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Old 06-21-2006, 07:10 AM   #1
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Encouraging Brees Report

Vic Carucci's Tuesday Huddle-NFL.Com . . .

(June 20, 2006) -- It's still too early to tell if Drew Brees will recover from major shoulder surgery in time to start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in their opening game of the 2006 season.

For now, the Saints are focusing on small signs of encouragement from the short- and intermediate-range throwing Brees has done during offseason workouts.

Saints veteran safety Omar Stoutmire, for one, told me that he liked what he saw of Brees' passing from arguably the best place to judge its effectiveness -- the secondary.

Drew Brees has made a strong first impression in New Orleans.
"I was just looking at the accuracy of the throws that he made, and the balls are actually pinpoint," Stoutmire said of a recent stretch of drills. "He's throwing away from the defender, which is obviously critical in a game of inches.

"Some of our defensive backs are closing on the ball so fast and he's throwing away from the defender, putting the ball in the spots where only the wide receivers can get it. Even though they're only 15- to 30-yard passes, it's encouraging to see the accuracy that he displayed."

With game-breakers such as Joe Horn and Reggie Bush, Brees' accuracy could very well prove to be more beneficial to the Saints offense than any limitations he might have in arm strength. In many cases, at least early on, he could generate big plays by simply getting the ball into their hands on short and intermediate passing routes.

Long-term, however, he will be expected to connect with deep threats such as newly acquired Bethel Johnson. Barring any setbacks, that should come as Brees continues in his recovery.
I hope and pray that Brees can continue improving as he has. I think if he can heal we could be looking at a record breaking season this year, along with getting Bush's deal set.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:26 AM   #2
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The thing about Brees is his ability to read defenses -- and the fact that he is not focusing only on the primary receiver on the play. The best QBs don't always have to have the strongest arms -- Joe Montana was not the prototype QB with a gun for an arm -- just a smart QB who had gained the respect and trust from his team -- and an accurate pinpoint passer. San Deigo will come to hate the day they cut Brees loose -- and New Orleans will mark that day on heir calendars as the day the organization turned around.
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I agree that the deep ball is important but I really think that for the Saints to have a chance to win close games next year we need quality time of possession. In 05 our TOP was not bad but we could not score in the red zone. http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NF...r?&_1:col_1=15
I'd like to see more of the short passing or catch and run plays as they open up the middle for the run. What I'm getting at is I think that if Brees is unable to go deep early in the season I don't think it will hurt us a much as not being able to get it into the endzone when your inside the twenty. And when your in the red zone the deep ball is moot.
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put in Amac at reciever , run a reverse and let him fire it for the 60 yd bomb if brees lacks the arm strength
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Injury, rejection inspire Brees
Former Purdue quarterback starting over with Saints

By Tom Kubat

Drew Brees is used to proving people wrong.

He did so when he became a star quarterback and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Purdue, after not being highly recruited out of high school.

He did it again when some doubters questioned his NFL potential but he became an All-Pro with the San Diego Chargers.

Now he'll try it for a third time after signing with the New Orleans Saints in the offseason.

Brees severely injured his throwing shoulder during the final game last season, and the Chargers elected not to resign him and take their chances on unproven third-year pro Philip Rivers.

"I probably would," Brees said when asked if he thought he'd still be with San Diego if he hadn't torn up his shoulder. "But everything happens for a reason."

Brees admits that, in at least some small way, he's using the Chargers as motivation to come back better than ever.

"You never do it for the naysayers. You don't try to be successful just to prove people wrong, but there is a little bit of satisfaction when that happens," he said. "And I plan on that happening. Again."

It's been a trying offseason for Brees, who is preparing for his sixth NFL campaign. Besides looking for a new team, he's had to endure a rigorous rehabilitation program.

"It's been a long, arduous process. It hasn't been very much fun," Brees said. "I've encountered situations with injuries or whatever before, but this was especially difficult because it was the throwing shoulder and there was the situation with San Diego.

"For them to kind of turn their back on me like they did, it's not a good feeling. And while all that's happening, I'm rehabbing six hours a day."

Brees is in town this week for several promotional appearances, including Sunday night's National Football Foundation honors dinner.

Also at the dinner was Mike Phipps, another former Purdue quarterback great who last month was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Phipps, who was the Boilermakers' starting QB from 1967-69, has enjoyed following Brees' career.

"A leader, a guy who understands the offense," Phipps said. "You can see he's very competitive and would never give up on a game. He always thought they could win. And he still has those ingredients today. You can see it on the field.

"That's what makes winners -- guys who will put in the effort and won't be denied. He's one of them."

Brees certainly has put in the effort this offseason, trying to get his shoulder ready for the 2006 season.

"I don't think just anybody could go through this and rehab it and come back the same," Brees said. "I always believed that I could, and the doctors, my rehab guys and my teammates believed that I could.

"I've always had a mindset that there's nothing that could hold me down. I think I'm going to be a stronger person physically and mentally because of this."

Brees thinks he's about 75 percent now and expects to be the starting quarterback for the first exhibition game and be 100 percent for the regular season.

He said the people of New Orleans, after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina last year, are getting fired up about the Saints, who drafted former Southern California running back Reggie Bush, the Heisman Trophy winner. The Saints are moving back into the Superdome, which was severely damaged by the hurricane, and their first home game will be on Monday Night Football, Sept. 25 against Atlanta.

Some people were surprised when Brees signed with the Saints, but he's convinced he made the right choice.

"If I was happy when they signed me, then I am extremely happy now after I've had a chance to be there for the minicamps, meet my teammates, learn the offense, get accustomed to Sean Payton, our head coach, and get to know the city," he said.

"It's been even greater than I ever could have imagined. I feel like all the pieces are coming together."

It's a puff piece but thought I'd add it.
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