Drew Brees set to break his own completion percentage record

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In 2009, Drew Brees completed 70.6 percent of his passes, setting a new NFL record for the highest completion percentage in a season. In 2011, Brees broke the record by completing 71.2 percent of his passes. In 2017 he broke the record again by completing 72.0 percent. In 2018 he broke the record once again by completing 74.4 percent. And now he’s set to break the record again this season.

Brees has completed 75.3 percent of his passes this season, which means that if he keeps passing at his normal pace in Sunday’s season finale, he’ll set a new NFL completion percentage record once again.

Although Brees is in a class of his own, he’s not the only quarterback with an excellent completion percentage this season. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has completed 71.1 percent of his passes, and Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has completed 70.7 percent. Those would represent the sixth and seventh highest completion percentages in a season in NFL history.

Passing offenses have changed significantly in the NFL, and completion percentages are much higher than they were in years past. But even in the era of inflated numbers, Brees has set himself apart.

24 responses to “Drew Brees set to break his own completion percentage record

  1. Of course, he will get it. Peyton and Brees just love records. Remember that year Drew almost killed himself trying to reach 5,000 yards?
    What’s so funny is Brees is just 2 years younger thar Brady and nobody is talking about when he will call it quits. Why? Because he hasn’t been stinking up the joint the two years!

  2. The man is a machine then they get him a machine in Michael Thomas!

    His numbers are mind blowing. They both work crazy hard to be as good as they are.

  3. I remember watching this kid’s arm nearly get ripped off on live TV “when I wore a younger man’s clothes.” Distinctly recall saying to my roommate “Well he’s done…” Been a pleasure watching him prove me and everyone else wrong. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Saints, and I’d rush to the front of the line to tell you Breezy is one of the greats.

  4. Completing passes.
    Gaining yards
    Completing TDs
    Pretty much a description of the Art of Quarterback.
    Brees is the all time leader in each.
    Hes the BEST PASSER in NFL HISTORY.
    And if someone brings up “wins”, where does defense, special teams and coaching fit in?
    Remember when the Seahawks were about to winthe Superbowl and tom brady intercepted wilson on the goal line to save the win?

  5. >The Dolphins chose to sign Culpepper over Brees.

    Culpepper got black-balled (for real, not like you-know-who) when he was trying to come back from injury. Not saying he would’ve been close to Brees, but there was more to it than just performance.

  6. Loved that all the inSaint sycophant fans ignored all the rules changes that contributed to his success.
    Yes, Drew Brees is an amazing Flag Football QB. He struggled mightily before all the rules changes.

  7. Completing passes.
    Gaining yards
    Completing TDs
    Pretty much a description of the Art of Quarterback.
    Brees is the all time leader in each.
    Hes the BEST PASSER in NFL HISTORY.
    And if someone brings up “wins”, where does defense, special teams and coaching fit in?
    Remember when the Seahawks were about to winthe Superbowl and tom brady intercepted wilson on the goal line to save the win?
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Brees also has 59 more career INTs than Brady (33% more). Where does that fit into the art of QB? Also, Brees is not the all-time leader in those categories, Brady is. Discounting what a player does in the post season is ridiculous. The stakes are higher, the competition is greater, and the elements are generally tougher. Unless you are going to judge every QB by the exact number of games played, playoff stats absolutely need to be included in these discussions. Finally, you talk about the team when mentioning wins, I didn’t realize Brees threw all those TDs/completions to himself. Does he not also have to rely on other teammates to have that kind of success?

  8. We should simply enjoy being able to have watched the “greatest generation” of QBs — Brady, Brees, Manning, and Rodgers.

  9. exinsidetrader says:
    December 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

    The Dolphins chose to sign Culpepper over Brees.
    ____________________________

    Yeah, Brees was coming off a 9-7 season with 15 picks, while Culpepper was 2 years removed from an MVP caliber season. Easy choice now, back then, not so much.

  10. With the way the rules favor QBs’ and receivers, every qb should be over 70%.

    And yet there are only a few of them that are. I guess that means the other 28 teams have terrible QB’s. I mean Brady must be terrible because he isn’t over 70%, Rodgers must be terrible because he isn’t over 70%, Mahomes must be terrible because he isn’t over 70%, Jackson (who will most likely be MVP) must be terrible because he isn’t over 70%. Truly one of the idiotic comments I’ve ever seen and on this site and that’s saying something.

  11. Nothing brings out downvotes from the Brees/Aints fanboys like any mention of a) rings or b) the # of seasons Drew was in the top 3 of picks thrown.

    The guy is a slightly more accurate Favre, with the same amount of hardware.

  12. Anyone that ranks QBs based on number of rings obviously doesn’t realize football is a team sport and doesn’t know much about the intricacies of football in general.

  13. blessedunliketherest says:
    December 27, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Completing passes.
    Gaining yards
    Completing TDs
    Pretty much a description of the Art of Quarterback.
    Brees is the all time leader in each.
    Hes the BEST PASSER in NFL HISTORY.
    And if someone brings up “wins”, where does defense, special teams and coaching fit in?
    Remember when the Seahawks were about to winthe Superbowl and tom brady intercepted wilson on the goal line to save the win?
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Brees also has 59 more career INTs than Brady (33% more). Where does that fit into the art of QB? Also, Brees is not the all-time leader in those categories, Brady is. Discounting what a player does in the post season is ridiculous. The stakes are higher, the competition is greater, and the elements are generally tougher. Unless you are going to judge every QB by the exact number of games played, playoff stats absolutely need to be included in these discussions. Finally, you talk about the team when mentioning wins, I didn’t realize Brees threw all those TDs/completions to himself. Does he not also have to rely on other teammates to have that kind of success?
    _______________________________________

    Remember when Brady brought the Pats back twice in that Super Bowl against the Seahawks? Sometimes the defense can also lose you games. Brady’s defense did that twice against the NYG.
    I also remember Brees making a horrible decision to throw the ball under pressure in overtime during the NFCCG having it get picked off, costing the Saints the game and a trip to the Super Bowl. Brady wouldn’t have made that throw.

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