Brees touts confidence, not caution, for rebound

QB promises to stay aggressive against Giants

Associated Press photo by David GoldmanAtlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann grabs the arm of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, forcing a turnover during the second half of the Falcons' 23-13 win Thursday in Atlanta.
Associated Press photo by David GoldmanAtlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann grabs the arm of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, forcing a turnover during the second half of the Falcons' 23-13 win Thursday in Atlanta.

METAIRIE — Six days after playing one of the worst games of his 12-year NFL career, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made sure that the word cautious wasn’t in his vocabulary when he met with reporters.

Even after throwing a career-high five interceptions in a 23-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 29, cautious is the last thing Brees plans to be in Sunday’s game with the New York Giants.

Confident was a better word to hang his helmet on, which is what he said he’ll be when the Saints go against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

“You stay aggressive … you stay confident,” said Brees, who has thrown seven interceptions in the past two games and 16 picks for the season. “If you don’t have trust and confidence in this league, you can’t play.

“I understand the importance of taking care of the football,” he said. “The last two weeks, the amount of turnovers can’t happen. It’s something I have to fix. I’m doing my best to do that. As far as being cautious or conservative, that’s not going to happen.”

No decision expected

Saints interim coach Joe Vitt told New York reporters Wednesday he doesn’t expect to hear this week from retired NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue after the latest round of bounty hearings.

Tagliabue, a lawyer, was appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the appeal of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith and issue punishment for their alleged roles in the bounty scandal.

Tagliabue wrapped up the hearings in New Orleans on Monday when Vitt and Vilma testified. Since there was no word Wednesday, Vitt is hopeful that Vilma and Smith will be available for Sunday’s game.

“The kind of man, the kind of commissioner Paul Tagliabue was and the man he is, I would be shocked if something came this week,” Vitt said.

“He truly understands what a (NFL) work week is like. I think any decision that comes from his office would probably come at the conclusion of this game.”

Practice report

Vitt turned in his first injury report of the week Wednesday, which was a lot shorter than it has been in recent weeks.

Vitt said the only players who did not participate in practice were tackle Charles Brown (knee), defensive end Martez Wilson (toe) and cornerback Johnny Patrick (illness).

Strong safety Roman Harper (rib) was limited, while defensive end Junior Galette (ankle), tight end David Thomas (knee), safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (concussion), defensive tackle Tom Johnson (back) and wide receiver Courtney Roby (hamstring) all had full participation.

Giants work light

After a Monday night loss to the Washington Redskins, Giants coach Tom Coughlin put his team through a “glorified jog-through” when they got back on the practice field Wednesday.

Not participating were running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), safety Kenny Phillips (knee), safety Tyler Sash (hamstring) and tight end Travis Beckum (knee).

Starting linebackers Chase Blackburn (ankle) and Michael Boley (shoulder) were limited, as was backup linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee).

Familiar face

Baker native and former Southern University player Lunda Wells is in his first season as an offensive assistant with the Giants.

Wells spent the past four seasons as a graduate assistant with LSU, where he served as an offensive line assistant in 2008-09.

Wells’ administrative duties at LSU included self-scouting, breaking down tape of opponents, and developing scouting reports before being hired last winter shortly after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI.

By the numbers

127 — Points scored by the Saints in their past three meetings with the Giants, whom they play Sunday. The Saints won 30-7 in 2006, 48-27 in 2009 and 49-24 last season.