New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton shares his true take on Brees retirement
By Bob Garcia
The head coach of the Saints hasn’t yet determined what Brees’ absence means to the team
Since Drew Brees announced his retirement from the NFL field and the New Orleans Saints last month, many comments have been shared, but Sean Payton’s thoughts had not yet been part of them. After having some time to let it sink in, Saints head coach Sean Payton finally decided to give an honest admission about what he really thought about Brees’ decision.
Payton said, “We’re not there yet because we haven’t had any practices, we haven’t turned around with something coming up where we’re like, That’s something Drew would’ve handled. We haven’t had that moment yet. I’m sure there’ll be a few of them. But it’s a young team, that’s what’s exciting… I think it’ll be different the first time we have an OTA, the first time we have a minicamp, or the first time we get into training camp. It hasn’t hit you quite yet because you haven’t done anything football-related. You’re involved in draft work, free-agent work. I’m sure there’ll be a couple of stages to it where it’s the first meeting, first practice, and so on.”
When Brees decided to announce his retirement, the NFL community really wasn’t that surprised because perhaps it was something that had been a long time coming. That’s not to say that many fans will miss him next season. It would be impossible not to when you’re talking about a legend and one of the best quarterbacks the team has ever had. On his retirement, Brees said, “After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans.”