Drew Brees Says New Orleans Saints Have a Chance To Be Better Than Last Year

Randy SavoieAnalyst IINovember 27, 2010

Drew Brees was none-the-worse for Ware as he worked his late-game magic.
Drew Brees was none-the-worse for Ware as he worked his late-game magic.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Watching Drew Brees operate in the final minutes against the Dallas Cowboys was like watching one of those escape artists who straps concrete to his legs, puts on a pair of handcuffs and a blindfold, lies down in a steel box and is thrown into the deep end of the ocean.

You don't know how he manages to escape.

He just finds a way.

Brees tried to look happy accepting the Galloping Gobbler Award moments after his dramatic, late-game throw to Robert Meachem with just over two minutes to go on Thanksgiving night in Dallas.

"It's awesome," said Brees. "I'm just wondering how long it's going to take before my two sons break this."

You can't blame him for having to force a smile.

After all, Brees has more majestic accolades in mind these days—like Super Bowl rings and Lombardi trophies—and he told Fox Sports after the game that he thinks this year's team has a chance to be better than the group that shocked the world one year ago.

"We try not to compare ourselves with last year," Brees told Fox Sports' Joe Buck. "I think that that's probably one of the pitfalls of teams coming off the Super Bowl championship. It's a new team and I feel like we've got the opportunity to be a better team this year in all phases."

The Saints offense looks rejuvenated since a Halloween night win over Pittsburgh in the Superdome. They had over 300 yards of total offense that night against one of the league's elite defenses.

The defense, while not as opportunistic as last year, is more stubborn in the red zone and seems to be regaining the opportunism part as evidenced by the sleight of hand of Malcom Jenkins.

These holidays seem to bring out the best in the Saints.

First a Halloween victory. Then a Thanksgiving Day win.

Perhaps they should move that rematch with Atlanta up to Christmas Day.

Brees said all week that in order to beat the Cowboys, the Saints would have to avoid those third-and-long situations that would allow DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff to throw caution to the wind and come after him.

Yet, it was on third-and-10 from the Saints 33-yard-line that Brees came up with a magical throw that will forever live in Thanksgiving Day lore along with the Jenkins strip and recovery that made it all possible.

"We were seeing the same coverage over and over again and it kind of felt like that was what we were going to get again," Brees told Fox Sports.

"Obviously, we felt like they would be sitting on the markers and there would be an opportunity for a big play and Robert Meachem just screened right by (Terence) Newman on the right side, and obviously made a great play and put us down there in scoring range."

One play later, Brees drilled a 12-yard TD strike to Lance Moore, and the Saints defense stopped the Cowboys on the next series to preserve a 30-27 win as the Saints improved to 8-3 on the season.

The Montanas and Elways built their reputations with their last-second wizardry and abracadabra.

Brees seems just as poised and confident with the game on the line as those two all-time greats.

And he knows there's no better time to get hot than right now.

"We've gotten it going here the last three or four weeks, and this is when you want to be playing your best football in November and December," Brees told FOX's Buck and Troy Aikman.

"It's time to make a run at it."


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