"You've got no other choice but to move on and get better as a result of it," Brees said, per NFL Network's Jane Slater. "We learn something every time around, you know? And we're not gonna be discouraged."
The last three years have been rough for New Orleans in the playoffs.
The Saints were on the receiving end of the "Minneapolis Miracle" to cap off the 2017 season. Then they were the victims of an officiating blunder so bad it warranted a rule change. The 2019 campaign ended on a four-yard touchdown reception by Kyle Rudolph in overtime where the Minnesota Vikings tight end may have been guilty of pass interference.
Brees may feel he has unfinished business in the quest for a second Super Bowl title. The 41-year-old isn't going to rush into a decision when it comes to his next step, though.
"I wanted to give it at least a few weeks, months, postseason," he said Wednesday on NFL Live of his decision-making process. "Just to take a deep breath and decompress a little bit and get some time with the family and then just reassess."
The Saints did well to take care of long-term extensions for Michael Thomas and Cameron Jordan, but they have a lot of players heading to free agency this offseason. They're projected to only have $11.8 million in salary-cap space as well, per Over the Cap.
New Orleans' Super Bowl window may be closing independent of Brees' future, which makes those last three playoff exits all the more painful regardless of how much the team learned from them.