Drew Brees Has A Death Wish

July 28th, 2011

During the 2010 offseason, Drew Brees spent time tutoring Josh Freeman as a favor to his old college coach: Greg Olson.

Joe respected Brees for that, but it sure seemed bizarre for a competitive guy to invest serious time propping up a division opponent’s quarterback.

But this year Brees took it all to a new level. The guy mentored Gerald McCoy.

In fact, McCoy credited Brees for being his No. 2 offseason advisor behind Pro Bowl defensive tackle and Pro Bowler Tommie Harris, during an interview this morning on the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620.

“Suprisingly enough, who’s going to kind of make people say, ‘What?’ A person I talked to this offseason that helped me with my recovery and how I can make a comeback is Drew Brees,” McCoy said. “We trained at the same gym. … I just had a chance to sit down and talk to him. And it wasn’t about football. It was just like, ‘Mentally, how do you come back from an injury?  What did you do?’ Thinks like that. ‘How do you lead the way you do? What makes you who you are?’ And he gave me some great advice.”

Does Brees realize McCoy’s mission is to break him in half? Brees either has to be a top shelf Mr. Nice Guy, harbors a death wish, or he thinks McCoy isn’t good enough to threaten him. Interesting, regardless.

One thing McCoy said in the interview that alarmed Joe was that he felt his healing triceps had recovered about 85 percent of the strength it had last year. Considering a guy as young as McCoy should be getting stronger in the offseason, that was somewhat troubling.

Hopefuly, McCoy can pull that up to 100 percent by opening day. 

24 Responses to “Drew Brees Has A Death Wish”

  1. TopDoggie Says:

    I like Brees. Wish he was in a different divison.

  2. Mauha Deeb Says:

    I thought McCoy injured his bicep, not his triceps. Did he injure both?

  3. Brandon Says:

    It was his bicep. The good thing is that the biceps muscles are not extremely important in football… they are pretty darn important regardless, but one does not have to have extremely strong biceps to be effective. Any time a muscle is torn it will take a long time (12 months or more) to regain full strength. 85% is probably more than we could hope for at this point. It’s McCoy’s lower body that has to be strong, so as long as he is strong there, he will be fine.

  4. bucswin Says:

    He’s only at 85% at this time? Oh no!!!


    Brees helped him with mental recovery from an injury?

    Brees must have a death wish!

    Geez, way to make something out of nothing.

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Joe…McCoy did in fact get stronger and accomplished a body recomposition that’s pretty remarkable. It’s only the one bicep that’s not stronger but that’s expected when you tear the tendon off the bone. Takes time.

  6. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @Brandon That makes sense. It also explains why Michael Pittman was ineffective(too much focus on his biceps lol) Triceps seem like they are far more important giving the amount of pushing required.
    My only issue with the “85%” is possibility of re-injury.

  7. TrueBlue Says:

    Anyone know how he tore that muscle? Stepped on? Twisted? Bent?

  8. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    mccoy couldnt snap a slim jim in half last year. his “recomposition” better make him a different player. if it were only that a big mouth and over-confidence and hype made you great – mccoy would be great.

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    No, YOU would be the one who’s great if a big mouth made it so. I’d love for you to volunteer to be that slim jim so I could do a TD dance over your broken body.

  10. BOb Says:

    no you would be………. no, no YOU WOULD BE………NO, YOU WOULD BE!!! LOL

  11. Big Marlon B Says:

    Thomas i’m surprised u didn’t take this opportunity to bang the Suh drum and tell us how amazing he is, and how HE didn’t tear a muscle last year. shut your mouth and have some patience, let the kid develop.

  12. HIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    “Biceps aren’t important” – Internet Soothsayer

  13. scubasteve4930 Says:

    I just heard through twitter tampa made an offer to jonathan joseph


  14. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @scubasteve4930 Really? Who on twitter wrote that? Someone in the org?

  15. Dave Says:

    If everyone would stop the bickering… the point is:
    McCoy is doing everything possible to be a great DT and a leader of men and Brees is an awesome guy (and should be traded to the AFC)

  16. scubasteve4930 Says:


  17. scubasteve4930 Says:

    he accepts…and that is christmas in july baby!

  18. Dan Says:

    probably just trying to screw with the lions. like we did with the cowboys

  19. barton1017 Says:

    @mauha deeb, we had a discussion lastnight about DE & DT, would you be happy with Joesph or should we mak a stronger push for Mebane? we got the $$$$ so i say sign’m both. whats your take? BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Wasting his time faking out the Lions. Where do some of you people come up with this crap, anyway? Man…it’s like trying to listen to a discussion between a bunch of clowns here sometimes.

  21. Oahubuc Says:

    Dude apparently wants a competitive and strong division. Imagine, a sportsman, in this day and age. He’d be better off spending the offseason shopping for gold chains and talking trash.

  22. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @barton1017 Good afternoon, brother.
    I say sign Joseph. Great value for the price. I don’t think there is much if any downside to signing him, other than more griping and moaning from Marvin Lewis, of course.
    I haven’t heard of any interest in Mebane, but I think that kid has got some serious talent. He would be great next to McCoy if Price can’t get that hip working. Only problem is Mebane would be a pretty penny for insurance if Price is able to make a perfect comeback.
    Still want a OL more than DT but certainly a DT before a DE.

  23. barton1017 Says:

    @Mauha Deeb,
    well im glad to see we agree on @ least 1 thing, Joesph would be great, and what about movin Ronde to a Safety spot to help prolong his career? then we have a strength @ the CB spot for years. i say we need to jump in on Sproles, do you see a better fit for the Bucs than him? BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!

  24. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @barton1017 I don’t believe putting Ronde at safety would prolong his career. Nor do I think he would be an upgrade to either T-Jack or Grimm. If we did pick up a CB I would use him in Nickel situations. He would still get plenty of play time, but would get way more rest than he is used to. It is hard for a 36 year old to play constantly like he has. The guy needs a break. A nickel role will give him that and allow him to enjoy his job quite a bit more.
    As far as RBs go, I haven’t really looked into it. We have Blount, Caddy, Lumpkin, Graham, and now Bradford. I can’t see them spending any more money at that position after they sign Bradford. Caddy or Graham may be gone soon, but I just don’t see the point in drafting another RB right now. Perhaps if Bradford and Lumpkin fail royally we might pick up someone midseason, but I don’t see it happening before week 1.