Six years ago, Drew Brees landed in New Orleans in Themistocles a natural disaster and a team that was virtually rebuilding. Since then, the leader of the Saints has compiled huge numbers and broken multiple records along with Pro Bowl trips and even a Super Bowl title.
The one thing that has still eluded him though, is the title of league MVP.
First thing’s first––Brees will never state that being MVP of the NFL is one of his goals. See, it’s not a team award and that is not what he is after, because there are loftier heights and bigger expectations he puts on himself.
The goal of the New Orleans Saints is to win a Super Bowl, and so that is also the top goal of Brees. Even more so this season thanks to being without Sean Payton due to Bountygate.
Ask Brees on any day, as this reporter has done numerous times, and he will never put single awards above those of the team. He knows that the Saints have other goals ahead of them that are not of a single-player minded nature. No matter what he wants to do personally, it comes second. Now that’s what a great quarterback is all about.
Still, everyone has to think that somewhere deep inside him, he wants that MVP award.
Since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, he has not thrown for less than 4,300 yards in any season. He has thrown for 204 touchdowns and started every game for the Saints that he wasn’t held out of by coach’s decision.
In 2011, Brees broke Dan Marino’s long-standing single season yardage record. The thing is, he didn’t just break it, but shattered it with 5,476 yards and seemed to do it quite easily. The thing to remember is that one season he came within a mere 16 yards of breaking Marino’s record, but fell just shy. A couple years later, Brees came right back out and broke the record without even thinking twice about doing it.
Completion percentage in a season, attempts, completions, and consecutive games with a touchdown pass are just a few more of the records that Brees now owns or will soon.
The man knows how to throw passes with pinpoint accuracy and “thread the needle,” which is not a thing many quarterbacks in NFL history have been able to do. He has the poise and calm nature in the pocket that allows him to avoid pressure as if it isn’t even there.
Why then, can he not get the votes needed to be league MVP?
All those that have won the award over Brees were very deserving, but there is indeed one stat that hurts the Saints quarterback every year. It is a huge statistic too, and it is interceptions.
While Brees is deadly accurate most of the time, when he is off, it doesn’t just mean incomplete passes, but turnovers.
Ninety-three interceptions in six years is not horrific, but it is enough to make voters look in other directions when deciding on league MVP. That may be the very reason that Drew Brees has not yet taken the MVP award home in any season during his prolific and masterful career.
Maybe this is his year; maybe it isn’t, but no one can ever say that he isn’t deserving.
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