NEW ORLEANS – Drew Breeze was probably on his last game in the New Orleans Saints’ historic home building, about two hours after the Superdome was still on the field.
Trees, widely expected to retire after 20 seasons, did not officially announce his intentions after a disappointing 30–20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoff’s divisional round on Sunday. But he made sure that it all got inside.
Trees and his wife Brittany spent time playing with their four children – some football and some gymnastics. He also spent time interacting with longtime friend and rival Tom Brady. After two all-time great quarterbacks, Hug shared, Brady also gave a pass to one of the Trees kids before heading to the NFC Championship Game.
Breeze, who turned 42 on Friday, was hoping to reach his fourth NFC title game and his second Super Bowl this year. Instead, he threw three interceptions in a playoff game for the first time in his career, while Tampa Bay returned from a 20–13 deficit in the third quarter.
“I’m going to give myself a chance to think about the season, think about a lot of things, like I did last year and make a decision,” Breece said.
He said that his performance on Sunday or the end of the season would not affect his decision. But when asked what would happen in the decision, Breeze said, “I’ll keep it to myself for now.”
However, he had no regrets when he returned this year, having retired after the previous season.
“I’ll never regret it. Never,” said Tree, who missed four games in November and December due to a clogged lung and 11 broken ribs but still led the Saints to a No. 2 seed in the NFC 12-4. Earned with the record. Prior to their disappointing finale.
“No complaints. No regrets. Man, I have always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. And I appreciate the game,” he said. “Bris Said, who led the saints. He holds the NFL record for the only Super Bowl win and career passing yardage in franchise history in 2009. “There are obviously so many incredible memories, so many incredible relationships that have come as a result of playing this game. And, man, you find out so much about yourself and you struggle a lot when you play this game. Does matter.
“And I’ll say this season, I’ve probably had to fight far more than I’ve hurt in any other season in my career – from injury to all the crazy stuff to just crazy situations. And it was worth every moment. Of course. “
Saints coach Sean Peyton also said he could not speak for the trees and did not want to spend time reflecting on Breeze’s future Hall of Fame career yet.
“Listen listen, I think that’s probably for another press conference,” Pyton said. “He will spend all his time on my question tonight. Obviously, he is tremendous for this team, this city, I can move forward. But let’s wait and answer at the right time.”
Other teammates, from veteran linebacker DeMario Davis to young receiver Trecu Smith, both used the same words when asked what Breeze meant – “everything.”
If it was Breeze’s final game, he would not have found a career all-time great like fellow teammates like John Elway or Peyton Manning. In fact, it was the complete opposite.
Trees completed 19 of 19 passes for just 134 yards with a touchdown on a night when he struggled to take the ball down even more than usual. The Saints’ biggest passing play came when backup Jemis Winston threw a 56-yard TD pass on a trick-flea-flicker that Steele stole from the Chicago Bears, who tried against the Saints a week earlier.
And Trees failed to connect even once with top receiver Michael Thomas on four goals. The first interception of the trees came in the second quarter when the Saints were ahead 6-3 and left Thomas behind. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting lined up in front of it and nearly returned it for a touchdown.
Trees threw another pick in the fourth quarter when the Saints trailed 23-20 and linebacker Devin White downed Alvin Kamara from the middle of the field. The third contradiction came on a pass when the Saints had 30-20 with at least five minutes left.
Tait and Jared Cook also lost a key fumble in the third quarter when the Saints were ahead 20-13 and crossed the midfield.
“I would say it’s very unnatural because we promote ‘winning the football’. And you roll the ball four times, which is not ‘football-winning’ – especially in the playoffs, especially against a team like that,” “Said Breeze, who blamed himself for the interception.
“Well, a couple of them probably shouldn’t have thrown me and maybe it was forced there. And we were probably just a little off on overall execution,” Breece said. “But at the end of the day, it was the same game that came down.”