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Drew Brees reacts to Saints win over Buccaneers

On the major difference between this matchup and two weeks ago against Tampa Bay
"The first time we played them, we were limited on plays in the first half, really because of our inability to
convert on first and third down throughout the game. We went three-and-out quite a bit in that game in fact, so
we really didn't allow our offense to sustain the ball a lot. When you look in the middle of the second quarter
and we've only run a handful of plays, that's not going to win ballgames, and we did that two weeks in a row
against Detroit and Tampa Bay. The big emphasis for us the last two weeks has been back to our standard,
excellence, back to our level of execution, both in the running game and in the passing game. Obviously,
attention to detail when it comes to any drive, especially on third down is paramount, because once we can get
things rolling in the tempo and rhythm that we are accustomed to, we can sustain drives and score points, which
allows good things to happen."
On Sean Payton's 100th win as a New Orleans Saints Head Coach
"I'm lucky to have been a part of every one of those. There are a lot of players that have been a part of those
wins, and we have a lot of coaches in that locker room that have been a part of every one of those victories too.
I think it speaks to the program that he has built here, and the amount of trust and confidence that everyone has
in him, from Mr. Benson and Mickey Loomis to the players and coaches. We've got a formula here. It works.
We've had some great seasons and great moments, and we've had some tough times and tough circumstances as
well, but I always feel like we have the ability to overcome because of the program, the system that Sean Payton
has put into place, and the fact that we all trust and have so much confidence in that process. We know each and
every week that he is going to put us in the best position to succeed. We love him."
On whether this season feels different than the previous two losing seasons
"There have been some really fun moments this season. I've been a part of some great teams and some great
locker rooms, and I would have to say that this locker room ranks way up there. We enjoy coming to work
every day, and we enjoy being around each other. We've had some tough moments this year that have
prevented us from being in a playoff position, but I also believe that you go through a lot of those things for a
reason, and what you learn along the way is what enables you to have success in the future. I feel like we are
right there, we are knocking on the door, and we have a lot of the right pieces in place."
On this team playing a complete game despite being out of the playoff picture beforehand
"We didn't know that we were out beforehand, but we play this game for a lot of reasons. First, this is our job.
We are professionals. Everybody in the locker room, when they step on the field, feels like they have something
to prove. So whether you're playing for a playoff spot or just trying for a win, you're playing with a great sense
of pride, a great sense of togetherness, and again, you want to play for the man next to you. That's what we
have in our locker room."
On playing in the United Kingdom next year
"We are excited about coming to London next year. I know we play the Miami Dolphins there. Our last trip to
London was in 2008, so it will have been nine years. I remember that game very well. I was really impressed
with the fans there, and the excitement around American football. I know it has grown significantly since then,
because we are talking about nine years down the road now. It's something that we are all going to be very
excited about. We love that the game of American football has grown throughout the rest of the world. We had
a game in Mexico City this year, and it sounds like they are going to do that again, and obviously, quite a few
games in London as well. When the time comes, we will be really excited about that game and going to the
United Kingdom, and hopefully making some more New Orleans Saints fans, more Who Dats, and expanding
the reach of Who Dat Nation."
On being lucky enough to have a 10 year relationship with one head coach
"I don't take it for granted. We've played a lot of football together. We've been in a lot of different situations
together. We shed some tears together. We had some great celebratory moments together. Beyond the football
side of it, obviously, he is the reason I am here. When he got the head coaching job back in 2006, it was his
decision for who was going to the starting quarterback, and he chose me at a time when that probably wasn't the
popular thing to do, so I owe him for that. On a personal side, I care for that man [Sean Payton] very much, and
his family. I think having that personal type of relationship too just makes me even more invested in being here,
what we are building here, because we know it doesn't last forever. While we are here, we are going to give it
everything we've got, and I don't think we are close to being done. I feel like there is a pinnacle that is still out
there for us."


On the major difference between this matchup and two weeks ago against Tampa Bay
"The first time we played them, we were limited on plays in the first half, really because of our inability to
convert on first and third down throughout the game. We went three-and-out quite a bit in that game in fact, so
we really didn't allow our offense to sustain the ball a lot. When you look in the middle of the second quarter
and we've only run a handful of plays, that's not going to win ballgames, and we did that two weeks in a row
against Detroit and Tampa Bay. The big emphasis for us the last two weeks has been back to our standard,
excellence, back to our level of execution, both in the running game and in the passing game. Obviously,
attention to detail when it comes to any drive, especially on third down is paramount, because once we can get
things rolling in the tempo and rhythm that we are accustomed to, we can sustain drives and score points, which
allows good things to happen."

On Sean Payton's 100th win as a New Orleans Saints Head Coach
"I'm lucky to have been a part of every one of those. There are a lot of players that have been a part of those
wins, and we have a lot of coaches in that locker room that have been a part of every one of those victories too.
I think it speaks to the program that he has built here, and the amount of trust and confidence that everyone has
in him, from Mr. Benson and Mickey Loomis to the players and coaches. We've got a formula here. It works.
We've had some great seasons and great moments, and we've had some tough times and tough circumstances as
well, but I always feel like we have the ability to overcome because of the program, the system that Sean Payton
has put into place, and the fact that we all trust and have so much confidence in that process. We know each and
every week that he is going to put us in the best position to succeed. We love him."

On whether this season feels different than the previous two losing seasons
"There have been some really fun moments this season. I've been a part of some great teams and some great
locker rooms, and I would have to say that this locker room ranks way up there. We enjoy coming to work
every day, and we enjoy being around each other. We've had some tough moments this year that have
prevented us from being in a playoff position, but I also believe that you go through a lot of those things for a
reason, and what you learn along the way is what enables you to have success in the future. I feel like we are
right there, we are knocking on the door, and we have a lot of the right pieces in place."

On this team playing a complete game despite being out of the playoff picture beforehand
"We didn't know that we were out beforehand, but we play this game for a lot of reasons. First, this is our job.
We are professionals. Everybody in the locker room, when they step on the field, feels like they have something
to prove. So whether you're playing for a playoff spot or just trying for a win, you're playing with a great sense
of pride, a great sense of togetherness, and again, you want to play for the man next to you. That's what we
have in our locker room."

On playing in the United Kingdom next year
"We are excited about coming to London next year. I know we play the Miami Dolphins there. Our last trip to
London was in 2008, so it will have been nine years. I remember that game very well. I was really impressed
with the fans there, and the excitement around American football. I know it has grown significantly since then,
because we are talking about nine years down the road now. It's something that we are all going to be very
excited about. We love that the game of American football has grown throughout the rest of the world. We had
a game in Mexico City this year, and it sounds like they are going to do that again, and obviously, quite a few
games in London as well. When the time comes, we will be really excited about that game and going to the
United Kingdom, and hopefully making some more New Orleans Saints fans, more Who Dats, and expanding
the reach of Who Dat Nation."

On being lucky enough to have a 10 year relationship with one head coach
"I don't take it for granted. We've played a lot of football together. We've been in a lot of different situations
together. We shed some tears together. We had some great celebratory moments together. Beyond the football
side of it, obviously, he is the reason I am here. When he got the head coaching job back in 2006, it was his
decision for who was going to the starting quarterback, and he chose me at a time when that probably wasn't the
popular thing to do, so I owe him for that. On a personal side, I care for that man [Sean Payton] very much, and
his family. I think having that personal type of relationship too just makes me even more invested in being here,
what we are building here, because we know it doesn't last forever. While we are here, we are going to give it
everything we've got, and I don't think we are close to being done. I feel like there is a pinnacle that is still out
there for us."

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