Drew Brees ranked above Aaron Rodgers in Pro Football Focus model

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Drew Brees is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and according to Pro Football Focus’ latest model, he’s better than Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.

Pro Football Focus used Bayesian Updating as the basis of their updating quarterback rankings, and let’s just say it was rather kind to the Saints’ Drew Brees. One of the oldest quarterbacks in the league, Brees, now 41, is still considered one of the best at his position.

Playing the most important position on the field, Brees, along with Tom Brady, has been the gold standard of dominance over the past decade. He’s led the league in touchdowns, passing yards and completion percentage multiple times, having set a plethora of league records along the way.

One thing that’s incredible about Brees is that many of those seasons are different. He’ll lead the league in touchdowns one year, passing yards the next, and, like with the last three straight seasons, completion percentage.

With a model that tracks and concludes a z-score and media based on performance over the years, Brees is among the best due to his consistent high-level play.

That’s one reason Russell Wilson is before him and Aaron Rodgers is after him. For the NFC South, their quarterbacks were ranked third, fifth, seventh, and then 24th — Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, and Teddy Bridgewater in respective order.

Patrick Mahomes sits atop PFF’s rankings and rightfully so. After just three seasons, Mahomes has cemented himself as the best quarterback in the league, and there’s no reason to think he’ll slow down anytime soon.

That said, in recapping their article, PFF dove into what was important and a quick breakdown.

“Using a blend of PFF passing grade and EPA per play, we’ve established a thorough method of ranking quarterbacks based on what they’ve shown us in their career and, most importantly, what they’ve shown us in recent years. We found Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees are the top three quarterbacks going into 2020,” Pro Football Focus’ Kevin Cole and Timo Riske concluded with.

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With Brees’ sustained dominance, there’s no reason to think he’ll regress now. With a sturdy offensive line and added threats on the edge, this could be one of Brees’ best seasons yet if the team can maintain its health.