t stop anybody. You can’t blame them, they NFL keeps changing rules to make it an offense dominated game, they are just keeping up with the times. It’s not longer mandatory for a great D to win a title. It helps, but the titles come from the offensive side now

  13. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 28, 2012 11:34 AM

    I’m gonna send a bottle of Maloxx to Spags… The note attached will say, “please stop the runs”

  14. somekat says: Sep 28, 2012 11:36 AM

    Despite how horrible the Saints defense has been and how anemic the offense has been, the Saints still had a shot to win at the end of each game.

    _______________________________

    And? They’ve played nobody.
    KC not in KC? Never very good. Even in KC, they aren’t exactly a juggernaut this year.
    Carolina? Didn’t they lose to a terrible TB team the weak before, and get DESTROYED by the Giants last week?
    The Redskins? RG3 has had one good game….against the Saints, in NO, on opening night when they had EVERY reason to be up for the game. They’ve lost to both Cincy and St Louis since

    Besides, final scores rarely tell the stories of games, they may of made the final look prettier, but they weren’t in any of those games. But even if they were, you act like they had a tough road to go through the first 3 weeks. They weren’t playing the NFL elite here. If 1 of those 3 teams makes the playoffs, i’d be shocked, and they are 0-3 while being totally outplayed.

    It’s not over yet, but it’s pretty close. Their margain of error is gone, and they haven’t even gotten to the tough part of their schedule yet (as much as you can in that division), where they see Philly, NYG, 2 Atl, SF, and have to fly out to Oakland in between

  15. jasonculhane says: Sep 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    The message should be…”We should give Sproles the ball more, especially after he rushes 7 times for 62 yards”

  16. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 11:54 AM

    sixjak says:
    Sep 28, 2012 10:31 AM
    I am enjoying the Saints train wreck season.
    ———————————-
    Translation: I am jealous that Drew and the Saints won the BIG ONE not long ago and my team hasn’t done a thing in a long time!!!!!!!!

  17. noreasterforlife says: Sep 28, 2012 11:58 AM

    Bounty Gate: Saints can’t pull it together and fail miserably so far in their season, while claiming they are innocent. (dispite the coaches admitting they did have a bounty system)

    SpyGate: Patriots accept the punishment and move on. They go 18-1 for the season

    I guess we know who is really guilty and who isnt.

  18. sbc85 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:14 PM

    “noreasterforlife says:Sep 28, 2012 11:58 AM

    Bounty Gate: Saints can’t pull it together and fail miserably so far in their season, while claiming they are innocent. (dispite the coaches admitting they did have a bounty system)

    SpyGate: Patriots accept the punishment and move on. They go 18-1 for the season

    I guess we know who is really guilty and who isnt”

    The fact that the Saints lost their head coach for the entire season and the Patriots didn’t even lose their coach for one game doesn’t strike you as as major differnece in these “punishments”? The Patriots got a slap on the hand in comparison.

  19. saintsfan26 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    noreasterforlife says: Sep 28, 2012 11:58 AM

    Bounty Gate: Saints can’t pull it together and fail miserably so far in their season, while claiming they are innocent. (dispite the coaches admitting they did have a bounty system)

    SpyGate: Patriots accept the punishment and move on. They go 18-1 for the season

    I guess we know who is really guilty and who isnt.

    __________

    This comparison would make a lot of sense if Belichick and his coaching staff was suspended for the entire season.

  20. sbc85 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:24 PM

    mogogo1 says:Sep 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    Ugly place for the Saints to be. Their offense is still great (though not as good as last year) but their defense is historically horrible. You can already see how Brees and the offense are suffering from having to press harder to try and keep them in games. And at the end of the year, everybody will blame it on Payton being gone, when it will have been the defense’s fault entirely.
    —-

    The loss on Sunday was in large part the fault of the offense. The Chiefs ran 92 plays and the Saints’ D only gave up one touchdown, while forcing two turnovers (which led to 14 points on very short fields). Without Payton, the offense is not clicking and looks nothing like they did last year. The O-line is awful, something Kromer could focus on as their coach if he wasn’t busy being the 3rd-string head coach.

    If the offense had just slightly resembled their old selves, the Saints could be 2-1 right now. It’s just not happening without Payton. Can’t blame the losses all on the defense. Our defense is always bad, every year. It didn’t really matter much in the past. But the offense does not look “great” right now, not in the least.

  21. bunjy96 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    ^^^
    “The fact that the Saints lost their head coach for the entire season and the Patriots didn’t even lose their coach for one game doesn’t strike you as as major differnece in these “punishments”? The Patriots got a slap on the hand in comparison.”

    ++++++++

    Significantly different crime, so, significantly different punishment.

    One might think the Saints defense doesn’t know how to play without the bounty program, after 3 years of doing it.

  22. randomguy9999 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:35 PM

    the Saints D is giving up all those yards and points because they can’t just beat up guys to win the game now….

    they have to actually outplay them….

    and they can’t do that evidently…..

    makes you go hmmmmm about these last few years….

  23. richardf954 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:36 PM

    Message : Our defense stinks fellas , so unless we drop 45 plus points , I don’t see us winning this game.

  24. thejuddstir says: Sep 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    Katrina/Karma……what goes around comes around. I for one am sick of hearing the excuses from the saints*, coaches,media about “not having their headcoach”, cry me a river. Payton may not be on the sidelines this year, but you would have to be one real dumbazz to think that he isn’t still heavily involved in game planning etc. I bet the local Walmart was sold out of throw-away cell phones when Payton was suspended. Also, we have been told over and over how Brees and Payton were always of one mind and how Brees was a coach on the field…….guess that’s not true anymore huh saints* fans?

  25. thejuddstir says: Sep 28, 2012 12:46 PM

    also…….the saints* offense is still doing well, it’s the defense that is blowing it for them. Makes you wonder……..saints* defense had one good year, which just happened to be 2009 which just happened to be what bountygate is all about. Guess those saints* defenders just don’t want to perform unless they get paid a little extra sumpin sumpin for hurting someone.

  26. turfrage says: Sep 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    The Saints defense played their best when Williams was the Coach and supposed Bounty system was in place. They were unstoppable SB year.

  27. sixjak says: Sep 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    sb44champs says:
    Sep 28, 2012 11:54 AM
    sixjak says:
    Sep 28, 2012 10:31 AM
    I am enjoying the Saints train wreck season.
    ———————————-
    Translation: I am jealous that Drew and the Saints won the BIG ONE not long ago and my team hasn’t done a thing in a long time!!!!!!!!

    _____________

    LOL hardly.

    1. Let me know when the Saints have 5 Lombardi’s in its trophy case.

    2. The team I follow has never lost a Super Bowl.

    3. The team I follow has never lost to a 7-9 team in the playoffs. Really?

    4. The team I follow went farther than yours last year.

    5. And the team I follow beat your team in the playoffs last year so what am I supposed to be jealous of again?

  28. dmvtransplant says: Sep 28, 2012 1:27 PM

    The whole thing was a lie Brees showed up and said the following: a noun, a verb & Hurricane Katrina. He’s a one trick pony and has nothing else to tell America.

  29. jayrthemer says: Sep 28, 2012 2:25 PM

    @sixjack tell ‘em bro! Go niners ! w00t! I am also enjoying the saints trainwreck of a season el oh el..

  30. vikingdoode says: Sep 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    I want an explanation

  31. materialman80 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:41 PM

    no defense and no coach….its going to be a long season for Saints fans……

  32. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 3:20 PM

    And the team I follow beat your team in the playoffs last year so what am I supposed to be jealous of again?
    ——————-
    You’re not supposed to change favorite teams based on the comments, bandwagoner!!!!!!!!
    Now go back below to your mom’s basement!!

  33. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    49er fans are sooooooooooooo jealous that the Saints actually won the Big One and their team hasn’t done jack in the last couple of decades, lol.
    hahahahahaha!!!!!!

  34. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    dmvtransplant says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:27 PM
    The whole thing was a lie Brees showed up and said the following: a noun, a verb & Hurricane Katrina. He’s a one trick pony and has nothing else to tell America.
    ——————————–
    A Top 10 QB of all time, lol!!!!
    Jealous people for sure!!!!!!!!!!

  35. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 3:28 PM

    Saints haters are the lowest of the low on this earth… Thats what jealousy brings, lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. sixjak says: Sep 28, 2012 7:34 PM

    SB44chump, following a team since 1981 hardly qualifies as a bandwagoner. No need to go back to my mother’s basement as she’s been deceased for just over 20 yrs now. Besides it would be rude since my youngest brother and his wife live in that house with their newly adopted girl. While my bedroom was downstairs its been long changed to suit other needs.

    I own my own home and FTR, it does have a spacious basement which is generally occupied by my children and their friends but thank you for playing. Unfortunately your diss falls well short.

    Real teams play their home games outside on the grass.

  37. chi01town says: Sep 28, 2012 7:45 PM

    Brees will beat greenbay this week. The packers never could beat the Saints an they need a win just to start the season. Besides I hate the packers an Im glad they got cheated last week.

  38. voyager6 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:02 PM

    Hey Drew! Perhaps if you didn’t hold out and had got more reps with your receivers, the Saints wouldn’t be so bad.

    Can’t phone reps in.

  39. freggiebushrod says: Sep 29, 2012 1:19 AM

    Our defense is bad, but the main reason is that our personnell doesnt fit spags scheme. Our d was built upon williams philosophy. Roman harper is one of the best blitzing safeties in the league, and is now in coverage for the majority. Our corners are young, and spags like to pressure the qb with the front 4 alone. With will smith as our best pass rusher, that isnt a menacing front 4.we will get better, but time is our only ally.

  40. ashleynicole035 says: Sep 29, 2012 4:33 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Sep 28, 2012 11:54 AM
    sixjak says:
    Sep 28, 2012 10:31 AM
    I am enjoying the Saints train wreck season.
    ———————————-
    Translation: I am jealous that Drew and the Saints won the BIG ONE not long ago and my team hasn’t done a thing in a long time!!!!!!!!

    _____________

    LOL hardly.

    1. Let me know when the Saints have 5 Lombardi’s in its trophy case.

    2. The team I follow has never lost a Super Bowl.

    3. The team I follow has never lost to a 7-9 team in the playoffs. Really?

    4. The team I follow went farther than yours last year.

    5. And the team I follow beat your team in the playoffs last year so what am I supposed to be jealous of again?
    ==
    the team you follow also missed the playoffs for te past five-six seasons until recently. Meanwhile , the Saints have made playoff appearances 4 times in the past five seasons. And Two: Didn’t the team you follow lose to the sorry vi queens last week? I think you missed those few deets .

  41. ashleynicole035 says: Sep 29, 2012 4:45 AM

    Significantly different crime, so, significantly different punishment.

    One might think the Saints defense doesn’t know how to play without the bounty program, after 3 years of doing it.1
    ===
    The is the CRAPPIEST excuse ever. And just FYI , the Saints D has always been crappy. The Bounty gate went on for three seasons and the only hot year the Saints had on D was in 2009, the Following Two Seasons, they went back to being crap even with the bounty gate still in. S=

    So the bounty gate has nothing to do with the Saints playing like crap, they’re just not getting stops, not converting third downs, or to put it simple as Sean Payton would say “Not Doing Their Job”

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