Drew Brees has a plan to avoid sacks against Lions, and a Brad Pitt endorsement


Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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TMZ | Brad Pitt says, ‘Don’t Give Up On Drew Brees’

"The Sexiest Man Alive (1995, 2000) was leaving an event in Washington D.C. last night when we asked if he had any advice for the New Orleans Saints QB — who hasn’t exactly been posting those legendary Fantasy stats we’re used to.That’s when Pitt — a HUUUGE Saints fan — set our TMZ Sports photog straight with a strong defense of the former Super Bowl champ."

It’s a short video, so be sure to check it out. One can love and appreciate the endorsement from Brad Pitt.

Carlos Monarrez | Detroit Free Press | Saints’ Brees has plan to avoid sacks against Lions’ D

"“I think you just understand that sacks are like penalties for an offense,” he said. “They’re negative plays or drive killers. So, at all cost I try to avoid them. You have to avoid them in a smart way. You can’t just throw the ball up.“It’s important to know where your outlets are and know where you can get rid of the ball when you have receivers. Maybe get a quick check down or at least put it at somebody’s feet so you avoid the negative play and you can just get to the next down with the ball in your hands still.”"

As long as Drew doesn’t throw the ball into the other team’s hands, I don’t care what he does. However, it’s not going to be the world’s worst thing if he takes a sack. Forcing the ball is not an option.

Gary Estwick | Special to The Advocate | New Orleans Saints defense looks to fine-tune pass rush as Detroit Lions game nears

"Galette said he noticed this on game film too many times. It’s a problem Galette — who leads the Saints defense with three sacks — said the defense has addressed as the Saints (2-3) prepare to play at Detroit (4-2) on Sunday.Perhaps it’s why Galette added that this week’s practice, coupled with last week’s time away from football, has rejuvenated the unit, leading to what he expects to be a formible effort against the Lions.“We’re going to do a lot of mixes,” Galette said."

I’m glad that the defense feels rejuvenated, but I know many of us want to see this translate on the field. If they’ve recognized something on film that will work, especially against the Lions on Sunday, then I’m all for it. It’s worth pointing out that the Lions offensive line has allowed the most sacks by any team this season with 21. One thing is certain, the Saints have a ‘golden opportunity’ with no Calvin Johnson in the lineup.

Ramon Antonio Vargas | The Advocate | New Orleans Saints take note of Detroit Lions’ fearsome front four

"As left tackle for the New Orleans Saints, Terron Armstead is well aware of how devastating the Lions’ pass rush has been through six games this season.But he couldn’t stop himself from raising an eyebrow in awe at his locker Thursday when he was informed how many pressures or sacks the Lions have produced the 232 times opposing quarterbacks have dropped back to pass against them this year: 109, according to the analytics website Pro Football Focus.That means quarterbacks facing Detroit (4-2) have been hit, hurried or tackled behind the line of scrimmage one out of every 2.13 times they dial up a throw."

The stat almost makes your jaw drop. It’s quite an impressive accomplishment for the Lions defense to be that effective. The offensive line will have their hands full all day with the Detroit Lions pass rush, and it’s going to be an interesting battle. Could the Lions meet their match on Sunday?

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