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Is Drew Brees declining in midst of 1-3 start?

There is no panic. It does not exist.

Those were head coach Sean Payton's words following his team's 1-3 start.

"This is when you get tested a little bit, Payton said. "Not just physically, you get tested mentally, emotionally. We've got to be able to toughen up and be more detailed in what we're doing."

Quarterback Drew Brees added, "Everybody wants to know what the heck's going on, what's wrong, why are you guys 1-3, the sky is falling, oh my gosh. Hey, we're gonna keep doing what we do. Yes, there are areas we can get better. Absolutely, but we're also gonna continue on the path that we started this offseason."

It was this summer that the 35-year old Brees said he could play for another 10 years. Through four games, he's thrown for more than 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns, but with a lack of deep passing connections, some have questioned if his arm strength is on the decline.

"I don't notice a difference, but I also don't catch a ball," offensive tackle Zach Strief said. "I have no idea. Honestly, I have no idea. I don't see anything different. I see him push the ball down the field at practice."

Brees added, "The things that diminish as you get older is your ability to recover. But again, I don't feel like there's anything I can't do now than I could when I was 25."

He can cut down on the interceptions, including one pick-6, but Brees leads the NFL in completions and is second in completion percentage. Brees was asked about his message to the fan base and told Who Dat Nation to keep their faith in the Saints.

"Has there ever been a time when you didn't believe?" Brees asked. "History would tell you over the last eight years prior to this season, with this group, that anything is possible. If somebody's going to find a way, we'll find a way. I would say we have a lot of believers out there in that case."

The Saints (1-3) host the Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3) on Sunday at Noon. The game can be seen on FOX 8.

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