Brees seems optimistic:Is Drew Brees set to light things up this year with Payton back? Or are the o-line concerns, Colston and Moore aging, as well as Brees, going to take him down from QB #1?
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Drew Brees: 'This is our first normal offseason in four years'06:39 – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joins "NFL AM" to discuss "The Top 100 Players of 2013," and what to expect from the Saints in their first "normal" offseason since 2009.
Saints head coach Sean Payton served two stints on the San Diego State coaching staff in the late 80s and early 90s. During his second go-around with the Aztecs, Payton was the running backs coach, working with ... Marshall Faulk, the 1992 Heisman Trophy runner-up. In 2011, New Orleans signed dynamic RB Darren Sproles, who must have reminded Payton of the running back he'd coached 20 years prior. In his first season with the team, Sproles gained an NFL record 2,696 yards, his fourth straight season with over 2,000 yards -- matching Faulk's record for most consecutive seasons with 2,000-plus yards gained.
Drew Brees is the only player in NFL history to throw for 4,500 yards in three consecutive seasons, including back-to-back 5,000-yard campaigns in 2011 and 2012. However, he's no one-trick pony. In 2011 -- when he threw for an NFL record 5,476 yards -- Brees also set another NFL record. That year, Brees completed 71.2 percent of his passes, besting a record he'd already set in 2009, giving him the two most accurate seasons in NFL history.
Since 2000, every passer under Saints head coach Sean Payton's guidance has thrown for over 3,000 yards. In addition to Brees -- who's done so every season since 2006 -- the three starting quarterbacks Payton's worked with -- Drew Bledsoe in 2005, Vinny Testaverde in 2004 and Quincy Carter in 2003 -- all surpassed the milestone. While in New York, Giants QB Kerry Collins accomplished the feat every season from 2000 to 2002.
Just bolded some takeaways from the above article.Last season, Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with a TD pass, doing so in 54 straight games. However, it wasn't the only touchdown record broken by Brees in 2012. Over the last five seasons (from 2008 to 2012) Brees has thrown 190 TD passes, an average of 38 per year. The NFL record over a five-year span is 190 touchdowns, besting the previous high of 176, accomplished most recently by Brett Favre from 1994 to 1998.