Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) attempts a pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
The term “elite” is constantly used to define top-tier quarterbacks. It’s the ultimate subjective measurement quarterbacks are always stacked up against, regardless of Super Bowl rings.
Take for example: Joe Flacco or Eli Manning. Both of these quarterbacks have won Super Bowls. Manning has multiple rings, but neither of them have ever reached that exalted “elite” status, reserved for the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
There was a time when Drew Brees was a member of this exclusive club, and was considered one of the top three quarterbacks in the game. The NFL’s top 100 player ranking in 2010 had Drew Brees at #2 overall.
“There was a time when Drew Brees was a member of this exclusive club, and was considered one of the top three quarterbacks in the game”
Times have changed, as evidenced by the NFL’s latest top 100 players ranking, which has Drew Brees all the way at #30, and the seventh ranked quarterback.
Carson Palmer is ranked well ahead of Brees at #12 overall, to give some perspective to how Brees has fallen in the eyes of the mainstream. Carson Palmer, who chocked in colossal fashion in the NFC Championship game last year, and who has never won a Super Bowl, is ranked two quarterbacks ahead of Brees. (Ben Roethlisberger is the quarterback directly preceding him.)
Clearly Drew Brees is no longer the media darling that he used to be, but why?
Age isn’t a valid argument, since Tom Brady is ranked 2nd overall on this list; and he is 38 years old — a year older than Brees.
It’s with that in mind that we’ve decided to take a quick look at the five reasons Drew Brees has seen this fall from grace in the eyes of the national media and among non-Saints fans.
Starting with this one….
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