IRVING, Texas – If New Orleans is looking for any game plan advice for Sunday’s game, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is willing to help.
“I wish they would give the other guy some reps so he can play some, coming back home and all,” Ryan joked. “It would be a good time to play him. I guess they’re not going to do that. So we’ve got to prepare for Brees.”
It’s a sort of homecoming for Brees, an Austin Westlake-ex, too.
When Ryan looks at Brees, more than one thing stands out.
“I think the guy is unbelievably accurate and he has been his whole life,” Ryan said. “He’s a great leader, all that stuff you see. But the accuracy is uncanny. Throwing the deep ball is also ridiculous. He’s a great player. There’s no question he’s one of the tops in the league every year. It’s tough.”
Because of Brees’ accuracy, Ryan has had to remind defenders to be ready at all times, even if they believe they have their guy covered.
“You’ve got to be much tighter in this game than you do in most games, absolutely,” Ryan said. “He believes in himself, and he should. I’ve never seen so many deep balls thrown where you’ve got absolutely no chance of throwing them in there and he gets them in there.”