New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has praised quarterback Drew Brees' ability to make the big calls at the right time following their win against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
Brees and Payton, who have worked together since 2006, have struck up an incredible rapport in their time together, were seen disputing a play as the first half of the impressive 17-49 win was drawing to a close.
Four downs later and Brees opted to go for the screen pass he'd debated with Payton earlier - and eventually Darren Sproles ran over for a touchdown.
Payton insisted that the call was all down to his quarterback, and was full of praise for the 34-year-old over his ability to make the right call at the right time.
“That was Drew. That was his anticipation,” Payton said at the Saints’ practice facility.
“He had that call. We get in one of those two-minute drills, and he’s real good about . . . handling the clock. The timing was perfect.”
The performance against the Cowboys was enough for some to praise the Saints as candidates for a place at the Super Bowl as they extended their regular season record to 7-2.
Both Brees and Payton were key cogs in the Saints 2009 Super Bowl triumph, and running back Pierre Thomas believes Monday's performance shows they are nearing that sort of form.
“This type of performance reminds me of how we were in ’09,” said Thomas, who scored twice in Sunday night’s win.
“Coming out, putting points on the board right away . . . It reminds us of how we clicked on all cylinders [in 2009], being explosive on the offensive side.”