Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) clotheslines New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) behind the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) was called for unnecessary roughness penalty. The New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees Faces Ridiculous Criticism for Response to Ahmad Brooks Hit

Drew Brees is the subject of much scrutiny for the way he reacted to San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ hit on Sunday.

You know, the hit that got Brooks flagged and fined by the league.

Here is how Brees reacted to the hit postgame courtesy of ESPN’s Mike Triplett:

“I can tell you how I felt when I got hit. It felt like I got my head ripped off. And I get up and I’ve got a mouth full of blood. So there was no doubt in my mind that, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be a penalty.’”

Oh how that is not a popular response.

Look around. Turn on the tube. Go to Brees’ Twitter page. He’s the subject of a ridiculous amount of scrutiny because of his response. He’s being told to “toughen up” and other such moronic things.

Yes, the quarterback who has not missed a start in his NFL career and battled through a career-threatening shoulder injury needs to toughen up.


And then there’s one Trent Dilfer as Triplett writes:

Much of the criticism has come from former defensive players, but even an ex-quarterback, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, said he was “insulted” that Brees said after Sunday’s game that he expected a flag to be thrown. Dilfer stressed on ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo show that he wasn’t taking a shot at Brees for being soft, but he said it’s a sign of how times have changed in the NFL, compared to when it was a “badge of honor” for quarterbacks to stand in the pocket and take shots to the face.

So Dilfer is insulted because what? Brees is responsible for how the game has changed?

Dilfer and other critics should direct their anger elsewhere. It’s the league’s problem for changing the way the game is played and officiated. The NFL wants to protect moneymakers like Brees at all costs. Should Brees take criticism for being one of the best? ‘

Of course not.

Like anything else, if these guys want change, they should learn to channel their energy into productive means. Not take it out on a guy who is simply circumstantial in the matter.



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  • Bill Chism

    They criticize Drew Brees but you can bet if that had been Tom Brady or heaven forbid Peyton Manning they would be calling for Ahmad Brooks suspension.

    • Dusty Reynolds

      They criticize all QB’s that think they should not ever get hit. The QB should tell his O-line to block better or he should get rid of the football quicker if he does not want to get hit. Also the difference is most other QB’s have class, dignity and good sportsmanship so they don’t complain to the media about being hit. Brees looks like an undersized p*ssy who doesn’t know that he is playing football in the NFL where guys are bigger, stronger and faster than he is.

  • Dusty Reynolds

    Drew Brees felt that way because he is small and was crushed because he was small. To ever person that watches the tape the arm is across the shoulder pads. That part is not in question! Even the picture posted show the arm across the shoulder pads. When you can no longer tackle the QB at his knees or hit him in the head it leaves on a 5’10″ Qb a 1&1/2′ foot target to hit him and he did just that. The NFL if they think this hit is dangerous or worth a penalty should go to two hand touch. Drew should grow up and be a man one day and give props to the other player for making a nice play. His comments show he is a baby and has bad sportsmanship in his body. Grow up Drew! I know he is your guy but your facts are all wrong he missed several starts for the SD Chargers when he hurt his throwing shoulder (understandably so) but to say he never missed a start is just not true. Also understandably so you want to defend the man but if it was your drinking buddy complaining like Brees you would call him a pansy and tell him to go take his skirt off. Brees you play FOOTBALL…. not tennis its a contact sport, you are going to get hit sometimes.

    • Bill Chism

      I never said he never missed a start. All I am saing is that you can’t turn on anything football related that the media isn’t talking about Brady and Manning being such super players and how great they are and how everyone else is beneath them, but the facts are facts, look at the record books. Drew Brees is as good a player as any qb in football, and yet because he makes a statement about a hit everyone wants to criticize him. He never said whether he thought it was a legal hit or not. When asked his feelings about it he merely said he felt like his head had been torn off his body. And if you look at the whole play the initial contact looks like it was at shoulder height but the arm and hand clearly comes across the helmet and face mask before Brees falls all the way down. From the refs angle of view I am sure this is what he saw and why the flag was thrown. But regardless let’s call a spade a spade, we all know the punishment roger goddell gave the Saints for bounty gate, and I am not here to argue whether it was just or not, but when the patriots were caught red handed cheating and taping signals from other teams, this same commissioner gave them a slap on the wrist and that was the end of it. When the Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings in ot to advance to the Super Bowl what happened? All of a sudden a rule was passed that a team can’t win a playoff game with a field goal on their first possession. I could name more but I think any true fan can get the picture.