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New Orleans Saints 2016 season recap: Drew Brees

Posted Jan 9, 2017

Franchise QB turned in one of his best seasons


Drew Brees still is among the best in the business at what he does. And what he does is dissect opposing defenses in such a manner that when his announces his retirement, he possibly will be the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, completions, attempts and completion percentage.

He posted his NFL-record fifth 5,000-yard passing season in 2016 – all other quarterbacks combined have four – by completing 471 of 673 passes for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions. It was the third time in 11 seasons as a New Orleans Saint that Brees completed at least 70 percent of his passes, and the NFL-record seventh time he has led the league in passing yards.

Brees had the third-most passing touchdowns in the league, and led an offense that scored 29.3 yards per game, second-most in the league. The Saints led the league in total offense and haven’t finished lower than sixth since he joined the franchise in 2006.

If there are concessions he is making to age, they aren’t showing on the field as he continues his assault on the record books.

BEST GAME: Thirty-seven completions in 48 attempts, for 389 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception, in a road game against Arizona, which finished with the fourth-best pass defense in the league (210.3 yards per game). That showing came after back-to-back games of no touchdowns and three interceptions against Detroit and Tampa Bay. The Cardinals have one of the best secondaries in the league; Brees shredded it.

BEST QUOTE: “I’m just willing to do whatever I need to do to help us win. I have a high level of expectation and standard for myself, and that doesn’t mean stats. Now, does a high completion percentage and do touchdown passes versus low (percentage) and turnovers, do all those things result in winning? In most cases, yes. There’s a correlation there. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to find ways to win.

“(I’m) just focusing on winning and trying to put us in a position to win championships. Priority No. 1 is winning.”