At 7-2 and sitting atop the NFC South as of Week 10, the New Orleans Saints own one of the best records of the NFL, and are regularly mentioned as a Super Bowl contender.
Much of their success is attributed to an offense that ranks second in the NFL with an average of 402.4 yards per game and is captained by veteran quarterback Drew Brees, who is enjoying a fine season (266 yards per game; a 104.0 rating) though one not typical for him in his years in the Big Easy.
While past seasons would see Brees rack up more than 5,000 yards in a pass-heavy scheme, this year’s edition of the Saints’ attack is more run-oriented, with much of the load falling on Mark Ingram (672 yards; 4.7 yards per carry) and rookie Alvin Kamara (417; 6.5), thus cutting Brees’ total through nine games down to 2,398 and putting him on a pace for more than 4,200 yards through the air.
Yes, the Saints are less reliant on the passing game and that likely is due to the status of Brees himself. While the Texas native has said he’d like to finish his career in New Orleans, the numbers are working against him. He’s in the final year of his contract and the Saints are unlikely to shell out big bucks for a passer who will be 39 next training camp.
So as the postseason beckons, Brees may be looking at one last hurrah in the Saints’ gold and black, one that could end with a Lombardi Trophy.
Drew Christopher Brees
Birth date: Jan. 15, 1979
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Height/weight: 6 feet/209 pounds
Teams: San Diego Chargers (2001-05), New Orleans Saints (2006-present)
Drafted: Selected in the second round (32nd overall) by the Chargers in 2001
Honors and achievements: Super Bowl XLIV MVP; 10-time Pro Bowl selection; two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year; Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2004), seven-time NFL passing-yards leader; four-time NFL passing touchdowns leader