Drew Brees smiles widely and his eyes wander back to a time when he was a kid out of Purdue seeking his place in pro football.He was marveling at the statistics posted by the likes of Dan Marino Kurt Coleman Jersey Stitched , Joe Montana and John Elway, Hall of Famers all. And he wondered "How long do you have to play in the league to have a chance at that?"No more marveling for the 39-year-old quarterback in his 19th NFL season. Very soon, almost certainly next week in a Monday nighter against Washington, Brees will have thrown for the most yards in league history. Yep, more than Marino, Montana, Elway, Brett Favre, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.He's glad it will likely come in New Orleans, where he signed in 2006 after pretty much being dumped by the Chargers, who feared his shoulder would never be healed enough for Brees to be a championship quarterback. Well, he found the perfect offense with coach Sean Payton Youth Patrick Robinson Jersey , he won a Super Bowl for the Big Easy, and he might be leading a team good enough to win another."I feel like we're getting better each week and that's what's most important to me," Brees says. "I feel like we're beginning to play more complementary football and not just on offense with run to pass, but really as a team. Understanding how to win football games. We've won in a lot of different ways and found ourselves in a lot of different circumstances already and it's still early in the season. These are things that strengthen you, bring you together and begin to help you form your identity as a team."Brees' identity as a passer in some ways has been obscured by the success of peers Manning and Brady. He's been considered by the legions of NFL followers as a great quarterback and future Hall of Famer, but not quite on the level of Manning or Brady.That's a fair assessment when it comes to the Patriots star who has five Super Bowl rings and eight appearances in the big game. But Brees is nearly as accomplished as Manning, and certainly has done as much as Favre and Marino.Consider that Brees probably will hold every regular-season passing record when he is done 鈥?and that day doesn't appear to be closing in. Like Marino, he's rarely had a defense capable of helping him win championships.His passing accuracy is unequaled by anyone. His mastery of the Saints' offensive schemes, as well as his versatility and, even approaching 40, his maneuverability, are enviable."What makes him great?" asks tight end Benjamin Watson Patrick Robinson Jersey Stitched , who also played with Brady and is in his 15th NFL season. "Almost everything. His preparation, his confidence, his leadership."Let me tell you something. Once when I was in the weight room at the (practice) facility, I looked outside and there he was, by himself, practicing his progressions, working through everything."This is a Hall of Fame player who has been here (12) years, nearly 40 years old. He commands your respect with the way he plays and the way he leads."As most quarterbacks and leaders do, Brees spreads the credit around. Given the resilience the Saints are showing while atop the tough NFC South, he probably is correct in doing so."Well there's so much that goes in to it," Brees explains. "I have to give a lot of credit to Sean and the entire coaching staff for the amount of time and hours they put into building a game plan each and every week. When I say the game plan and the game call and the shifts and movements and formations are completely different each week, it is completely different each week. It is a completely new offense each week Youth Jermon Bushrod Jersey , depending on who we're playing and attacking that defense."So there's a lot of time and effort that goes into it on it on their part, but also the players to absorb all that and be able to go out and execute it with confidence. So it works, but we work very hard at it."And it works because of who is at quarterback. When the season started for the Arizona Cardinals, Sam Bradford was the quarterback and Mike McCoy was offensive coordinator.Now both are gone.On Saturday, while the team was enjoying a long weekend off, the Cardinals released Bradford, who lost his starting job after three games to rookie Josh Rosen and had been inactive for the last five. Bradford's departure came a little less than two weeks after McCoy was fired and replaced by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich.Coach Steve Wilks said Monday that in releasing Bradford "we did what we thought was best for the team. We needed that position to be able to add quality depth at different positions."The Cardinals made several roster moves during their bye week. Last week, they signed tight end John Phillips and offensive lineman Colby Gossett. Gossett was signed off the Minnesota practice squad. On Monday, Arizona signed offensive lineman Zack Golditch from the Indianapolis practice squad. The team also re-signed wide receiver Kendall Wright, who had a 10-day stint with the team in October.Arizona was looking to add depth on the offensive line even though all five starters might be healthy enough to play Sunday at Kansas City. John Wetzel, a backup at both tackle and guard, was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a neck injury.Right guard Justin Pugh said he is hoping his broken hand will be healed enough for him to play Sunday Jermon Bushrod Jersey Stitched , which would be four weeks from the day he injured it.The Cardinals (2-6) are coming off a come-from-behind win over San Francisco but face a much more daunting challenge against the Chiefs (8-1), who opened as 15-point favorites with the advantage moving to 16 陆 points on Monday."Dynamic in every area," Wilks said of the Chiefs, "particularly on the offensive side of the ball. (Patrick) Mahomes is playing outstanding, an MVP-caliber player right now, and all the weapons around him. Again, it's just about trying to eliminate the big plays, and that's what they're known for thus far this year is just creating big plays over the top. We've got to try to eliminate that."It's the first of several difficult road challenges for Arizona in the second half of the season. The Cardinals also play at Atlanta, Green Bay and the Los Angeles Chargers.Arizona's practice Monday was its first since last Tuesday. A workout had been scheduled for last Wednesday but Wilks cancelled it."A lot of injuries, I wanted to be able to give the guys an opportunity to recover," he said.Despite the long weekend, Arizona got an extra day of practice this week. Players have Tuesday off before returning to their regular Wednesday-Thursday-Friday practice schedule.It gives Leftwich a little extra time to work on the offense Youth DeMario Davis Jersey , which slogged through three quarters before Rosen threw two TD passes in the fourth-quarter in the 18-15 win over San Francisco."I think it was very beneficial," Wilks said. "I'm out there, and I'm watching the flow of practice. I'm seeing it in action with Josh and the things that they're doing. Not really to indulge a lot in the game plan, but you can see Byron trying to evolve and move this offense in another direction. I think the bye week was very beneficial to him, as well as to the offense."Rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk said Leftwich brings "a lot of new energy.""He's such a smart mind and he's just really good at putting his guys in the right position," Kirk said.