The Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon face another formidable challenge against New Orleans Saints, who possesses one of the top quarterbacks in the league in Drew Brees.
The 37-year-old is the midst of another extremely productive season leading the NFL with 3,277 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns with just eight interceptions thrown. He is also second in 20-yard completions (42), fourth in passer rating (106.4), and first in completion perception (71.0). He has tossed multiple touchdown passes in all but two games this season and thrown at least three or more touchdowns on six occasions.
This pace has him projected to break 5,000 passing yards for the fifth time, and 40-plus touchdown passes for the third time. If these numbers hold up, Brees could be headed toward his seventh time leading the NFL in passing yards, and fifth time in passing touchdowns. He has had a well-decorated career that includes nine Pro Bowl selections, three First-team All-Pro nods, a Second-team All-Pro selection, and two NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards.
“I always try to fine-tune throughout the year – really, every offseason. I take a look at the season before," Brees said. "I take a look at my routine and my process and the ways that I’m taking care of my body and the ways that I’m training, and all those things. I just try to fine-tune and constantly improve."
With all that in mind, it has made Brees one of the quarterbacks Goff admired growing up and drawn much inspiration from in his football career.
“Definitely," Goff said. "Drew’s definitely a guy I grew up a fan of – a guy I like to take a lot of stuff from. Definitely looking forward to seeing him play.”
The 21-year-old now has first NFL start under his belt in his rookie campaign, which is something that Brees didn't experience after San Diego Chargers selected him with the 32nd pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Purdue. He spent his first year behind Doug Flutie but won the starting job during training camp prior to the 2002 season.
However, Brees still took the time to issue out some advice and support for Goff as he treks through his first NFL season.
“It’s an exciting time. I didn’t start as a rookie. I played in one game my rookie season," Brees said. "I had the chance to compete and then I started my second year. Starting quarterback in the NFL, there’s only 32 of them. Each week is such a grind, such a battle, as you think about preparing for an opponent. It’s an exciting time.”
Goff will have a prime opportunity to experience that first hand on Sunday afternoon in the first road start of his young career.