Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 16: Drew Brees

Chris Simms top 40 QBs: Drew Brees
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Yes, you read that correctly.

Drew Brees, a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best quarterbacks of all time, comes in at No. 16 in the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown. Brees, who led the league in completion percentage and generated the highest passer rating of his career, fell six spots, from No. 10.

But Simms has a reason for it. Brees has been losing arm strength. As he enters the 2020 season at age 41, it may only get worse.

Brees continues to be excellent when it comes to making pre-snap reads and quick throws and moving the chains underneath. But as he continues to fail to get the ball down the field, it may get harder to find openings closer to the line of scrimmage.

Besides, there are many great quarterbacks right now, young and old. As the Simms list continues to unfold, it will become clear why Brees is as low as he is. There are many quarterbacks who, entering 2021, are in a better position to thrive.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

No. 19: Derek Carr

No. 18: Josh Allen

No. 17: Philip Rivers

13 responses to “Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 16: Drew Brees

  1. Even with less arm strength, Brees is still a top 10 QB. Simms is too negative on this.

  2. ridiculous ranking. critics have always said brees lacked arm strength and theyve always been wrong. he was elite all last year and wasnt dropping off thru the season, he went 29 for 30 vs the colts in december. yes brees will eventually fall off like Peyton Manning did but it will be clear as day and it clearly has not happened yet.

  3. @bigtimewhodat
    Brees didn’t play a whole season last year. The possibility exists that he didn’t fall off in the arm strength category because of the extra 5 weeks of rest he had while rehabbing his thumb.

    Going 29 for 30 doesn’t disprove a loss of arm strength only proves his efficiency and accuracy remained. The question is of those 29 completions how many were in the medium to long range?

    Peyton Manning remained extremely accurate in short to medium passes late in seasons after his deep passes became less and less accurate due to lack of arm strength.

  4. Brees at 16 seems very low. Looking forward to see who is ranked higher and how their stats and record compare to Brees after the 2020 season if there is one!

  5. I’m hard pressed thinking of 10 QBS nevermind 15 that are better than Brees even at his age.

  6. It would be cool if on each of these ranking reveals we get an updated list of his full rankings.

  7. 16?? What the hell? I always Brees was overrated but he is a top 10 QB easily.

  8. Simms may be taking into account the fact that Brees will inevitably have teammates that resent him.

  9. I’m thinking that maybe buttoning the top button on his shirt has somehow restricted air to his brain.

  10. Just more proof that Sims doesn’t know what he’s talking about, 15 QB’s better than Brees.


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