Brees: Coaches "fear" NFL backlash for defending players

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the coaches punished in the bounty scandal aren't fighting back because they're afraid standing up to the NFL would just make things worse.

"I've been informed a lot of these coaches feel there are further sanctions being held over their head if they don't cooperate with the investigation if they were to speak out on behalf of the players, maybe that's the fear they have," said Brees.

Making the rounds on radio and television Tuesday morning to push for concussion awareness for young players, Brees fielded a lot of questions about the offseason issues.

He says the league's handling of the bounty investigation has been disappointing and he feels the NFL went into the process with a predetermined outcome.

But he feels all the evidence has proved thus far is that there was a lot of tough talk.

Brees also talked about his still unsigned contract with the Saints.

"I mean it's ongoing discussions. I've always said, you would think this process should be a lot more simple than it is. It jist always seems to be complicated but still very confident that we'll get a long term deal done and hopefully that'll happen sooner than later," he said.

When asked if he'd be at training camp if there wasn't a deal, Brees expressed confidence there's time to close the deal before that.