WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - A year into the Jimmy Graham trade, and it looks like the Saints have the upper hand so far. Graham missed five games due to a knee injury, and only accounted for 600 yards receiving. On the other hand Max Unger didn't miss a start, and is already considered a leader on the offense.
"Max is great. He's great because there's such a presence with him as he sets the huddle. When I step in the huddle, I know those guys are ready to listen to me because Max has made it that way," said Drew Brees. "Max has created this sense of urgency where it's, 'Hey! Huddle up!' It's an assertiveness that gets everybody ready to roll. It makes my job much easier. It allows us to have great tempo getting in and out of the huddle. The communication is at an all-time high. We're at the ball, we're ready to roll, and I feel like we're getting the jump on the defense."
With Seattle, Unger went to back-to-back Super Bowls. Winning seven games a season like the Saints did in 2015, is something he's not accustomed to and doesn't want to get used to.
"As players and coaches and an organization, we're in the business of winning. We're not paid to lose games, that's just the bottom line," said Unger. "That's the truth, and that's what we play for. We have to figure out how to win the close games. That's what it came down to last year. That's the emphasis, to find the maturity to win close games, and push us over the edge."
Unger is the only offensive lineman on the team voted to the Pro Bowl. He made it twice in 2012 and 2013.