Drew Brees did not play well in the Saints’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend. This is not an indictment; Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. And that’s part of the problem.
We’re not used to seeing Brees struggle to complete passes. We’re not used to seeing Brees throw as many picks as touchdown passes. We’re not used to seeing Jimmy Graham struggle to make an impact on a football game. But we saw it this postseason.
Brees has battled the notion, dare I say stigma, that he struggles in cold weather games. Since the Saints play in a dome and cold weather games typically occur most in the postseason, the belief is Brees is not a good road Q in January.
Based on what we’ve seen from Brees this January, that perception is not going to change any time soon. In two games, Brees posted his lowest playoff QBR of his career (81.9). And although he wasn’t the reason why the Saints lost at Century Link Field in the Divisional round, he wasn’t the reason why the Saints beat the Eagles in the Wild Card round, either.
Although it’s accurate to question Brees’ cold weather constitution, I don’t think it’s very fair. What QB with a large sample size is not going to throw better in a dome than in freezing temperatures, wind, rain, sleet and snow? I promise you, Tom Brady’s numbers would be better if he played the majority of his games in a dome! Peyton Manning’s numbers were better in a dome than they were outdoors.
The best thing Brees could do is admit he’s better in the dome than he is in cold weather games, get on with being one of the best quarterbacks in the league and be done with it. And then follow it up by saying, “Who isn’t?”
Maybe then the media will get off it…