METAIRIE, LA. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees recalled an expression describing “experience” as “something you gain when you don’t get what you want.”
The Saints haven’t been to the playoffs in two seasons. And Brees saw a connection between those disappointments and higher attendance for voluntary workouts this off-season than either he or coach Sean Payton could recall since their arrival in New Orleans in 2006.
“You can say the last two years we’ve not gotten exactly what we set out to get,” Brees said. “I feel like we’ve learned a lot along the way. I feel we’ve assembled a great group of veteran free-agent guys who have been a part of good teams and know what it takes to win and be professional and fight through adversity. …