Dec 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
3. Drew Brees
Around draft time, there were rumors that Drew Brees and the Saints could be heading toward a divorce. Marcus Mariota’s name was swirling in possible trade scenarios, and many felt as though Brees had begun the decline that every athlete hits at one point or another.
A lot of people just don’t get it. They’re always looking for someone to blame for a poor season, and why not blame the man at the top, right? Brees has been the fixture and savior of the franchise with the help of head coach Sean Payton. Lifting one of the more irrelevant franchises in football to a perennial Super Bowl contender.
Now, I’m not someone who plays the loyalty card when it comes to athletes, but Brees can still play at a high level. Is he the same player as he was in 2011 when he broke the single-season passing yards record? Probably not. That doesn’t mean he still can’t play at a high level. This is the same argument I’ve had with Peyton Manning. Many feel as though Manning is all but done, yet he threw for 39 touchdowns last year with a passer rating above 100.
The Giants will head to New Orleans in week 8 where they’ve had a horrible history of losing of late. Their last two games in the “Big Easy” have resulted 21 and 25 point losses. Brees is 3-1 lifetime against the Giants as a Saint, which is something they look to change as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo makes his return to New Orleans where he fielded one of the worst defenses in league history.
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