As the New Orleans Saints rested up, refocused and otherwise enjoyed their bye week following a gut-wrenching loss to the New England Patriots, it seemed like a good time to look back on Drew Brees‘ performance thus far. For the third consecutive season, Brees is on track to throw for 5,000 or more yards.
Entering Week 7, Brees has thrown for 1,958 yards and trails only the god-like Peyton Manning. Brees has also thrown 14 touchdowns, tying him for No. 2 with Tony Romo and Philip Rivers. He has also kept his interceptions to a minimum so far, totaling only five through his first six games. Not bad, considering others like two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning has thrown 15 picks and former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer has thrown 13.
Brees’ 8.26 yards per attempt also places him in the top five, as does his 66.2 completion percentage. All in all, Brees is having another solid, Drew Brees-esque season. His 326 passing yards per game has him well on pace to throw for over 5,000 yards, which would make it the third consecutive season and his fourth time overall.
Years down the road after Brees has retired and he is eligible for Hall of Fame nomination, I have no doubt he will be inducted the very first time. Taken in the aggregate, Brees has set numerous passing records, won a Super Bowl, resurrected a city and became the face of a franchise, all within a couple of seasons. Sean Payton, Tom Benson and the Saints were right to take a chance on the former San Diego Chargers quarterback who had a shoulder injury on his throwing arm.
Can you imagine anybody but Brees out there? I certainly can’t.