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37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

Posted on: May 3, 2011 2:35 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

With the once-lifted lockout now in place until the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rules -- likely coming later this week -- players are back in limbo. But the would-be rudderless ship of one team, the New Orleans Saints, has some pretty good direction, with 37 players participating in voluntary workouts organized by quarterback Drew Brees.

"We would all be working out somewhere anyway, so why not do it together," Brees said. "I feel like this is putting us way ahead of other teams by having it so organized."

He's right -- it's pretty obvious that when it comes to the 2011 season, teams will probably be split into tiers when it comes to an advantage out of the starting gate.

There will be one tier of teams that worked out together, frequently, who will be ahead of everyone else. There's another tier of teams who remain "loosely organized" but don't have a firm workout plan in place. And there'll probably be a tier of teams that don't do a whole lot of organizing.

Yes, it seems safe to say that you can figure out which will be which based on a) leadership and b) organizational structure. (Think "Saints vs. Bengals," basically.)

That being said, if people aren't at these workouts won't be looked at in a bad way by the rest of the team.
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"I don't blame them if they're not here," said Brees, who is one of the plaintiffs in the players' lawsuit against the NFL. "We have no injury protection (as we would) if we were at the facility.

"You take a risk by being here."

Indeed it is a risk -- anyone that suffered a season-ending injury practicing when the league is locked out won't be subject to a lot of the perks they'd have were this a "normal" year.

But at some point, it should be normal in the NFL again, and those players will want to have the biggest possible advantage ... without causing any long-term damage to the roster.

"This is about getting guys back in, getting guys in the flow," Brees said. "We'll escalate it at some point to routes.

"There will be absolutely no contact. The point is to get guys together as a team."

Don't sleep on one more unintended -- or perhaps not? -- effect of these workouts: by bringing the players on the Saints together, Brees is also ensuring that, in a time of labor strife and factions-in-waiting, his troops remain unified.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:45 am

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

The reason a lot of players around the league are not doing this is because of a few reasons... They may not have the money to get a place to stay since a lot of players blew thru their cash.. and due to them not living in the towns they play in.  Also, they could be on vacation with their supermodel girlfriends claiming to be playing the next 10 years & this could be part reason why their coach decided to draft a QB... maybe light a fire in his ass to get him motivated & back from his pony tail & tan.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:27 am

Mark Sanchez

Sanchez is doing this as well. 2nd year in fact. Brees is awesome.

Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:48 am

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

And yet another reason why Drew Brees is the class of the league. If this type of thing doesnt factor into MVP voting at the end of the year then the AP writers dont deserve to vote.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:10 am

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

The Saints should be sending AJ Smith a Christmas present every year for his decision to let Brees go and keeping Rivers.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:35 am

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

It's good to be a saints fan right now... maybe Brees will play forever

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:44 pm

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

Incredible that this isn't happening all over the league!  These guys are professionals.  What should they be doing, sitting home and getting fat?  Of course they should be training.  The real story is why isn't this happening across the NFL?  I say we as fans boycott the league in 2011.  Don't go to games.  Swear to turn off the volume of the tv during commercials.  Let's get after these losers.  It's OUR GAME!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 6:45 pm

37 Saints join workouts organized by Brees

I thought organized practice was against the lockout rules. Should Brees be telling everyone what he is doing? 

As long as it isn't at a team facility and the coaching staff or trainers isn't involved the players can do anything they want.

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