Drew Brees is still an elite QB

2014 was perceived to be a down year for Drew Brees. Rick Drummond explains why he should be as good as ever this season.

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(AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

(AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

Drew Brees is still an elite QB


The 2015 season was a difficult one for the New Orleans Saints, as they finished the year 7-9, and their franchise quarterback Drew Brees took some of the criticism for the team’s struggles.

However, despite being saddled with the “declining” label by sections of the Saints’ fanbase, the 36-year-old thrower was as good as ever last season, according to our data. He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the 2015 season, and is actually ranked No. 2 among QBs behind only Aaron Rodgers in our new PFF rating system.

A strong set of 2014 numbers suggested no fall-off for Brees. His 80.2 accuracy percentage led all passers, and the +33.7 PFF passing grade he earned was second only to Rodgers. And adding to that, Brees posted the league’s lowest percentage of incompletions due to off-target throws.

In fact, it would be tough to find a player at any position with a trajectory as strong as Brees’. He has been amazingly consistent over the years. He has averaged over 1,100 snaps played in the eight seasons we have been grading here at PFF, and his overall grade in each has only once ranked outside of the top four QBs (he was seventh in 2008).

With Jimmy Graham gone to Seattle and Kenny Stills shipped to Miami, there will certainly be new challenges to face in the upcoming season, but Brees has proven he’s still among the best at doing his part.

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