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Why Drew Brees’ Consecutive Games Record is Overrated

8 October 2012 95 views

Drew Brees - New Orleans SaintsKudos to Brees on a terrific accomplishment

This isn’t an entire post dedicated to slamming Drew Brees or the Saints – he should be recognized for what he accomplished Sunday night in New Orleans. Breaking a record that’s more than 50 yrs old is an achievement no matter how you look at it.

48 straight games w/ a touchdown pass… Let that sink in for a minute – 3 full years of at least 1 TD in each game. Brees passes Johnny Unitas for the NFL record in most consecutive games with a passing TD.

And not to be forgotten, probably a sweet feeling for Brees, was to break the record against his former team, the San Diego Chargers – the same team that had given up on him & let New Orleans sign him. Sweet, sweet revenge (in some way).

Notable quarterbacks who were unable to break the record

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Dre...

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When you start thinking about who HASN’T won the award, perhaps it gains some additional significance. The following list of quarterbacks were all unable to break Unitas’ record:

  • Dan Marino
  • John Elway
  • Joe Montana
  • Peyton Manning
  • Tom Brady (Tom’s actually 2nd right now w/ nearly 40 cons. games)

Brees was able to accomplish a feat that none of his contemporary predecessors was able to do. Having said that, how many of these QB’s would you rate Brees ahead of all-time? Does he even make it into this Top 5 list?

Brees support of suspended Saints clouds the day (for me)

Drew’s consistent support of his coaches and players who were implicated in the bounty-gate situation clouds this achievement to me somewhat. There seems to be enough, legitimate evidence that the bounties existed and that players were on the field intending to cause injuries (temporary or not). His personal letter to commissioner Roger Goodell is also just weird for me… I don’t want to use the wrong word to describe it, but I don’t really like the way this unfolded & the fact they granted his request.

I understand that it’s Brees’ job as the quarterback, as the leader of the Saints, to show support for his organization. There have been times throughout the whole ordeal though, where I think he’d be better off keeping quiet and letting the process unfold. He’s said enough and often enough that it’s hard not to question his credibility as well… That’s really hard to say too, because Drew Brees really is a class-act in every other sense. I know that not everyone is going to agree w/ this line of thought, but that’s one of the reasons I started this site – to share my opinions and get feedback from you guys.

Saints’ (suspended) brass attends

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Sean ...

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This was perhaps the worst part of the historical achievement in my opinion; having Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt attend the game was ridiculous. These 3 were rightfully suspended for lying and other role(s) in the bounty-gate scandal over the off-season. The fact that they were allowed to be in attendance seems hypocritical and a slap in the face to the suspensions’ themselves. The way Vitt and Loomis were talking in their executive box certainly looked like they were breaking the “no communication w/ team rule” as well. How can those 2 be in the same box at the same time? I also feel like the record, while significant, didn’t require these 3 to get a free pass to attend the game.

Finally… the record itself is skewed

We’ve lived in probably the greatest era(s) of NFL quarterbacks that anyone will see, starting from the mid-to-late 70’s and thru today’s pass happy game. All you need to do is look at the passing stats from Unitas’ time and compare them w/ Brees and other star QB’s of today’s game. Drew Brees and other quarterbacks have been breaking passing records left & right the past few years, including Brees’ own 5,000+ passing yards last year.

Unitas’ original record was much more difficult to achieve than we can imagine at this point. Quarterbacks are protected to the ‘nth degree these days, where so much as a finger on them above the shoulder pads is a flag on the defense. Add to that, the ability for wide receivers to run rampant after the snap (no illegal contact after 5 yards) and it’s not the hard to see Brees a) extending this record for a lot more games and b) someone else tying or passing him eventually.

48 games amounts to 3 full seasons… if Tom Brady stays healthy, we could have the 2nd player in the same year break Johnny U’s record… that’s like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris’ 61 HR season. Re-read that… let it sink in.

Let me have it…

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Sunday night’s events & Brees breaking the consecutive games w/ a TD record. Post your comments (good/bad) in the comments below.

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