The Pro Bowl is generally not the time for extensive film study.
After a long season, the NFL's annual all-star game is usually a time for players to bond and relax. That, apparently, doesn't apply to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
"We're at the pool," Bills running back LeSean McCoy recalled Wednesday. "Having margaritas, having fun. He's over there studying the plays. I'm like, 'wow!' He's like, 'hey, Shady, you got this?' I'm like, 'yeah, yeah I got it.'
"Just seeing that type of preparation in a Pro Bowl ... it shows you that competitive nature he has. So I'm a big fan of his. I appreciate his work."
Brees will lead the New Orleans Saints into town Sunday for a Week 10 game against the Bills that has big playoff implications for both sides. The Saints lead the NFC South at 6-2, riding a six-game winning streak. The Bills are hanging onto the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC at 5-3. McCoy, though, said it's too early to pay attention to the standings.
"I haven't looked at it. It doesn't matter," he said. "We've got a couple more games until we can think about that. Just take care of business this Sunday. We don't want to look forward. Right now the task at hand is the Saints."
McCoy and the Bills are coming off their worst showing of the season – a 34-21 drubbing at the hands of the New York Jets, a loss he called "terrible."
"So how do you bounce back? That's the question," he said. "So we'll see how we answer that. ... Good thing is, we're still 5-3. Another opportunity this Sunday, going against a really good team. All-star quarterback, solid team together. It's a big challenge for us, it really is. But we've had big games before. Win this game, we're 6-3. Things are a lot different if that happens. We just got to make sure we take care of business."
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