Drew Brees getting a year older
During the Saints-Vikings battle, Taysom Hill came in for a play to complete a 50-yard bomb to speed demon Deonte Harris. On the Saints following series, Brees appeared to make an egocentric error by attempting to complete his 50-yard pass attempt into double coverage, which ended in a Vikings interception.
Brees pass during that costly error reflected how much weaker his arm has gotten throughout the past few seasons.
It has been pointed out that Brees doesn’t push the ball down the field often in an efficient manner, Brees is only getting older, and defenses are adapting to the Saints short passing game. There was a moment where Saints offense had a 3rd down and 10 against the Falcons on Thanksgiving.
Many fans who know the ability of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara and resume of Drew Brees, would have guessed that the Saints would have passed the ball and probably picked up the first down. Instead, the Saints ran the ball and chewed out more time.
Last year’s offense and the 2020 Saints offense isn’t the same offensive design where Brees shows the ability to execute passes to Brandin Cooks or Robert Meachem routinely.
Brees took a month off to contemplate retirement this past off-season.
Brees decided to come back and pursue his second Super Bowl ring. New York Post discovered that the Saints quarterback is already lined up to join NBC as a Sunday Night Football analyst after Brees retires, so the light at the end of the tunnel is approaching Brees playing career.
Brees will hope to cap off his career by forgetting the postseason mishaps during the past three seasons. Whether or not Drew struggles in the playoffs next year when he’s approaching 42 years old, he should have an even better roster this time around to lean on.
Pro Football Reference showed how Peyton Manning had a lousy 75.4 playoff passer rating during his last super bowl run, and that didn’t stop him from picking up a second super bowl with his stacked roster.
Then again, Pro Football Reference pointed out how the Hall of Fame quarterback, Brett Favre, went 5-8 during his last year in the league and posted a career-low passer rating, 69.9.
If Brees does struggle mightily in possibly his last season, he may not be as fortunate to ride off in the sunset.