NFL- “I don’t know my situation this week. I’m day to day,” Brees told Cox Sports Television, via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. “I plan to and expect to start on Sunday but if I don’t we’re in good hands with Luke (McCown).”
“It’s what I can do with my arm. It’s not about pain,” he explained. “It’s about strength, it’s about mobility, it’s about functionality. Can I make the throws that I’m required to make within this offense for us to be successful? If I am, I play. If not, then Luke plays.”
I said it after the game yesterday and I'll say it again, this team's problem is most certainly not at the quarterback position. Outside of one throw, Luke McCown had about as flawless of a game as you could expect from a career backup quarterback and the score still ended up being closer than it should have been. With that said, it would be nice to get the face of the franchise back on the field, especially while staring at a winless record and a primetime matchup with the Cowboys in Week 4.
Here in lies the rub, you can't take a damn thing Sean Payton or Drew Brees say in regards to his injury with anything more than a grain of salt. Drew Brees would be optimistic about playing Sunday if if his right arm was completely detached and he was carrying it under his left arm. If Drew Brees got attacked by a pack of wolves he would put out a press release saying he was optimistic about playing Sunday before the attack was even over. He could fall out of a plane without a parachute and he would still take time to tweet out 140 characters of optimism to the Who Dat Nation before he hit the ground. Drew Brees is like the most optimistic person in the world, and while that's a commendable trait for your starting quarterback, it can be a little bit frustrating when pessimism is so clearly warranted. Nothing will shock me. The next time he takes snaps for the New Orleans Saints could be next week or it could be next year. At this point I would say both of those scenarios are just as likely. This is what Sean Payton lives for, and it's rubbed off on Drew Brees as well. He needs to keep the media in the dark when it comes to his injury report. It's what puts air in his lungs. It's what puts blood in his erection. Sean Payton jingling Jarius Byrd's health over the entire league's head for the last 3 months has given him a reason to get out of bed in the morning. So excuse me if I want to take a wait and see approach. If we are talking about a quarterback whose arm apparently lacked "functionality" as of yesterday then lets just say my glass is half empty.
As much as I don't want to quote anyone outside the organization, I don't think I am the only one...