The Good News: Drew Brees is OUT for Sunday.
Yes folks, there is a good side to this. The fact of the matter is that Drew Brees has never missed a start as a New Orleans Saint because he's played through injuries. He's played through minor injuries, and though he won't say it, he's probably played through some pretty serious injuries. Sean Payton and Drew Brees get along so well because they are both stubborn. They both don't know when to say to call a spade a spade. They both don't know when to turn off their competitive spirit. That's why I thought Drew would play this weekend, but I am actually glad that he's not. I watched Drew Brees throw ducks up and down the field last Sunday. I watched him constantly working out his shoulder that was so evidently hurt. The quarterback that I saw miss, BADLY, on balls that he could usually throw in his sleep is a quarterback that needs to give his shoulder more than one week of rest. The Saints are in an 0-2 hole, and while Luck McCown isn't necessarily the answer to getting them out of that hole, neither is starting a quarterback that can't throw the ball to the best of his abilities. If, and I emphasize IF, the Saints are going to do any damage later in the year, they are going to need Drew Brees at 100%, even if it means making a Week 3 win that much more unlikely.
The Bad News: Drew Brees is OUT for Sunday.
I don't think I am saying anything that football fans don't know when I say that the Saints are better when Drew Brees is playing quarterback. Considering the sad state of the offense, that has never been more true than right now. The running game has been slowed to a crawl. The offensive line, the same one that led to Brees injury, looked like a group of blind ticket collectors because they were letting anyone through. The receivers, if you want to call them that, are making the defensive backs covering them look like they are the ones running routes. The tight ends have been so invisible that you have to watch Jimmy Graham highlights just to remember that the Saints employ players at the position. Replacing a player that makes all those teammates better by inserting a career backup into the equation doesn't exactly add up to a lot more points. I haven't looked at the stats, mostly out of fear, but I don't think there are many 0-3 football teams that have made a serious playoff push. If you can't tell I am not exactly confident with Luke McCown starting Sunday, but what choice do I have. Stranger things have happened, right? RIGHT!? Oh well, buckle up your seat belts folks, because it could get ugly. However, if the Saints somehow manage to pull this one out, and Drew Brees shoulder isn't way worse than we are being told, then they might just be right back in the thick of the division.
No pressure Luke. You have the chance, time to see if you can really shine....