Drew Brees: Didn’t ‘hear a peep’ from Roger Goodell for 10 days
Drew Brees took NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to task Friday over his lack of communication in the wake of the team’s devastating and controversial loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
Goodell indicated this week during his Super Bowl LIII press conference that he had reached out to the Saints in some capacity, although the extent of which is a matter of debate and something numerous Saints players have disputed.
Brees, however, is taking issue with how Goodell and the NFL went about publicly addressing the issue amid the fallout from what arguably was the most egregious and impactful non-call in league postseason history.
“On Monday or Tuesday after that game, we all deserved a response…yet we don’t hear a peep for ten days.” – @DrewBrees on commissioner Roger Goodell's silence following controversial no-call in Saints / Rams pic.twitter.com/4TJonzkI5k— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 1, 2019
“I mean, do I really want to be in a position talking about this over and over again? No. But I have to stand up and do it because I have to represent my team, represent the Who Dat nation, and that’s my responsibility,” Brees said Friday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” as transcribed by ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “So it’s the commissioner’s responsibility to do the same thing, and yet we don’t hear a peep for 10 days. And it’s because he has to do it now because he’s at the Super Bowl and he does his annual press conference.”
Brees’ comments to Patrick follow a heartfelt message the Saints quarterback posted on Instagram earlier in the week.
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I’ve spent this last week navigating the heartache and disappointment from the game. Some things within our control and some outside our control that caused us to fall short. So much of our motivation is to represent the Who Dat Nation with determination and resiliency. We want to play for you, fight for you, and win for you. You deserve that. The longer I play I realize that we truly are one heartbeat with our fans. Our success is your success. Our disappointment is your disappointment. We are inspired by one another to accomplish things far greater than what we could ever do on our own. Everything that has ever happened to this community, we have bonded together, galvanized and leaped forward every time. The frustration we feel now can be channeled in the same way. Pour that passion and emotion into your families and communities. Inspire others with your focus & determination and positive outlook. This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future. There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge. So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere.
There has been no shortage of outrage and devastation over how things played out for the Saints in the NFC Championship Game; from irate fans creatively articulating their despair to candid remarks from head coach Sean Payton, who it merits noting took a veiled potshot at Goodell during his season-ending press conference earlier this week.
It’s going to take a long time for the Saints and Who Dat Nation to get over the way the team’s Super Bowl dreams ending so controversially. That said, the Saints will have no choice but to move on from it and start focusing on next season.