Drew Brees impressed with leadership, maturity from Saints defense

Zach Strief
October 14, 2019 - 8:33 am

After an offensive explosion at home against Tampa Bay, the New Orleans Saints grinded out another close win on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"We knew this was going to be extremely hard fought, coming in here," Saints quarterback Drew Brees told Zach Strief, the Voice of the Saints.  "This is a team that has played really well…has been dangerous."

New Orleans leaned once more on their defense in the 13-6 win.  Jacksonville managed only 226 yards and converted just 29% of their third downs.  Rookie phenom Gardner Minshew completed less than 50% of his passes and threw his first interception as a starter. 

Brees was again impressed with the Saints defense, and he explained how his new vantage point gives him a different perspective on how the other side of the ball is performing.

"What’s interesting about my situation now is that, normally when I’m playing, I don’t have time to pay attention to what the defense is doing," Brees said.  "These last few weeks, I’ve had a chance to watch them and watch the level of maturity and communication and leadership."

Veteran defensive end Cam Jordan recorded both of the Saints two sacks and notched another two QB hits.  The secondary, meanwhile, broke up six passes – with linebacker Demario Davis breaking up a seventh one – and hauled in that interception.

On offense, Teddy Bridgewater had a solid game, going 24-36 for 240 yards with a well-thrown touchdown pass to Jared Cook.  Running back Latavius Murray arguably had his best game as a Saint, rushing for 55 hard-fought yards on the ground at 5.5 yards per carry.  He added 35 yards receiving on three receptions, too, and had a 42 yard touchdown reception called back because of holding.

"[You can] talk a lot about our offensive weapons and our ability to throw the ball and all those explosive plays and different things like that," Brees said.  "And yet, when it really comes down to it, great defense, the ability to stop the run, and the ability to run the ball on offense are the things, week in and week out…that’s the kind of stuff that wins a lot of games."

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