January 29, 2013 |
Joe Flacco may or may not be an elite NFL quarterback. It's a debate that has picked up in intensity as he has masterfully guided Baltimore through the playoffs and is going to erupt if the Ravens knock off the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. But the fact of the matter is that Flacco has put himself in the position to get paid like an elite quarterback. ESPN's John Clayton says that the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent quarterback likely will seek an annual salary in the neighborhood of $20 million.
November 30, 2012 |
Remember the Drew Brees touchdown streak that everyone was touting earlier this season when he surpassed Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass? Well, you can forget about it now, because it's over. The New Orleans Saints quarterback had thrown a touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games until Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but he can immediately start on a new streak: Most games with at least five passes intercepted. That's how many of Brees' passes were picked off Thursday.
November 18, 2012 |
The NFL is a passing league. How many times have you heard that? And it's true. Passing games generate the majority of yards for NFL teams. But the spotlight on quarterbacks is not quite as bright this season as it was a year ago, when 10 of them would throw for more than 4,000 yards, and three - Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford - surpassed 5,000. Brees set the league record with 5,476. To a large extent, the pendulum has swung back to the defensive side of the ball this season, with many of the elite teams near the top of those rankings.
October 11, 2012 |
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received headlines Sunday when he broke Johnny Unitas' record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 48th consecutive game during the Saints victory over the San Diego Chargers. But one Hall of Fame quarterback is not impressed. "I'm not into records, fellas. I'm just into winning football games," Terry Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, told WFAN radio in New York. "The Saints hadn't won a game this season. I'm not into records, I'm into winning Super Bowls.
October 8, 2012 |
Sean Payton was there on Oct. 18, 2009, when New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns in a 48-27 victory against the New York Giants. No one knew it at the time, but the Saints head coach was witnessing the start of one of the most incredible streaks ever in the NFL. Brees wanted to make sure that Payton, suspended for the season by the league in connection with the Saints' bounty scandal, was in the building 47 games later, when the quarterback was poised to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
October 7, 2012 |
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has broken what once was considered an unbreakable NFL record, throwing a touchdown pass in a 48th consecutive game. The pass - a 40-yarder to Devery Henderson in the first quarter - snapped a record Brees shared with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas. Suspended Saints coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt got special permission from the NFL to attend the game. The record-setting touchdown forged a 7-7 tie and capped a five-play, 80-yard drive, all but seven yards of which came in the air. The Saints have had scarce reason to celebrate this season, as they are the NFC's only winless team.