New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is one of the best to ever spin a football. He’s also one of the only guys in the group of elite quarterbacks — maybe the only one — to not have been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Every time he’s qualified, the voters move the goalposts and deny him that recognition. Back in 2009, Brees led the league in completion percentage (70.6 percent), passing touchdowns (34), and adjusted net yards per attempt (8.31). (That last one is a measure of efficiency that accounts for sacks, interceptions and scores.) He also threw just 11 interceptions. You know who won MVP that year? Peyton Manning, who completed just 68.8 percent of his passes while throwing fewer touchdowns (33) and more interceptions (16). Manning’s ANY/A was a meager 7.51, and he deservedly lost to Brees in that year’s Super Bowl. It looked like Brees would redeem himself in 2011. That year’s offense broke records set long … [Read more...] about Will the NFL rob Drew Brees of another MVP award?
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METAIRIE — If Drew Brees maintains his recent form through the bulk of this season, the record-setting Saints quarterback could wind up having one of his best years yet at the age of 39. Brees' completion rate is 80.6 percent through the first three games — high even by his standard. But is it sustainable? "I don't see why not," Brees said. "I mean, listen, it's not easy." No, he's just made it look that way. Brees began the season 78 completions behind Brett Favre's record of 6,300 and needed barely more than two games to set a new mark — now 6,326 and counting. Brees has completed 104 of 129 passes for 1,078 yards and eight TDs with no interceptions. This after he set the NFL record last season for completion rate at 72 percent. And he'll likely break Peyton Manning's record of 71,940 yards passing within two more games. He's 417 yards away from that mark. While Brees is pleased by his statistical production, he said he measures his performance more by the … [Read more...] about Saints’ Drew Brees doesn’t see why 18th season can’t be among his best
NEW ORLEANS — This New Orleans Saints season is clearly not for the birds. Four days after the Eagles were landed, 48-7, right here, the Saints shot down the Atlanta Falcons, 31-17, on the first Turkey Night home game in Saints history in front of 73,017 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to improve to 10-1 on the season. And the Saints did not even need that much from quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for his second lowest yardage total of the season at 171, as New Orleans rushed for 150 yards. And its defense put up a season high for sacks with six of quarterback Matt Ryan, including two by end Cam Jordan, and recovered three fumbles in the red zone along with an interception for a season-high four takeaways. "A day where he throws for under 200 yards is usually one on the other side that you sign up for," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. But Brees did manage to complete 15 of 22 and toss four touchdown passes, all to greenish, non-drafted free … [Read more...] about No Fly Zone: Falcons fall to Saints, 31-17, as ‘Drew Brees Passing Camp’ finds 4 newbies
NEW ORLEANS — It was big, and it was easy. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke one of the most significant NFL records there is - all time passing yards - in a 43-19 victory over Washington in front of 73,028 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Monday night. And he didn't even need a half to do it. Brees entered the game with 71,740 yards passing in his career and needed 201 yards to pass retired, New Orleans native Peyton Manning's NFL record career mark of 71,940 yards set in 2015. With under three minutes to play in the first half, Brees was only 35 yards away. And he chose a Fleur-de-lis flourish to finish it off, finding wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith for a 62-yard touchdown, leaving 27 yards to spare and giving New Orleans a 26-6 lead with 2:36 still to go before halftime. "I thank God it was me," Smith said. "Now I get to go down in history with somebody famous in Hall of Famer Drew Brees. I'm glad it happened to me." Everything seemed staged in Hollywood South, … [Read more...] about The Big Breezy: Drew Brees becomes NFL No. 1 passer, takes Saints to easy win over ‘Skins
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For Tom Rees, the template was obvious. The hard part was getting Ian Book to share his vision and recognize his own potential. That’s why Rees, Notre Dame’s former starting quarterback (2010-13) and current quarterbacks coach, pulled the young backup aside during August training camp and sat him down for a heart to heart. “I challenged him: ‘Hey, what’s holding you back?’ “ Rees said. “Before the season, I told him, ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees? You don’t miss. You’re athletic. Why can’t you be Drew Brees?’ “ Book, a redshirt sophomore from El Dorado Hills, Calif., about 30 minutes east of Sacramento, has miles to go to match the accomplishments of Brees, record-breaking passer and Super Bowl-winning leader of the New Orleans Saints. More: 5 Notre Dame football recruits who could make an instant impact More: Notre Dame brings the fight into living … [Read more...] about The intervention that inspired Notre Dame’s Ian Book: ‘Tell me why you can’t be Drew Brees?’