The New Orleans Saints lost another game in which Drew Brees put on a clinical performance. Four touchdowns and 423 passing yards should be enough to win against a mediocre Oakland Raiders squad. But in typical Saints fashion, 34 points wasn’t enough as the Raiders won 35-34, on a gutsy two-point conversion in the final minute.
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There is no sugercoating it: 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns the last 10 seasons and one Super Bowl. In an offense that features Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Coby Fleener, Mark Ingram and standout linemen Terron Armstead and Max Unger, there are no excuses to be bad this year.
Despite leading the NFL in passing yards last year, Brees was forced to watch the playoffs from his couch. The Saints lost four games last year where he put up 300 yards. In 2014, they lost five games where he put up 300 yards. Is it just us, or does this future Hall of Famer deserve better?
You take Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, for example. They haven’t ranked in the top-half in total defense since 2009. In 2010, they were only the NFL’s best team. In 2011 (second-worst defense,) they reached the Super Bowl. In 2012, they got to the AFC Championship with a unit in the bottom-third of the league. Same with 2013. In 2014 and 2015, they ranked 17th-overall and reached the AFC title game both years, winning the Super Bowl two years ago.
Heck, even Aaron Rodgers got his Packers to a 15-1 record in 2011 despite having the NFL’s worst defense.
These examples were not used to show how the quarterbacks get it done better than Brees. They are simply better coached and no matter how many yards they’ll surrender, they’ll prevent the points and come up with timely stops. I’ve honestly lost track on how many times the Saints defense has squandered a lead in the last minute.
It looks like it’ll be another long year for the defense. If that’s true, Brees deserves better than a mediocre defense that keeps wasting his prime years.