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No one denies that Brees has been throwing deep less frequently over the last couple of years. I assume that it is by design due to lessening arm strength and I believe it is also partially due to some irritation to his throwing shoulder. I hesitate to call it an injury, but I do think Brees experienced some discomfort on balls he had to rip deep.

That said, PFF rates him in the bottom third of deep ball passers in spite of having a passer rating above 117 on those throws and the fourth best completion percentage. If I am correct and Brees had an irritation in 2019 that could be improved due to rest and treatment, it is possible that we could see Brees throw deep more often in 2020.

 

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I believe that the weaker the arm, the smaller the window of opportunity, timewise, exists to throw a deep ball. Explanation follows.

If an inside rusher is collapsing the pocket and affects a QB's ability to step into a throw or affects their downfield vision, the QB may have to slide left or right and the time lost doing that could make the receiver too far downfield for a weaker-armed QB to reach him. Just a theory. YMMV
 
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There’s no secrets... Brees doesn’t have the ability to uncork it. It effects the offense. I’m impressed by Payton’s ability to change our offense since about 2016 to taylor to what we can do well. I will always love Brees. Favorite QB ever. Will keep his jerseys forever. But I’d look forward when he retires a saint to see a new face at QB who can bomb it with a flick of a wrist
 

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