Hebert & Brees agree on the most important stats of every Saints game

QB-to-QB with Bobby Hebert and Drew Brees

Bobby Hebert
November 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert for QB-to-QB to discuss the 48-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and to look ahead to the Thanksgiving game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Hebert began by discussing his favorite stat, one of the most important ones in the game, turnovers. “I look at the turnover margin every week. We entered the Eagles game +2, and now we’re +5.”

Brees concurred, “It’s the biggest stat in football. It’s easier said than done. You have to play aggressive. You have to execute the game plan. At the same time you just understand the importance of taking care of the football.”

Hebert followed up with another important statistic, time of possession. “We have been so dominant in time of possession. Coming into the game, we were #1 in time of possession, but the Eagles were #2. So we kind of beat them at their own game.”

The Saints certainly dominated the time of possession against Philadelphia, holding the ball for 37:34.

“If you’re winning the time of possession, it probably means that you’re balanced,” Brees said. “You’re running the football effectively. You’re throwing the football effectively. You’re moving the chains. You’re converting third downs. By doing that, you’re sustaining drives and you’re probably scoring points.”

The Saints scored on 8 of their 10 possessions, not counting the final kneel down at the end of the game. In the process, Brees targeted 8 different players, completing passes to 7 of them.

“You show the confidence you have in a young guy like Tre’Quan Smith, who got 10 receptions,” explained Hebert. “Keith Kirkwood had some contributions, and then Austin Carr got his first touchdown in a Saints uniform. Distributing the ball around to different receivers forces the defense to plan for more.”

Brees said they knew that early on. “Right from the jump, it became very apparent that the Eagles’ plan was to double Michael Thomas and to double Alvin Kamara…what that did was make one-on-one match-ups for everybody else on the field that was a skill position.” Brees continued, “I said to the young guys, ‘Today is your day. You’re going to get match-ups today. You’re going to get opportunities today.’”

The Saints are in the driver’s seat for the NFC South. They have a 3 game lead over the second place Carolina Panthers and a 5 game lead over the Atlanta Falcons. That led Hebert to ask an important question. “How do you fight the complacency?”

“This is always a battle with Atlanta,” Brees responded. “Our fans know that; we know that. We’ll take care of this one and then worry about each one after that one at a time. We see the opportunity that’s ahead of us and want to take advantage of it.”

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