This is pure stupidity, to put it plainly. The New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees has been passed over for Robert Griffin III. This is the first time a rookie quarterback has ever been selected to the Pro Bowl. Well, that’s a way to make everyone not even think that your personal vendetta isn’t affecting your judgment. Roger Goodell’s blatant abuse of power was on display for much of the season as he punished the Saints. The Saints’ season was a bust from the word ‘go’. They lost to rookie RGIII in the opener in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This was followed by a loss in overtime to the Kansas City Chiefs. In all reality, the Saints had a snowball’s chance to get to the playoffs. Given the circumstances surrounding their team like a bad thunderstorm, the Saints could consider themselves lucky to even be in the bottom part of the playoff hunt late in the season. The New Orleans Saints were the unwilling victims of Roger Goodell’s Ponzi scheme to assassinate their character, taint their Super Bowl run, and crucify their playoff chances. In the face of all that stood the New Orleans Saints’ leader, Drew Brees. Sure, Brees leads the league in interceptions, but he also led the league in some categories that get overlooked. Drew Brees leads the league in the following besides interceptions: he leads in passing yards 4,781; he leads in touchdowns 39; and he leads in yards per Game 319.
You may argue that the offensive coordinator didn’t get suspended or the playbook hadn’t changed. I’d agree with you on that except for one little detail. Sean Payton calls all the offensive plays when he holds the clipboard and without him, the creativity isn’t there. Brees and Payton are lethal together and as you can see not so much without each other on the field. This is Montana without Walsh, Warner without Vermeil and Brady without Belichick. Say what you will, but find me a quarterback who has to carry the whole team the whole season that would do as well. The Saints’ defense isn’t bringing back echoes of the Dome Patrol either. If anything, the Saints’ defense looked more like the Gnome Patrol this year. The Saints gave up 1st wins to the Redskins, Panthers, and Chiefs. Brees can only do so much.
If you think that Goodell didn’t have anything to do with this then I’d like to sell you some beachfront property in Arizona. Roger Goodell has had a personal beef with the New Orleans Saints and their players. It’s hard to believe that the highest office wanted Brees in the Pro Bowl after being slapped in the face by his predecessor for acting irresponsibly with his power. No, this has ‘personal’ written all over it, period. Even after the suspensions were dropped, Goodell still stood defiant in the wake of the judgement levied by Paul Tagilabue. Drew Brees was one of the more vocal players who had a few choice words for Goodell. Even though Brees wasn’t involved, it still looks like he has taken a hit for his stance on Goodell’s impunity. If you think I’m a conspiracy theorist, then you’re naive in my opinion. I understand that the Pro Bowl is for the best players in their position for that year. Sure, Brees could’ve thrown fewer interceptions and played better, but how much do you lay at the feet of one player for a whole team’s play? Would Tom Brady thrust into the same situation be better? Would Aaron Rodgers do better throughout an ordeal like this? Maybe Payton Manning would do equally as well, but even then it’s questionable.
Why is it that the quarterback who leads the league in passing yards, touchdowns thrown and yards per game not in the Pro Bowl? Interceptions, ah yes, the great equalizer. Excuse me but he is leading the league in 3 categories, 9th overall in passer rating and one of the elite passers in the league. If I don’t have you convinced yet, let me ask you this. What’s the difference between Matt Ryan and Drew Brees? Not going to the playoffs, not in the Pro Bowl and not on the verge of a Super Bowl are some things that come to mind. There is one thing you’re leaving out. Matt Ryan in all his greatness is only 4 interceptions away from being tied with Brees for the season.