Sean Payton appeared on NFL Total Access and The Rich Eisen Show on Monday, and offered some support for his star quarterback Drew Brees.
The NFL Network appearance, which you can watch here, had Payton state that there was no play or rep that he’s seen where he’s noticed anything different about Brees and his widely overstated decline.
"“I think it’s a credit to, look, we know how he trains, his diet, everything in his day to prepare to play well at that position. I think it’s really changed, we’ve seen a change and we’re talking about a Manning or a Brady, a number of these guys at that position can play longer. I don’t want to put a number on it because I have not seen the beginning or a tick down at all.”"
Brees certainly doesn’t show many signs of an aging quarterback, as was clear from his 4th of July photo that he posted on Twitter. Also, you can see that he isn’t just limited to football after showing off his baseball skills over the weekend.
Naturally, the contract question surrounding Drew Brees‘ future with the Saints came up on Rich Eisen’s show, to which Payton responded that he’ll leave things up to the organization and agent Tom Condon.
"“The one thing that’s served us well in 10 years is the line of communication,” Payton said. “There’s a level of trust, and I would include Tom Condon and Mickey Loomis in that, because Drew and I will never have a discussion about the contract or anything like that. We would never have that discussion. But that circle of trust between his group and our team is strong, and it’s served us well.”"
The Brees-Payton duo has been a perfect pairing since 2006, as the Saints have an 87-57 record (.604 winning percentage) together. That also includes a 6-4 record in the postseason, which is obviously highlighted by the team’s 2009 Super Bowl run. The two have helped the Saints have a Top 10 offense in each of its seasons, even when Payton was suspended for the alleged Bounty Gate in 2012.
Payton also talked about Reggie Bush’s future on Rich Eisen’s show, saying that there’s likely no room for him on the 2016 roster, but expects him to play this season.