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Brees, Saints preparing for "aggressive" Gregg Williams defense


When the Saints take the field in the Superdome this Sunday, they'll be staring down a very familiar face on the opposing sideline. Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator who helped the Black and Gold win their only Super Bowl and spent three seasons in New Orleans from 2009 to 2011, is now heading up the Cleveland Browns defensive unit.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says, while they know what to expect, that doesn't necessarily mean anything Sunday will be easy.

"They always play aggressive," Brees said. "Gregg has a very multiple scheme. There's a lot of things he can do, depending on how the game's going. So we really have to be prepared for everything. It's highly aggressive. The guys play hard. You've just got to be ready for anything."

Brees made the comments during his weekly "QB To QB" segment with Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio Wednesday night and said the Browns have undergone some pretty drastic defensive upgrades from last season's 0-16 campaign.

"You look at differences from last year to this year," Brees said, "they've pretty much have entirely revamped their entire secondary. They went out, made some trades, free agency. They drafted Denzel Ward. So they made some moves there to acquire a lot of talent, some reeally good players on the back end. I think that shows. They got four interceptions last week, and six turnovers total which is pretty impressive.

"I think their linebacker corps is really, really good. I think their front four are very active as well obviously. Myles Garrett,  you turn on the tape and you notice him right away. Big, athletic, strong, powerful, making a bunch of plays. He changed the game against Pittsburgh last week with a sack/fumble in the fourth quarter.

"Definitely a defense you've got to have a plan for. Gotta be ready for anything. Gotta have a plan for Myles Garrett. Gotta have a plan for all their pressure packages. So, still got a lot of work ahead of us to get ready for these guys."

Brees also discussed the Saints' first touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener, a play that saw backup quarterback Taysom Hill under center and Brees playing wide receiver.

"I think that is the first time I've done it in an NFL game," Brees said of playing wideout for a play. "I don't think I ever did it in San Diego. I don't think I've ever done it here. I guess there's a first time for everything. And we got a touchdown on that play, too, so even better.

"Listen, all I know is this. Somebody came out to cover me, which means that's one less person who's in there trying to make a tackle, right? So I did my job. Now had somebody not covered me, I told Taysom if they don't cover down on me, you rip that thing out to me. I'll get you a touchdown pass."

Brees and the Saints host the Cleveland Browns Sunday at noon on WWL. Pregame coverage starts at 8am. You can hear the full audio of "QB To QB" by clicking the podcast link.


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