Saints’ QB Drew Brees Denies He’s in Decline: “I Feel Good, I Feel Good”

Drew Brees in 2017. Photo by Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees delivered a sub-par performance in Week 2 loss to Las Vegas Raiders, causing many to argue that the age finally caught up to him and that he’s now officially in decline. However, the 41-year-old doesn’t think that way.

During a video call with reporters earlier this week, Brees rejected the notion that the aging contributed to his poor performance against the Raiders. 

“I feel good, I feel good,” said Brees. “Borderline great.

While Brees finished the game with 312 yards and one touchdown, he also threw a crucial and game-altering interception. Also, a good portion of the passing yards he had came after the catch, causing him to average less than 5.5 air-yards-per-attempt.

But Brees says that he isn’t paying attention to the statistics.

“At the end of the day, I am focused on putting us in a position to succeed, making great decisions, both in the run game or pass 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,” he added.

Drew Brees faced the same comments towards the end of the last year when he underperformed in the final weeks of the 2019 season and then had a poor playoff showing. Despite entering the NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings as favorites, the Saints suffered a 26-20 loss with Brees throwing for 208 yards, one TD, and one interception.

While it is still early to write off Brees as “done” after just two weeks, the truth is that he hasn’t looked his usual self while on the field in 2020. The next few games will show whether that was just an outlier or the Saints need to start worrying.