Garic: After 2 weeks of Saints camp, Drew Brees' impact is clearer than ever


Here we are supposedly starting a new era of Saints football, but I'm having a hard time getting there.

Every time I see Jameis Winston overthrow a wide open receiver, I think about Drew Brees, saying to myself: “No. 9 wouldn’t have missed that throw.” Every time I see Taysom Hill underthrow a deep ball, I say: “Drew would have been on time with that throw.” But hey, I’m only human.

Trust me, I’m not the only one. I’m sure Sean Payton has even whispered those same things to himself in practice. With Brees enjoying retirement while Winston and Hill fight to be the next QB in line, there are a lot of things you start to notice that he was able to cover up with a mastery of Payton’s offense.

To be fair, Brees had 15 years studying that course. Winston’s working off the year-long crash course, while Hill is in his first offseason as a full-time quarterback.  This season it’s the coaches often correcting receivers after the play for not lining up at the exact spot needed. That’s the type of thing Brees would’ve corrected pre-snap. It’s just one of the many things you notice that look different about this offense with a QB not named Brees calling the shots.