Yahoo- Brees told NFL Network the duo were going nowhere, making it clear on Wednesday he was sick of answering questions on the topic.
"It’s not that I am tired of it. I find it pretty funny," Brees said.
"I mean, I think I have been traded to no less than four other teams. I mean, there were talks throughout the off-season, obviously there have been a few mentioned during this season. I’m sure there will be a few more in the month of January.
"I chuckle and wonder where they come from. I wonder how some people in this industry have a job.
"Reporting some of the stuff that they report with their sources or their cousin or whoever they are talking to to get their information. That is why I kind of laugh and chuckle and it’s good that we can all laugh about it right here."
It should come as no surprise that Sean Payton, to put it lightly, has a contentious relationship with the NFL and all it's related media sources. I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth, but that could potentially have to do with that time the league suspended him for an entire season due to circumstantial evidence of a practice that was present in almost all locker rooms. Again, I am not here to speculate, but it's just something to think about. On the other hand, Drew Brees has managed to hold his tongue in nearly ever situation that would call for a more controversial reaction. That's what made his response earlier this week so alarming. Drew Brees whimsically mocking reporters is just about as angry as you will see him get, outside of an incomplete pass, when a camera is on him.
Drew Brees questioning whether or not some "journalists" should continue to keep their job is the equivalent of a less politically correct person questioning whether or not they should continue to breathe. Drew Brees saying that NFL insiders use their cousin as their source for information is essentially the same thing as someone like myself saying they use their cousin as their source for sexual intimacy. This is as close to an outburst as you are going to get from Drew Brees, and that tells me a lot about what I should expect from the Saints in the offseason.
Drew Brees isn't the type of person that is going to look you in the face and lie to you. Sean Payton? Absolutely. The ability to fabricate information is a skill that is necessary to become a head coach in the NFL. I take everything Sean Payton says with a grain of salt, but if Drew Brees says that he and Payton will be here next year then I have no choice to believe him. Why would he defiantly (relatively speaking) stand up for himself, after a season full of controversy and rumors, if he knew that there was a possibility of it making him look stupid in the future? I am not saying that there isn't work to be done. Drew Brees will likely need to sign a cap friendly extension for this team to have the financial versatility to compete, but I can't imagine that's not something that has already been discussed.
Do I know what the offseason holds? Of course not. It could all be blown up within a matter of hours. However, does it really make sense for either person to go elsewhere. Drew Brees is better off with Sean Payton. Sean Payton is better with Drew Brees. It's not easy to find consistency in the NFL and, in conjunction with each other, the two have continually managed to find success offensively. Some pieces have been put in place defensively this year. Some more will undoubtedly be put in place in the coming months. A plan was clearly formulated last offseason, and it makes little to no sense to stray from that plan only halfway through it's execution.
Sure, there were times when Sean Payton looked like a lame duck coach throughout the season, but they certainly didn't come when you would expect them to. Coaches that think they will be out of a job don't coach their best football at the end of the year. Quarterbacks that don't expect to be back with a franchise don't play two meaningless games with a significant foot injury that has sidelined so many of his peers before him. Drew Brees should finish his career as a Saint. Not only because he wants to finish his career as a Saint, but because it gives him and his Head Coach the best chance at success in their immediate future. Maybe it's not the smartest move long term, but it's clear that Drew Brees thinks it is, and goddamn it, that's more than enough for me.