Sean Payton Won't Pull Brees if Record is in Question

A few days ago, I mentioned the possibility that Tom Brady could catch and possibly surpass Drew Brees’ newly-won single-season passing record this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. It will take a few things to fall his way, like having a phenomenal game coupled with Brees struggling during his game against Carolina, but it’s possible.

This scenario was mentioned in Dave Hanzus’ article on, along with another tidbit to add to the equation. Saints HC Sean Payton will adjust his playcalling and keep Drew Brees in the game, no matter the lead (or lack thereof), if Brees’ hold on the record is in question.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Brees’ hold on the record will most likely be a factor against Carolina.

“You make decisions. They are not always right. You try to make them with the right things to help your team,” Payton said Tuesday. “Last night was one of those situations. This upcoming game will be one of those situations. It’s part of what we do. It’s part of coaching. It’s part of sport.”

The Patriots do not discuss going for records in public, which makes this uncharted territory for Patriots fans: A head coach openly discussing adjusting how he calls a game based on an individual record. If Brady comes within striking distance of the record, and the game is in the Patriots’ hands, it will be interesting to see if they keep slinging it or pull back as if it was a regular game.

What would you do if you were Bill Belichick?

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