Is Drew Brees Really an Elite NFL Quarterback?

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:   Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is pressued by  Isaac Sopoaga #90 of the San Francisco 49ers  at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The past two weeks have highlighted an issue for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints: Brees throws some costly interceptions.

Last week, there were the two pick-sixes against the San Francisco 49ers

Then he threw two more interceptions before halftime against the Atlanta Falcons. To make matters worse, one occurred in the end zone.

Brees has a dirty little secret: He occasionally throws balls up for grabs because he can't see the entire field.

Look at him when he's bouncing around in the pocket. You'll see his head is pointing up like he's looking down his nose. It's because he has to gain every spare inch since he is only six feet tall. 

That's why he's thrown 159 career interceptions. That's also why he's thrown a few that have lost a game for his team every now and again.

I don't care.

Sure, you don't want your quarterback to throw any interceptions, but there is too much on the positive side of the scale to come to any other conclusion.

Brees is elite.

First off, he's an incredibly accurate passer. He's only had two seasons with a completion percentage lower than 60. Add his career quarterback rating of 94 and the fact that he has almost twice as many touchdowns (313) as interceptions (162), and the distinction becomes much easier.

There is never a good time for a turnover, nor are there any that are excusable. However, his production (he threw for 5,476 yards last year) clearly outweighs the poor throws.

Next, there are all the intangibles. Name any coach in the league. He's love to have Brees as his quarterback.

In fact, there might only be one or two quarterbacks that any franchise would rather have, and that's debatable. He's led New Orleans from the brink of devastation (Hurricane Katrina) to the consistent contender that they currently are.

How many other quarterbacks could take on the commissioner and come out without the slightest chink in his armor? Players respect him and, though it's overlooked, nothing can destroy a locker room quicker than a lack of belief in the quarterback.

So is Brees an elite quarterback? Of course, and there is little to argue otherwise.