NFL 2016: Can Saints and Brees Bounce Back?
NFL 2016: Can Saints and Brees Bounce Back?

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees led the NFL with 4,870 passing yards in 2015 and became the first player to lead the league in passing yards six different times. Unfortunately, the Saints finished missed the playoffs. Will Brees and the Saints bounce back this season?

The Saints finished the season with one of the worst defenses in the league. On the other hand, the Saints were ranked among the best offense in the league. Nonetheless, Brees and teammates watched the playoffs on TV.

So, how can New Orleans bounce back from that dreadful 2014 season?

After missing the NFL Playoffs with back-to-back 7-9 losing seasons, the Saints NFL 2016 campaign doesn't look that promising. However, Brees is still an elite quarterback and is more than capable of turngin the Saints around.

In a season to forget for the Saints, Brees still managed to lead the NFL in numerous offensive categories.

New Orleans Pro Bowl quarterback DREW BREES led the NFL with 4,870 passing yards in 2015 and became the first player to lead the league in passing yards six different times. Brees, who has led the NFL in passing yards in 2006, 2008, 2011-12 and 2014-15, is one of only six players all-time to lead the league in passing yards in at least four seasons -- the other five quarterbacks to accomplish the feat are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Most Seasons Leading NFL in Passing Yards

Quarterback Team(s) Seasons
Source: NFL *Active
Drew Brees*New Orleans6
Sonny JurgensenPhiladelphia,
Dan MarinoMiami5
Sammy BaughWashington4
Johnny UnitasBaltimore4
Dan FoutsSan Diego4

"I love this game and I want to play it for as long as I can," says Brees. "When all is said and done, we can look back and talk about records, but for now, it's about winning. It's about trying to find a way to win a championship."

Last year, Brees recorded his seventh career 4,500-yard passing season, the most in NFL history. It also marked his sixth consecutive season with at least 4,500 passing yards, also the most in league annals.

Brees had 10 games with at least 300 passing yards last season and has 96 such games in his career, the most in NFL history.

Most NFL Games with 300+ Passing Yards

Quarterback Team(s) Games
Source: NFL *Active
Drew Brees*New Orleans96
Peyton ManningIndianapolis
Tom Brady*New England71
Dan MarinoMiami63
Brett FavreGreen Bay

Entering the 2016 season, Brees ranks fourth in NFL history with 60,903 passing yards.

All-Time NFL Passing Yards Leaders

Quarterback Team(s) Seasons Yards
Source: NFL *Active
Peyton ManningIndianapolis
Brett FavreAtlanta, Green Bay,
NY Jets, Minnesota
Dan MarinoMiami1983-9961,361
Drew Brees*San Diego, New Orleans2001-1560,903
Tom Brady*New England2000-1558,028

Brees has 428 career touchdown passes, tied with TOM BRADY for the third-most in NFL history and trailing only PEYTON MANNING (539) and BRETT FAVRE (508). Brees threw 32 touchdown passes last season, extending his NFL-record streak to eight consecutive seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes.

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