Michael Thomas And Brandin Cooks Got To Subtweeting Each Other, And A Trade Is Starting To Seem More And More Likely
I'm not even going to entertain the idea that this little social media spat is something that was fabricated out of thin air by fans and media that were looking to create another chapter to what has become a rapidly growing story. Maybe that's because I would be indicting myself of being one of those fans. More than likely it's because I don't think that a random half of a Don Q (who in the fuck is Don Q?) lyric meant so much to Michael Thomas that he absolutely had to tweet it despite it being insanely applicable to the back-and-forth between his employer and the person whose workload he encroached on. I'm no stranger to acting like things are a bigger deal than they actually are because it makes sports more entertaining, but Michael Thomas' routes are too damn crisp for me to believe that his timing is this bad. I don't know what else is going on in his personal life, but I don't think you need to be wearing a tin foil cap to draw a connection between a wide receiver's post about jealousy and the obvious jealousy that appears to be well on it's way to causing an irreconcilable rift in his workplace.
And make no mistake, Michael Thomas' otherwise meaningless quote is spot on. When I first wrote about a potential trade I said that Brandin Cooks was being too prideful, but that's basically just the nice way of saying that envy is what has him viewing other pastures as greener. You don't have to believe me, because the ridiculously similar stats bear that out. There was no complaining about targets when the trade chip in question had 6 more receptions, 1 more touchdown, and 35 less yards the year prior, but all the sudden he had a little competition for the top of the box score and he's ready to reformulate his entire "business" model?
The effect that Michael Thomas' eye-popping rookie season had on Brandin Cooks touches was - for all intents and purposes - insignificant. The person clamoring for a higher usage rate had the SEVENTH most receiving yards in a league that has never been more focused on passing. The effect that Michael Thomas' eye-popping rookie season had on Brandin Cooks' perceived importance to the Saints' offense, however, can't be measured solely by his own numbers. The not-so-subliminal tweeter is - without question - Drew Brees' new #1 wideout. That didn't stop Brandin Cooks from getting where he's been going, but it forced him to occasionally sit in the backseat along the way. If all he has to bitch about is a slight drop on the depth chart then his bitching is nothing more than the result of a hurt ego. Personally? I'm not a fan of Michael Thomas' publicly making it known that the contentiousness is reciprocated, but if these trade rumors are as big as they are being made out to be then he's not wrong in his lyrical assessment of the situation.
P.S. Honestly, I think I have moved on to the stage of acceptance. While a shit ton of smoke doesn't always mean fire, it does make it extremely hard for two parties to clearly see each other's point of view. An agent that "coincidentally" happens to represent the quarterbacks of both potential trading partners is surely clouding his client's vision, but - nonetheless- it's looking like this move is just a matter of time. I think I am okay with that, because when an overly religious weirdo also becomes whiney and high maintenance they really check off all the boxes as someone that I don't mind cutting out of my (sports) life.