Sep 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a touchdown pass to tight end Coby Fleener (not pictured) during the fourth quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Pat

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Brees: Saints addressing “missed opportunities”

The Saints QB talked to Bobby Hebert on Sports Talk

Mark Menard
September 20, 2017 - 7:52 pm

Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for his weekly “QB To QB” segment on WWL Wednesday night and discussed his team’s fourth straight disappointing start to a season.

Brees highlighted four plays he considered game-changers in the Saints’ loss to New England – the team’s first attempted third-down conversion, a missed connection with Ted Ginn Jr. on a potential touchdown, the failure to hit Alvin Kamara on a corner route, and the team’s failed fourth-down conversion.

“There’s just slight variables,” Brees said, “where if things are just a little bit better then we make those plays, and it’s a different ballgame. There were some of those in the Minnesota game, too. But we’re working through those, and I’m confident that we’re going to get that stuff in order.”

Brees also addressed the lack of balance in the Saints offense through the team’s 0-2 start.

“The average number of possessions in a game is 11 or 12 possessions,” Brees said. “In the first two games we’ve gotten eight to nine possessions. So we’re about three possessions short of what would be a normal game. That results in a lot of missed plays. I think we had 53 or 54 plays in the last game. We didn’t have 60 in the other game. Normally we get 72 plays. So right now we’re 30 plays short of what would be our average. That’s where a lot of the run game is.”

Brees also defended the plays the team has run.

“Even though we’re heavily lopsided in regards to percentages of pass to run,” Brees said, “we’ve been moving the ball. The ball’s been moving down the field and getting into the red zone, and unfortunately it stalls there.”

The longtime Saints signal-caller asked fans not to jump off the bandwagon just yet.

“It’s a game of inches,” Brees said. “And it’s very slight. And we are very, very close. Trust me. We’ve got a ton of confidence, and we’ve got a ton of swagger. We know it’s gonna happen. We just have to keep preparing like it’s gonna happen and keep visualizing that it’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna happen.

“I know that you win the game during the week in preparation,” Brees continued. “That’s the way we’re approaching this. You go out on Sunday with the confidence that you’re as prepared as you can possibly be and play great. That’s the expectation level. We know where the missed opportunities have come, and I promise you we are addressing those things. I don’t have a crystal ball, nor can I predict what happens the rest of the season, but I can tell you we have the type of team that can continue to grow and be very, very good.”

Brees said it’s important that the team get on a roll starting this week.

“We’ve got to get a win,” Brees said, “so that we can begin to build confidence and momentum based on demonstrated ability. It’s one thing to talk about it, but when you go out and realize it, then that’s where confidence grows and that’s where momentum builds.”

Brees and the 0-2 Saints travel to Charlotte, NC, to face the 2-0 Carolina Panthers this Sunday at noon on WWL, with coverage starting at 8am. You can hear the full audio of “QB To QB” by clicking the podcast link below.


Brees: Saints addressing missed opportunities

Bobby talks "QB To QB" with Saints quarterback Drew Brees about the team's loss to New England and upcoming showdown with division rival Carolina.

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