I already had the blog written in my head. Was already ready to praise Luke McCown for not only beating the Carolina Panthers, but also beating the rest of his team that decided to take the afternoon off. The receivers that tried to whiff, drop, and fumble away any chance at victory. The running backs who, no matter how plentiful they are, haven't been able to get any semblance of a ground game going. The pass rush, which might as well drop into coverage cause they couldn't beat a Pop Warner team off the ball. The secondary, which I am almost positive has Greg Olsen on it's fantasy team. The coaching, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, which was at times head scratching and other times aneurysm inducing. Luke McCown almost beat all of them on the road in a hostile environment. Alas, like the true teammate he is, he decided to shit the bed when it mattered most, just so there wasn't only one person that was worthy of praise. Got to hand it to him. It's takes a big man to be selfless enough to piss away the whole season with one ill advised throw just so his teammates didn't feel too bad about their horrid performance. Now everyone that didn't watch the game, or doesn't understand football, can point to the one bad play McCown made all game as the reason for a loss that was due to so much more.
Well, I guess that game goes to show you that the problem definitely isn't under center. Outside of a game sealing interception you couldn't have asked for much more out of Luke McCown. I would even go as far as saying that a 100% healthy Drew Brees would only give the Saints a slightly better chance of winning, and that's more of a compliment to McCown then it is an indictment on Drew. Fact of the matter is that the season is over and it has nothing to do with the right arm of Drew Brees. A football team is so much more than one player, and outside of that player, no matter who it happens to be, this team is flat out garbage. Yeah, this team was expecting a lot of rookies to play key roles, but it's the veterans that are the ones eating the majority of the salary cap while constantly failing when it matters. Brandon Browner only takes time away from getting torched to periodically take a penalty. Marques Colston looks like 'Father Time' pushed forward the clock by about 5 years. I wish I could give an evaluation of Cameron Jordan, but he would have to do something on the field to make me notice him first. The rookies, while they have taken their bumps and bruises, are actually some of the lone bright spots on the team.
It's becoming very obvious I expected too much to start this season, because this team is only halfway through a much needed overhaul that may even claim the jobs of some of it's coaches. That's how bad it is. Ridiculously unnecessary penalties. Questionable, at best, play calling. Drew Brees or not, there is just not much to get excited about when it comes to the New Orleans Saints. I may have overestimated their talent level on both sides of the ball, but the fact that this team is 0-3 and one of the worst teams in football is about a lack of execution as well. Thanks for giving us a chance Luke, but there isn't a quarterback in the world that overcome a team lacks focus , leadership, and pretty much every other positive attribute you can possibly dream up. It's going to be a long year....