Drew Brees: NFC South got more challenging this offseason

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Tom Brady‘s arrival in Tampa changed the outlook for the Buccaneers and it also set up multiple matchups with one of the NFL’s other top quarterbacks of all time.

Drew Brees re-signed with the Saints for the same two years that Brady signed up for with the Bucs, so they’re on track to face off at least four times in NFC South matchups. During an appearance on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, Brees was asked about the new arrival and what it means for life in the division.

“Yeah. Well, the division just got a little bit better, didn’t it? In addition to that, Teddy Bridgewater, who played so well for us, with the Saints last year when I got hurt, he’s now the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers,” Brees said. “Our division has Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and myself with the Saints. It’s always been a very challenging division, and it just kicked up a notch.”

Cam Newton‘s exit from Carolina took one MVP award out of the division, but Brady’s bringing three with him to Tampa. Ryan has one and Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, which makes Bridgewater the odd man out when it comes to major accolades in the quarterback-centric NFC South.

7 responses to “Drew Brees: NFC South got more challenging this offseason

  1. Oh man, even as an AFC East fan I’ve been looking forward to watching those matchups! Maybe if/when the season is shortened, the NFL can still at least do the divisional games.

  2. I think Tampa Bay is a 10 win team at the very best this season. That is the high end of what they can do this season.

    I still have the Saints as the favorite to win the NFC South.

  3. New Orleans Cupcake fans must really be despondent. These fools are used to whining about their last game being a playoff one where they claim a win was stolen from them. What will they do when the last meaningful game was played in October?

  4. Not to slight Brady or Brees, but at this moment in time, I feel Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the division. They all have impressive accolades and stats, but Matt also has age his side in comparison to the other two, and I’m talking about right now, not past achievements (Brady wins that in a landslide). But it still sets up some fantastic matchups that we will (hopefully) be able to salivate over this upcoming season!

  5. The fact that Drew Brees does not have a single MVP award to his name is just shameful. I don’t care if you like him or not. It just is.

  6. harnessb1tch says:
    April 9, 2020 at 11:35 am
    Not to slight Brady or Brees, but at this moment in time, I feel Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the division. They all have impressive accolades and stats, but Matt also has age his side in comparison to the other two, and I’m talking about right now, not past achievements (Brady wins that in a landslide). But it still sets up some fantastic matchups that we will (hopefully) be able to salivate over this upcoming season!
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    Brees was better than Ryan in practically every passing metric in 2019, except yards. Brees missed 5 games and still threw for more TD’s. No, Ryan is not better.

  7. nomad57 says:
    April 9, 2020 at 8:43

    Brees was better than Ryan in practically every passing metric in 2019, except yards. Brees missed 5 games and still threw for more TD’s. No, Ryan is not better.

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    Not at all true.

    Brees played 11 games and was only sacked 12 times. Ryan played 15 games and was only sacked 48 times with complete scrubs outside of the LT on the O-Line and no run game.

    Brees threw all of ONE more TD pass than Ryan.

    Ryan bested Brees in Completions, Passing Yards, Passing Yards per Game, Passing 1st Downs, Rushing Yards, Yards per Attempt, Rushing 1st downs, 4th Quarter Comebacks & apparently durability.

    So no, one could argue Ryan IS better as an all-around QB — although I see you tried to turn it into only passing stats. I also did not say he was leaps and bounds better than Brees, I merely stated that I feel he is better right now. Someone else (yourself) could feel differently, and that is fine. But I just laid out the facts on paper. I still think that behind equal protection that Ryan would edge Brees, especially in the playoffs as Brees hasn’t played too stellar of late in the postseason. Payton also has a history of leaving Brees in when the game is certainly over to pad his stats — whether winning or losing. My opinion.

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