It hasn’t been the smoothest offseason by any means for star quarterback Drew Brees. Much of that has come from things away from his football career that has drawn plenty of criticism. What has piled on for the New Orleans Saints quarterback with his peers has been the lingering concerns over the coronavirus ahead of the 2020 season. All that has led to Brees making a strong effort to change a routine part of his football career.
NFL players concerned about 2020 season
The start of the 2020 season is less than two months away, which the concern from the players continues to remain.
The coronavirus is still a prominent issue globally that saw a second wave of the illness hit the United States hard. That has generated concern from players about the safety of playing the 2020 season without a coherent safety plan.
There is a strong desire to play from the players, but only in the realm of it being appropriately handled with precautionary measures. With that in mind, Drew Brees has already begun to break one habit to increase the prevention of the virus spreading.
Drew Brees is going to stop licking his fingers
The lingering concerns ahead of the 2020 season sparked many players to make notable changes to their approach to the game.
“The whole point is to help give your hands a little tackiness so you get better grip on the ball,” Brees said. “I’ve actually been thinking about it a lot lately as I’ve started throwing again. Trying to avoid it, but it has been so habitual for so long. You don’t realize how much you touch your face and lick your fingers until COVID hit.”
Throughout his career, Brees has garnered the reputation for licking his fingers before each pass, which is something that quarterbacks have traditionally done. It’s something that has become habitual for him whenever he’s on the football field. It’s a routine that he’s looking to break due to the health concern due to the coronavirus.
Many quarterbacks will look to break to take the precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the virus. That will take time for Brees to break that habit, but it’s for the betterment of himself and those around him.
Expectations for 2020 season
The Saints fell short in disappointing fashion in the wildcard round of the playoffs last season.
It was a tough season for Drew Brees as he missed a handful of games due to a torn ligament in his right thumb. Despite that, he finished with a strong campaign with 27 touchdown passes to four interceptions with 2,979 passing yards and a 116.3 passer rating in 11 games played. Brees flirted with the idea of retirement this offseason but has returned on another two-year, $50 million deal.
The 41-year-old still has plenty left in his tank to perform at an elite as New Orleans should be in a position to compete for the Super Bowl. The Saints have a talented roster on both sides of the ball, with one of the best quarterbacks in the league heading the charge offensively. It’s been a rough offseason for Brees for things off the field, but he can continue to compete for another Super Bowl.