Brees wants Saints to chase perfection

Friday, December 11, 2009

Brees wants Saints to chase perfection

Days after New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying that he intends to keep his starters in the lineup late in the regular season to make a run at 16-0, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he "absolutely" wants to pursue an unbeaten season.

"All I'll say is this: You've got an opportunity to make history," Brees said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"Who knows if we will ever get this close again," he added. "But it's one at a time."

The Saints' approach is in contrast to that of the Indianapolis Colts, who appear intent upon resting their starters if they've already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But Brees is not interested in that, and rejects the notion that a loss would ease pressure on the Saints in the postseason.

"I know what you're saying, because yeah, obviously the more that you win and the longer you stay undefeated, the more distractions come with that. And more people are calling you, more media people want to talk to you, and more people want to talk about an undefeated season. But, no, this team can handle it."

Pats' Thomas not pleased

Linebacker Adalius Thomas was unapologetic Thursday, a day after being sent home for being late to the New England Patriots' 8 a.m. team meeting.

Thomas told reporters he was "dumbfounded" that he and three teammates were sent home after being late because of weather-related traffic issues.

"There's one thing about Mother Nature: You can't control that," Thomas said, according to the Boston Globe. "You can't run people over getting to work. There's nothing to apologize about. I wasn't trying to be late. I don't know what to say. You leave home, there are people there, cars sitting in the road, you're sitting there, what are you gonna do? It's not the Jetsons. I can't jump up and fly. What am I supposed to do?"

Ochocinco fine with fines

The NFL's fines of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco apparently aren't having the desired effect.

After being fined $30,000 by the league for wearing a sombrero and poncho on the sideline following a touchdown Sunday, Ochocinco promised that future celebrations only will become more eye-catching.

"That's okay," Ochocinco said, according to the Associated Press. "They keep jacking them [the fines] up, I'll keep jacking up the celebrations."

Young limited, Ryan out

During practice, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young aggravated a knee injury suffered Sunday. He left after throwing a pass and did not return.

Meantime, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (toe) did not practice at all. Chris Redman would start against the Saints if Ryan can't. . . .

The Jaguars' game against the Miami Dolphins will be blacked out on Jacksonville-area TV on Sunday for failing to sell out 72 hours in advance, continuing a season-long string of blackouts.

The Kansas City Chiefs, however, were granted a 24-hour extension for their game against the Buffalo Bills.

-- Mark Maske

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