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Old 05-05-2010, 06:42 AM   #1
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Drew Brees: Most accurate deep ball in NFL

Point No. 3: When it comes to being a long-ball passing threat, both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are slipping.

During their spectacular careers, both quarterbacks have been respected for their ability to air it out deep against opposing defenses. But last year, out of the 11 quarterbacks who attempted at least 50 passes that traveled at least 21 air yards before reaching their targets, Manning and Brady -- along with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco -- were among the least successful.

Over the course of Manning's career, he's completed 35.5% of those long passes. But in 2009, he completed just 18 out of 63 attempts (28.6%) -- third-worst among the 11 quarterbacks and his lowest success rate since his rookie season in 1998 (20.6%). What's most alarming about Manning's completion rate is that it's on the heels of a 2008 season where he completed just 31.3% of those passes after seven consecutive seasons of completing no worse than 36% to as high as 43% of those throws.

Meanwhile, Brady's 2009 results were even worse. He completed just 23.4% of his long-ball attempts (15-64) -- the lowest percentage of the 11 players. While he's posted a a career success rate of 29.2%, his 2009 result was his second-worst performance behind his 15.8% back in 2002. Prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2008, Brady connected on 43% of his long-ball attempts in 2007 and 35% in 2006.

By far, the most successful quarterback in this category last year was the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, who completed 29 of 56 attempts (51.8%) for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns. Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (45.5%) was second while the Jaguars' David Garrard (40.4%) was third.


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I just love the fact that Brees no longer has to point to his stats to show how great he is. the ring will pretty much say everything to his critics.
But now he has a ring AND those crazy numbers.
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Nice to hear our QB is so darn good. Fantasy footballers are drooling.
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No doubt Brees has the stuff. But in Manning's and Brady's defense, it takes two to make a completion. People rave about Garcon et al but I don't think the current crew of Colts receivers is in the same ballpark as Harrison in his prime. The Pats are slipping in this department as well.

I don't say this to disrespect Brees at all. I think, though, that it really points to just what a fine group of receivers we have in New Orleans. Colston doesn't get nearly the respect I think he deserves. When it's all said and done, I think Colston may be counted among the best to have ever played the game.
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I have stopped counting the ways because I have so many. That dude is worthy of our adoration - in a very, very non-sexual, non-idolatry kind of way.
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This.

I still cant believe that he is our QB. After living thru Shuler, Wilson, the Bobby Joe's, Aaron brooks and just how lost we really were at that position, it still seems unreal that we have a QB that is a pure athelete and master of the game/position.
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No doubt Brees has the stuff. But in Manning's and Brady's defense, it takes two to make a completion. People rave about Garcon et al but I don't think the current crew of Colts receivers is in the same ballpark as Harrison in his prime. The Pats are slipping in this department as well.

I don't say this to disrespect Brees at all. I think, though, that it really points to just what a fine group of receivers we have in New Orleans. Colston doesn't get nearly the respect I think he deserves. When it's all said and done, I think Colston may be counted among the best to have ever played the game.
Brady has Moss. no defense there.
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I have stopped counting the ways because I have so many. That dude is worthy of our adoration - in a very, very non-sexual, non-idolatry kind of way.


I love Drew Brees because:
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  2. He has beautiful blue eyes
  3. He can sing in the shower (kinda)
  4. He obviously is a great father and husband
  5. He is sincere and humble, yet walks tall and full of confidence
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  7. He is the best quarterback in the world
  8. He leads the best team in the world
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  10. He knows all of the above and it still hasn't gone to his head
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Unreal for a guy that is 6 foot, and a buck eighty. You would expect the big guys to be way ahead in the long ball catagory.
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The comments about Drew not having a strong arm and being a "game manager" sure have disappeared. Geaux Brees!
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No doubt Brees has the stuff. But in Manning's and Brady's defense, it takes two to make a completion. People rave about Garcon et al but I don't think the current crew of Colts receivers is in the same ballpark as Harrison in his prime. The Pats are slipping in this department as well.

I don't say this to disrespect Brees at all. I think, though, that it really points to just what a fine group of receivers we have in New Orleans. Colston doesn't get nearly the respect I think he deserves. When it's all said and done, I think Colston may be counted among the best to have ever played the game.
Sorry, but that excuse won't fly.
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I love Drew Brees because:
  1. He can grow facial hair and still not look evil
  2. He has beautiful blue eyes
  3. He can sing in the shower (kinda)
  4. He obviously is a great father and husband
  5. He is sincere and humble, yet walks tall and full of confidence
  6. He knows how to lead and leads by example
  7. He is the best quarterback in the world
  8. He leads the best team in the world
  9. He has the best fans in the world
  10. He knows all of the above and it still hasn't gone to his head
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He strikes that balance beautifully doesn't he, about as good as I can ever remember from a star athlete.
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