Bradley Handwerger / Sports Writer
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METAIRIE, La. ― Count Atlanta coach Mike Smith among the many following Saints quarterback Drew Brees' record-setting run in 2011.

'Drew's having, in my mind, an MVP season,' Smith said Thursday during a conference call with New Orleans media. 'There's no doubt about that.'

Brees is 305 yards from breaking Dan Marino's two decades old passing record for yards in a season (5,084). He's on pace to break his own completion percentage record (70.62 percent) by hitting on 71.5 percent of his passes this season. And he continues to climb the charts for games with a touchdown pass, sitting at 41 with the record of 47 within reach.

'Gosh,' Smith said, 'I hope he's at his highest level because gosh, if he plays any better, I don't know if there's any way to stop him.'

Smith sees his distribution of the football Brees has connected with 11 different receivers, five of whom have at least 500 yards receiving as one of the most impressive parts of the quarterback's season.

'Just to watch him operate, he looks very comfortable back there running the offense,' Smith said. 'There are so many different weapons and areas he can distribute it to and he's doing a really outstanding job.'

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