The New Orleans Saints may have started out the season with the odds stacked against them thanks to the fallout of the bounty gate scandal, but this team is hitting its stride at the right time of year. New Orleans started out the season at 0-4 and has bounced back with a 5-5 record, thanks to a three-game winning streak. This team has won five of its last six games.
After a 38-17 demolishing of the Oakland Raiders, the Saints set their sights on the San Francisco 49ers at home this Sunday. Drew Brees has thrown for 3,066 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Saints are a dangerous team with the way he is playing right now.
Drew Brees joined WWL in New Orleans with Bobby Hebert to discuss his exceptional play against the Oakland Raiders during his career, the Saints offense playing balanced football and Marques Colston being on the verge of becoming the Saints all-time receptions and touchdowns leader.
Can you explain all the success you have had against the Oakland Raiders as a member of the San Diego Chargers and now the New Orleans Saints?:
“[Laughs] Well it’s funny, when I played for the Chargers, their big rival within the AFC West was the Raiders and that was kind of our big game and our big rivalry. It would have been really hard for me to go from the Chargers to the Raiders.”
Talk about the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and how important it is for the defense to force turnovers like they did in the Super Bowl run?
“Yeah we had a lot of them [turnovers] early in that season. I can tell you this: The statistics will tell you when you get a defensive score you win like 85 percent of the time. Right off the bat you know you have a tremendous advantage the minute you score defensively. If you are able to add another turnover at some point, like we did in the game against the Raiders, it kicks it up to 95 percent, so that is championship football. That’s not just winning football. That is championship football. Offensively, for us, we are thinking about how can we sustain drives? How can we be as balanced as possible? How can we use up this clock? How can we create momentum and good field position for our defense? And that’s complementary football and I think that down the stretch here, in these last six games, I think we have done a really good job as a team of playing complementary football, feeding off one another offensively and defensively. Special teams comes up with a big return to start the second half against the Raiders and the very next play we are running that ball into the end zone. That’s the way it’s supposed to be done there.”
Talk about playing with Marques Colston and your relationship with him as he’s about to become the all-time receptions leader in Saints history?
“Well I think Marques’ journey, as far as getting here, is one of the most impressive things. He was a seventh-round pick in 2006. I remember the first day Marques stepped out on the field during OTAs. He just kind of blended in and he was just another guy. You weren’t sure if he was going to make the team and all of a sudden here we are seven years later and he’s about to become the all-time receptions leader in Saints history. That’s a credit to him and his work ethic and I think his fire and passion for the game. He’s a quiet guy, but he’s very prideful and he’s such a hard worker and such a disciplined worker. He is as hard on himself as anybody can be, so he’s got high expectations for himself. He’s certainly accountable to himself and everyone on the team and I know he’s got the mentality that he doesn’t want to let anyone down. You couldn’t ask for a better teammate, and hopefully he has many years left, but just to watch this year kind of go by and see the records that are falling under his name, that’s impressive stuff.”