‘No Rhyme or Reason’- Analyst Comments on Drew Brees Retirement Delays

Published 03/06/2021, 10:06 AM EST
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 20: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stretches before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 20, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finished as NFC South champions in 2020, yet again. They finished with an impressive 12-4 record despite the absence of veteran quarterback Drew Brees towards the end of the season.

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The 42-year-old featured in 12 games. He ended his 2020 NFL campaign with a 9-3 record, throwing for 2,942 yards with 26 passing TDs against 6 interceptions.

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures before a snap as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) looks on in the first quarter of an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

However, Brees attracted major criticism from fans and critics alike for his sub-par displays last year. Some even claimed that were it not for the likes of Taysom Hill, Alvin Kamara, and the Saints defense, the season would have panned out quite differently for Sean Payton’s boys.

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Following the 20-30 Divisional Round Playoff loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fans suggested that Brees would call time on what has been a distinguished NFL career. But the former Purdue player confirmed that he will be returning for the Saints in 2021.

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Drew Brees should have retired already claims popular NFL analyst

Popular American football analyst Peter Schrager made an appearance on the latest installment of The Rich Eisen Show earlier this week.

He was quick to comment on the situation surrounding Drew Brees and his retirement plans heading into the 2021 NFL season. He said, “There’s no rhyme or reason why he wouldn’t just have a wonderful press conference and say, ‘I’m done’.

“Unless he’s still thinking it over it would do the same, a great service to finally be able to move on and turn the page. And I think it would also do Drew a great service…

“He hasn’t decided yet. To me, it’s the oddest thing because Rich we’ve been doing this for a long time.

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

“And you know that when Peyton Manning scheduled that press conference three days after the season or Eli Manning has that Instagram post it’s like it’s a really good time, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate these men and kind of wish them off and Drew, we’re now in March,” Schrager said on the show.

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Brees arrived in the NFL back in 2001 as a 2nd-round pick (32nd overall). However, he was made to wait until 2002 to make his debut while playing for the San Diego Chargers. He joined the Saints in 2006 and led them to the Super Bowl title in the 2009 season.

Could this year be his final season in New Orleans? Watch this space for more.

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