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Former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister spoke to FanSided about his first impressions of Drew Brees and how the team will do without him in 2021.
The 2021 season will feel very different for New Orleans Saints fans as quarterback Drew Brees will not start in the middle for the first time since 2005. Long after the team was historically eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round season, Brees officially announced his retirement from the NFL, ending his career after 20 years.
Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister spoke with FanSided’s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman and discussed his first impression of Brees when he signed with the Saints in 2006.
Deuce McAllister talks about his first impression of Drew Brees
“Just win,” said McAllister. “I think that was the most important thing for me and then if you go back and remember that was right after Hurricane Katrina. So there was a lot of uncertainty around us about a franchise, an organization. I had some personal success, but not much team success. So to bring in a guy with the character of Drew Brees and what he had clearly done at Purdue, what he could accomplish in San Diego. you’re talking about [the Chargers] design Philip Rivers, so there were some career challenges. For him to come in and just be a leader, of course we know how the story ended, but at the time it was like ‘Look, I just want to win.’ So if he could come in and help us do that, I’d be all for it.”
After his tenure with the Chargers came to an end, Brees signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Famous talent in the Big Easy.
In his 15 years with the Saints, Brees threw 68,010 yards, 491 touchdowns and 190 interceptions, completing 68.8 percent of his passes. He led the team to an overall record of 142-86 and, most importantly, to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl win of the 2009 season.
Deuce McAllister Talks Saints Expectations Without Drew Brees
With Brees making the move from NFL quarterback to a studio analyst role for NBC, the Saints will now turn to sign callers Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston to take the reins in the middle. McAllister spoke of the Saints’ chances in the 2021 season without Brees starting as quarterback.
“I think the most important thing for those guys is that there’s still enough talent on that roster to go out there and be competitive,” McAllister said. ‘We will see. It will obviously be different. You know he won’t be able to get in and save you as far as a team. But at the end of the day, there’s plenty of talent out there for guys to get up to and really get out there and dedicate themselves to it. But we’ll see how it turns out.”
The Saints have talent on both sides of the ball to make some noise, but will face the reigning Super Bowl champions in the Buccaneers and an up-and-coming rival in the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South.
Regardless of who starts quarterback, they’ll have Terron Armstead blocking their blindside, Michael Thomas shining to target the downfield and a running back in Alvin Kamara to tire the defense on the ground and through the air. That’s a solid pool of talent that will surround the QB1 at the start of the 2021 season.
Deuce McAllister spoke to FanSided on behalf of the Official Sausage of the SEC, Johnsonville.
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