Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/4/12
Drew Brees said Thursday he wasn't looking for added motivation for his 0-4 Saints team when he requested that General Manager Mickey Loomis and coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt be allowed to attend Sunday's game with the San Diego Chargers. Payton, Loomis and Vitt are currently suspended for their roles in the bounty scandal, but Brees asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to let them be present when he tries to break Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees said it was important to ask that they be there although it's not yet known if they will be. He said all three have played an important part in him being in position to claim the record he equaled in last Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers. "We have the opportunity to break the Johnny Unitas record, and I say 'we' because it is a team deal," Brees said. "Joe Vitt is a part of that, Sean Payton is a part of that and Mickey Loomis is a part of that. "They are all a part of that, and I felt like they certainly deserved the opportunity to be there in attendance and share that moment with us." On the plane ride home from Green Bay, Brees said he started thinking about asking Goodell to let them be in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Snday night. Goodell agreed, but said the three men have to watch the game from a private area and not have contact with the team. "I haven't had any contact with Coach Payton or Mickey or Joe, obviously, but I made that request in hopes they would be able to be there," said Brees, who expressed appreciation to Goodell for giving them the opportunity. "My assumption is they will be there. It would mean a lot, that's why I asked." As far as motivation goes, Brees admitted their presence could be an emotional boost, but said the players and coaches that are there will have to provide that in the hopes of breaking into the win column. "We know we have a job to do, and it's to win this game, it's to prepare ourselves the best we can throughout this week," Brees said. "None of those guys will be in the locker room. It's not like we're getting a pregame speech from anybody. We know what we need to do."
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