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Watching from afar, Raheem Morris appreciates Drew Brees' record



With the Bucs visiting Atlanta on Sunday, Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris watched Monday’s Falcons-Saints game with great interest.
Of course, it was New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees who stole the show, and Morris wasn’t the least bit surprised to see him break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record.

As a division foe, Morris has game planned for Brees and the Saints six times as Bucs’ head coach and four other times as a Tampa Bay assistant. If anyone is familiar with the precision with which Brees plays and the relentlessness of the Saints’ passing game, it’s Morris.

“I told you: Every week, win, lose or draw, (Brees) is going to throw for 300 yards,” Morris said. “Every single week. Except he got 260 on us. He’s phenomenal. . . He is certainly something to watch.”

Morris watched the Saints and Brees celebrate, even sending a congratulatory text message to coach Sean Payton. It was a moment to appreciate, Morris said.

“It’s pretty special to watch anyone break a record,” Morris said. “I’m just glad it wasn’t on us. It’s something special, especially to do it in 15 games. A 27-year old record (broken) by a guy like Drew, in that city, to bring it back (from Hurricane Katrina) and win a Super Bowl, it’s like the perfect world. Now they have a chance to go into the playoffs and see what they can do.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5:31pm]


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