If everything had remained the same in the off-season, you could be assured that I would have been greedily filling my fantasy roster full of Saints' players like a little kid stuffing his mouth with candy. However, now I'm not so sure I will even touch this team.
The Saints have failed to reach a deal on a long-term contract with Drew Brees. Instead, the team chose to place the franchise tag on him. That worries me a lot for one of two reasons. First (and worst), Brees might choose not to sign the franchise contract. If he doesn't, he will likely hold-out if/until he receives a long-term contract. That is not good news, as the offense is immediately downgraded by several levels if Brees does not play. Chase Daniels is probably a great guy, and he might even be a very good quarterback; however, he is very likely not on par with Drew Brees (otherwise, he wouldn't be the back-up). Second (and almost as scary as #1), Drew Brees signs the franchise tender. Angry birds is a great game; I am not sure if I will enjoy watching angry Brees. How will the quarterback play if he is a) still stewing about the club's decision not to sign him to a long-term deal and b) worried about an injury destroying his value as a free agent next year. Again, if he signs the franchise tender, he may play brilliantly, and my concerns may be moot; however, right now, it is a cause for concern.
Secondly, how will the Saints play without their head coach and some other personnel? I don't know, and that is bad. I don't like going into a season not knowing how a team will respond to adversity, especially something like Bountygate which doesn't have any precedents.
I have a few months to think this one over; however, I get the odd feeling that I might be just as undecided about things then as I am now.
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Date: 2007-07-30 (original upload date)
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Caption as provided by owner/author: Picture of en:Tiger Stadium (LSU) at one of the New Orleans Saints games.