Truth be told, when it comes to finance, I am not exactly a wizard. Let's just say I wouldn't fit in as a wolf on Wall Street. My indifference to the nose candy, as well as my inability to gauge stocks, make it pretty clear that I would get Leonardo Decapitated on the open market. With that said, I do know there is this little thing called a trend. Something happens once, it could be a coincidence. It happens twice? That my friends is called a winning a streak. Know who is on quite the heater? You guessed it. The newly acquired Saints cornerback Brandon Browner. Do we have to play the season? So what that the only players that are guaranteed to start the season on the Saints roster are the afore mentioned Browner, Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Mark Ingram, and CJ Spiller. Pretty clear Browner is playing with a stacked deck. Someone call the pitboss, Brandon is counting cards again. Pretty clear the Saints are a shoe-in for the next SuperBowl. That's not me talking, sometimes you just got to play the odds. The Saints cutting Cory White and picking up Browner is like selling low on your AOL stock to pick up some Apple stock.
In all seriousness, Browner is exactly what the Saints need opposite Keenan Lewis. People will point to his remarkably high amount of penalties last year, but the Saints need physicality. They need attitude. They need this....
I don't want to get to graphic, but let's just say I came. I saw. I came again. Give this man more PED's right now. I will work pro-bono sticking needles in his ass if that's the kind of effort I get to see on a weekly basis. This signing completely explains the Graham trade. Browner against Graham in practice would have turned into Graham's funeral proceedings real quick. Not only did the Saints unload Jimmy's monster contract, they saved money on the apology flowers they would have had to send to him when Browner turned his knee into baking soda.
The Saints brought in CJ Spiller and Reggie Bush for meetings, and I would be lying to you if I said that the player I coveted wasn't Bush. With that said, that was my heart talking. My head said Spiller, and after watching a couple highlights, now both heads say Spiller. My god. I don't know what was faster, Spiller goal line to goal line or me throwing a beat to the visual. If he can manage to stay healthy the Saints didn't just replace what they had with Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles, they far exceeded it. Spiller is every bit as fast as a young Reggie, he's every bit as elusive as Sproles, and he's a better prototypical running back than the both of them. If what the Saints were missing in their offense was the speedy, pass catching, satellite back, it's not only no longer a concern, but a strength. Spiller coming over from desolate Buffalo to play with Drew Brees and Sean Payton is like a Cuban pitcher staking his raft on the shores of the Hudson to play with the Yankees.
Live look at NFC South defenses...
There are a lot of people out there talking about how the Saints are rebuilding. The proper term would be 'retooling'. This is still a team that is built to contend now, it's just not being built to win 'right now'. The Saints had all their eggs in one basket last year. The only problem was they didn't check their expiration date. Half the damn eggs were stinking up the SuperDome mere games into the season. The extension of Ingram, plus the addition of Spiller, plus the potential Cooks and any other offensive weapons this team adds in the draft or free agency, has this team looking very reminiscent of when Sean Payton first took over the Saints. With an aging Drew Brees I find it silly to think that the Saints are giving up on the season. Based on talent and potential alone, is this team any worse than the one that puttered it's way to a 7-9 finish last year? I don't think they are, and they are far from done. Let the craziness ensue...
Give him some KC Masterpiece and pray for the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. Good soldier, worked hard, fell off a cliff talent wise. The Saints biggest need on offense is a solid offensive line. When Brees has time he can turn dog piss to wine. Sadly, Grubbs was not supplying that, and he was not supplying it at a hefty price tag. It's pretty clear the Saints are in the midst of a youth movement as well as an attitude adjustment. This move solves both.
Kenny Stills Traded
I liked Kenny Stills. With that said, for a 3rd round pick in a deep draft and the potential resurgence of a starting linebacker in Danell Ellerbe, he can kick rocks, pound sand, and play in traffic. The team has been tight lipped about why Stills, coming off a 900+ yard season, fell out of favor. Either way, the return on investment of Kenny, a former 5th round pick, far exceeds his value, especially when he doesn't have Drew Brees throwing him the ball. The fact of the matter is that every wide receiver that lines up in New Orleans is replaceable. That's not to say that talent at wideout isn't important, it's just to say that it is easier to replace with the accuracy of Drew Brees. So, if Sean Payton and Co. think that Stills is expendable, I will kick the ass of the horse that he rides out of town on.
Let's make it happen Loomis, In Payton we trust.