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Vitt confident Brees will bounce back after debacle in Atlanta

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a stunningly bad game on Thursday night in Atlanta, with no touchdowns and five interceptions. But Saints coach Joe Vitt says his quarterback is the least of his worries.

Vitt said on Friday that there’s no difference between the Brees who’s playing now and the Brees who has been with the Saints for seven seasons, and that Vitt is more worried about correcting other problems on the team.

I think Drew is well-prepared,” Vitt said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He has prepared the last couple of weeks the same way he has prepared since I’ve known him in ’06. Again, sometimes you go on a little bit of a cool streak and you get balls tipped, you’ve got the ball potentially on the wrong shoulder of a receiver and something catastrophic happens. Nah, this is a great quarterback with great intent. His best days are ahead of him. Listen, it was a bad night for our football team, not just Drew Brees.”

Although Brees’s statistics aren’t as good as they were in his fantastic 2011 season, Brees’s 2012 numbers aren’t much different from his numbers in his first five years with the Saints. Brees is on pace to finish this season with 4,899 passing yards and 41 touchdowns. You can win a lot of games with a quarterback playing like that.

Unfortunately for the Saints, they haven’t won enough games, and although Vitt said he still has playoff hopes this year, that’s probably unrealistic. But the Saints are in better shape than most non-playoff teams. They know they have their quarterback in place.

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25 Responses to “Vitt confident Brees will bounce back after debacle in Atlanta”
  1. baloneyjohn says: Dec 1, 2012 8:15 AM

    He had a bad game.
    The defense has had a bad season, so far.

  2. chc4 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    The Saints are irrelevant this year. Let’s focus on teams that actually have a shot at something in ’12.

  3. mp42245 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:36 AM

    I’d much rather go into a game with Brees than Sanchez, Romo, or Alex Smith

  4. 1uniquename says: Dec 1, 2012 8:40 AM

    Can’t believe the dolphins passed this guy up for Culpepper, one of the biggest mistakes in dolphin history.

  5. spoooon56 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:47 AM

    I cant believe were still talking about a 5 – 7 team. Next!

  6. pixelito says: Dec 1, 2012 8:55 AM

    Everyone knows the Saints season is over because they got caught cheating.

  7. andrewfbrowne says: Dec 1, 2012 8:56 AM

    He is so confident that he is willing to put 5000 dollars on it.

  8. jfcol says: Dec 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    Brees is clearly on the decline. He has lost a step, which isn’t surprising considering his age. Even being slightly less mobile at his height is going to spell disaster. We saw it on Thursday night and with the two pick sixes last Sunday. His forcing the Saints into such a crazy long term contract is only going to make things worse for the team over the next few years.

  9. thejuddstir says: Dec 1, 2012 9:10 AM

    I’m sure it’s all Goodells fault.

  10. mlenenski says: Dec 1, 2012 9:12 AM

    Brees was forcing the ball into tight spots all night trying to keep the TD streak alive. He’s playing for himself right now. They should have run the ball a lot more than they did if they were trying to win the game. But then Brees wouldn’t get another record.

  11. kane337 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:13 AM

    Apparently to prepared enough to run the 2 minute offense.

  12. hartcarluncarlun says: Dec 1, 2012 9:25 AM

    Has anyone explained this to Brees…….

  13. beckzhere says: Dec 1, 2012 9:34 AM

    Crazy thought, but let’s give Atlanta’s defense a little credit here.

  14. packhawk04 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    He was probably focusing on what he would say during his next media appearance bashing goodell.

  15. seenoland54 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    Brees hasn’t lost any skills, the defenses are just catching up. It’s always throw, throw, throw with the Saints, after a while the patterns show on the films and the defenses figure out the system…especially when you don’t effectively mix up the plays. Bad game against SF then Atlanta? Nah, the defenses have you guys figured out, look for more of the same, 5-7 should point that out to you pretty darn clear.

  16. schmitty2 says: Dec 1, 2012 10:05 AM

    What I couldn’t figure out is why Brees kept forcing the ball. The Falcons dared them to beat them on the ground and Pierre Thomas was abusing them

  17. cuda1234 says: Dec 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    Brees is rapidly becoming Tebow – simply famous for being famous. I’m sure he will continue to cash his giant paycheck, throw the ball 50+ times/game and run his mouth at every opportunity.

    Unitas and Marino didn’t break those records playing 16-game seasons in domes throwing the ball on every play. There is no comparison.

  18. youcantfixstupid2012 says: Dec 1, 2012 11:06 AM

    Brees is selfish.

  19. jfcol says: Dec 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    Love how the NFL Network replayed his silly pregame hop around claiming that the Saints owned the division and everyone knew it. This right before they showed highlights of his five interceptions. Brees and Saints fans are living in the past.

  20. tredog95 says: Dec 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    Brees on the decline? Just stupid. Brees selfish? Just stupid. Defenses aren’t catching up because the Saints have that big a s s play book for a reason. Proof? During the summer, Abraham was on a local show in Atl and was asked about getting over the hump vs the Saints. Abraham said they were ready last year, but when they played, the Saints were running a totally different offense. That ish may look the same to us on tv, but it’s obviously not. The Daints are way ahead of the curve on offense but need to run more. And quietly, the d has been on point the past two weeks. Now Brees trying to force things? Yes.

  21. starderup says: Dec 1, 2012 12:34 PM

    At least he didn’t make himself look foolish like Brees and claim the bagheads own the division.

  22. purpleguy says: Dec 1, 2012 12:40 PM

    Lets just let the Saints and their over-hyped players, coach and City fade off into the sunset of NFL obscurity where they belong.

  23. bucsfan420 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    I thought Malcom Jenkins saved the season when he ran down a hurt Vincent Jackson??

  24. tredog95 says: Dec 1, 2012 3:45 PM

    Purple guy,
    Get over it, the Vikings lost. You’re like the raiders still mad about the immaculate reception. Lol

  25. seenoland54 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:26 AM

    Everyteam has a big playbook, and when Abraham was saying the Saints “ran a completely different offense” you don’t need to look at that “big playbook” as the reason…take a look at Atlantas past defensive coordinator, he never has had fans in Atlanta and the change is notable. That “big playbook” (that everyone else has too) didn’t help against Atlanta, or SF, or the other five loses the Saints have. Unless you reinvent yourself (in any industry) you will, at some point, get figured out.

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