Saints QB Brees’ ‘down’ season product of his own success

Saints QB Brees’ ‘down’ season product of his own success

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown with Lance Moore #16 during play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 8:47 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees leads the NFL with 39 touchdowns passes and 4,781 passing yards.

He’s fourth in completions (393) and ninth in QB rating (94.9) this season.

This season, he has set the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54 straight), become the first quarterback in league history throw for 4,500 yards in three straight seasons and become the first signal-caller with 4,000 yards in seven consecutive seasons.

He also didn’t make the Pro Bowl – only the second time during his days in New Orleans.

In other words, Brees could become the first quarterback ever to throw for 5,000 yards in three seasons and people won’t blink an eye.

It’s the price he pays for being so good.

“It almost is, but again, Drew’s a product of his own success too,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said of Brees. “Let’s be honest about that. The guy’s had a terrific career. Ever since getting to the Saints, it’s been getting better and better and the expectations get a little bit out of touch sometimes. People think he’s going to do it all the time.”

Maybe it’s because of his league-high 18 interceptions, but it feels as if people believe Brees is having a down year.

But according to Pro Football Focus, he’s having an above average season. They have him rated as the fifth-best signal-caller this season, rated just a 1.6 points behind Aaron Rodgers. His 7.6 yards per attempt is 10th-best in the NFL.

He’s also good at throwing the ball away to escape a sack, recording 30 throwaways, the second-most in the NFL. That has helped him get sacked just 24 times this season.

Nevertheless, while Brees was humbled to hear what Rivera said about him, the quarterback said it’s not about what he has done in the past. Ultimately, it’s about where his team is right now.

“In the end, as a quarterback, it’s did you win or did you lose, did you go to the playoffs or did you not, did you have a chance at the championship or not,” Brees said. “That’s what drives you.”

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