Drew Brees: Saints starting 0-2 is ‘not even an option’
After failing to win on the road against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday for the season opener, the New Orleans Saints will face and host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a chance to get their record to 1-1.
Starting the season 0-2, which is not at all good for playoff hopes, isn’t even an option, according quarterback Drew Brees. “That’s not even an option,” Brees said during Wednesday afternoon’s press conference. “We got to find a way to win.”
As we all know, Drew Brees and the Saints missed out on the postseason after a disappointing 7-9 campaign in 2014. Between off-field issues, miscommunication, leadership problems on defense, just to name a few, the Saints were not at all who we thought they were.
But the captain has different thoughts about this team in 2015. “Better people. Better guys. Guys who care about one another. Guys who trust one another. Guys who believe in the process.”
New Orleans is looking at a handful of new faces this season. In fact 23 of the 53 men who currently make up this 2015 team did not take a snap for the Saints a year ago, including 12 rookies.
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“I think we have a different personality this year as a team,” Brees said. “I think even the guys who were here last year who maybe had their struggles, I think are light years ahead of where they were last year in regards to understanding what it means to be a part of this team and just their pride in what they’re doing, their work ethic, their ability to take coaching, their ability to go out and execute.
“We understand the expectation level around here. I think the guys that maybe came in that didn’t understand it at first now do. But anytime you have young players, you know winning breeds this kind of momentum and success breeds that confidence, so the more that we can be successful, the more that we can win, I think the more confidence we’ll gain as a team and the better we’ll do.”
Spoken like a true captain, which Drew Brees is. This is a young and developing football team, but the Saints still have the players in place to be a successful football team. New Orleans will try to brush off that Week 1 loss, which really shouldn’t be looked into too much, considering the team they played and the hostile environment they were in on the road.
For the most part, the New Orleans Saints hung in there with the Cardinals last week, but improvements need to be made. Drew Brees and company will look to make those changes versus the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon in front of an electrifying home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.