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Brees Upsets Patriots with Smart Passes

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-100505oates,1,4175598.story" target="_blank">LA Times
    By Bob Oates

    DREW BREES of the San Diego Chargers became the first quarterback to outscore Brady in Foxborough in years. And though Charger Coach Marty Schottenheimer gracefully blamed the Patriots' many injuries for what happened to them, Brees, for his part, wouldn't give them a chance.

    He's a different kind of quarterback. To surprise the Patriots (and the NFL) this time, 41-17, Brees showed New England how a good quarterback can play great football. Not as gifted as, for instance, Bulger or Brady - or the Mannings - Brees wins by moving his team with smart plays and smart passes.

    He doesn't try things he can't do. He doesn't force the ball into nearly hopeless coverages like the great passers (Peyton Manning conspicuously) often do. In adversity, Brees doesn't rattle like Peyton Manning.

    He's the essence of what is called steadiness in a quarterback. And because the Chargers have assembled the best in a supporting cast - as personified by running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates - they rank now near the top of the NFL's many parity contenders.

    Their two-game winning streak after an 0-2 start suggests that the NFL's most mysterious quarterback situation is still on hold in San Diego.

    The new quarterback to whom the Chargers pledged a fortune last year, Philip Rivers of North Carolina State, might well be as superlative as the pair with whom he was grouped at draft time, Big Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. Furthermore, Brees might well be a bad dream for the Chargers - just good enough to keep Rivers off the field. But after Brees finally mastered the Charger system last year while Rivers was holding out, he has proved to be more quarterback than most pro clubs have. It's all very strange.

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