Brees says Saints don’t have a “locker room full of hit men”

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has previously defended himself as knowing nothing about the team’s system of bounties. Now Brees is also offering a defense of his teammates.

On the Dan Patrick Show, Brees said that he doesn’t think his defensive teammates are the bad guys they’ve been portrayed as in some quarters.

“The whole thing is very disappointing and certainly alarming,” Brees said. “The thing that I want to make people know is I think the perception is we’ve got this locker room full of hit men. And that’s not the case at all.”

However, if Brees didn’t know anything about the bounty program then he also wouldn’t know what the case really is with his defensive teammates. And Brees acknowledges that bounties are wrong and that the NFL needs to put them out of existence.

“For a lot of us this was just as shocking as it was embarrassing,” Brees said. “There’s no place for that in our sport or any sport.”

But there was a place for it in the Saints’ locker room for three years.

22 responses to “Brees says Saints don’t have a “locker room full of hit men”

  1. I agree with Brees. I believe the primary purpose of the Performance Bounty Program is in the name, to reward performance. How do you think a mediocre defense lead the league in turnovers in 2009? The media is sensationalizing the “knock guys out of games” aspect as though it is the SOLE purpose of the program, which would mean they are a bunch of hitmen. If this were true, then I’m sure a reputable media personality would cite some stats on how many people the Saints “hitmen” defense DID knock out of games during those three years as compared to the NFL average. Anyone…anyone…any reputable news media personalities going to do some investigative reporting and cite these damaging stats??

  2. As more descriptions come out from the Saints camp and the NFL sticks to its “credible” evidence terms, I think we will find more molehill than mountain here. Side bets sure. Poor judgement? Yes. Systemic “bounty” hunters? Doubtful. But, the commish overplayed his hand and now had to make an example of someone.

  3. To reward you for pushing the company line they tagged you!

    I agree that this is much more molehill than mountain, but the league is going to make an example out of them and I will be loving every minute of it!

    Hopefully it blows away what they did to the ‘Skins and ‘Boys…

  4. Guess what, your favorite team has as many “hit men” in its locker room as the Saints do. The Saints just got caught with a coach who actually participated in this activity.

  5. Yeah the media is definately focusing so much on the “try to hurt guys” aspect that people at home think this is about mean hitmen for the Saints vs nice gentle adults of other teams.

    What it comes down to is the Saints methodically violated the CBA with an additional incentive system. It is hardcore, straight up cheating. No sugar coating it. They continued to deny cheating while administering the system all the way from the top of their organization.

    All the NFL defensive players are to some degree hitmen. They are trained to crush their opponents into submission. What the Saints did differently is to create a seperate incentive system to help motivate their players on a week to week basis depending on opponent and situation, essentially mocking NFL rules and the CBA, to gain competitive advantage.

    Putting special rewards in for INT’s, TD’s, big hits, hitting a certian player, etc. is a way to get players to play exactly how you want them to in a certain week. It is advantageous, which is why Saints coaches risked their careers and reputations to take the advantage. That is why they should be punished severely now.

  6. Believe him or not you are the ill informed. EVERY one of the 32 teams in the NFL has an incentive program on hits, knocking down or stripping the ball, interceptions and all the other outstanding plays that make the game what it is. (if you think not, you are very naive). BOUNTY is a media word for drama and making people read their articles, the media is the one making it like a mafia hit team putting out contracts on other players. And the lambs that read and comment on this are just that – ill-informed lambs.
    If you are not living in Brees’ shoes how can YOU comment on him knowing or not and are so quick to judge?? Oh yes, forgot you all have a crystal ball and know everything. Sometimes its best to keep mouth shut if you know not what you are talking about. Then again, like opinions, everybody has the other a-hole and they act like it.

  7. No no no, certainly not all of them…just most of them.

    Brevity aside, I understand what he’s trying to do. Stick up for his team and all, but I really hope he understands there’s no possible way you can look good in the face of a 3-year bounty program. That just doesn’t speak highly of the organization.

  8. No one is looking at this story with regards to where the Saints ranked in terms defensive penalty stats, number of fines levied, and number of players knocked out of the games. Simply because those numbers don’t support the outrage. Incite-ful analysis is a better business model than insightful analysis.

  9. The pool reached $50k during 2009. When we’re talking about $120 million payrolls, this was chump change. What we’re talking about here is more akin to an office pool than a serious salary cap violation.

  10. Damn, gotta love the apologists don’t ya? Hey boys, the NFL has over 50,000 pages covering three years….you think that’s all about a performance incentive plan? ….try again

  11. Dree Brees is starting to sound more and more like a shumck everytime he opens his mouth. My guess is with no more bounty programs in N.O. they become an average team. Go Packers !

  12. @mark0226 …

    The problem with your take on this performance incentive, if that’s how you choose to view it, is that it was financed–at least in part–by a convicted felon who doesn’t work for the team. These “bounties”–as the team called them–also allowed the Saints to skirt the salary cap. I agree that bounties in some form have been around a long time and with more teams than the Saints. But you can’t skirt those issues by putting a corporate spin on them.

  13. Perhaps Drew should just be quiet at this point. The more he talks bout this, the dumber the things he says sound. He’s affecting his own credibility and drawing more attention to a matter the league would be wise to announce the punishment for as quickly as possible in order to be done with it.

    He honestly want us to believe that a bounty system that his GM, HC and DC have all admitted to and apologized for, didn’t exist? That’s like Tom Brady saying that the Pats video taped the other teams’ signals but it wasn’t with the intention of cheating.

    In some instances, silence is more appropriate than denial. This is one of them.

  14. This coming from a guy who is against helping injured veterans but yet was ok with his team getting pd extra to hurt players. I don’t know anyone can respect this guy!!

  15. All you people out there that are bad mouthing Brees also probably thought Jeffrey Dahmer was a nice guy.

  16. More comments ready to judge. The article states what Brees says, the words he used, then they follow it up with the media’s judgement by printing: (“But there was a place for it in the Saints’ locker room for three years.”) Boy is that not a very biased judgement statement passing sentencing and trying to lead the general public to their way of thinking.
    Brees didn’t say that nor did he indicate it – again the medias words of reporting speculation. Oh -you guys didn’t learn anything about reporting in school.

  17. I can believe Brees. The offense and defense aren’t together the entire time practice and film study.

    As a Saints’ fan I am appalled and disgusted by the thought of my home team conducting bounties. There apparently weren’t big enough bounties, the defense was bad at it, there wasn’t much participation in the program, or other teams had better bounty programs than the Saints, because as far as I have seen, the Saints did not have an extreme number of cart offs, nor personal foul calls against them. Of all the highlights that have been shown of the D hitting people during the news segments, only ONE hit seemed ‘out of bounds’: the High-Low on Favre in the NFC Championship game.

    I just wish that the league and NFLPA finish up with their investigations and hand out the penalties quickly so that it can finally be over!

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