The New Orleans Saints lost 34-24 to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night. Most teams are going to lose a game or two, so that’s not a huge deal for the Saints. What’s more concerning is that Saints quarterback Drew Brees got outplayed by Raiders counterpart Derek Carr.
Considering that Brees is 41 and Carr is 29, that’s not a surprise. But Brees has been an ageless wonder for years. Despite tallying over 300 passing yards against the Raiders, he threw a terrible and costly interception and looked uncomfortable in the pocket.
It has been just two games, but there are some concerning trends. After delivering two of the most accurate seasons in NFL history, completing over 74 percent of his passes, Brees has completed just 64.7 percent of his passes this season. This stat on “air yards” is also not terribly encouraging.
Drew Brees has averaged 4.82 air yards on his passes so far this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 22, 2020
That's his lowest through 2 games as a member of the Saints, and it's the lowest by any QB through 2 games since Brett Favre in 2009. pic.twitter.com/ghtlGu44eG
Brees not worried about decline
Is Brees worried his possible decline? Absolutely not.
When he was asked about the narrative that age is catching up to him, and his stats are starting to show it, he wasn’t having it.
"Well, my job is to execute the offense. ... My job's not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that," Brees said after the game, via ESPN. "I think I've always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And so, at the end of the day, I'll throw the ball to the open guy, move the ball down the field, score points, help us win football games. So that's my job."
Brees admitted that he and the offense haven’t been clicking, but assured the media that the Saints have a lot more to show.
"Are we totally in sync right now? No, we're not,” Brees said. “We're not even close to where we are capable of. Not even close."
Brees took responsibility for some of the Saints’ issues and expressed confidence that they’d put it together in the future.
Brees isn’t getting any younger, and not even he can stave off aging and decline forever.
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