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New Orleans Saints: QB Drew Brees Set To Have Record Year In 2011

By Editorial Staff
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While the New Orleans Saints have one of the most prolific offenses in the league, everything hinges on the arm of one man, that man is  Qquarterback Drew Brees.

Last season Brees had a year in which the offense was completely off  balance, mainly due to injuries at the running back position.

The Saints do not have a designated starter at running back, but rather a combination of backs who make up their rushing attack as a whole, and this years group of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and Darren Sproles will be dangerous.

Last season injuries kept piling up, the team lost starter Pierre Thomas first, then lost Reggie Bush, and finally lost Chris Ivory, finishing the season with Julious Jones starting at tailback with DeShaun Wynn and Ladell Betts as backup’s going into the playoff’s.

Most teams would not have even made the playoff’s with this many injuries, especially at the running back position, but Drew Brees kept the Saints moving.

In 2010 Brees completed 448 of 658  for 4,620 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions with an impressive completion percentage of 68.1.

In 2010 the Saints running backs accounted for 1,478 yards on 349 carries, 9 touchdowns and 6 fumbles, for an average of 3.6 yards per carry.

In 2009 Drew Brees completed 363 of 514 for 4,388 yards, 34 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions.

His completion percentage of 70.6 percent, best in the league, actually set a new NFL record as the highest single season completion percentange in league history.

In 2009, the Saints running backs accounted for 1,962 yards on 424 carries, 18 touchdowns and 5 fumbles, for an average of 4.3 yards per carry.

The big difference was that  in 2009, the Saints rushed for 484 more yards, carried the ball 75 more times and had 9 more rushing touchdowns than they did in 2010, which helped keep defenses from keying on Brees like they did during the 2010 season.