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John DeShazier: Pro Bowl snub a non-issue for Drew Brees

Brees: 'It’s really not something that I’m too concerned about'

Quick takes from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' Wednesday news conference with the media:

  1. No Pro Bowl? No problem. Brees, the NFL's leader in touchdown passes (34) and passing yards (4,559) took in stride the fact that he was not voted to play in this year's Pro Bowl, which would have been his ninth time. Possibly, he still could be chosen as an alternate due to injury or if another participant is playing in the Super Bowl. "I'm sure that there were a lot of deserving candidates there, so it's really not something that I'm too concerned about," he said. "It's a great honor when you are chosen, but a lot of times that comes along with winning. We didn't win enough games, I put that on myself. That's something, as I look at my career and the time that I have left, that's really all I want to do. I just want to win." Brees said he would have been pleased to have seen teammates like center Max Unger, defensive end Cam Jordanand running back Mark Ingrammake the team.
  1. Speaking of winning, the 48-41 victory over Arizona was Brees' 100th regular-season win as Saints quarterback (he has six playoff victories). "I guess that's pretty cool because at the end of the day, that's the number that really matters – wins and championships," he said. "You've got to play a long time in one place in order to get that done. It makes me reflect back on all the teammates, all the people that have been a part of those wins."
  1. In the previous meeting against Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers had one of the best days an opponent has had against Brees (25 of 41 for 257 yards and no touchdowns, with three interceptions). "They played well, (and) we did not execute well," Brees said. "It was a combination of those things. We had a lot of penalties (10, for 83 yards), we had a lot of turnovers, we didn't score when we had chances. You combine all those things and it doesn't really give you a chance to win."
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