The Case For Drew Brees

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 17, 2008

At the end of this year, if New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees isn't in the Pro Bowl and nothing significant happened to him (stopped playing good; got injured; etc.) then I will forego paying attention to the Pro Bowl and dismiss it as a popularity contest.

Many say the Brees shouldn't play in Honolulu because his team can't win and other things but you have to look at it through Brees' eyes. The reason that the Saints have lost three games so far into this season is not his fault. I repeat, it is not his fault. The Saints' kicker Martin Gramatica missed field goals late in the games against Denver and Minnesota which could've been game winning field goals. In the game against Washington, the game was lost after Brees threw an interception but it wouldn't have been intercepted if a Saints' receiver wouldn't have tipped it into the air first.

Brees leads the entire NFL in passing. So far into this season he has completed 159 passes out of 224 attempts for 1,993 yards for 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. At least three of those interceptions were tipped up by Saints' players before they were intercepted by opposing players. He has earned a passer rating of 105.0 and has a completion rate of 71.0%. His longest pass of the year was an 84 yard pass to Devery Henderson for a touchdown but it cannot really be called his longest pass because it Henderson racked up a lot of YAC (yards after catch) on that play. He has thrown 26 passes over 20 yards and 9 passes over 40 yards.

He has done all of this without Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, and David Patten for most of the time.

Pretty impressive, at least it is to me. The top five quarterbacks are listed below:

1. Drew Brees (NFC)

2. Kurt Warner (NFC)

3. Jay Cutler (AFC)

4. Tony Romo (NFC)

5. Donovan McNabb (NFC)

As you can see, out of the top five quarterbacks, four are from the NFC so Brees should have a lot of competition for the quarterback spot but if he keeps up doing what he has been doing, then he should at least make the Pro Bowl roster.