Gruden: Brees is 'the surgeon'

January, 28, 2010
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Back in training camp, “Monday Night Football" analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden spent several days with the Saints. New Orleans coach Sean Payton let his friend and former co-worker with the Eagles sit in on offensive meetings and spend a lot of time with quarterback Drew Brees.

Gruden still hasn’t stopped talking about Brees. In a conference call with the national media Thursday, Gruden continued to rave about Brees.

“I spent a lot of time there in New Orleans watching this guy," Gruden said. “He is the surgeon. He will cut you up with three-yard passes. His guys will take those three-yard passes and they can run with it after they catch it. They can line up any formation and any personnel group you give them. They might line up in 30 different formations on the first 30 plays of the game.

“Drew Brees is totally online with Sean Payton, it’s a two-headed monster. Those two guys have been together for a long time and it shows on the practice field, it shows in the meeting room. They will put a full-court press on the Indianapolis defense with formation, personnel groupings and the talented group they send out there."

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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