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Saints' Kobayashi Maru: Drew Brees Contract

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Posted 03-03-2013 at 04:39 PM by jeanpierre

Last I checked, James T. Kirk is not available to be the Saints GM for some years assuming the fiction written by Gene Roddenberry continues to have some assumptions come to fact; even then he'll be saving bigger problems than the 2013 Saints Salary Cap situation and subsequent seasons...

The reason is that Mickey Loomis failed to convince Brees and his Agent Tom Condon that it is in Brees best interests to be quarterback of a Superbowl Contender than a run and shoot offense with mediocre team season records...

Sure Brees brought Marino's all time passing mark to an end, and a dropped pass would have allowed him to do it twice; but, he's never won a League MVP - probably something to do with his pick-six penchant that national media types are almost hoping for so they can nominate their boy and not the small market hero...

And while Saints fans regale in his elusiveness and ability to move the ball up and down the field; we all privately grumble to the fan to our left, whether at the Dome or on our couch, how he could have forced a pass that even we could see wasn't there.

And in the past couple of seasons, there has even been some decline in his ability to connect to receivers on deep routes in stride or worse, throwing the game's anathema, the pick-six, that even causes the game's greatest, Peyton Manning, to lose games...

But you have to wonder if those pregame pep rallies are starting to seem disingenuous to saavy Saints fans who follow the game year round or to those teammates who know that there will not be enough cap money left for them...

And the Saints seem totally committed to the passing game first, second, and third; and despite moving back into the first round last year to gain a talented prospect in Mark Ingram, the effort seemed misguided as the Saints have failed to draft a Right Tackle or allow enough salary cap room so that there could be balance on the offensive side of the ball; nevermind that the defense is the worst in the league and was finally confirmed with last season's futility record setting performance...

Then Payton announces a long-overdue switch to a 3-4 defense which many Saints fans of over twenty-five years will recall the glory days of the Dome Patrol; only to put that new effort in the hands of the twin brother of one of the biggest @$$clowns the NFL Coaching ranks have ever seen who's been limited in his chances of out-doing his twin...

But it's all for naught as there is little money available to make the switch because of poor contract planning on the part of the Saints General Manager...

And so it comes back to the Brees contract...

While no one debates Brees' importance to the team, organization, and South Louisiana or the Greater Saints' Market - his agent's and his selfish contract demands and Loomis' failure to make Brees realize same may now have limited the small market Saints to mediocrity with enough highlights to salve the burns of what will be disappointing seasons until the Brees' Contract expires unless Brees comes to his senses...

And so it falls to Coach Payton as we see how much Captain Kirk is in Coach and if he can overcome this Kobayashi Maru Scenario in the Black and Gold Galaxy as there is no Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Checkov, Sulu as the Brees' contract does not allow for a supporting cast on defense...
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  1. Old Comment
    Just kills me that they invested all that money into the offense, thinking it would be okay. We saw how that worked out last season.
    Posted 03-03-2013 at 05:05 PM by gvicknair gvicknair is offline

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    saintsfan403's Avatar
    Stop ****ing blaming brees, we have an overpaid ****ty defense. That's why we lost 7 games last year.
    Posted 03-03-2013 at 05:48 PM by saintsfan403 saintsfan403 is offline
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    He did throw a lot of picks, but he still threw the most td's last season. But the offense just couldn't make up for how piss poor the defense was, why has everyone forgotten that? Or has all this bull **** about salary caps turned everyone into a stammering idiot?
    Posted 03-03-2013 at 05:52 PM by saintsfan403 saintsfan403 is offline
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    No one forgot about the defense. But how do you buy a defense with no salary cap room? You can blame whoever you want for the losses, but the Saints made a decision of what was more important, and you can't blame them for wanting to keep their franchise QB. The amount of money it took to keep him is going to put the onus on the coaches to find a way to do more with less, on defense. If we can at least get one impact player on D this off season, be it through the draft or otherwise, that would help.
    Posted 03-03-2013 at 11:09 PM by burningmetal burningmetal is offline
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    Let's just say that last season should be thrown out due to it's unusual circumstance. It may have happened, but it's not likely to be an issue going forward.

    The circumstances on the ground today is that the offense has a lot of highly paid players, and that relative to performance, they may not really deserve that level of pay. The same can be said of the defense, probably more than the offense. The issue is that, contractually, the team has so little wiggle room it will be near impossible to make the necessary personnel moves to realize the new strategy over the next 2-3 years.

    As fans, we want to field the best team possible. For players, they want to make the most money they can over their limited playing careers. Those two goals only meet when the team has leverage over the salaries. Once the ability of the team to leverage the cap is gone, so too is the likelihood of success.

    Teams who are perennial winners never give up leverage in salaries.
    Posted 03-05-2013 at 07:01 AM by xan xan is offline
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    Mardigras9's Avatar
    This year there will be a reckoning and these conversations will not exist.
    Posted 03-05-2013 at 02:22 PM by Mardigras9 Mardigras9 is offline
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