FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons rarely have much success against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
Since Brees joined the Saints in 2006, Atlanta is 2-10 in the NFC South series, and the Falcons know why.
Brees hasn't just beaten Atlanta with his right arm. His footwork, field vision and game preparation are just as lethal.
Mike Nolan, now in his 14th year as an NFL defensive coordinator and first with Atlanta, says that Brees not only has great players around him, but adds that the record-setting quarterback is also blessed with an elite intangible - pocket presence.
Nolan says Brees has innate ability to avoid sacks and pressure by knowing which way the pocket is moving while keeping his eyes downfield.
Atlanta (8-0) visits New Orleans (3-5) on Sunday.