Drew Brees said he wants to take this season one day, one week, one game at a time — and he wants to save the career reflections for sometime down the road.
But the New Orleans Saints quarterback knows he won’t be able to escape the attention as he approaches the NFL’s career passing yardage record, which he should eclipse at some point in October.cheap nfl jerseys from china
“Well, there’s a reason they put Week 5 on Monday night,” Brees said of the Saints’ Oct. 8 home date with the Washington Redskins. “I don’t think any of us are dummies.”
Brees needs 1,496 passing yards to break Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940, which means he’ll have to average 299.2 yards over the first five games to achieve that feat in front of a prime-time national audience.
That’s entirely possible considering that Brees, 39, has averaged 305.8 yards per game over the past 12 years in New Orleans. But he averaged only 270.9 yards per game last year while the Saints’ offense showed more balance. So we could have some mathematical drama heading into Week 5.
Ultimately, though, Manning’s record is going to crumble. And since Brees has talked about believing he can play at a high level until he is 45 years old, he might wind up shattering it.
Brees is still 51 touchdown passes shy of Manning’s mark of 539. So he’ll have to play at least two more years to break that one … assuming that 40-year-old Tom Brady, who is tied with Brees for third place at 488 touchdown passes, doesn’t play even longer.
“I try not to think about that,” Brees said last week of his record pace. “I’m just trying to think about obviously taking care of business one day at a time. Then when the season rolls around, you take it one week, one game at a time. Eventually those things add up, they stack up, then there you are in a position to do it.
“But there’s so many people that are a part of that. There’s so many things that come into play with that. I’d rather reflect on that stuff down the road.”wholesale nfl jerseys
Brees, however, has shared a story in the past about how he used to marvel at the same kind of numbers he has been putting up throughout his historic 17-year career with the Saints and Chargers.
The first preseason game he ever played in 2001 was at Miami. Brees remembered looking up at the Dolphins’ ring of honor and seeing a list of Dan Marino’s career achievements.
“And you’re sitting there going, ‘How in the world do you play long enough or have the ability to do that?'” Brees recalled.