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"Those guys have been together for a while. They know and have a great feel for one another. They have great trust for one another," Brees said. "Typically that's the position that takes the longest to develop as a unit because it's the largest number of guys on the field as a unit. Plus, what I see with our guys is they don't just come in the facility and are buddy-buddy and then leave and everybody goes their separate ways. These guys are hanging out all the time."
The offensive linemen found themselves together at so many charity events that they formed an official foundation called OL4NO (Offensive line for New Orleans). They've done bike giveaways at Christmas, youth camps and Feed the Children events, to name a few.
They also eat out together every Thursday night.
"It's never about football, which is nice," Strief said. "It's probably unusual a little bit for no one (among the linemen) to be an outsider -- and the coaches have done a good job of making sure that, you know, 'Do these guys get along?'
"We've just been together a long time," Strief continued. "We've been in the same meeting room, in the same seats, for three and four years now, and I think we're all comfortable with each other and that makes it a lot easier to work together."
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