Following a second straight demoralizing exit from the NFL playoffs, Drew Brees said he spent more time with family than usual in the offseason to get away from it all, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.
The New Orleans Saints were bounced in the divisional round of the 2018 playoffs on Stefon Diggs' miracle catch and run for a game-winning touchdown. Then, aided by a missed pass-interference call in this year's NFC title game, the Saints lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams.
Now that Brees is back at camp preparing for his 19th season, he said he's using the depressing defeat to fuel his 2019 campaign.
"You always try to take your experiences from the year before and turn it into something positive," Brees said.
"Momentum, motivation, chip on your shoulder, unfinished business - whatever you want to term it, there's something to prove."
The 40-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with the Saints, putting added importance on the results of the 2019 season.