Bold Prediction: The 2017 NFL MVP award will go to…
Saints quarterback Drew Brees. At 37 years of age, most quarterbacks began slowing down physically. Brees put together another stellar passing performance in 2016 and continues to thrive as a dominant quarterback in the NFL year in, year out.
Shockingly, Brees has yet to receive the prestigious NFL MVP award at least once throughout his spectacular career. What’s even more of an eye-opener is his stats. Let’s take a look his numbers.
Brees has led the league in passing (completion & yardage) with at least 350 attempts, 6 of out the previous 11 NFL seasons. He is 3rd on the all-time passing yards list with 60,111, behind Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. Also hold records with the most 5,000-yard passing seasons: 4, completion percentage for a single season: 71.2% and is 4th in NFL history for having the most games with a touchdown pass: 54 games (Both home & away).
To say that Brees has been excellent during his career is an understatement. He is arguably the best quarterback in the league right now, and undoubtedly one of the most prolific quarterbacks we’ve seen in the history of the game.
The problem that seems to be impeding Brees from winning the MVP award is the Saints’ status in the standings. For most of his tenure in New Orleans, Brees has been carrying the Saints porous defense, and inconsistent run game. Both of which are things that have hurt his case for league MVP every year, despite putting up impressive numbers. That being said, I believe all of that is about to change for him and the Saints.
Over the past three years, the Saints have been in a “rebuild mode” and appear to be trending in the right direction. Their front office personnel have a keen eye for young and talented football players to put around Brees. Guys like Micheal Thomas, Brandin Cooks, Vonn Bell, and Sheldon Rankins acquired through the NFL Draft are all potential impact players. Those men are all beginning to develop into spectacular core players for the Saints. The Saints also have one of the best coaches in the league with Head Coach Sean Payton at the helm.
I’m anticipating big things from the Saints and Brees this upcoming 2017 NFL season. I feel that they are poised for consistent performances from future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees, Coach Payton, young players, and key veteran players on the Saints roster. This will all help propel Brees into MVP conversation, and with that much-anticipated success from his support cast. I predict he will finally win the 2017 NFL MVP Award for the first time in his career.