Drew Brees Left After The Game Monday In A Walking Boot, And That Says All You Need To Know About Drew Brees
The pains me to say, because as demoralizing as Saints football has been it's still Saints football, but Drew Brees should sit out the remainder of the season. I know that's basically the same thing as saying that I hope the Saints finish 5-11, but it's true. There is simply no reason to risk further injury to a quarterback that has already given all he has to give, and more, this season. It's almost criminal that Brees' fate is one of a quarterback that some may see as regressing. This is a team with five wins that, if led by anyone else (not named Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers), would be lucky to have more than one.
This defense gives up touchdowns like they are 5 yard curl routes on 3rd and 15. This offensive line looks like it's on tape delay most of the time. The receivers, other than Brandin Cooks are either undrafted free agents or an aging (poorly) veteran. His second most reliable target is a 34 year old tight end. On Monday night he was handing off to a running back that hasn't played in the NFL since 2011, and his primary pass catching back can't even beat him out for carries. If you take Drew Brees out of the equation this is probably the least talented team in the NFL and it's not even remotely close. He'll stand in front of crowd and say that he needs to be better, and he'll mean it, but there is no shorter end of a stick than the one Drew Brees is currently in possession of. If life was fair every member of this team, it's coaching staff, and it's front office would line up so he could kick them all straight in the dick as he left the locker room for the final time this season.
The Saints have done a comically poor job at asset management and it has resulted in a team that is incapable of reflecting the excellence of it's quarterback. Drew Brees may be a 36 year old quarterback, but he's a 36 year old quarterback that dragged his team back from the dead last night despite battling an injury that left him nearly immobile. Sure, they just went on to die a while later when the defense decided to play two-hand-touch with the game on the line, but the fact that the game was on the line that late, after being down 28-3, is a testament to Drew Brees and Drew Brees only. My fear isn't that he doesn't have a few more seasons in him, my fear is that the Saints will waste them by surrounding him with hot garbage. Regardless, the last thing I need to see more of is Drew Brees struggling to carry this entire team on his back. He's done enough of that this season.