There is a hierarchy when it comes to NFL quarterbacks.
Because of his height and skill, Peyton Manning usually comes near the top of this list. Being tall does not necessarily serve as a requirement for elite signal caller, though. New Orleans Saints triggerman Drew Brees barely stands at six feet and has become one of the best at his position.
Solid arm strength allows him to stretch opposing defenses. Brees also has enough mobility to escape pressure. Through seven games, his stats include 19 touchdowns and only five interceptions. In other years, Brees was more prone to turnovers but it seems ball security has improved.
The way head coach Sean Payton impacts New Orleans truly matters. This combination makes them one serious threat to win another Lombardi Trophy. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan’s defensive reputation matches Payton’s prowess for designing offensive game plans.
Ryan can take away a pocket passer’s strengths by constantly bringing pressure. Now with the emergence of defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, a natural rush is available up front for the Jets instead of having to blitz every play. This concept offers more flexibility too as they don’t run the risk of losing too many coverage men. Rookie Kenny Stills and Marques Colston provide playmakers. All of these factors point to Brees giving Gang Green trouble on Sunday.