Preparing for Drew Brees twice a season has given Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris a deep appreciation for the Pro Bowl quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.
The Bucs must win Sunday in New Orleans and hope for some help to earn an NFC wild-card playoff berth. Brees, the third-most accurate passer in NFL history, has thrown 15 of his 32 touchdown passes this season on third down and the reigning Super Bowl MVP guided a fourth-quarter rally Monday night at Atlanta that clinched a postseason spot.
"He's dynamic, he's smart, he's sharp and he gets himself out of bad plays,'' Morris said. "Drew Brees knows what you're doing, he knows what he wants to do and he goes out and executes. He's got all the great qualities you'd want in a quarterback. You're more impressed each time you evaluate him.''
The Bucs shut out the Saints after halftime in December 2009 while rallying for a 20-17 triumph, but Brees threw three touchdown passes at Tampa on Oct. 17 in a 31-6 victory.
"Drew Brees is a competitor and he's a winner,'' Tampa Bay defensive end Stylez G. White said. "Yes, he throws some interceptions (21), but he shrugs them off. We'll try to get in his face and rattle him, but it's a tough task. He wins games, and when all is said and done, that's all that matters.''