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Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:29 pm

Drew Brees is playing out of his mind.

He is making great decisions, he's accurate as ever, his vision is unreal and he seems to be one step ahead in his reads of anything the defense is throwing his way.

He's better than ever. And that's saying something.

Brees completed 32 of 40 passes for 412 yards and five touchdowns against the Vikings and didn't come close to finishing the game. He did what he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it.

With all the hype about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Brees hasn't been getting the due he deserves. Brees has 37 touchdown passes and he's completing 71.5-percent of his passes. He leads the NFL with 4,780 yards and should shatter Dan Marino's single-season yardage record of 5,084. 

A few years ago, before he won his first Super Bowl, I asked Brees about being considered an elite quarterback. He said he neded to win one to get there.

Even after he won one, there was still debate about whether he was in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning class.

Don't doubt it anymore.

He's there. This is a special season for a special quarterback.

---It killed Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware when he had to sit out the second half against Tampa Bay with a stinger in his neck. Why? The Cowboys were ahead and the Bucs had to throw. That means sacks. Ware is third in the NFL in sacks with 16, two behind leader Jason Babin of the Eagles, who took over the lead on Sunday. Minnesota's Jared Allen is second with 17 1/2 sacks. Ware was asked Saturday if he follows Allen's numbers. Ware said he did not. I bet he does. During the summer, Ware talked of taking down the single-season sack record. That's unlikely now, since he would need seven in the last two games. But he also said he's been playing with the stinger the past three games. Ware is a great player. And if you ask me, he'd be my choice as the best defensive player in the NFL.

---Speaking of Babin, it's time to eat some words about him. When the Eagles signed him to a huge contract, I wasn't too high the move. I was wrong.  Babin has been sensational. He has been a perfect fit for the Eagles "Wide-9' defense. He owned Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter Sunday.---You see it on tape, but you can really see it when you watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers live: They don't play fast. They are a slow team. I said that when I saw them on opening day against the Lions, but it was even more evident when they lost to Dallas Saturday night. Their receivers don't win. Running back LaGarrette Blount isn't fast. It's no wonder Josh Freeman has struggled this season.

---There have been 106 individual 300-yard passing performances this season. That's the most in a single season in NFL history. Is there any doubt that the passing game is the way to win games? This is also the first season with two 3,000-yard rookie passers in Andy Dalton and Cam Newton. Pass, pass and more pass. 

---For those out there wondering about Tim Tebow's 7-2 record as a starter, consider this: The two teams he lost to have a combined 20-8 record. The seven he's defeated have a combined 39-56 record, and just one (the 8-6 Jets) has a winning record. Just saying.

---The San Diego Chargers are such a different team with receiver Malcom Floyd in the lineup. They lost all four games they played without him this season. Floyd showed Sunday night against the Ravens what he means when he spent the night blowing past Jimmy Smith for two big play, including a touchdown. For all those wondering what was wrong with Philip Rivers, now we know. It's not having his weapons.

--Kyle Orton to the rescue in Kansas City. Orton actually looked good against Green Bay. How great would it be if Orton and the Chiefs go to Denver in two weeks with a chance to win the division? I would love that.

----Why do the Giants keep playing well against good teams and then gagging against teams they should beat? That doesn't bode well for coach Tom Coughlin.

----How did that Matt Hasselbeck signing work out for the Titans? Lets' see. They almost certainly won't make the playoffs and they kept a rookie on the bench. Good move? I beg to differ. The franchise would have been better off playing Jake Locker all season.

---Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks had a rough go of it against the Redskins. But I still think he's a budding star. The Giants need big games from him to win. He has to come through this week against the Jets if they are to win. ---Where is the big play in the Ravens passing game? Isn't that why Torrey Smith was drafted? He has the speed and he need to be used more. Where was Anquan Boldin against the Chargers? Anybody see him? 

---Reggie Bush is shutting up a lot of people who questioned whether he could be a between-the-tackles runner. This is an "air" league now. Explosive runners like Bush who can run in space are valuable. The grinder isn't anymore. Bush ran for 204 yards against Buffalo Sunday. That was impressive. He's had three consecutive games over 100 yards.  Talking to Bush this summer, he insisted that he could be a big-time inside runner. He's proving it now.


Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:09 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Sorry to go off subject Pete, but Peterson was right to call out Saints for dirty play.  When a defensive player intentionally tries to hurt an offensive guy, that's not football---it's poor sportsmanship and dirty.  I know it is overlooked in the name of "the toughness of the game", but it still is dirty.  I watched the same thing happen to DeMarco Murray.  He was tackled by #71 of the Giants and after the runner was down, the tackler grabbed Murray's leg and rolled him again.  That was Murray's last play for the year.  I know--I know--football is not for pansies.
It is supposed to be SPORT, not war, not gang fights, not intentionally breaking bones.  Those kinds of players get glorified by ESPN and truly rabid fans, but someone with a national voice---such as you---should point out the difference between sportsmanship and vicious brutality.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:05 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Both SF & GB played a very easy schedule & ,in my opinion, neither will go far in the playoffs.
The latter is an opinion, so I won't bother arguing it. However, Green Bay's schedule has not been "easy". They opened against New Orleans, in case you forgot. They had to go to Chicago when Chicago still had Cutler and Forte. Detroit twice, Oakland, the Giants, Atlanta - over half their schedule are playoff contenders, and the rest are last year's playoff contenders who are having a letdown this year.
They've had all of two cakewalk games this year, St. Louis and hosting Minnesota. The rest have been far from easy.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:13 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

PS:  In '84 Marino's stats 16 games,- 564 att, 362 comp, 5,084 yds 9 avg yds per, Super Bowl.    Brees after 14 games- 583 att, 417 comp, 4,780 yds, 8.2, Super Bowl?     

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:04 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Watching the N.O./Mn game, I could only think that Brees is "padding" his stats for selfish reasons. The contract he wants would be very much aided by his breaking Marino's record etc.  The Saints are winning..and he is an MVP candidate, but remember what happened in the playoffs in Seattle.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:54 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite


Those are compelling stats and they temper my argument about Brees in domes quite a bit.  I still feel that to average 350 yards a game, as he does, you have to not only put up great numbers in any climate, but you cannot have even two sub-par stats performances.  Just a couple of 219-yard days, and usually you won't get to 5000.  Playing so infrequently in weather helps allow him to be as consistent as he is.  That, and of course being great.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:14 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

For all those attributing Drew Brees' passing numbers to playing in a dome, here are the yardage stats for the five outdoor games the Saints have played in this year:  @Green Bay, 419 yards;  @Jacksonville, 351 yards; @Panthers, 359 yards; @Tampa Bay, 383 yards; @Titans, 337 yards.   Now looking at that list, only Green Bay and Tennessee are worth mentioning this year, but that's not the point.  They are all outdoor venues and he has an average of 370 yards passing.  So you can throw that argument out.  The man is great and is graced with great receivers.  But he is also the type of quarterback that can make any receiver look great.  The teams that passed on Brees (Miami, Minnesota, and I think Dallas?) are kicking themselves for their mistake.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:49 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

This is the first article that even mentions Tim Tebow.Last week he was the talk ofl the NFL.All we ever heard about,besides Tebow, was how  prone Cam Newton was at making bad  decisions. The Panthers are 5-8 & without Newton, they would be lucky to win 1 game.

At least 3/4ths of Bronko fans have hooked their horses to Tebow & that's great.The longer he plays qb for Denver, the longer AFC teams will not have to take the Bronkos seriously.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:08 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Brees is a great quarterback but throwing indoors helps. It's not just wind and temperature either. Having the sun in your face looking into shadow changes the perception of everthing.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:16 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Not only is Brees one of about 4 qb's in the NFL, the Saints have plenty of weapons to choose from.Their offense is just as good as GB zzzz also has a better Defense.Both SF & GB played a very easy schedule & ,in my opinion, neither will go far in the playoffs.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:49 am

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Yes.  Brees has been elite for at least 5 years now.  He isn't proving anything more this year than the same thing that has put him in the top 15 in all-time passing yards. 

However, on the 'just sayin'" vibe, Brees, who will in fact shatter Marino's record, will play 11 games in domes this season.  Tom Brady, who is less than 200 yards behind, will play in zero domes.  Just sayin'.

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