At some point the New Orleans offense will need to tail off. They traded away their best playmaker, Brandin Cooks. And Drew Brees is 38; he’s at the point of his career where he could pull a Peyton Manning – not having enough arm strength to function at that same high level.
But any decline hasn’t happened yet. Other than a brief spell where Brees was playing with a shoulder injury a few years back, I haven’t seen him have any problems making any throws. His game has never been based on arm strength anyway.
And while Cooks is a loss, they have had to replace big-time receiving weapons before – most notably Jimmy Graham.
Bottom line is that it’s a winning combination they’ve got there. Brees and Sean Payton have been there since 2006, and 11 years in a row the Saints have finished with top-5 passing numbers. In all but three of those seasons, they’ve finished in the top 2 (that’s using 6 points for touchdowns and 1 for every 10 yards).
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