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Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Post Practice Media Availability
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

With Mike Neu, did you know him his first stint at all and how has he been with the transition from (Joe) Lombardi?

“I know when he was a scout he used to sit in our quarterback meetings a lot actually, then he goes to Tulane with CJ (Curtis Johnson) obviously and was a quarterback coach in this offense so I think the transition was pretty natural for him coming from what is the same offense, same terminology and all those things. Ryan Griffin, kind of a familiar face in the room as well. There’s a big comfort level with Mike (Neu). It’s not like he’s coming in and there’s no familiarity at all. Like I said, he sat in our meetings. He’s done a great job and I love our room. I love the dynamics in our room. Pete (Carmicheal) and I have been together for a long time, going back to the San Diego days, and now Mike (Neu), obviously Luke (McCown) going into his second year here and Ryan (Griffin) as well, we add Logan Kilgore as another quarterback. We’ve got a great room.”

I don't mean to say anything against him (Mike Neu) but when you have a 35 year old quarterback whose been in the league a long time, how much do you teach him and how much does he teach you and vice versa?

“I know this, he is a great resource for me because there’s times where, as a player, you’re starting to get a little bit of tunnel vision on the field and there’s a perspective that’s gained from somebody on the sideline or up in the box that can be very beneficial. I come to the sideline and Luke McCown is there for me to be able to bounce things off of. ‘Hey, what did you see on that? Am I not seeing something correctly or is there a little tip you can give me or something that you’ve noticed’? It’s the same thing with Mike (Neu). I don’t know if he is going to be up in the box or down on the sideline but I know with Joe Lombardi the case was he was up in the box and Pete (Carmichael) was down on the field so I kind of got this perspective from both and there were times where Joe (Lombardi) would get on the horn down to Pete (Carmichael) to maybe say something to me about something that he is seeing from up there.”

We just spoke to Marques (Colston) inside and he said that his foot feels much better this year then it did last year. Knowing that, how much easier does it make it for you guys as a team and for you as a quarterback just knowing that he is in great shape at this point in the year?

“That’s good. He is such a big, physical guy and a lot of his catches are taking place between the numbers and there are big guys in there so, you know he has taken a lot of big shots. He goes through a lot of punishment throughout the season so by the end of the season I know he’s hurting pretty good. So to have an offseason where he can get through it and be healthy come this time of year, I know he’s had to miss a few of these OTA and Minicamp sessions just due to surgeries and just trying to get nursed back to health. It’s nice to have him be healthy.”

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Old 06-11-2014, 07:55 PM   #2
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Re: Drew Brees: "Marques Colston has as big a contribution now as he ever has"

Colston has always been one of my favorite Saints. Never talks trash, just goes out and lets his play on the field do the talking. He's been an extremely reliable target ever since he came into the league back in '06.
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Re: Drew Brees: "Marques Colston has as big a contribution now as he ever has"

I'm glad to hear he's healthy......last season ended on a sour note for him with the whole forward lateral thing in Seattle........plus it seemed like he was playing hurt basically most of the season. And yet, through it all, he was still as consistently productive as ever. Watching his career develop the way it has under Payton has been a treat.
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Re: Drew Brees: "Marques Colston has as big a contribution now as he ever has"

I'm liking our WR corp. this year. Looking forward to alot of different sets.
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Re: Drew Brees: "Marques Colston has as big a contribution now as he ever has"

With Cooks and Stills taking some of the heat off I expect big things from Colston again. The young guys stretching the field will benefit him greatly.
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