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papz 12-08-2011 07:26 AM

Brees Understands Importance of Home Stretch
 
With a guy like Matt Hasselbeck you are going to face on Sunday does it get your competitive juices flowing?

“Yes, a little bit. Just because you know what a guy like that is capable of. He’s played for a long time. I have a lot of respect for Matt. I’ve known him for a long time too and so we’re definitely friends off the field. Yes, I’d say that anytime you play a quarterback of his caliber, you know what he’s capable of. I certainly remember the last time of a Matt Hasselbeck-led team. That was in the playoffs. I think he played a stellar game. If there wasn’t already enoguth motivation to go out and play well, you certainly will have that extra competiiveness because you’re going up against a top-tier quarterback.

Do the playoff scenarios also give you motivation?

“Yes, I think we’ve been locked in and focused epecialy since we know we the fourth quarter of the season coming up, the last four games of the regular season, so we feel like there’s a lot of football to be played, a lot of progress to be made. The opportunity with a win, an Atlanta loss to win the division, that’s one of the first steps in achieving our goals.”

Are there a couple of things you can attribute to the last four games after the performance in St. Louis?

“Obviously that put us at 5-3 with an extremely tough stretch ahead of us, entering the month of November when we made a big emphasis on this is when the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. We see the contender, but we have to go out and prove it. We had a game coming back here, a divisional contender, Tampa who had beaten us a few weeks prior and at Atlanta, Giants Monday night, Detroit Sunday night. All of these teams were or are in contention. All these teams know how to win. We knew we’d have to play our best football. I think a lot of things, it’s that point in the season number one. Number two, you’re coming off a couple of disappointing losses, where you feel like that’s not good enough. That’s not our brand of football. If we’re going to fix it, it’s time to fix it. I think we’ve done a good job of it.”

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Brees Understands Importance of Home Stretch

QBREES9 12-08-2011 09:23 AM

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle QB last year. He has been playing this year to.


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