Theismann: Brees, Payton Have "Perfect Marriage"

Thirteen years later, Drew Brees and Sean Payton are still going strong

Taz and the Moose
October 09, 2018 - 11:12 am

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Drew Brees has a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP and, as of Monday, is the NFL’s all-time leading passer. Yet, he seems to not get the recognition that he deserves.


“Drew is not the tallest guy in the world, and unfortunately because New Orleans hasn’t won as many championships and there’s been a bit of turnover down there, Drew just sort of gets lost in all that conversation,” Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann said on Taz & The Moose. “I was listening last night to the announcers talk about (how) you know Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. These are guys that have won championships, and of course Peyton is on TV doing everything. But the thing that makes Drew so special is his decisiveness.”

In 2006, Sean Payton, in his first year as Saints head coach, invited Theismann to speak to the team in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“There was one guy siting right in front of me taking notes, and it was Drew Brees,” Theismann said. “He is meticulous in his preparation. The thing that makes Drew so good is his decisiveness, and the other thing is it’s a perfect marriage between Sean Payton, who loves to throw the football, and Drew Brees, who is accurate and quick. 

“I tell young quarterbacks: if you want to learn how to throw deep balls, study Drew Brees,” Theismann continued. “He puts great trajectory on the ball, and he gives the guys a chance to be able to run to it.”

Theismann sees those same attributes in Philip Rivers, who may also be underrated.

“Neither one of these guys has a rocket arm,” Theismann said, “but their anticipation, their timing, the way they deliver the ball with the trajectory, the velocity, it’s just amazing. I think Drew should be every guy’s 6-foot-tall hero.”