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Gilmore on playing minus the club

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2013 – 10:01 pm

Sunday was Stephon Gilmore’s third appearance of the season following wrist surgery. It was also his first without the club that rendered his left hand completely useless to the cornerback.

Gilmore wore just a wrist guard on Sunday against the Saints giving him use of his fingers on his left hand for the first time this season.

“It felt good, I actually felt like myself,” said Gilmore. “I got my hands on receivers so I felt good. It was the doctor’s choice to let me go without the club. Once he told me, I was happy and felt like myself.”

Gilmore, who had one tackle in the game and was not targeted much by Drew Brees, will probably have to wear the guard for a bit moving forward.

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Familiarity with what Brees likes not an edge

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2013 – 10:55 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone worked on a daily basis with Drew Brees for three seasons in New Orleans (2006-2008) as the team’s offensive coordinator. Working so closely with Brees, logic would say that Marrone probably has a pretty good handle on what kinds of plays Brees likes most in specific down and distance situations. Marrone in his weekly conversation with dismissed it.

Marrone maintains that being five years removed from the environment allows for a lot of change. He feels his best way to get a handle on Brees and the Saints offense now is through watching their most current game tape.

“I think you see it on tape, what they’re doing,” he said. “Drew (Brees) is a very competitive person. He gets better each week. There are things they do well. I don’t think it’s a strategic advantage as far as having worked there. I just know how competitive they are and how big of a job and how big of a challenge we have in front of us.”

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Brees credits his pass protection to Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2013 – 7:30 am

Drew Brees worked pretty closely with Bills head coach Doug Marrone for three seasons as both of them arrived in New Orleans at the same time. Marrone was the offensive coordinator, but Brees said Marrone’s most lasting impact was improving the caliber of the men on New Orleans’ offensive line.

“I have great memories of Doug Marrone and I’ve stayed in touch with him,” said Brees. “I actually went up with him to an awards ceremony up in New York two or three years ago and met up with him when he was coaching Syracuse. We were having dinner and catching up. He’s a great football coach. We really enjoyed our time together when he was here.

“I felt like he was very instrumental in the development of a lot of our offensive linemen and I think you see the results of that now. I think we’ve had a lot of good offensive line coaches from Marrone to (Aaron) Kromer, now to Bret Ingalls. But guys like Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, they started with Doug Marrone. There’s a part of his teaching that lives with those guys. I know he’s proud of them and they respect him a lot. All of us who had him here as a coach do. He’s done a great job.”

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Brees very familiar with Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2013 – 11:07 am

Saints QB Drew Brees is more than aware of the success Mario Williams has had as a pass rusher this season. He’s also seen Williams abilities in person more than some might realize. That’s because Williams played for the Texans at a time when Houston and New Orleans would schedule scrimmages against one another during training camp.

“We played against him a lot, practiced against him a lot when he was with the Texans at those training camps and we played against him, that type of thing, but just twice during the season,” said Brees following Wednesday’s practice. “He’s always been a physical presence, but over time you just develop certain skills and techniques and master certain things and I definitely think he’s gotten better as the years have gone on. He’s always had that big physical presence, but he has the tools to go along with it and you see the results.”

A positive sign for Williams is Brees’ sack numbers are a bit higher than usual so far this season. The Saints QB has been taken down 14 times in New Orleans first six games.

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Drew Brees on Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2013 – 12:02 pm

With Doug Marrone being named the new head coach of the Bills there’s been reaction across the NFL. Drew Brees, who worked with him when he was offensive coordinator of the Saints offered the following.

“I am thrilled for Doug and his family,” said Brees. “I really enjoyed my time working with him when he was here with the Saints. Doug is a coach who deeply cares about his players. It was fun to watch him resurrect the program at his alma mater, Syracuse, and I know that the feeling in our organization was that he would have success doing that very quickly. This is a great opportunity for Doug and I can tell you that there are a lot of people here at the Saints that are proud to see him having earned this opportunity with the Bills.”

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Joe D. takes on Brees

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2010 – 2:44 pm

Joe DeLamielleure is calling out Drew Brees for what the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard believes is a “window dressing” resolution to put two retired player representatives on the NFLPA Player Board of Representatives.

The reason DeLamielleure feels the motion rings hollow is because those two seats do not have votes. They’d literally be figureheads with no voting power. So the Bills Wall of Famer wrote an open letter to Brees on the heels of his resolution at the NFLPA meetings in Hawaii last week where he again champions the cause of increased disability benefits for retired NFL players.

The entire letter can be found here.

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QBs make SB XLIV historic TV

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2010 – 3:56 pm

The Super Bowl is typically one of the most viewed television programs each year. To know that this year’s version is most watched ever is historic enough in itself, but to be the most watched TV program ever is because of one factor.

The two QBs involved in the game were among the best in the game. Sure there was the sentimental favorite in New Orleans, but Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are two of the five best QBs in football and that was the draw.

Why do you think the NFL keeps instituting more and more rules to protect the QBs? If they’re on the field performing more people will watch, and that’s what happened Sunday.

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Bills wanted Brees

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2009 – 1:58 pm

According to’s Peter King in a conversation he had with current Saints defensive coordinator and former Bills head coach Gregg Williams, the Bills wanted Drew Brees way back in the 2001 draft.

In his MMQB column he outlines a conversation he had with Williams. Naturally they were talking about Brees and Williams brought up Buffalo’s draft plans in 2001. As Williams tells it the Bills wanted Nate Clements in round 1 and obviously got him even though they traded down to pick 21 (from 14).

In round 2 holding the 46th pick the Bills wanted to move up so they could take Drew Brees as their quarterback, but there were no takers and San Diego grabbed Brees at the top of the 2nd round with the 32nd pick.

“I almost pulled a hamstring in the draft room, jumping up and down because I was so mad,” Williams told King.

As King astutely points out, can you imagine how that would have changed Buffalo’s fortunes at the position? The following year they likely would not have traded for Drew Bledsoe. And as Williams told King.

“I’ll tell you this: I wouldn’t be sitting here in New Orleans right now.”

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