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Terry Bradshaw rips Drew Brees: ‘I’m not into records, I’m into winning Super Bowls’

Sunday night was a special night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints for a number of reasons. After struggling for four games, New Orleans picked up its first win of the season vs. the San Diego Chargers. While that was the most important part of the evening, the win was slightly overshadowed when Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ 52-year-old record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game. That overshadowing was a problem for FOX NFL Sunday’s Terry Bradshaw.

During a recent interview with WFAN’s Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno, Bradshaw ripped Brees for the way he went about breaking the record.

“(The record) didn’t blow me away,” Bradshaw said. “I’m not much on that stuff … I’m not into records, fellas. I’m just into winning football games. (The Saints) hadn’t won a game … I’m not into records, I’m into winning Super Bowls … These things aren’t important. We lose sight of why we play. We play to win and to win championships, not to break records.”

Tough not to agree with Bradshaw on that. While the record was certainly impressive and something to be proud of, it was bizarre that they celebrated it so emphatically with the Saints having been off to such a horrendous start. Bradshaw seemed most annoyed by the fact that Brees asked the NFL for permission to have suspended head coach Sean Payton in attendance.

“I was a little upset that he went to the NFL to get Payton and everybody back to watch him break a record,” Bradshaw said. “I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I never would have gone and asked for them back … I thought it was disrespectful to the San Diego Chargers … So break it, go ahead. Hell, you’re throwing it 50 times a game … I’m just against stuff like that. I just don’t believe in doing stuff like that.”

Obviously, Bradshaw is a bit more old-school than most. Like the time he ripped the NFL earlier this year, I tend to think Terry has a point. During Sunday night’s game I thought it was a bit awkward that the Saints were so happy about something that happened during a season in which they have drastically underacheived. If they were 4-0 or even 2-2, the celebrating would have seemed a bit more appropriate.

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Drew Brees compares Saints bounty evidence to weapons of mass destruction

Comparing world affairs to professional sports is never a good idea. Football is a huge part of many of our lives, which can make it easy to get carried away when discussing issues involving the game. Drew Brees gave us an example of that on Monday night.

On Monday morning, the NFLPA made the evidence against the Saints from the bounty scandal public. While the ledger that supposedly details the bounty payments was not revealed, some other disturbing documents were. Apparently Brees thought it was all nothing, and he expressed himself with a pretty dumb comment on his Twitter account.

Not smart. Brees, of course, is referencing how the Bush Administration eventually convinced enough people that Saddam Hussein was holding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. To this day, there is still no sign of those WMDs Bush insisted were an immediate threat to other nations. Now do you see the connection between an NFL scandal and one of the most signifcant foreign relations nightmares in our nation’s history? Yeah, neither do I.

Whether Brees feels that the bounty evidence is bogus or not, his decision to compare it to weapons of mass destruction is regrettable. Football is a game. Wartime is not.

UPDATE: Brees clarified his analogy and apologized for it.

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Saints fan Tony Le Mon starts website asking for donations to pay Drew Brees

When the all-too-common argument of athletes being overpaid arises, I tend to always side with the athlete. While $20 million a year seems like an astronomical amount of money to pay someone for playing a game, it is the basic concept of supply-and-demand at work. The money comes from somewhere, and if the people shelling it out didn’t think they were going to get a return on their investment they wouldn’t be investing. That being said, the website that a Saints fan has started to rally fans to donate money to help Drew Brees is extremely disturbing.

As Around the League shared with us, the website FansStepUp.com was launched on Tuesday by a Saints season ticket holder. Through the use of PayPal or a local Chase Bank branch, founder Tony Le Mon is asking fans to contribute to the Drew Brees Fans Step Up Account. Whether you donate $1 or $100, Le Mon insists every little bit helps and will go directly to Brees to help keep him in New Orleans.

“We can send a clear message to Drew Brees that we appreciate what he has done for us,” Le Mon wrote. “We can send a clear message to Drew Brees that we want him to stay here. At the same time, we can let other cities in this country know that we are the best fans anywhere and that we take care of our own. We as fans can become empowered with the creation of this BONUS. We need not sit idly by while a New Orleans treasure is taken away from us.”

If Brees rejects the donation, the funds will supposedly go to his charity, the Brees Dream Foundation. If you have money to spare, that’s the way you should be thinking anyway. The Brees contract situation has gotten ugly and it would be a tragedy to see him sit out the year or miss games, but it’s strictly business. Fans don’t need to get involved by donating money to a professional athlete when they could be giving it to a charity in need. Naturally, Brees would never keep the money for himself. But that doesn’t make the goal of the website any less troubling.

Drew Brees growing increasingly upset with Saints over lack of extension

With voluntary workouts already underway and training camp just around the corner, Drew Brees has yet to sign a contract with the Saints for the 2012 season. As you know, the Saints have applied the franchise tag to their star quarterback. For obvious reasons, Brees has yet to sign the tender and doesn’t sound like he intends to. With each passing day, the Saints’ star quarterback is growing more and more irritated with the organization.

“It’s been extremely frustrating for me,” Brees said during an appearance on WWL radio in New Orleans Wednesday. “I don’t think the negotiations should have been this difficult. What’s been a little frustrating on my end, or disappointing, is the lack of communication. We’ve reached out on quite a few occasions and at times I know I’ve been frustrated with the lack of response.

“This is a big time for our team, especially when you look at what has happened this offseason. There should be a sense of urgency and it just seems like there’s not.”

That’s exactly the part that I don’t understand. The Saints should sign Brees to the long-term extension he’s looking for anyway, let alone under the current circumstances. New Orleans fans have lost their head coach and one of their best defensive players for the entire 2012 season. The punishment handed down to the team as a result of the bounty scandal was the heaviest in NFL history. Are the Saints really in a position to try to strong-arm the face of their franchise? With turmoil currently ripping through the organization, the Saints need to get this done as soon as possible. The team can hardly afford more drama heading into training camp.

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Drew Brees ‘speechless,’ Sean Payton ‘stunned’ over suspension

The punishments from the NFL to the Saints for running a bounty program were much harsher than anyone expected. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended a year, assistant coach Joe Vitt was suspended six games and fined $100,000, GM Mickey Loomis was fined $500,000 and suspended six games, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended from the NFL indefinitely. The Saints were fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks.

Quarterback Drew Brees, whose was questioned by Kyle Turley about his role in the program, was stunned by the punishment.

“I am speechless,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment.”

Additionally, according to Pro Football Talk, Jay Glazer reported on NFL Network that Sean Payton was “stunned.” Glazer says Payton was expecting maybe a four-game suspension, and now he’ll be losing several million dollars after being suspended for the year.

To answer Brees’ question about an explanation, it sounds like the league was upset that the program went on for three years and that the team lied during the investigation. For being such “a great man,” Payton lied to the NFL to cover things up, and that is just one example of what he did wrong.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis reportedly arguing Drew Brees is very good, not great

Any complications the Saints have in agreeing to a contract extension with Drew Brees should be minor. When you step back and analyze the situation, you have to wonder what the holdup is. Brees is not exactly young (33), but he’s at the peak of his game. He’s coming off a 46-touchdown season, which was his fourth straight year over 30 touchdown passes. He also brought a Super Bowl to the city of New Orleans when they desperately needed it. Despite all that, Brees is reportedly facing the possibility of being franchise tagged. The Saints general manager is also rumored to be downplayng what he has done for the team.

According to Yahoo! Sports, three sources claim Saints GM Mickey Loomis tried to define Brees as a “very good” rather than a “great” quarterback when asked about his contract extension talks at the scouting combine last week. All three sources reportedly asked Loomis why it was taking so long to reach a deal, and that was part of his explanation.

The report also says that as of Thursday, Brees and the Saints were $5 million per year apart on a new deal. Aside from Loomis, there are very few people who would argue that Brees shouldn’t be asking for the same deal Tom Brady got from the Patriots last year, which was a four-year extension worth $72 million. They are the same age with very similar resumes. Brady has two more Super Bowls, but those came very early in his career. He and Brees have been among the league’s best for years.

When the Patriots were negotiating with Brady, there was momentary panic and people wondered what would happen if New England expected him to take another hometown discount. However, there was never any talk of the front office downplaying his ability as a negotiation tactic. In the end, Robert Kraft did the right thing. If Loomis feels as though Brees is simply a “very good” quarterback, Saints owner Tom Benson has to step in and make sure one of the best players in franchise history gets the treatment he deserves.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Is Drew Brees Still Underrated? Robert Meachem Thinks So

For quite some time, Drew Brees was an underrated NFL quarterback.  A few years ago all we ever heard about was Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  Brady and Manning were in a class of their own with everyone else looking up at them.  Then, Brees won a Super Bowl.  He went on to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and inserted himself into the elite quarterback discussion.  Last weekend, he set the all-time record for most passing yards in a season.  Despite all that, Robert Meachem still believes Brees deserves more recognition than he gets.

“I think so. I think he has a lot to offer, for any team,” Meachem said during an interview with ESPN Radio when asked if Brees is still underrated. “I think if he was on any team, he’d be doing the same things that he’s doing now. One thing … is what he does in the community as far as helping people rebuild homes and trying to give out toys during Christmastime. He’s just an all-around great guy.”

In all fairness, Meachem didn’t offer up that Brees is underrated — he was asked.  That being said, Brees is now officially included in the discussion with guys like Brady and Aaron Rodgers, as he should be.

With the way the NFL has become so pass-heavy over the last few years, there are a lot of guys blowing up the stat sheets and setting NFL records.  The fact that Brees has been near or at the top of all of those categories says enough.  At this point I’d be more willing to call him a Hall of Fame lock than an underrated player.