Originally posted by Shaj:
Originally posted by dj43:
Nobody is questioning Brees. The discussion has been about how he is able to get the ball out so quickly. A big part of that is the fact his receivers have shown him they are reliable in catching the ball, even if somewhat off target. That along with the other issues I mentioned are a big part of it.
If you watch, Brees also stands in throwing position all the time while in the pocket. He doesn't have to set his feet when he decides to throw, because they are already set. He saves some time this way and is able to make emergency throws whereas other QBs might have a sack instead. I saw an analyst detail this on film and I have noticed it ever since. He also has an incredibly quick release.
Good point. Brees' footwork is probably the best of any QB in the league. He has worked very hard on that, particularly sliding from one side of the pocket to the other. Being shorter than almost all other QBs, he has to move laterally in order to see the field if there is any pressure at all coming up the middle. His lateral shuffle steps are not only quick, they are smooth. As a result, when he does see an opportunity to throw it, his feet are already in position. That is a major reason he is so good under pressure.
When he first came out of Purdue, he struggled trying to throw over the taller linemen. It took him until his fourth season before he began to look like a pro QB. In the meantime, in those first three years, he threw 3 more INTs than TDs, many being the result of trying to throw OVER DL rather than sliding to the side as he later learned.
[ Edited by dj43 on Jan 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM ]