Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Drew Brees Comes In At No. 79 in PFF’s Top 101

Every year the great folks over at Pro Football Focus release a Top 101 players list. The list is the cumulative scores for the top players in the NFL after the gurus who work for PFF evaluate and grade every single snap of each player in the NFL.

This year only one member of the New Orleans Saints makes the list.

Of course, that man would be quarterback Drew Brees. The professionals themselves had this to say about Brees’ 2012 campaign:

79. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (3rd)

Given that Brees led the league in yardage and touchdowns thrown, this plummet down the rankings must be viewed as something of a disappointment. We all know he’s capable, and there were games where he flashed the kind of talent that saw him finish third last year. But too many costly picks meant he was nowhere near that spot this year, as the Saints and their quarterback struggled to deal with the consequences of “BountyGate”.

Best Performance: Week 15 versus Tampa Bay, +6.2

Key Stat: His 1,234 yards on deep passes led the league during the regular season.

This is where some fans will be angered by the ranking. As PFF points out, Brees did lead the NFL in yards and touchdown passes, but the analysis is based on much more than just simple statistics.

Brees may be getting a bad rap here considering the Saints were horrific all around last season, so it’s hard to knock him for being one of the only positives on the roster. We know what Brees is capable of, now the revamped coaching staff needs to help him out.

Expect Brees to be much higher on this list next season. Sean Payton is back and the defense will presumably be better under Rob Ryan. As the Saints improve, Brees play and ranking should as well.


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  • octavia a henry

    No I don’t agree, thanks to Goodell and his horrific punishment. I don’t think a team in the NFL would ever experience the harsh punishment Goodell handed down to Saints.

    • Chris Roling

      Hey Octavia, thanks for reading! We have to agree, the punishment had a major role in Drew Brees’ “poor” season.

      • octavia a henry

        Hi Chris good article. I’m a woman that loves sports and discussions.

        • Chris Roling

          We’re glad to have you around! Hope you’re enjoying the site!

          • octavia a henry

            I’am enjoying it-you will always hear from me, keep the articles coming.

  • octavia a henry

    We will recover that’s our nature. He’s taken our 2nd round two years strait.Like the great Vince lombardi said “What the hell is going on out here”

  • Rodney Guidry

    Sean wasn’t here last year! Drew will be ranked #1 early in the season and will continue to be ranked that high the rest of the season and post season as he leads the Saints to another Superbowl win. Bottom Line, I would not trade Drew for any QB in the entire NFL.

    • Chris Roling

      Hey Rodney, thanks for reading! We love the optimism!

  • louisianakid1954

    2012 was the year the NFL organizations and owners not saying all the owners but there were more for the punishment, of the Saints organization. They had to be stopped because of the super bowl in their hometown, and they was the high ranked team after they super bowl win. Saints was unstoppable for 2 years after that so it took the NFL organization and most owners 3 years to dig that hole that buried the Saints. This what made it the worses punishment in NFL history when it come suspension of coaches, this was more than for bounty program it was mainly because of the super bowl was being hosted by New Orleans. The NFL and most owners was not going for that the Saints had to be destroyed.

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