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Saints working backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have began the drumbeat for his or her quarterback to be voted NFL MVP this season. And I am proper there with them.

I do not care what occurs the remainder of the season. Sufficient of this nonsense in regards to the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Rams duo of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Name off the vote, and let’s make it official in the present day: Drew Brees should be 2018 NFL MVP — for his brilliance this season and over a first-ballot Corridor of Fame profession. 

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The numbers the NFL profession passing yards chief is placing up this season are unbelievable. Brees has 21 landing passes and only one interception for an 8-1 Saints crew that’s clearly a Tremendous Bowl contender. He has a profession excessive and league-leading 123.Eight passer ranking whereas on a record-shattering tempo of finishing 77.three % of his passes. He additionally has three dashing touchdowns, together with one final week when he dove over the Bengals’ protection on a quarterback sneak.

In that recreation, Brees threw three first-half TD passes and led the Saints’ offense to scores on their first 9 drives. Afterwards, Kamara mentioned, “Drew Brees does not get the respect he deserves. Each week he does superb issues.”

Added Ingram: “When are they going to present this man his due? He is the G.O.A.T.”

I am not going to say Brees surpasses Tom Brady, Joe Montana or Peyton Manning within the greatest-of-all-time rankings, however he is within the dialog for better of the following tier of QBs, which incorporates names like Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and John Elway. And it is mind-boggling to suppose Brees is enjoying as effectively or higher than ever at age 39.

It is even more durable to imagine he has by no means received the league MVP award over an 18-year profession through which he has been chosen to 11 Professional Bowls and owns a boatload of NFL passing information.

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In 2009, Brees was chosen first-team All-Professional and led the Saints to a Tremendous Bowl victory whereas sustaining a 109.6 passer ranking. Manning beat him for MVP. The subsequent season, Brees was named AP Male Athlete of the Yr, however he misplaced the NFL MVP vote to Brady. In 2011, it was Rodgers successful the MVP award regardless of Brees throwing 46 TD passes and being named NFL Offensive Participant of the Yr.

And so it has gone.

Maybe a part of the rationale Brees has been handed over is his down-to-earth character and team-first perspective. Or his enjoying in a comparatively small media market (though that did not damage Manning in Indy or Rodgers in Inexperienced Bay). Or his enjoying through the Brady-Manning-Rodgers years. Or his smaller-than-prototypical stature.

Or, it might be that Brees has just one Tremendous Bowl title to his credit score, which is unfair to a QB who has not often been blessed with high quality defenses in New Orleans. And let’s not overlook the Minneapolis Miracle final season, which maybe robbed Brees of a second title. He threw three TD passes in opposition to the NFL’s No. 1 protection within the second half of that divisional playoff recreation solely to lose on the ultimate play.

Within the big-ego world of professional sports activities, Brees is a selfless participant. He was completely satisfied to throw for simply 120 yards when the Saints beat the Vikings in an enormous recreation three weeks in the past. The next week in opposition to the then-undefeated Rams, he led his crew to a 45-35 victory with 346 passing yards and four TD tosses, proving he nonetheless can do no matter it takes to win.

Brees’ off-the-charts management abilities could be simply noticed in watching his interactions with teammates and coaches. Guys like Kamara and Ingram singing his praises reinforces that management, which is a large measuring stick for any QB. The nice ones have it in massive amount.

And off the sphere, who’s a greater man? Brees has led so many charitable efforts in New Orleans. His Brees Dream Basis has offered help for post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding tasks together with assist for most cancers sufferers and analysis. He has participated in lots of USO excursions to go to the troops. In 2010, President Obama appointed Brees to be co-chair of the President’s Council on Health, Sports activities and Vitamin. All whereas elevating 4 youngsters with spouse Brittany.

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As a former crew exec, Brees is precisely the form of quarterback I wished as my crew chief. He has been a present to the Benson household as house owners of the Saints, in addition to to teach Sean Payton and common supervisor Mickey Loomis. They need to be sending thanks notes yearly to the Dolphins crew medical doctors who flunked Brees on his bodily as he was coming off shoulder surgical procedure through the 2006 free-agency interval.

As for this yr, Mahomes is having an excellent season together with his 117.four ranking and league-leading 31 landing passes for the 9-1 Chiefs. But when Brees continues to play at this tempo over the remainder of the season, on prime of getting taken over as profession chief in passing yards and completions, it will be a travesty if he didn’t lastly win league MVP honors.

Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vp/common supervisor of the Vikings. He was chosen NFL Govt of the Yr in 1998. Diamond is at the moment a enterprise and sports activities marketing consultant who additionally does broadcast and on-line media work. He makes talking appearances to company/civic teams and school lessons on Negotiation and Sports activities Enterprise/Sports activities Administration. He’s the previous chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Observe Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.



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