After injuring his ankle last Sunday playing the Carolina Panthers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was listed on the team’s injury report. In spite of the injury, it’s being reported that he took every snap on Wednesday’s practice.
Shortly after practice concluded he addressed many issues and concerns nagging both the fans and players. More importantly, he confronted his part of New Orleans’ tough 0-2 start and his eagerness to succeed in order for the Saints to win.
“I take great responsibility in the fact that people feel that way. I know the things I need to work on. I know the things I need to improve on. Certainly, my productivity at the quarterback position, but also as a leader and someone guys look to for guidance and leadership, respect– and I certainly embrace that role.”
Because of the tarnished offseason the Saints had and Brees holding out on team practices to attain the NFL’s richest contract, fans were extremely soothed to know that even without coach Sean Payton, the Saints still had a chance to return to the playoffs. Fans had and still remain loyal to Brees because of his leadership skills and strategy.
Instead what viewers observed was Brees throwing interceptions and making crucial mistakes that seem unnatural for the former Super Bowl winning quarterback.
“I’m always going to look at the thing with a very critical eye,” exclaimed Brees. “I’m not going to change my mentality, my aggressiveness, my approach, my preparation, but I do understand how important it is to take care of the football.”
Although Brees’ completion rating has dropped significantly from last season, teammates and coaches agree on one thing, it isn’t entirely his fault. There have been some “leaks” within the offensive line which allows pressure to be put on Brees.
Injuries to New Orleans’ receivers could also be a factor in the poor play making. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston has had a foot injury and has not been running as fast as he normally does. Devery Henderson, who has not played since Week 1, is returning to his post for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
It’s all a matter of time before New Orleans finds their flow, let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later as many tough opponents remain on the path to another Super Bowl victory.