Mike Triplett and James Varney discuss Coach Sean Payton’s first injury report of the postseason Wednesday and the health of the Saints as they prepare for their first-round game against Detroit Saturday night.
The pass-happy National Football League’s second season begins this weekend with four games kicking off the playoffs in do-or-die battles to stay on track to reach the Super Bowl.
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Posted By: mvtrucking
Post Time: 01-04-2012 at 03:30 PM
Bills running back C.J. Spiller and
New Orleans Drew Brees were named the FedEx Air & Ground NFL
Players of the Week for games played on Dec. 22-26.
Spiller totaled 111 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the
Bills’ 40-14 win over Denver while
Brees completed 23 of 39 passes for 307 yards, four touchdowns and
two interceptions in a 45-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Brees
set a new single-season passing yardage record, eclipsing Dan
Marino’s mark set in 1984.
Sean Payton said there will “absolutely” still be an on-field role for WR Lance Moore , TE John Gilmore and LB Jonathan Casillas this postseason, insinuating their injuries won’t be season-enders. All three missed Wednesday’s practice, though, and their likelihood to play Saturday vs. the Lions isn’t high.
Along the way he’s shattered passing records that many of us deemed as untouchable, but will his season go unremembered without a Super Bowl title to hang alongside of it?
The answer is no.
Why would Drew Brees’ remarkable season hinge on the fact of his team winning the Super Bowl when they currently aren’t even the best team in their own conference?
However, that’s because of what was on the line for that team. Had the Patriots completed the undefeated season, the touchdown records that Brady and Moss set would be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Drew Brees doesn’t shoulder the same pressure. His team isn’t expected to win a Super Bowl and they certainly aren’t in the boat to go 19-0.
They don’t even have the same pressure that the Packers do this season because they aren’t attempting to defend anything and the Saints haven’t been set upon the same pedestal all season the way that Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay have.
In total, Drew Brees broke three prominent NFL passing records.
Dan Marino’s 5,087 yards passing mark set 27 years ago is probably the most well known and important.
Well, news flash: Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl, and we still remember his 1984 season like it was yesterday.
Brees absolutely shattered Marino’s mark—finishing with 5,476 yards—so why does he need a Super Bowl title for that to matter?
Along with Marino’s record, Brees also re-broke his own record of 71.2 percent completion rate and Peyton Manning’s record for total completions in a season.
To put this in perspective, Brees completed 468 passes in 2011 and to meet his 71.2 completion percentage that would mean he attempted 657 passes this season.
My arm would fall off.
Heck, I think that Drew Brees should be the league’s MVP over Aaron Rodgers and you could honestly make an educated and precise argument for both. But again, better team, high-caliber player, it probably won’t happen.
Brees’ final regular season stats read like someone’s taxes—with a lot of large numbers. He’s thrown 46 touchdowns and has a passer rating that ranks second in the NFL with 110.6.
But like I mentioned earlier, his total passing yards are absolutely mind-blowing. I understand that this league is over-the-top when it comes to passing offenses now a days but let’s be real here.
5,476 yards? Could God throw for that many yards?
When it’s all said and done, Drew Brees will go down as one of the most prolific statistical passers in the history of the game and he’ll be remembered for that.
He’ll also be remembered for winning a Super Bowl, maybe two, but those don’t go hand-in-hand.
Now if we were talking about the Saints as a whole, then it would be a different story because as a team I guarantee the most coveted goal is a Lombardi Trophy and not a spot in the record books.
No one would like another Super Bowl trophy more than Drew Brees, the guy is a winner, but if he doesn’t get one this year that shouldn’t take anything away from the phenomenal season he’s accomplished.
To make a long story short Drew Brees has more 300-yard games (14) than the Saints do wins (13) and a Super Bowl would simply be the sweetest icing on a record-breaking season for the Saints’ quarterback.
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Sean Payton on trusting the running game more than in the past: “The confidence is something you have to earn and it happens over a longer period of time rather than just a game. I think that point of emphasis heading into this year was something that we felt was important for us as a team.”
Sean Payton on Lions WR Calvin Johnson: “Calvin is one of those elite players, probably one of the best receivers in our game right now. … It’s having a handful of things, not just one predominant defense that is on top of a player like that. You also recognize that he’s going to make plays and make earned catches.”