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Brees: Saints "still have a lot of work to do"

Zach Strief
December 31, 2018 - 8:22 am
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The New Orleans Saints lost their regular season finale 33-14 to the Carolina Panthers, finishing 13-3.  Having already clinched home field advantage in the NFC playoffs last week, the Saints sat a number of starters, quarterback Drew Brees being one of them.

The result may have left a lot to be desired, but Brees pointed out there was a larger goal.

“You always ask yourself, ‘What truly is the goal here?  Why are decisions being made to rest certain guys or what have you?’ And it’s to put yourself in the best position to succeed come playoff time,” Brees said.

The Saints did put themselves in prime position by earning the #1 seed, and it gives them a first round bye.  Brees doesn’t want people to think the team is just taking this week off, however.

“Listen, we still have a lot of work to do.  This week is not going to be an easy week,” Brees explained.  “This is not a bye week as maybe the term would lead you to believe.  It’s going to be a tough, physical week of practice.”

New Orleans will play the lowest-seeded winner from the NFC Wildcard round, which could be the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks, or the Dallas Cowboys.  Regardless of the opponent, the road to the Super Bowl, in the NFC, goes through New Orleans and the Superdome; and Brees is cognizant of that opportunity.

“The regular season is merely to put you in a seeding position for the playoffs, right?  And we just happened to play well enough in the regular season to get home field advantage.  And, man, let’s take advantage of that.”

Listen to Zach Strief’s entire interview with Drew Brees below.

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