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5 Reasons Why New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees Will Bounce Back in 2015

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) enters the field against the Dallas Cowboys before their game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

While we can’t exactly say Drew Brees had a bad year in 2014 — he led the NFL in passing yards with Ben Roethlisberger — the New Orleans Saints quarterback did have a down year compared to his past.  Why?  Simple, turnovers.

But what caused him to throw 17 interceptions, which were the 2nd most among quarterbacks a season ago?  Poor pass protection?  An untrustworthy defense that forced the All-Pro gunslinger to try and do too much with the football?  I’ll tell you what it wasn’t — a player in decline.

Yes, Brees is on the wrong side of 35, but numbers (statistics) never lie.  Aside from the Dallas CowboysTony Romo, Drew Brees finished an easy No. 2 among starting quarterbacks in completion percentage.  He nearly threw for 5,000 yards for the fourth-straight year and finished with a solid 33 touchdown passes.

His yard totals from 2014 were greater than 2009, the year of the Black and Gold Super Bowl.  His touchdowns total were just one shy from the team’s historic championship run.  He did all that without the blessings of a dynamic player out of the backfield like he was fortunate enough to have in the past (Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles).

Of course, we can talk about age and arm strength, but I’m here to tell you those are not the reasons for his recent struggles.  Changes are certainly being made down on the bayou — some surprising, some not so much.  I can tell you those adjustments look to be for the better by the time the new season arrives.

With that said, I give you five reasons why New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will rebound from a “down” year.

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