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Drew Brees enters 15th season with 'something to prove'

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Drew Brees addressing the media on Thursday Drew Brees addressing the media on Thursday
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) -

The Saints ended their 2014 campaign unusually early, but this off season wasn't about jumping off the boat -- it was about righting the ship.

In 2014, Drew Brees was responsible for 20 turnovers. The other seasons that he racked up 20+ giveaways, the Saints missed the playoffs. In 2015, the veteran QB doesn't plan on making changes to his playing style.

"My mentality does not change from year to year," Brees said. "I always feel like there’s something to prove. You can make the argument that as you get later in your career, people are always looking for the excuse as to if you have a down game or a down year or whatever it might be ... The bottom line is I approach each and every day, practice, game, as if I have something to prove, never that I’ve arrived."

Sean Payton has been along every step of the way in New Orleans and knows Brees' capacity to prepare. "I think he is probably his biggest critic, (with) his (high) expectation level and what he wants to accomplish," Payton said. "I think specifically, always having that balance, I think obviously leads to better quarterback play.  I think he obviously has a great grasp to what we are doing.  I thought the balls coming out of his hands real well.  It did in the spring and it did this morning.  I think just the details and the small things.  I am sure overall you want to reduce the turnovers, we talked about that as a team goal and increase the takeaways.  That number I think has to change for us to be successful."

Brees has two years left on his current contract, but Payton said now isn't the time to look that far into the future. "We certainly wouldn’t be talking about [the end of Brees' contract] with training camp," Payton said. "Without speaking for Drew our focus is always on that upcoming year that is approaching us.  I can’t think of many conversations where he and I would be talking about two or three years from now."

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