Drew Brees: 3rd down the most critical stat in Broncos loss
Following the Broncos drubbing of the Saints, I spoke to QB Drew Brees for our "Monday Morning Quarterback" interview.
Drew agreed that getting just 1 of 12 on 3rd down attempts is an area he would point to in the loss.
"That's the most critical stat, when you're talking about possessing the ball, keeping drives alive...and we didn't do that," he said. "I think we're #2 in the NFL, close to 50%. There's no reason we shouldn't be one of the top teams in the NFL week to week, on 3rd downs. "
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Brees said the offense does feel partly responsible for not being able to sustain drives and giving the Broncos so many chances to get back on the field.
"Absolutely, I think we still have to take a hard look at offensively, how we can help the bigger picture and be more complimentary to our defense. Yeah, scoring on big plays is great, and we're not going to apologize for that," Brees said. "And we talked about it...their offense is good, and we're going to try to keep them off the field as much as possible, keep our defense rested, and convert those third downs, and sustain drives...but we hit a dry spell mid-way through the game."
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