METAIRIE, La. ― Drew Brees has thrown for nearly 1,500 more yards in the past four seasons than anyone else in the NFL.
He has had 100 more completions than anyone else.
And he has recorded more passes of 25-plus yards than anyone else.
Yet, there are those out there who think the reigning Super Bowl MVP hasn’t reached the apex of his game.
“There are some things he can work on pertaining to helping in the run game, the various packages that we have in,” Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said. “There are some things from a mechanics standpoint that he’ll look closely at. He feels like there were some throws a year ago he’d like to have back.”
Now that’s a scary thought.
Brees has had an offseason on the move, flying with F-16 Thunderbirds; taking a USO trip to Dubai, Turkey and Djibouti; playing golf with Jack Nicklaus; going to Disneyworld, Oprah and Letterman; and leading the Bacchus parade.
But if there’s anyone who can compartmentalize the fun and focus on work, well, it’s Drew Brees.
Seemingly few others out there right now have the ability to know exactly what little things need working on.
“You talk about the little things and the little specifics and he’s someone that will look closely and he’s had a whole offseason to do that with cut-ups,” Payton said. “(It’s) really no different than a golfer would on a certain portion of his game.”
All he did in 2009 was lead the Saints to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl while setting an NFL record for completion percentage in a season at 70.6 percent. Against the Patriots in a nationally-televised Monday night game, he had a perfect passer rating of 158.3. And the Saints 13-0 start as a franchise record
Stunningly, Brees said he has come into camp feeling better than he did last year.
“Every year you’re searching for that edge and creating a chip on your shoulder, re-establishing your identity,” Brees said. “As you become more veteran in your career, I think you just have to be more and more efficient in regards to what you do for your body.”