The NFL released its 2010s All-Decade team yesterday. Get this: New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees is not on the roster.
The New Orleans Saints have been dominant this past decade, and it’s because of Drew Brees. He was dominant as both a performer and a leader, and he deserved a spot on the All-Decade team.
However, he was not awarded one.
There was only one unanimous quarterback selection, and I bet you can name him.
Yup, the Patriots’ Tom Brady, deserving so, was the only unanimous selection. Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, and Marshal Yanda were the only other offensive players that were also unanimous selections.
As for the second quarterback selection, that went to Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers star quarterback. Rodgers is typically considered one of the five best quarterbacks in NFL history.
The debate between Rodgers and Brees is certainly one that could go either way.
Since 2010, Rodgers has gone 96-45-1. In that same timeframe, Brees was 95-58.
Obviously, that one goes to Rodgers as he’s helped captain the Packers to several playoff appearances. The selection of Rodgers may also have to do with him having a title in that span, winning the Super Bowl in 2010 while Brees had won his sole Super Bowl in 2009.
Let’s take a quick look at their individual numbers.
Rodgers, in that span, has thrown for 38,145 yards, 305 touchdowns, and 63 interceptions. He had a 64.7% completion rate.
As for Brees in that space, he threw for 46,770 yards, 345 touchdowns, 127 interceptions. On top of that, he had a 69.5% completion rate.
You also have to take into consideration that Brees had played 13 more games. However, those 8,625 yards is a big span for those games, and it should’ve given Brees a leg up, although he did throw more interceptions.
Brees also led the league in touchdowns twice, completion percentage five times and yards five times as well. As for Rodgers, he led the league in touchdowns once. Those are just a bit telling on how dominant Brees has been in the regular season.
Brees has nine Pro Bowl appearances in the ten years. Rodgers has had seven and two All-Pro nominations.
One of the best regular-season quarterbacks in the NFL’s history, Brees needs more respect as an NFL legend. He should’ve been on this list. That said, it’s understandable why the NFL made their decision, but it’s a disappointing one, to say the least.