Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE
Drew Brees leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes.
While the 2012 offseason headlines continued to spew more doom and gloom involving the Saints, there was one piece of news that offered hope. That was the development that Drew Brees had been signed to a long-term contract.
Dealing with that much negativity and numerous suspensions impacting the team, it is not surprising that New Orleans began the year 0-4. However, with six games to go, the Saints are back to .500 and are in the hunt for a postseason berth.
What has Brees done this year to lead the turnaround? For starters, he has already passed for more than 3,000 yards on the year. He is only six yards behind Matt Ryan for the lead in that category. Brees has also passed for 28 touchdowns, which is tops in the NFL this year.
Brees brings tremendous confidence and a will to compete. He gives everyone in the huddle the belief that they can move the ball, and the team feeds off his will and desire to compete.
Ever since Brees came to New Orleans, he took his game up to another level. For everything that has happened to the Saints and the city of New Orleans, everybody should be thankful that Brees continues to call New Orleans home.
Only one team (the 1992 San Diego Chargers) has ever started an NFL season 0-4 and reached the playoffs. The Saints have a chance to be the second.
New Orleans has had to endure the season-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton as well as the six-game suspension of interim head coach Joe Vitt.