Drew Brees on 'most frustrating season,' kids as motivation

Some good stories on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees emerged from the Pro Bowl.

Brees told The MMQB’s Greg Bedard that his 14th NFL season was “my most frustrating” after the Saints’ high expectations resulted in a 7-9 dud. Once again, Brees hinted at the intangibles that sunk the Saints – like when he has talked previously about a lack of maturity and a need to get back to some of the things the Saints built their program on.

“I hate the word ‘talent.’ I hate it,” Brees said, according to Bedard, who had suggested the Saints were one of the most talented teams he saw in training camp. “Some of the best players I ever played with, or best teammates I ever played with, that wasn’t their best quality. Everybody’s talented. Their best quality was their work ethic, their leadership ability, their ability to fight through adversity, toughness, reliability. Those are the things I most value.”

The good news, according to the always-optimistic Brees, is, “I think we’ve identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn’t allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it. ... It’s going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done.”

Meanwhile, the Times-Picayune’s Katherine Terrell also did a nice profile on Brees, who said his four children have become one of his top motivators at age 36. Brees said he’d love for all four of them to be able to see and appreciate what he does for a living.

Brees said he's just as excited as he's ever been about where the Saints are headed, according to Terrell. But he also knows his opportunities are dwindling.

"You just know the chances are less and less,” Brees said. “At some point, you're not going to be able to say, 'Well, there's always next year.'"

Last but not least, Brees made it clear on Twitter that he didn't like being split up from Saints teammates Jimmy Graham and Mark Ingram in the Pro Bowl -- especially since Graham wound up beating him with a late TD catch -- from rival Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, of all people.