Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. ― For one last time this season, Saints coach Sean Payton was asked the one question he is probably tired of answering as much as any other question.
That is, what are his thoughts on the MVP award as it relates to his quarterback Drew Brees.
And one last time, Payton skirted the question, referring to this time of year being more about the team than the individual.
“Certainly he’s had a fantastic season, an MVP-type season, and there’s absolutely no control over it,” Payton said. “You know, what’s most important, it’s such a team sport, and it seems like the last two weeks there’s been a lot of talk about individual accomplishments as there should be with some of the uniqueness’s of the passing record or Darren Sproles or Jimmy Graham, and then Gronkwoski and then Jimmy Graham then Gronkwoski, that kind of stuff.
“And this is the time of the year where the focus really shifts to us playing our best football as a team.”
It’s easy to see why there has been such a discussion, however.
Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season by 392 yards. He led the NFL with 46 touchdowns and he broke his own NFL record for completion percentage at 71.2.
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, set an NFL record for passer rating, his 122.5 mark this year besting Peyton Manning’s 121.1 rating in 2004. He threw for 4,643 yards on 152 fewer pass attempts than Brees. And he threw 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
But what may separate the two is the final record and playoff seeding – the Saints were 13-3 and the No. 3 seed while Green Bay finished 15-1 with the No. 1 seed.