Drew Brees says he fully expected Brett Favre to be on the opposite sideline when the Saints host Vikings in the Thursday night season opener in a few weeks, a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game.
While Favre was battered by the Saints in that game, Brees wasn’t overly concerned when asked if he thinks the Vikings will look for retribution.
“It is what it is. The fact is when the guy on defense has a chance to take a shot on a quarterback legally, he’s going to do it,” Brees told reporters. “If he hits him illegally, he is either going to get a huge fine or a penalty and hurt his team. I don’t feel like our guys were cheap-shotting Brett at all. Were we trying to hit him and hit him hard? Yes. Absolutely. I am sure their defensive coaches were telling their defenders the same thing: if you get a shot at Brees, take it. I don’t think there was anything dirty about that.
“Brett stood in there and played a heck of a football game against us despite taking a lot of hits. Our defense was hitting him hard. I felt like it was all clean. It happened to be that on one of those hits, he suffered an ankle injury. I don’t think our guys did that on purpose.”