Drew Brees: “We’re very close” to getting back to the Super Bowl

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The Saints have finished 7-9 three years in a row, but quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t think that means they’re mired in mediocrity.

Brees said on PFT Live that his goal is to get another ring, and he thinks the Saints can be Super Bowl contenders this year.

“I think that we’re very close,” he said. I’m excited about the offseason acquisitions we’ve made, we’ve got five picks in the first three rounds, five picks in the first [103] picks in this year’s draft, so the ability to go out and acquire some young talent as well, some guys who can come in and make an instant impact. Now more than ever you’re seeing young people come in and playing key roles on teams and maybe that’s just, from high school to college to the NFL, the development of these guys is at an all-time high so they’re coming in more and more ready to take on significant roles. So when you add all those things up, plus the veteran presence on our team and the leadership, and certainly the motivation from what’s transpired the last three years, I feel very good about where we’re at.”

Brees acknowledged that the departure of wide receiver Brandin Cooks hurts, but he said he believes the offense, which added wide receiver Ted Ginn, is well suited to succeed this year.

“That was tough because I love Brandin. Not only is he a great teammate, he’s a great friend,” Brees said. “I think it was just one of those unfortunate things that maybe took on a life of its own, too, as the season progressed and then in the offseason, there was so much speculation about his intentions and that kind of thing in regards to whether he wanted to be here or not wanted to be here. I think a lot of that was fostered by the media, but at the end of the day I hope he got what he wanted or got into a good situation, which I think he did, and we got some draft picks out of it.”

Those draft picks should bolster a roster that hasn’t been good enough in recent years. Another 7-9 season wouldn’t be acceptable to Brees, and he sounds confident in saying they’re closer to the Super Bowl than to another losing season.

105 responses to “Drew Brees: “We’re very close” to getting back to the Super Bowl

  1. The Saints were victims of the NFL’s Bountygate scam. They won the SB in 2009 and some influential owners were upset. The sanctions from Bountygate did what they were meant to do. NO will not win the SB while Brees is there. Bountygate was proven to be a fabrication.

    We’ve seen this before from the NFL where they invent violations in order to enforce parity.

    Spygate and Deflategate are examples.

  2. Dear Saints,

    Thank you for the wonderful gift of Brandin Cooks.

    Sincerely,

    Patriots Nation

  3. I think coaching is the problem as much as anything which is why Payton finally stopped being loyal and fired Joe Vitt and everyone else.

    Our defense was AWOL most of the year, and then when they did show up, the offense decided to have a bad game. Then when they actually both worked, special teams coughed it up(the Denver game).

  4. Obviously the key to getting back to the SB (or even getting back above .500) is improving the defense. Hopefully the draft picks all go towards that side of the ball. Don’t forget that the Saints were 7-9 in 2007 and 8-8 in 2008 before winning it all in 2009.

  5. “I think a lot of that was fostered by the media”

    Because the media said “closed mouths don’t get fed.” Because the media griped on social media. Team scores 49 points in a game and Cooks bitches about not having a catch. Good riddance.

    I like Drew Brees, the player. But it’s easier to root for the Saints when he otherwise keeps his mouth shut.

  6. People are gonna laugh, I know. But the truth is this we won the superbowl after two losing and building seasons.

    Last year we were down our 2 starting corners and DT Rankins by halftime week 2.

    we lost 5 games by 3 or less points.

    when dennis Allen got the D rolling, we did get better with the three safety sets

  7. He’s right, they already have a top 5 offense all they’ve needed was really any type of defense to go along with it.

    This will be Dennis Allen’s fist full season as DC and they’ve made some good moves so we’ll see.

  8. Says the guy whose cap# has killed the team in recent years. Dropping now because others are signing bigger contracts. Don’t forget…he wanted 25 for the next 4 years……screw that.

  9. I like Brees alot, but his contract and refusal to take any type of paycut has stunted the growth of this team

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    Ego carry over from a SB win from 8 years ago that has trickled down from Benson–>Loomis–>Payton.

    How Loomis is still there, I have no idea.

    I love how the media and some fans rave about Brees, but he’s essentially Gomer Manning in the selfish money-grab territory of great QBs, and neither will be on Brady’s level when it’s all said and done.

    Truth hurts for the haters.

    Any team carrying a 20 mil per QB is in a cap hell right now.

    Blame Ozzie Newsome in 2012 for not having Flacco’s new deal ready before the season started because he was irreponsible, which has triggered theirs, and many others’, slow decline to this very day.

  10. I wish players would leave the prognostication to Las Vegas and just get ready to play. Despite their sincerity and good intentions, words don’t win football games or a Superbowl trophy, if they did, the Vikings would be a real NFL dynasty instead of the running joke that they are.

  11. I’m FROM Louisiana and had to comment just to LITERALLY laugh out loud at this statement! But thanks for the optimism Drew……….

  12. The Saints were victims of the NFL’s Bountygate scam. They won the SB in 2009 and some influential owners were upset. The sanctions from Bountygate did what they were meant to do. NO will not win the SB while Brees is there. Bountygate was proven to be a fabrication.

    We’ve seen this before from the NFL where they invent violations in order to enforce parity.

    Spygate and Deflategate are examples.

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    Well, that’s historically and factually true, as Goodell was hired to be manipulated to cheat teams when told to, but it didn’t really harm BB all that much, other than it would have been nice to have our 1st rd pick helping in SB 46, as the Giants’ cheating against our team helped them out there.

    But, compare Mickey Loomis as a GM to BB.

    The difference is, the NOs fan market is god awful, so any strategic move that BB might do as a GM (example: trading Seymour), that might be unpopular at first (but great long term), Loomis has not had the balls to do.

    Mainly, because Saints fans are sort of the bandwagon type.

    Southeastern pro sports markets stink.

  13. Drews’s salary keeps them from building the team. He wants to win, but wants his money more.

  14. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:13 AM
    “we are close” gate!!

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    Every time you post one of your “cute” little “-gate” things, my computer smells like vinegar.

  15. Side note: How does Tanny get 20m? That’s ridiculous.

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    “Tanny” as in Tannehill?

    Simple…Another “Tanny”.

    Mike Tannenboob. He destroyed the Jets with his ego and low IQ and now he’s doing it to the Dolphins.

  16. haha. Drew “I Need More Money”Brees is a funny guy. He doesnt care about winning, just his stats, and cash. He knows his contract has destroyed any chance the Saints had of winning another title. He will play a few more years, until he has all of Peyton’s career yardage, TDs, etc.. records then he will retire

  17. ricko1112 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:09 AM
    The Saints were victims of the NFL’s Bountygate scam. They won the SB in 2009 and some influential owners were upset. The sanctions from Bountygate did what they were meant to do. NO will not win the SB while Brees is there. Bountygate was proven to be a fabrication.

    We’ve seen this before from the NFL where they invent violations in order to enforce parity.

    Spygate and Deflategate are examples.

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    Ill give the NFL Spygate because there was Patriot guilt (camera in wrong position) on that one. Whether it was blown out of proportion is subjective but that there was at least some guilt to base it on cant be denied.

    But you are right that Bountygate and Deflate gate were nothing but pure fabrications to appease other owners. I wonder whos next?

  18. ALSpain says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:34 AM

    I’m FROM Louisiana and had to comment just to LITERALLY laugh out loud at this statement! But thanks for the optimism Drew……….

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    Not from Louisiana, or just watches the scoreboard….. I say both

  19. Ill give the NFL Spygate because there was Patriot guilt (camera in wrong position) on that one. Whether it was blown out of proportion is subjective but that there was at least some guilt to base it on cant be denied.

    But you are right that Bountygate and Deflate gate were nothing but pure fabrications to appease other owners. I wonder whos next?

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    Guilt of what, though? BB mocking Mangini for a response from an incident in Foxborough that went unpunished is worth a 1st rd pick and 750K in fines?

    Are you insane?

    That’s why Goodell framed it the way he did!

    If people knew the truth back in Sept 20067, they’d ask why Goodell was being so harsh when the Jets violated the camera rule in Foxoborough in January 2007, 6 months earlier.

    Fact: The Jets were not punished, because Woody Johnson was tasked with “hiring” Goodell, Goodell once worked for the Jets and is a Jets fan, being asked to scour for ways to frame the Pats to punish for parity.

    These are the facts and it’s well documented now.

    The people who choose to ignore it, are extensions of their own cheating owners who cheat the Pats (or other teams who get outlandish and odd punishments for essentially what amounts to a speeding ticket).

  20. bitw44 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:08 AM
    I like Brees alot, but his contract and refusal to take any type of paycut has stunted the growth of this team
    _________________
    Not Brees’ fault.
    They offered….he accepted.

  21. redlikethepig says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:04 AM
    Sorry, thanks to you there isn’t enough cap space to sign the guys you need.
    _______________________

    That same nonsense gets repeated on every Brees article. It wasn’t true before and it’s not true now. Dead money to the tune of $80M the past 2 seasons is what has crippled them. Brees is still one of the best in the business yet at $19M has the 13th highest cap number among QB’s for the coming season. Name 12 QB’s that are better than Drew Brees.

  22. You can expect to hear from Viking trolls on this one. A HOF QB playing for ten years and only has ONE SuperBowl trophy?

    They call that choking and failing.

    Yes. You got it right. Viking trolls that have nothing to celebrate in the history of their team, throw shade at “failures” of this nature.

    Go figure.

  23. How does PFT pick which players/coaches/executives to report on? Everyone. EVERYONE is confident that they are close to a championship this year. Literally every player, coach, executive, equipment manager (in looking in your direction pats) thinks that they are just a few pieces away. What is the point of writing the story?

  24. Is he going to buy a ticket to the Super Bowl? Because that’s the only way he’ll get there with that defense.

  25. LOL…you maybe “close” to making the playoffs…and the only way you Drew Brees will be “close” to making the Superbowl is the tickets you buy because your city hosts it every 4 years

  26. “mired in mediocrity?” You’ve had three losing seasons in a row. You’d have to improve to become mediocre.

  27. “The Saints were victims of the NFL’s Bountygate scam. ”

    Wish I’d listened to Saints fans at the time. You were entirely correct about vile Goodell and he’s only gotten worse since.

    The most corrupt sports commissioner in modern American history.

  28. “That same nonsense gets repeated on every Brees article. ”

    And never fails to make the Saints fans go nuts. Good times … good times.

  29. Elway should just offer two 1st rounders for Brees instead of playing chicken with Jerry Jones over Romo.

  30. Technically he is correct. The 2019 Superbowl will be played in Atlanta. That is closer than Minnesota in 2018 where the tradition of a team not playing a SB in their home stadium is more than safe.

  31. New England fans are funny.

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    And really, really educated on their material, making fans like you feel inadequate after opening yer yap.

    Have a nice day!

  32. As a fellow Boilermaker, I’ll always support Brees, but there are just too many other teams in the NFC that are well ahead of the Saints. I’d put the Falcons, Packers, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Giants as the probably the best overall teams in the NFC and there’s even more that are still ahead of the Saints.

  33. Bunch of fair weather football watchers think they aren’t close. Lost 5 games by one possesion with 6 starters on defense out half the season. If healthy, they have a shot at the 1 seed.

  34. Some serious stupidity going on in the comments here… not to mention the fact that nobody brought up… “needs an explanation”… Drew, we need an explanation…

  35. I may not agree with Brees but I will say they will probably be a
    double digit win team next season. Their defense will be
    much improved and we all know how good that offense
    can be.

  36. Bunch of fair weather football watchers think they aren’t close. Lost 5 games by one possesion with 6 starters on defense out half the season. If healthy, they have a shot at the 1 seed.

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    That’s the sign of a bad team.

    If a hockey team or baseball team loses by 1 goal or 1 run a lot, that means you don’t know how to win yet.

    Ugh.

    Millennials.

    So clueless.

    NOs defense has been atrocious for years, as has GBs, which is why those GMs are so overrated and why GB gets blasted in the postseason every year.

  37. Did I miss the signings that made the Saints defense vastly improved? Until that defense is capable of stopping a cold nevermind a high powered offense than they ain’t going to make the playoffs nevermind super bowl.

  38. Too much of their Salary Cap tied up in the QB position. If only there was a way to restructure it to help the team spend the difference on better players. What would Brady do?

  39. Not saying he’s right or wrong, but 2007 = 7-9, 2008 = 8-8, 2009 = 13-3 and Super Bowl victory. It’s happened before and all it really took was a couple of key pieces on defense. Bobby McCray and Darren Sharper made the defense just good enough to put them over the edge. I’m not sure I see their equivalents in 2017, but we’ll see.

  40. Re-building with draft picks only works when you make good draft picks. BTW… don’t think the offense won’t take a hit without Cooks. He drew a lot of defensive attention.

  41. Their defense is a long way off Super Bowl quality.

    I don’t see New Orleans going better than 2-4 in their own division given Carolina will be better, Tampa is on the rise and Atlanta will still be great.

    Then they play NE at home and GB on the road. That’s two more losses. I think 10-6 and a playoff spot would be a miracle.

  42. The number 1 and 2 offenses in the NFL were in the NFC South. Numbers 24 and 26 were in the AFC East. Passing leader ranks last year:

    1) Drew Brees
    2) Matt Ryan
    12) Jameis Winston
    20) Tom Brady (12 games – suspension)
    21) Cam Newton

    No reason to even put BUF, MIA, and NYJ on there.

  43. Drew, please pass me some of what you’re smoking.. Must be great!

    The DEFENSE is missing still.

  44. Anyone can say that their team is close to the Super Bowl. It’s not until you’ve put your team together, played some games, see if the chemistry is right, and put up some wins as a complete unit that you could even have a thought about the SB. In the off-season, before the draft? No.

  45. The Saints had an an outrageous number of injuries from June, 2016 on to nearly all of their cornerbacks. It was crazy. They were signing guys off the street to play CB just a couple of days before games. The Defense was HORRID in 2014 and 2015, but began to show real signs of life from mid 2016 on. They have some good young players and some solid veterans to go along with a full off-season under their Defensive Coordinator. The Saints don’t need a top five or top ten Defense in order to make a strong playoff run. I think the Saints Defense has a legitimate shot of being ranked around 15-20 this year. Is that great, no…but it is probably good enough when you have Brees. Of the Saints first five draft choices, four will be on Defense, one will be on Offense.

    Saints, by far, have the best shot of getting to the next Super Bowl of any team that finished 2016 under .500. I do admire his optimism, but I think playoffs and maybe one win in the first round would be a good season. Saints will finish 10-6 or 11-5 in 2017.

  46. Actually, if you’re the starting QB of a team n get asked that question, “I’m hopin for 3rd in our Division” isn’t really an acceptable answer (probably accurate though!)

  47. He is right, this team is a QB upgrade away from getting to the SB. Can anyone say those Carolina and Falcons teams that made the SB two years in a row were significantly better than the Saints team? The only difference was both teams had the league’s MVP as their QB.

  48. Is the next Super Bowl being held in New Orleans? Because that’s the only way they are getting there. Brees’ huge contract has put this team alongside the Ravens, except Brees is actually elite.

  49. NFC South has been the best division for past 2 seasons. Carolina and then the Falcons in the last 2 Superbowls. Saints will make it 3 in a row, but they’ll actually win it. 2017 will be like 2009 season.

  50. silentcount says:
    Apr 1, 2017 12:52 AM
    NFC South has been the best division for past 2 seasons. Carolina and then the Falcons in the last 2 Superbowls. Saints will make it 3 in a row, but they’ll actually win it. 2017 will be like 2009 season.

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    This is a bit different because in 2009 they were good.

  51. patsfan4lifesbchamps

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    Secretly a Jets fan for life hiding behind a keyboard….Keyboard Warrior

  52. “The number 1 and 2 offenses in the NFL were in the NFC South. Numbers 24 and 26 were in the AFC East. Passing leader ranks last year:

    1) Drew Brees
    2) Matt Ryan
    12) Jameis Winston
    20) Tom Brady (12 games – suspension)
    21) Cam Newton

    No reason to even put BUF, MIA, and NYJ on there.”

    I don’t think this means what you think it does. You see, playing against horrible defenses will allow for better offensive numbers, so what you showed was that the NFC South had some of the worst D’s in the league.

    And please remind me, does having the best offense/pass rating equate to a SB win or does actually, you know, winning a game do that?

    BB said it best “stats are for losers…”

  53. ckruszka says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:58 AM
    Keep hating. Anything is possible. He who laughs first never laughs last. GEAUX SAINTS!

    Lay off the drugs………………

  54. They’re as close to a SB as the 49ers.

    Dude needs to stop smoking the Devil’s Lettuce.

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