Remember when Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell said New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was soft before Thanksgiving? He was of course weighing in on the penalty San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks got for hitting Brees.
“The thing that I hated about the play, the whole thing, and this is what these offensive guys are doing, they’re kind of running with it,” Mitchell said. “Drew Brees is throwing a fit in the post-game interview saying how he got hit in the chin and he was dazed, and all this other stuff. And it’s like, dude, the replay clearly shows he did not even touch you in the chin.
“Stop being soft, get up off the ground,” Mitchell said. “You fumbled the football, that’s why the only reason you were acting like you were hurt, is so you could draw a flag.”
Well now he is backing off those comments. Maybe to try and prevent the Saints from using it as bulletin board material.
“I don’t really think he’s a soft player,” Mitchell said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “Obviously he’s a very, very, very good quarterback, and I have a lot of respect for what he’s done as a player and what he’s done in this league.
“It was really just more of a comment on the rule changes. It was really a 15-minute interview where someone took 45 seconds and made an article out of it.”