Saints Questions: Will Drew Brees of ’09 and ’11 be back in ’13?
About the only knock on Brees that he mentioned was a dip in his completion percentage from the 2012 season down to 63.0 from 71.2 in 2011. The dip in Brees completion percentage can probably be attributed to the fallout from the bounty scandal and the Saints historically bad defense in 2012. It should be noted that Brees still threw for over 5,000 yards, making it the second consecutive season that he did so and the third time overall. Despite that dip, Brees has still maintained a career completion percentage of 65.6 to Ryans 62.7. In 2011, he smashed the single-season passing record, previously held by Dan Marino, when he passed for 5,476 yards. Ryan has yet to surpass 4,800 passing yards in a single season.
2013 NFL Season Props Most Passing Yards
Drew Brees (+400): The smart money is on Brees here as he has lead the league in passing yards on four separate occasions. Brees, who holds the record for most passing yards in a single season with 5476, has also thrown for over 5000 yards three of the last five years. With Sean Payton returning to the sidelines in New Orleans in 2013, the Saints offense should be as pass happy as ever. Aaron Rodgers (+600): Rodgers is an outstanding player, but he is not a good choice to win this prop bet. The 2011 MVP has never thrown for more than 4650 yards in a season and Green Bay, which drafted two quality running backs in Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin, may utilize the ground game more this year than it has over the last few seasons. Matthew Stafford (+700): Stafford would, seemingly, represent the biggest threat to Brees in the passing yards department.
NFL Fantasy Football: New Orleans Saints 2013 Outlook
Rings, baby! Quarterback wins for the win! Is there any way that this happens before a three game stretch in January and February? Joe Flacco definitely stepped up and improved in the postseason, and with Jim Caldwell at offensive coordinator, Flacco performed much better. He has also never put together a full season that is in the same solar system as Drew Brees. A year ago, Jaworski had Brees at #2 and Flacco at #9. In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately rankings, Flacco jumps fellow Super Bowl winners Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees. Brees is a much worse quarterback because his offensive coordinator/coach was suspended last year, and because he played with the 32nd defense (by a large margin).
He completed 68.1 percent of his passes in 2010. But he completed only 63 percent of his passes in 2012 and threw 19 interceptions. In 2010, he threw 22 interceptions and tossed only 33 touchdowns. Compared to his 2009 and 2011 seasons, however, its easy to see why the team needs the Brees from those seasons to return. In 2009, when he led the Saints to their only Super Bowl win, he threw just 34 touchdowns but turned the ball over only 11 times with interceptions. He also completed a then-record 70.6 percent of his passes. In 11, he threw 46 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions, set an NFL record with 5,476 passing yards and bettered his NFL completion percentage record at 71.2 percent. The belief that he was trying to carry the defense during the down years doesnt necessarily hold water; in 2010, the defense finished the season ranked fourth in total defense and seventh in scoring defense while in 2009, the defense ranked 25th overall and 20th in scoring. However, there appears to be a correlation between the run game and Brees seasons.
Ron Jaworski Ranks Joe Flacco Ahead of Drew Brees in His Stupid Quarterback Rankings
And he’s still ranked behind guys who have more question marks going into the season like Dwayne Bowe and Wes Welker . With that said, his current ranking as the 18th-overall fantasy receiver comes with some value. Along with his catches, he has also hovered around 1100 receiving yards over the last three years. It’s clear that Colston will never surpass Graham as the team’s focal point of the passing offense, but 80-85 catches, 1050-1150 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns are easily attainable. Colston will continue to be a mid-tier WR2. Sticking with the Saints’ receiving corps; Lance Moore’s stat-line of 65 catches, 1041 receiving yards and six touchdowns from 2013 might look good on the surface, but Moore is feast-or-famine in the fantasy world. There were four weeks where he put up 120 or more receiving yards (1, 7, 13, 17), but would then come back down several weeks in between.
Drew Brees loses to Micheal Phelps at ESPY Awards
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2013 New Orleans Saints: Five Players to Keep an Eye On
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps beat our star quarterback to become the first athlete to twice win the ESPY award for best record-breaking performance. Phelps also won an ESPY for best male Olympian. The swimmer broke the all-time medals record at the Olympics last year by earning 6 in London, extending his career total to 22 medals. Brees was nominated for the best record-breaking performance award for breaking Johnny Unitass record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
SAINTS DREW BREES SIGNED AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL
A year ago, the prolific signal-caller led the league with 5,177 yards through the air as well as 43 touchdown passes. But even those amazing numbers did not result in a championship either season. With Payton back at his side, it’s hard to believe that Brees won’t have another scintillating year. But a little balance from the running game, a key factor in the team’s Super Bowl season of 2009, would be a very big help. TE Jimmy Graham : After a phenomenal 2011 campaign that saw him total 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns, Graham tailed off a bit last season. However, a “bit” for the one-time Pro Bowler still meant 85 catches in 2012, nine of those for scores. Dating back to Week 15 of 2010, the rangy target has scored at least one touchdown in 18 of 34 regular-season games and a total of 24 touchdowns in those 34 contests.