By Andrew Schuster @ShootsMcGavin on July 31, 2014
Drew Brees will likely go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League. At 35 years old, the former Super Bowl MVP is well past his prime, but continues to perform at a high level, day in and day out. With the 2014 season almost ready to get underway, let's take a look at five reasons why No. 9 could have his best year yet.
After a disastrous performance in 2012, the Saints hired Rob Ryan to bring his defensive-coordinating talents to the Big Easy, which stemmed a complete turnaround. With a couple of outstanding acquisitions and some emerging superstars, the D should be better than ever in 2014. Better defense usually results in better field position for the offense, which could result in better production for Drew Brees.
Okay, so the Saints running game was a bit sub-par for most of 2013, but Mark Ingram began to show signs of life towards the end of the year and finished the season with a 4.9 yards per carry average. With Khiry Robinson on the rise, we could see a beautiful little one-two power punch develop between the two backs, with Pierre Thomas taking over third down duties. A better running game will take pressure off of Brees, resulting in fewer errors.
Rookie Brandin Cooks looks to be the real deal. Not only was he the fastest wide receiver of the 2014 NFL Draft class, but he was also one of the most athletic all-around players. With a superb start to training camp, it looks like Brees' new toy will be making an impact as soon as the new season kicks off. Nicknamed "Lightning" by teammate Keenan Lewis, Cooks is probably the most versatile athlete the Saints have seen since Reggie Bush.
With Joe Morgan returning after missing all of 2013 with a knee injury, things could get ugly for opposing defenses. Between him, Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills, that has to be one of the quickest tandems in the NFL. Morgan will be battling at camp to climb back up the depth chart, but that shouldn't be a problem. With all that speed on the field, we could see more big plays than ever from Brees and his weapons of mass destruction.
At 35 years old, Drew Brees may not be in his prime anymore, but he certainly still performs like he is. During a post-practice interview at New Orleans Saints training camp, the gunslinger said he felt better than ever and mentioned that he wanted to play until he was 45. That's a little far-fetched, so let's focus on 2014 for now. Don't be surprised if he finishes off the season with some more records and another Super Bowl on his resume.
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