New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees upset by harsh penalties: “Nobody trusts” Roger Goodell
The New Orleans Saints made it through the offseason with as much dignity and poise as they, and the training camp is going smoothly but the question remains if lady fortune will favor them with a good regular season. In some aspect, the New Orleans Saints lost their strongest pillar with Sean Peyton’s suspension and as if that is most enough punishment for the team, interim coach Joe Vitt will be serving a six game suspension with the opening game of the season.
Drew Brees is obviously upset with the severity of the penalties handed down to the New Orleans Saints by Roger Goodell. The New Orleans Saints feared they’d become dysfunctional in Sean Payton’s absence due to a year-long suspension, and Drew Brees can’t forget or forget man who is currently testing the team’s spirits.
“Nobody trusts him,” said Drew Brees, while discussing the NFL players’ general attitude towards Roger Goodell. “I'm not talking about a DUI, or using a gun in a strip club, which are pretty clear violations.”
“I think there're too many times where the league has come to its decision in a case before calling a guy in, and the interview is just a façade,” said Drew Brees identifying the main reason behind picking a bone with Roger Goodell. “I think now if a guy has to come in to talk to Roger, he'll be very hesitant because he'll think the conclusion has already been reached.”
Drew Brees is back on his leadership role after signing on an extension to his contract and his locker room presence is sure to motivate the New Orleans Saints to strive for achieving the best in themselves. And maybe Sean Payton’s absence will serve as an inspirational force, driving the New Orleans Saints throughout the season with the ideology that they can overcome all adversities.
"Our mentality is this: Move on. Find a way. We will,” said Drew Brees, echoing the same sentiments.
The New England Patriots have made great progress in the season following several penalties on the SpyGate scandal but they still had the guidance of Bill Belichick. And that is why Drew Brees hesitates in making predictions for the New Orleans Saints
"I don't know. I think about it a lot. The hard thing is, your head coach is gone like that," said Drew Brees while discussing the long-lasting after affects of Sean Payton’s suspension. “We're very familiar with coach [Joe] Vitt, very comfortable, and then he's gone for the first six weeks. You take the two strongest presences in the building and remove them, and it's like taking the president and vice president away from government.”
The New Orleans Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees has every reason for feeling negatively about Roger Goodell. Even if Sean Payton’s advice still runs at the back of Drew Brees’ head, still nothing beats a familiar coach’s on-field presence under trying times.