Drew Brees was rusty for a little bit. No question about it. He needed some time to dial in, get comfortable with his arm and what he was doing, and see the defense. He said so himself, and his first two passes of the game reflected this. He didn’t spot an underneath receiver on his first attempt and almost threw an interception trying to go deeper down the sideline, and the second pass he threw was a little behind Tre’Quan Smith, even if it was still a catchable pass. On the next one, Frank Clark read the swing pass out of the backfield, and Brees had to adjust his throwing motion. Then came the interception, a risky throw, but the pocket closed in on him, and the wide receiver didn’t run a very crisp route. That’s where the rust ended. There were issues after this point, to be sure, but Brees looked like Brees from here on out. If you look at it like a scout and just evaluate the traits, there were things about his performance that were better than we’ve seen from him in a long time. The layoff was good to him, and there’s reason to believe he could be more effective than he was earlier this season once everything gets dialed in.
How sacks come together is as important as how they end. Quite often, the end would not occur without the beginning. Yet, we often overlook how the play started, which is a significant mistake and causes us to underrate everything that goes into creating a sack. That shouldn’t happen. Following this path helps make more […]
The Saints produced what might have been the most impactful offense in football last season. Sean Payton’s playbook kept New Orleans among the top-three scoring offenses in the NFL despite being without Drew Brees for multiple games, and many of his passing concepts helped carry LSU to a National Title. All credit is due to […]