Although New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees got permission from the NFL for suspended head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and linebackers coach Joe Vitt to attend this Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, only one will be there.
Brees will attempt to break the 52 year old record held by legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas for consecutive touchdown passes. He will simply need to throw a 48th one to do so and Brees wanted the three to be there when he did it.
While it is a momentous event, Vitt told NOLA.com that he doesn’t want to be a “distraction.” Vitt also went on to say:
“I’m not with the team right now, and I’ll live by the letter of the suspension. The focus has got to be on the team, preparing hard and winning this game, first and foremost, then we hope to get the record.
Yesterday, ESPN reporter and analyst Adam Schefter broke the news that Loomis will also decline to attend the game but reasons are unclear. It is possible that he didn’t wish to be a distraction either and let the focus be on Brees and the Saints.
Although Payton will be going to the game, he won’t be able to go out and congratulate his franchise quarterback. The stipulations for Payton to attend the game are that he will have no contact with the team and he will be placed in a private viewing area to watch the event.