After Monday night’s performance, it’s fair to wonder if Drew Brees might finally be descending in terms of ability.
Brees posted a solid line by league-wide standards, completing 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards, one touchdown and a passer rating of 91.1.
But there was that ugly interception on a pass Brees later admitted he forced, and there’s also the air yards per attempt mark that landed below 5.5 (per Next Gen Stats) and makes some wonder whether Brees might be devolving into 2015 Peyton Manning, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
Unsurprisingly, he downplayed any potential effects of aging.
“I feel good, I feel good,” Brees said Wednesday during a video conference call with reporters. “Borderline great.”
… “You know one of the statistics that was thrown out after the game was the yards per attempt or something like that. There are many statistics I do not pay one bit of attention to — and that would be one of them. At the end of the day, I am focused on putting us in position to succeed, making great decisions, both in the run game or pass game, whatever is predicated on my ability to get us in the best play. And our ability to take care of the football and go and score points, put us in the best position to win.
“Those are the things I’m focused on, and I don’t care how we do it. I honestly don’t. I just want to win football games.”
“I’m confident with the guys we have and the system we have that we’re gonna get back on track,” Brees said. “I think we have always been one of the best teams in the league, probably in history, at the precision of the passing game. And I think we are on our way to being back there very soon.”
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