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Brees working with Tom House to fix deep ball woes
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House suggested tennis as a way to work on Brees’ “functional strength” since Brees was a standout tennis player when he was younger. Brees suggested lacrosse and stand-up paddle boarding, both of which have become favorites of Brees and his family in recent years.

And as they’ve always done, Brees and House spent weeks snapping towels with a throwing motion and throwing one- and two-pound balls before they even touched a football -- with the 41-year-old Brees targeting a specific goal of being able to throw a ball 60 yards.

“Most of it happened in my backyard,” Brees said with a laugh. “But we discovered a few things in the process.

“So it was interesting that the circumstances of COVID caused that. But there were some beneficial things that came from it that I’m hoping will pay dividends.”


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House, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who has become a renowned throwing coach for elite pitchers and quarterbacks like Brees and Tom Brady, explained throwing a one-pound ball is the equivalent of throwing a football. And throwing that ball one mile per hour is equal to throwing a football one yard.

About three weeks into that process, House said Brees was throwing the one-pound ball 60 miles per hour into a net.

“Then we started throwing a football about three weeks ago. And his first day out he popped a couple of 45-, 50-yarders like he was 25 years old again,” House said. “And his last workout (less than two weeks ago) he threw a couple balls 57, 58 yards without even trying.”

Brees’ longtime trainer Todd Durkin also shared how good Brees looked on social media heading into his 20th season.

And Brees had some pep in his voice during his first conference call with the media Saturday when he said, “I feel good. My body feels good. My arm feels live. I look forward to getting back on the field with the guys and get rolling.”

Brees didn’t elaborate too much when asked why he was focused on throwing a 60-yard pass. But it doesn’t take a statistical genius to figure out what has been missing from the future Hall of Famer’s game over the past two years.


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And Brees has more than made up for any physical shortcomings with his savvy, accuracy and decision-making. His completion percentages of 74.4 in 2018 and 74.3 in 2019 are the two best in NFL history. And his passer ratings of 116.3 in 2019 and 115.7 in 2018 are the two best of his career.

The Saints went 13-3 in both of those seasons -- though their offense sputtered in both playoff losses, with Brees throwing a deep interception in both postseasons.

“Listen, if the opportunities are there, I let it fly. And if it's not, then you check it down and live to play another day,” Brees said. “I feel like perhaps in years past we had more opportunities down the field than maybe have presented themselves over the last two years. I don't think it's our lack of being able to do it or lack of calling the plays for it. It's just hit or miss at times, and then there's a risk-reward to it as well.

“So at the end of the day, what's the ultimate goal? Well, it's to drive down the field and score touchdowns. So if we can do that in three plays with a couple of big plays, long pass plays down the field, then great. But if we've got to put together 14-play drives, then we'll do that, too.

“I do like those plays down the field, though.”
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GMoney2600
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This is the best news I've heard in a while.

Besides being short...this was Brees' only weakness. If he does improve his deep ball, & gets good blocking from our interior OL...Brees should be a MVP candidate.

Brees getting pressure up the middle ruins everything, b/c he can barely see anything & has to worry about being hit.
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ulsaint
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If Brees can throw deep again, Kamara is going to explode.

Teams won't be able to sag down and focus on him.


Laaz2750
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frickin’ A


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CP
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re: Brees working with Tom House to fix deep ball woes
Don’t forget about Sanders. Guys got some wheels to catch those deep passes.


sicboy
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It's just nice to see that when the rest of us were noticing the downward trend but were getting nonsense thrown our way about us overreacting, Brees at least can acknowledge it and is working to get that part of his game back.


GMoney2600
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It's just nice to see that when the rest of us were noticing the downward trend but were getting nonsense thrown our way about us overreacting, Brees at least can acknowledge it and is working to get that part of his game back.


Yep. It was obvious to me that Brees' deep ball was subpar for the last 2 years, but some people got pissed off if you even mentioned it.

The funny thing is that Brees could accept it, but some of his fans couldn't
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saints5021
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So Tom House can fix an arm that has been aging rapidly the last 3 years? The problem with Brees' deep ball is what it takes to get it there. Saints have to go max protect with Brees taking a deep drop and a long roll out. This makes it easy for the Safety to defend it, as he always rolls to the side he is throwing. Also, we usually only have 2 receivers running the deep route, so there is never a wide open deep receiver.

Mahomes is so effective because he can throw deep off of a 3 or 5 step drop and has multiple track stars at receiver.


GMoney2600
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So Tom House can fix an arm that has been aging rapidly the last 3 years?


Why not? His arm has been declining b/c of his age, but Brees never really put in a ton of work to improve his arm.

It's not like his arm has to get a ton stronger. Last year, I'd say that his deep ball accuracy fell off after about 45 yards. If he can get to 55 yards, then that is huge.


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It’s very interesting.

Some people will never be able to General the kind of owner they need, but for those who can, it feels like something you should be able to maintain and and improve slightly.


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SirWinston
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Really interesting. Brees could legit play til 45 if he could add some zip back to his passes. He's a way better athlete at this point than Tom Brady was even 5 years ago.

Brees is criminally underrated by the media and the "experts".
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Last year, I'd say that his deep ball accuracy fell off after about 45 yards


he only threw the ball over 35 yards 5 times last year according to espn graphic in the OP.


BananaManCan
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Can Tom also reattach Drew's dick and balls?!


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saintsfan22
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but Brees never really put in a ton of work to improve his arm.


He might be doing something different now, and hopefully it works, but I've got a hard time believing everybody else noticed his lack of deep ball but Brees didn't attempt to do anything about it until now with all the work he puts into throwing.


kkv75
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Did Brees get clearance from Jenkins and Thomas and the other black players to make sure this is okay??


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Canyon16
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Drew's been slinging it a long time now.
Big 10 network yesterday afternoon had a 1997 game between Purdue/Michigan State.
He was a freshman. Got some 4th quarter action with the starter struggling.


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Damn, I knew a snowflake would have to comment.


SirWinston
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Downvote - KKV is a Patriot


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