Well, so much for the naysayers who said Drew Brees may have looked a litle rusty since he missed a large chunk of Training Camp (during the West Virginia portion) due to a strained oblique muscle. Last night, the “Field General” that we all know and love that Brees can be was in full command of his troops in a convincing performance as the Saints’ first team units for the most part HUMBLED the Colts’ top starters. It also appears to validify the thought that Brees, in spite of whatever is thrown at him, continues to defy logic at age 35 and a half. Without a doubt — last night showed why Drew Brees will be in the Hall of Fame.
Even if the performance left the pundits asking for more, let them keep doubting. Tonight’s 15 passes were all we’re getting out of Brees in the preseason. With those 15 passes, he did plenty. He showed every one (maybe even himself, in a way) that we should never doubt a man who quite simply is one of the NFL’s very best (if not THE best) QB’s and one of the greatest to ever play this sport.
Those same doubters are the same ones who criticize Brees for ONLY having won one Super Bowl in his career. The same ones who criticize Brees because they believe that he hasn’t done enough to validate one of the greatest eras that any NFL QB has ever enjoyed. This is the same guy who has thrown for over 5,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and for over 50, 000 in a career that may potentially last for another 5 years or so (both Brees and the Good Lord willing).
Regardless of whatever the critics may think and still say, Brees was truly on top of his game last night. What I saw last night was a confident, grittily determined, and super-smart QB that far out-classed his young counterpart, the League’s “best young QB” in Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck. I certainly won’t disrepect Luck by saying he got embarrassed by Brees last night — but it definitely showed why Mr. Luck is still a student of the game; while Brees remains as its Jedi master.
Brees was in full control as he drove the Saints masterfully down the field in an efficient and brilliant 80-yard opening drive on 13 plays. Brees beautifully used all of his weapons as he dispersed the ball to several different targets (most notably Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, and long-time, reliable WR Marques Colston) as he finished the night by completing 9 passes on 15 attempts, for 128 yds. and two TD’s. Maybe more importantly, Brees in a way made the guys around him look just that much better than they appeared (and are, in some cases). That’s what an ELITE QB does. It’s what Brees has been doing ever since he arrived, in the 2006 season via free-agency.
It also shows just how truly important Brees is to this franchise. God forbid if anything should happen to Brees, how much of a devestating blow it would be to the hopes and dreams to ‘Who Dats’ everywhere. With Brees, the Saints are a legitimate Super Bowl contender and a threat to win it all. Without him, they’re a 6-10 team with a lot of weapons. With him, they’re one of the elite teams in the entire League. Without him, they’re back in the middle of the pack.
Believe me when I say that I hope Drew Brees can play until hes early 40′s. Heck. I say let him play longer than Blanda (the legendary former Raiders QB and K who played until he was age 48, retiring in early 1976) if he can do it. I realize that’s wishful thinking on my part, but then again this is a man who everyone should know by now is someone that we should never doubt.
Drew Brees-worrying on the part of the doubters only involves one thing: Brees’ health. After Saturday night, Brees put to rest any concerns that anyone might have about his health. The scariest part for everyone in the NFC and for the rest of the League is, Brees himself says he’s not even fully healthy yet. That certainly bodes well for the Saints’ chances in 2014, and beyond.
As the Saints end the Pre-Season next Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome, the only thing left to do will be to determine will be who will be Brees’ back-up (Ryan Griffin surely regressed last night in my opinion — possibly opening the door for long-time veteran Luke McCown to get back ino the race). The starting QB position is not even an afterthought. Brees has that locked down, as he has every single day since his arrival from San Diego 8 years ago.
The only question now will be where Brees will end up finishing when that career finally does come to a close. Greater than Montana? Greater than Elway? Greater than Bradshaw and Staubach? Better than his counterparts Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? Surely better than Dan Marino, even if he DOESN’T win another Super Bowl title.
The haters and the doubters can be quiet now, and hopefully they’ve learned a very important lesson. It’s not polite to levy criticism at someone who is on the level of GREATNESS that Drew Brees has been on and still continues to be; because he will only make you look very foolish. It’s the very same reason that last night, Drew Brees showed why he will be in the Hall of Fame……