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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by Utah_Saint Because a lot of people are convinced he doesn't have 5 more years. I myself believe he's got 5 seasons left in him, but I understand why others might not. 40 is pretty old for a ...

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Old 01-18-2014, 02:50 PM   #11
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Because a lot of people are convinced he doesn't have 5 more years. I myself believe he's got 5 seasons left in him, but I understand why others might not. 40 is pretty old for a quarterback. Troy Aikman retired at 34, Marino 38, Joe Montana 38.

On the other hand Vinnie Testaverde played until he was 44.

We'll see.
And Brady and Manning are 2 and 3 years older than him right now. Is this their last year? Both look like they can play a couple more. And now that 99.9 % of the season is touch football on QB's their NFL life spans should increase.

I have seen zero evidence that age has started catching up to Drew Brees.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:58 PM   #12
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Yeah, I don't think Brees' age is a big factor here. I could see him playing until 42-43 easily. He hasn't taken very many hits over his career and he doesn't throw hard so his arm/shoulder isn't just suddenly going to give out. It's going to probably come down to those everyday aches and pains you start getting when you get close to 40 (unfortunately I know that one firsthand) and how willing he is to put up with it.

As for this offseason, I am pretty sure I have said this before but we don't need massive changes. We are probably going to have to let a few guys go for cap reasons, say goodbye to players like Greer and Moore. But any notions of blowing up the offensive line and running back situation is really overreacting. We were one last-minute drive away from winning the division, 30 yards away from potentially tying the game against the Seahawks. This is a very good team, we're just a little spoiled.
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Yeah, I don't think Brees' age is a big factor here. I could see him playing until 42-43 easily. He hasn't taken very many hits over his career and he doesn't throw hard so his arm/shoulder isn't just suddenly going to give out. It's going to probably come down to those everyday aches and pains you start getting when you get close to 40 (unfortunately I know that one firsthand) and how willing he is to put up with it.

As for this offseason, I am pretty sure I have said this before but we don't need massive changes. We are probably going to have to let a few guys go for cap reasons, say goodbye to players like Greer and Moore. But any notions of blowing up the offensive line and running back situation is really overreacting. We were one last-minute drive away from winning the division, 30 yards away from potentially tying the game against the Seahawks. This is a very good team, we're just a little spoiled.
Yes yes yes and yes!!!!

Had we won the division I have no doubt we'd be in the Superbowl. No doubt in my mind at all.

I can name 2 blown calls that would have given us that one win we needed to capture the division.

So I'm convinced we were one play (or bad call) away from a Superbowl appearance.

You don't blow a team like that up, you tweak it a bit and reload. Nearly every star player we have is either in his prime or on the upswing.

We only have 3 or 4 key players long in the tooth. Colston, and maybe PT, Sproles, and Harper. And really only Colston is one I'd classify as difficult to replace.
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Drews replacement is in high school.

Why do people keep trying to replace Drew 5 years earlier than necessary?
Thank you! Sheesh! I'm not even looking at QB except whether to re-sign our primary backup or let him leave and give the kid a shot at the #2 spot.
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Drews replacement is in high school.

Why do people keep trying to replace Drew 5 years earlier than necessary?
I hope he doesn't try to hang on too long like those two guys playing tomorrow
those old bas***s are embarassing themselves
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I doubt Griffin is ever a good player in the NFL. I don't know where some of this optimism comes from. Did anybody ever watch him at Tulane?
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I doubt Griffin is ever a good player in the NFL. I don't know where some of this optimism comes from. Did anybody ever watch him at Tulane?
Did you?
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Did anybody ever watch him at Tulane?
He did alright

As a senior in the 2012 season, he started all nine games he played in and was given an honorable-mention spot on the All-Conference USA team. He finished the season ranked 2nd in C-USA in passing yards per game and yards of total offense per game, and 5th in passing efficiency. Griffin threw for 300-plus yards 5 times with two 400-plus yard games, and twice set the school single-game passing record. He set the record the first time with 466 yards and a career-best 5 touchdown passes vs UAB and surpassed that with 476 yards and 4 TDs vs Rice. Griffin holds the Tulane career records in pass attempts, completions, and completion percentage. He is 2nd in passing yards, passing yards per game, pass attempts per game, completions per game, and 300-yard passing games. Griffin finished his college career with 9026 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 35 interceptions
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Did you?
Yeah. I like Tulane. Its a reason he went undrafted.
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He did alright
Couldn't even make all conference in Conference USA, yet he's the heir to Brees. Please somebody, explain the optimism.....logically.
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