Saints: Brees' passing still on target
A report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, made prior to the New Orleans Saints’ Week 13 game in Pittsburgh, has suggested that the team was unhappy with the performance of quarterback Drew Brees, and would be looking to draft a signal caller early in the 2015 NFL Draft. The report came amid rumors of potential off-season coaching changes as well, amid the rancor caused by the team’s disappointing record.
The suggestion is that Brees is in decline, especially with regards to accuracy. However, the stats simply don’t support that opinion. Brees leads the league with an 81.8% Accuracy Percentage; if he can maintain that it would be the highest mark achieved among starting quarterbacks in a season tracked by Pro Football Focus. Brees has also thrived stretching the field vertically, leading the league with a Deep Passing Accuracy of 59.6%, his highest deep ball accuracy through Week 13, since his 63.0% mark in 2009 for the eventual Super Bowl Champions. All of this production adds up to an NFL-leading +32.4 passing grade for Brees. If the Saints really are looking to select a QB in the upcoming draft, it certainly shouldn’t be because they have soured on Drew Brees’ ability to play the position.