This Guy That Waited Outside The Saints Facility For A Job Is A Harrowing Reminder Of How Bad Their Defense Was
NOLA- McClue, a 26-year-old St. Augustine product studying visual arts at Dillard University, spent about 20 minutes outside the team facility Monday with a cardboard sign that read "Will (lock) down receivers 4 food!!!"
"I really want to play for the Saints," McClue told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune by phone. "They need DB's."
McClue, who did not play college football, said he drew inspiration from Breaux for his football comeback from a neck injury that kept him from playing football in college.
While at St. Augustine, McClue played left guard as a junior 2006 and linebacker as a senior in 2007. He briefly attended Northwestern State and did not play football, before he transferred back home and attended Dillard.
At Dillard, he continued to work on his art, which he said has been a passion since childhood and is displayed on his Instagram page. He began playing football again in 2014, first with the Bayou Vipers out of Hammond in 2014, and then the Crescent City Kings in 2015.
McClue, who said much of what he learned about playing defensive back over the last three seasons has been self-taught, because semi-pro football offers unique challenges.
I'm going to be honest with you, I had almost forgotten how historically piss poor the Saints defense was last season. I was just sitting here in my bubble of blissful ignorance and optimism when some ESPN live mock draft found it's way onto my television screen and start rattling off stats that would have been sobering to even the most straightedge members of the Who Dat Nation. As if that wasn't enough of a reminder of how desperate the Saints are for talent on the defensive side of the ball, I then had to stumble upon this story which really sheds an extremely dim light on what people think of their secondary.
Yup, this is how bad it's gotten folks. High school linebackers - that took seven years off from football to focus on pursuing art in college - think they can just teach themselves how to play defensive back, haphazardly scribble down fake promises on some cardboard, and sign on to play in the Saints secondary in no more than 20 minutes. The only reason this isn't depressing is because it's just so damn infuriating. Talk about a slap in the face to the organization. They should buy up all his paintings, throw them in a pile, set them aflame, and make them into a bonfire for all the actual draft picks. I don't even care if this guy can run in lockstep with Brandin Cooks. They need to tell him to kick rocks simply to protect their brand. We can't have aspiring artists thinking that standing out in the New Orleans sun for one lunch break is worthy of an open tryout. Nothing - and I mean NOTHING - makes a team look worse than high school heroes trying to live vicariously through themselves and treating an NFL roster spot like it's a volunteer position down at the shelter.
This isn't Delvin Breaux we are talking about. Delvin Breaux battled all the way back after nearly losing his life to football, this dude quit the sport to play with his easel. This isn't even Joe Anderson we are talking about. At least that guy had football on his collegiate resume and dedicated multiple days to waiting outside pleading for a shot. This isn't some unfortunate kid looking for a chance. He's an opportunistic man trying to take advantage of a susceptible situation. You think he would want to play for the Saints so bad if he thought they had quality DB's? Fuck no, this dickhead can shove that Sharpie up his ass and give that makeshift mattress back to the homeless man he stole it from. I don't know if the Saints will be able to defend better this year. Statically speaking it would be hard for them not to, but even if they can't - what they don't need is the help of a casual athlete that is already assuming they won't.