Dan Graziano of ESPN recently ranked all 32 NFL teams on his arbitrary “QB Confidence Index.” Coming in at #7 were the New Orleans Saints, and while that mean actually seem low for a team led by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, it’s important to remember that this rating index is based on more than just the starter.
Drew Brees is 38, but he just posted the fifth 5,000-yard passing season of his career. The contract he signed last offseason basically ensures one more season with the Saints and then allows him to see where things stand. Look at Brees as year-to-year now, but expect him to be ABLE to deliver for at least a couple more.
So Graziano acknowledges that Brees looks to be set for at least “a couple more” seasons, but at #7, this puts the Saints squarely in the “Set, but for how long?” category. Teams like the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers or Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons (hey, did you know the Falcons blew a 25 point lead in the Super Bowl?) are ranked higher than the Saints (2nd and 3rd, respectively) due to age. The New England Patriots (hey, did you know the Patriots were able to come from behind down 25 points to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the biggest choke-job in the history of the Super Bowl?) are actually atop the list with an aging Tom Brady, a seemingly NFL-ready starter in Jimmy Garoppolo, and a capable backup in Jacoby Brissett.
Across the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers with Cam Newton are 12th (in the “Caught on a Speed Bump” category) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Jameis Winston are 21st (in the “Keep it Up, Kid” category) - both of which honestly surprised me, especially with Newton only one year removed from a league MVP.
So what says you, you unbiased Saints fans? How confident are you in the Saints QB situation both in 2017 and moving forward? Tell us in the comments. Send me presents.