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- Oct 16, 2001
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- The Channel
By Jason Cole
Too small, too limited, too hurt.
Quarterback Drew Brees, who at a relatively skinny 6-foot tall looks more like the NFL's version of St. Louis Cardinal David Eckstein, has heard it all about how he wasn't supposed to make it. Then, he heard how he wasn't supposed to make it back. Now, about the only thing people want to know is how Brees is going to help the New Orleans Saints make it to the playoffs.
Brees, coming off a 510-yard passing performance (sixth most in NFL history) in a loss to Cincinnati, wasn't expected to have yet another productive season, many medical experts thought. However, he has overcome odds that make trying to reach the postseason seem like a … breeze.
Despite his outstanding numbers, which include a league-high 3,114 yards passing, New Orleans has lost three of its past four games. The Saints (6-4), who were the darlings of the first half of the season in their return to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, are now in a three-team jumble for the NFC South lead.
The Saints play at Atlanta (5-5), which has lost three straight, on Sunday and hope to keep pace with Carolina (6-4). While New Orleans' rise from last year's disaster still seems improbable, Brees has had his own hurdles to clear.
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