Saints quarterback Drew Brees capped off another season of “QB To QB” segments with Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio Wednesday night, and he started by weighing in on the New England Patriots’ comeback overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
“I think despite the score in the middle of the third quarter,” Brees said. “I think everybody knew the game was not over. I was kind of surprised at how that first half transpired. I don’t think anyone expected there to be that big of a gap in the score, but just the ebb and flow of the game, and how momentum played a part of it, you have to give a ton of credit to the way New England was able to adjust there in the second half.”
Brees elaborated on the Patriots’ winning strategy of playing the possession game against Atlanta.
“Going into that game,” Brees said, “if you were trying to come up with a game plan for the Patriots, you would have said a great offensive effort or a controlled offensive effort will be as good as any defense that you could call to try to combat the Falcons. In other words, if New England’s offense can stay on the field, convert third downs, and chew up the clock, that’s stealing possessions away from Atlanta. It’s causing them to sit on the sidelines maybe longer than they’re used to. So maybe they come out a little bit cold. It’s not quite the same tempo or explosiveness as they would normally show. And they executed that to perfection, especially in the second half.”
The Saints have yet to announce the location of 2017 training camp, and Brees discussed the merits of staying in New Orleans versus hitting the road.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into that decision,” Brees said. “I’ve done it a lot of different ways throughout my career, even with the Saints. I would say the big positive with being home is just the fact that we get the chance to be around our fans every day. But I think there is something to going way and just being at a place where it’s all about football and it’s all about the team. But to be honest with you, it doesn’t matter to me.”
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