Oct 22, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) dives for touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

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Drew Brees credits Saints resilience for win over Packers

Brees went QB to QB with Bobby Hebert

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October 25, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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By Mark Menard, @markmenard13

Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio for their weekly “QB to QB” segment Wednesday night, and Brees began by praising his team’s resilience in their comeback win over Green Bay.

“It was a great team effort,” Brees said. “Obviously we didn’t start the game off the way we wanted. They went down and made a big play. Then we had the two consecutive turnovers. I had the two consecutive turnovers when we had good drives going in their territory. I think we knew we just needed to settle down, start putting some points on the board.

“We felt like we could move the ball against them,” Brees continued, “and it was just a matter of making sure those converted to points. The defense settled in and play great. Special teams got us a couple of big plays as well. It was just a great team victory. To go into halftime being down at Lambeau in the [weather] conditions and then coming out tin the second half playing the way we did, I think it says a lot about our team.”

Brees highlighted his offense’s ability to possess the football as key in the victory.

“It makes a huge difference when you can stay on the field,” Brees said. “Not only in time of possession. We possessed the ball for, like, 36 minutes. When you look at that alone at the end of the game, what that’s gonna tell you is we must have been really complementary in sustaining drives, converting on third downs, and it probably resulted in points too. I definitely think we left some stuff out there. I think we had some other opportunities to score more points, but at the end of the day, third downs were good, time of possession was good, and we made the plays when we needed to.”

The Saints’ signal-caller discussed the versatility of the team’s two main running backs, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, as a major factor in why the black and gold has come alive offensively.

“You make yourself more unpredictable,” Brees said. “We’ve got two backs who can do everything. They can be in there in heavy personnel and run the ball between the tackles. We can get them the ball outside in the run game. We can throw them routes in sub-packages and empty packages. That really gives you a ton of flexibility offensively when you can run the ball the way we do with those guys but also throw it. Listen, it takes everybody. Everybody doing their job. But at the end of the day, that’s what you want to do. You want to dictate the tempo to the defense. You want to keep them off-balance with what you’re able to do with your personnel.”

Brees then turned his attention to the team’s next opponent, the Chicago Bears.

“Without question, they’ll be our toughest test defensively thus far,” Brees said. “They’re doing a lot of things really well, and they’ve really capitalized on the mistakes they’ve forced offenses to make. I think they’ve scored three defensive touchdowns in the last two weeks, which have been instrumental in those wins.

“They’re a big front. They’re a 3-4 defensive front. Typically those are bigger, thicker bodies, hard to move. They’ve been really good in the run game. They get after you in the pass game. And they’ve got some pretty opportunistic secondary players that have done a good job. So all-around, it’s a pretty salty defense, and we’re going to have to execute extremely well against these guys to move the ball and capitalize.”

Brees and the Saints host the Chicago Bears Sunday at noon on WWL. Our pregame coverage starts at 8am. You can hear the full audio of “QB To QB” by clicking the podcast link.

 

 

 

 

Brees credits team resilience in win over Packers

Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks "QB To QB" with Bobby Hebert about the team's win in Green Bay and upcoming matchup against the Bears.

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