Drew Brees thinks he can be a top broadcaster despite NBC exit

NBC’s faith in Drew Brees is said to have disappeared after his disappointing performance calling a playoff game for the network last season. But according to Brees, his own confidence as a broadcaster hasn’t wavered.

Since parting ways with NBC earlier this year, Brees’ future as a broadcaster has looked uncertain, with the quarterback even posting a weird tweet claiming he can return to the NFL or pickleball again. Recently, however, Brees spoke with USA Today’s Chris Bumbaca and the former New Orleans Saints quarterback expressed his certainty that he can still be a great broadcaster if that’s the path he takes. he wants to borrow when he retires from football.

“I love streaming NFL games,” Brees told USA Today. “I think I could be one of the best at it if I chose to go in that direction.”

Brees joined NBC with high expectations as the potential heir to Cris Collinsworth in their Sunday night football stand. But NBC appeared to downgrade on Brees as a game analyst after failing to impress in the Las Vegas Raiders-Cincinnati Bengals playoff game earlier this year.

The network re-engaged with Collinsworth as a senior analyst and parted ways with Brees after just one season. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the exit stemmed from the former quarterback wanting to call games while NBC considered keeping him on as a studio analyst.

Brees offered a different narrative when speaking to USA Today, saying his exit from NBC had more to do with wanting to spend more time with his family than because of a difference of opinion about what should be. its role as a broadcaster.

“The NFL games happen to be broadcast on weekends in the fall, at the same time that you want to spend time with your family,” Brees said. “There’s just that balance to be found.”

I’m sure having weekends off to spend time with family is a benefit of no longer being employed during football season. But there’s a reason the networks haven’t lined up to offer Brees a big media deal like they did with Tony Romo, Troy Aikman and Tom Brady after seeing his disappointing debut as an announcer with NBC last season.

Amazon Reportedly Considering Hiring Brees for Alternate Broadcast of Thursday night footballwhich would give him a second chance as a broadcaster and still allow him to maintain the narrative of leaving NBC to keep his weekends free.

“The broadcast, that kind of stuff, those opportunities are there as well,” Brees said. “I think it’s a great way to stay involved in the game, to stay active in the game, engaged, because that’s the dynamic. But yeah, look, all of those things are in play.

“Look, I love football. I’m a football fan, so I love watching it as much as I love talking about it and playing it.

Brees’ year with NBC wasn’t a massively failed experiment like Jason Witten was with ESPN and Monday night football. The former NFL quarterback fell short of expectations of being the next Tony Romo, but his tenure looks worse than it actually was because he didn’t make it to the second year of his contract. “One of the best to do it,” seems like an overstatement, but Brees can certainly work the trade and at least get better than he was last year.

“If you want to be good at anything, you have to work at it,” admitted Brees. “In the pit, there is technique, there are fundamentals that go with it and that just take time to learn, to train. Just like as a quarterback. It doesn’t happen overnight. »

[USA Today]

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