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QBREES9 03-21-2012 10:46 PM

Drew Brees has upper hand as bounty punishment puts Saints in dire straits
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No, Brees is not literally going to be the coach. But in every significant way in which the Saints will have to replace Sean Payton, who has been suspended for the entire 2012 campaign, Brees is the guy who will take over.

Play calling and offensive game plan? Yeah, thatís going to be Brees.

Leading the team through critical moments? Yep, thatís Brees.

Being the face of the organization on a daily basis? Drew, youíre the man.

Yeah, yeah, tell me all you want about offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael or defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Carmichael is a glorified administrative assistant, a guy who prefers to work behind the scenes and be left alone. If not for football, he would probably be an accountant or a high school teacher. This is not a shot at the latter two professions; those roles are just generally made up of people not seeking the spotlight.

Spagnuolo, of course, has the personality to be a head coach. Thatís why he spent the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. However, he has a lot of work to do to rebuild his reputation after that run and he has been in New Orleans for all of 30 seconds. Most of the players on the team probably couldnít pick Spags out of a two-man lineup.

Assistant head coach Joe Vitt? Sorry, he was suspended for the first six games for his role in the scandal. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer? Please.

In other words, everything comes back to Brees. In the midst of this storm, Brees is the calming influence who just might be able to salvage a team that has Super Bowl ability.

Of course, you have to pay him first.

Right now, the Saints are in the middle of a stare down with Brees over his contract. Earlier this month, the team put the exclusive franchise tag on him, meaning that Brees canít sign with another team. In the process, heís guaranteed roughly between $15 million and $16 million for one year.

Brees, 33, was seeking a deal in the range of $23 million a year. The Saints had countered with $18 million. Both are unrealistic, but the final number is going to come in a lot closer to where Brees wants it than not.

Particularly now.

If there is one player who can command a team more than just about anyone else, itís Brees. He is universally respected and admired for everything from his performance on the field to his comeback from a career-threatening injury to his community service to his willingness to put his name on a lawsuit against the NFL last year to his leadership on the NFL Players Association executive committee.

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papz 03-22-2012 09:15 AM

I can see the story line for the season...

Breesus saves New Orleans again!

As if we haven't given him enough praise as being our savior throughout the years as is. He could easily become one of the most influential people in New Orleans in recent memory imo.

Mardigras9 03-22-2012 09:20 AM

They need to secure the deal and let's move forward.

Dasidreidia 03-22-2012 09:23 AM

I can easily see them appointing someone to be interim head coach, and that person be just a figurehead while Drew actually runs the offense and rallys the team. Hell he calls the plays on a regular basis anyway. And he and Payton have a mindmeld like you wouldn't believe so I think if they want to keep Payton's system in place, they'll let Drew run things with Pete backing him up.

QBREES9 03-22-2012 12:14 PM

Drew Dat !!!!

dueceloose 03-22-2012 12:17 PM

In the words of #21 "Pay Da Man"

QBREES9 03-22-2012 12:21 PM

Pay him and tell him your sorry. Drew go be the coach on the field. You are, are General. Drew Dat! Brees

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