Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Brees: Saints can be better on offense
By Pat Yasinskas
The one thing I’ve noticed about Drew Brees the past couple years is that the New Orleans Saints quarterback never seems satisfied.
Brees is a perfectionist and I think that’s part of what makes him great. That side of Brees surfaced again Monday. I was just reading through the transcript of his media session and it became pretty clear Brees saw some flaws in an offense that was the league’s best last year. Brees was asked if the offense can improve and he gave a detailed answer, outlining the areas where the Saints were not perfect.
“I think we can get a lot better,’’ Brees said. “When you look at some of the biggest statistics, as far as offensive football goes, turnovers -- I think we were in the middle of the pack in turning the ball over, so we can definitely get better there. I know were in the top five in third-down efficiency but you always think about if we can just get one, two, three, four, five percentage points higher in third-down percentage, that’s another conversion in a critical situation in a big game where that leads to more points. A couple of percentage points in third-down percentage might gain you three more points on average in a game and that’s pretty crucial. You look at all those little statistics and just try to find a way to chip away at it and get a little bit better.”