Drew Brees addresses his less than stellar passing numbers
The New Orleans Saints visited Sin City and suffered an unexpected loss against the Las Vegas Raiders in a 34-24 outcome. The Saints’ long-time quarterback in Drew Brees was simply outplayed by the younger Derek Carr in their Week 2 matchup.
After delivering two of the most accurate seasons in NFL history, completing over 74 percent of his passes, Brees has completed just 64.7 percent of his passes this season. According to ESPN Stats and Information, he only averaged a dismal 4.82 air yards on his passes so far this season. That’s his lowest tally through two games as a member of the Saints, and it’s the lowest by any quarterback through two games since Brett Favre did with the Minnesota Vikings back in 2009.
The 20-year veteran claimed that the stat sheet is not his top priority and will focus on his role in the Saints offense instead:
“Well, my job is to execute the offense. … My job’s not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that,” Brees said after the game, via ESPN. “I think I’ve always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And so, at the end of the day, I’ll throw the ball to the open guy, move the ball down the field, score points, help us win football games. So that’s my job,” Brees said. “My job’s to help us win. My job’s to help put everyone around me in the best position to succeed.”
Brees had a good showing in the Saints’ first game of the season as they took down the revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 34-23 victory. He tallied 160 yards on 18 of 30 passes completed along with two touchdown passes. He followed it up with 312 passing yards on a 26/38 clip along with a touchdown and an interception in the loss against the Raiders.
The veteran gunslinger will aim to have better performances in the coming games and lead his team to more wins through a seemingly tough season.
The Saints will attempt a bounce-back win in a marquee matchup against the Green Bay Packers slated on September 27.