Saints Legendary QB Drew Brees Gets Replaced by Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach as NBC Analyst

Published 06/11/2022, 12:18 AM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Reuters

As an active NFL player, Drew Brees was one of the best QBs in the league. The New Orleans Saints player won several accolades and had many records over the course of his career, with many regarding him as one of the best passers in the sport. Post his retirement after the 2020 season, Brees took to the media, becoming an NFL analyst.

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Brees was a part of NBC’s NFL pregame show for the entire 2021 season. Brees confirmed he would not be going ahead with NBC for the 2022 season. This led to the network replacing the retired QB with another analyst formerly associated with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Who is the former Dallas Cowboys’ HC replacing Brees?

NBC Sunday Night Football is one of the most followed programs, featuring seasoned analysts who dissect the game play-by-play. Considered Cris Collinsworth’s successor on the shown, Brees opted to not continue for the 2022 season because of his ‘lifestyle choice’.

Sep 21, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) greets New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) after a NFL game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After his decision, the network brought in former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as Brees’s replacement on the show. Garrett parted ways with the Cowboys following the 2019 season.

He spent more than a season as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and was also an analyst covering the USFL games alongside Jac Collinsworth. On the NBC show, we may expect Garrett to bring his considerable knowledge both as a player and as a coach to analyze games.

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What is Drew Brees’ future after this?

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NBC Sports chairman, Pete Bevacqua spoke to The Associated Press regarding Brees’ departure from the show. Brees remains under contract with NBC, although Bevacqua has said that the network would allow Brees to make his own decision regarding his future. He added that Brees’ decision to leave was because of his lifestyle. He wanted a break after 20 grueling years in the NFL, followed by a year as an analyst immediately after retirement.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The former Saints QB had a stellar two-decade-long career in the NFL. After retirement, he signed a multi-year contract with NBC, as an analyst. He, with Mike Tirico, was an analyst for Notre Dame games. He was also present frequently for “Football Night in America.”

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Brees’ departure from the show leaves an enormous gap in the show’s panel but, with his extensive experience, Jason Garrett may just be the right man to fill his shoes.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

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