I am going to say something that many might not expect to hear. The Saints glaring defensive woes this season are not entirely a result of the failures of Brandon Browner. That, right there, is where the compliments stop, because saying this historically bad defense isn't all his fault is just about the nicest thing I can say about him. If we are being completely honest, I am typing it to remind myself just as much as I am trying to remind you. There are 11 players on a defensive unit, and when said unit is last in the league, by a wide margin, it can't possibly be because of one man. I know the eye test says differently, but someone else has to be making mistakes on a defense that gives up 41 points. I am almost positive I have convinced myself of that.
Sure, when you include the two touchdowns he gave up, Ted Ginn having more inexplicable drops than a Funk Flex mixtape, and the times Cam Newton simply overthrew a WIDE OPEN receiver, Brandon Browner got throughly embarrassed in coverage 15-20 times. Yeah, there were a couple times, three to be exact, where he basically mugged the opposition as to not get throughly embarrassed in coverage. I guess you could blame him for the times the Saints were gashed by the run, because they had to keep a safety back in case Brandon Browner got throughly embarrassed in coverage. Still, despite the fact that the Panthers refused to throw at anyone not covered by Brandon Browner in the second half, it couldn't have ALL been his fault, right? RIGHT?!?
What really irritates me about Browner isn't his staggeringly pathetic efforts on the field. Shit, at this point Saints fans are used to having at least one cornerback who is prone to getting beat like a drum. Fred Thomas towards the end of his career, Jason David, and more recently, Corey White and Patrick Robinson. The Saints have basically carved an annual niche in their secondary for someone that is completely void of any ability whatsoever to defend the pass. So no, Brandon Browner's inability to cover an ailing elderly woman, if given a blanket and a heart, isn't all that demoralizing. It's his attitude after doing so that has Saints fans everywhere calling for his head. I really don't think I have ever seen a less self-aware football player in all my years of watching the sport. It's not necessarily his penalties, or his terrible coverage skills that have drawn the ire of the Who Dat Nation. It's threatening a beat reporter for doing his job. It's going on weekly Twitter rants every time some 14 year old tells him he stinks. It's attempting to emasculate and embarrass his defensive coordinator, who is fresh on the job after the firing of Rob Ryan, by getting in his face after HE was the one that failed to do HIS job. Brandon Browner isn't the lead story in the paper every day because he sucks at his position. He's the lead story because he has shown no remorse whatsoever for sucking at his position. That goes a long way in earning the respect of one of the most loyal fanbases in football, and I fear we have reached a point of no return with this clown. Good thing he's signed to a three year contact...
...at least someone is listening to Sean Payton.