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The Accomplishments of Drew Brees

Steve Shoup

By Guest Writer Adam Lockley:

 

He has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in recent memory.  Since he and head Coach Sean Payton came together seven years back the franchise of New Orleans has never been the same; and that’s a good thing.  For decades and decades the City of New Orleans has known nothing but losing.  These guys go together like burgers and fries, when Coach Payton was suspended a year ago the team struggled.  Drew Brees had a good year but that was about it.  The Saints were right back to their losing ways.

Let’s focus more on the consistent play of the quarterback and his individual accomplishments.  Last night in the Saints’ 31-13 thumping of the red hot Carolina Panthers Drew Brees accomplished two things.  One thing he accomplished was becoming the first quarterback to throw for at least 30 touchdown passes for six consecutive campaigns.  The previous record holder is future hall of famer Brett Favre who went on this streak from 1994-1998.

Another one of Drew Brees’ accomplishments include becoming the fastest guy at the quarterback position to throw for 50,000 yards.  The company he joins is Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Peyton Manning.  With the way things look for Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense Brees just might surpass Marino or even Favre.  He makes it look so easy.  The Carolina Panthers were first in points allowed coming into last night’s showdown.  The Saints were capable of putting up 31 points, courtesy of Drew Brees.

Drew Brees has achieved so much in recent years.  This may not have transpired last night, but it is appropriate to discuss.  In 2011 against the Atlanta Falcons Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27 year record of 5,084 passing yards.  In 2012 he became the first quarterback to pass for at least 5,000 yards in consecutive seasons.  In super bowl XLIV he tied Tom Brady’s super bowl record with 32 completions.

So as you can tell Drew Brees has almost every record at his position.  The scary thing is he has so much more time in his career.  He will last a long time due to the fact that he is a pocket passing quarterback.  He is not one of those run first quarterbacks who continuously put their bodies in harm’s way.  It is the reason why Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, John Elway, and Dan Marino played at a high level for so long.  The foundation of their game was centered on intelligence and accuracy as opposed to strength and athleticism.  There is nothing wrong with being a running quarterback, but it should not be your first and only option.

 

 



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