3 reasons why Drew Brees might have his worst year with the Saints
By Jake Rajala
Saints’ 41-year-old quarterback Drew Brees played at a prolific level last regular season, despite struggling in the Wild card showdown.
The future Hall of Famer, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, missed five games in the regular season after All-Pro Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald broke his thumb on his throwing hand.
After Brees returned healthy, Drew found his stride by picking up big performances with his five touchdown outing against San Francisco. NBC News points out how he achieved his 541st career touchdown pass against Indianapolis breaking the single-game completion percentage record on the same day.
Drew Brees may still compose elite throwing accuracy, but he turned 41 last January, and his arm strength has been deteriorating over the past few seasons.
Brees has struggled to stretch the football field with his arm, as Saints Wire noted his 22nd rank in deep passing performance. Sean Payton has had to adjust his passing scheme for the 41-year-old quarterback.
Pro Football Reference noted how Brees carried a 10.6 YPG (Yards Per Gain) through the air in the 2019 season, which was his lowest YPG since 2010 when the Saints ran the ball much more and didn’t have elite receiving weapons.
Father time is catching up with Brees and forcing the Saints to adapt as he looks to throw more short passes to the likes of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.
Drew Brees may find some success this year by throwing accuracy and having the offensive guru, Sean Payton calling the game script on the sideline. Still, this season may well be one of his lowest individual performances.
On the positive side of things for Saints fans, the Saints may have one of the best rosters in the last decade, so the veteran quarterback should have lots of help at his disposal.
However, if Brees turns the football repeatedly as he did against the arch-enemy, Vikings, any talented team will be able to upset the Saints on a good day.
Let’s take a look at three reasons why one of the greatest quarterbacks of this era could turn in a career-low performance.