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Drew Brees on being 36 years old: ‘I don’t feel like there’s anything I can’t do now that I could 10 years ago 15 years ago’

After a disappointing 7-9 season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team needs to get back to the roots of what made the organization success when head coach Sean Payton first arrived.

“Bottom line is we need to get back to the elements that helped establish our program when we first got back there in 2006,” Brees told The Jim Rome Show on Radio Row. “I think we’ve lost a little bit of that and I think that is because of the departure of a lot of guys that have kind of been mainstays within our team for very long time. There’s always turnover from year to year, in yet I feel like we had the biggest amount of turnover last year just in regards to I think some of the core players and the core leaders and that kind of thing.”

The Super Bowl XLIV MVP says foundation must become the priority.

“We have talented young guys, and yet I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job of communicating exactly how we do things. How we’re going to work,” said Brees. “So it’s really just getting back to building our organization our framework from the ground up and making sure were all on the same page.”

In fact, Brees shared his thoughts on the word “talent,” something his team has been labeled with by most observers the past few seasons.

“I actually hate the word,” said Brees. “Because it doesn’t win you anything in this league. It does not. What wins you in this game is dependability, guy with work ethic, guys with the ability to fight through adversity, that’s what helps you win in this league. Now if you have talented guys that are all of those things as well, you’re lights out. The key is having guys that care for one another love the game love to go to work and can fight through that adversity when it comes.”

As for the 36-year old, he knows his time in the league is limited, but feels better than ever.

“I don’t feel like there’s anything I can’t do now that I could 10 years ago 15 years ago,” said Brees. “In fact, add on to that just the experience that I feel like I gain each and every year I mean I become a smarter player every time I step on the field, so I almost feel like I’m ahead now of where I was 10 years ago if you combine the physical and mental aspect of the game.”

  • Drew Brees
  • Jan 29th 2015