Brees on age-related criticism following

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Brees on age-related criticism following

Has Father Time finally come calling on at age 41?That's the headline that will draw the clicks, sure, but Jehu Chesson Jersey after Monday night's performance, it's fair to wonder if Brees might finally be descending in terms of ability. Brees posted a solid line by league-wide standards, completing 26 of 38 pa ses for 312 yards, one touchdown and a pa ser rating of 91.1. But there was that ugly interception on a pa s Brees later admitted he forced, and there's also the air-yards-per-attempt mark that landed below 5.5 (per Next Gen Stats) and makes some wonder whether Brees might be devolving into 2015 Peyton Manning.Both will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but by Manning's final year, he wasn't the same pa ser who once set records on a near-annual basis. On Monday night, Brees didn't look like his old self, Charles Matthews Jersey either.Unsurprisingly, he downplayed any potential effects of aging."I feel good, I feel good," Brees said Wednesday during a video conference call with reporters. "Borderline great."You know one of the statistics that was thrown out after the game was the yards per attempt or something like that. There are many statistics I do not pay one bit of attention to -- and that would be one of them. At the end of the day, I am focused on putting us in position to succeed, making great decisions, both in the run game or pa s game, whatever is predicated on my ability to get us in the best play. And our ability to take care of the football and go and score points, put us in the best position to win."Those are the things I'm focused on, and I don't Denard Robinson Jersey care how we do it. I honestly don't. I just want to win football games."It's incredibly important that we point out Brees was without .Since 2016, Brees owns a record of 40-18, a completion percentage of 72.4, a yards-per-attempt average of 7.9, a 121-29 TD-INT ratio and a 109.2 pa ser rating with Thomas available. Without him, Brees is 0-2 with a 64.6 completion percentage, 7.2 yards per attempt, a 1-4 TD-INT ratio and a pa ser rating of 69.Yikes.Perhaps Thomas' absence is partly to blame for Brees' completion percentage over expectation, which stood at +6.3 percent in 2019 -- after suffering a thumb injury that required surgery, mind you -- and currently stands at -8.4 Taylor Lewan Jersey percent after two games. Right now, only two quarterbacks have a worse CPOE: Carson Wentz (-8.8%) and Dwayne Haskins (-10.6%). Brees is trending in a negative direction.The short-pa sing game would work to a greater effect if Thomas was available. After all, targets inside 10 yards is a main part of how Thomas reset the single-season receptions record in 2019. Now, Brees doesn't have that go-to option, and at least one opposing defense knew it."I'm confident with the guys we have and the system we have that we're gonna get back on track," Brees said. "I think we have always been one of the best teams in the league, probably in history, at the precision of the pa sing game. And I think we are on our way to being back there very soon."Brees still owns a 3-1 TD-INT ratio in 2020, and his team is 1-1 after two weeks, but they sure didn't look like the NFC title contenders many (including this writer) picked them to be before the season began. Maybe Duncan Robinson Jersey Thomas will be a cure-all -- or maybe we're just witne sing signs of what's to come.
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