Chase Daniel is running the offense, and interim head coach Joe Vitt is running the whole team.
Yes, this off season has begun differently than any other for the New Orleans Saints since the 2006 season.
No Sean Payton, and no Drew Brees — but work is getting done.
Pundits have declared the Saints upcoming 2012 NFL season as a loss before it ever even starts.
Payton, the architect of the New Orleans potent offense, has been barred from contact with the team on any level, his penalty for alleged involvement, and the subsequent “cover-up” of, Gregg Williams bounty program.
Brees remains M.I.A. as he awaits a new long term deal that will keep him with the Saints for the rest of his professional football career.
New Orleans tagged Drew, but he wants nothing to do with becoming a franchise player for the the second time since entering the league in 2001.
In 2005 Brees played under the franchise tag as the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
In the last game of the regular season he would tear his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble.
The injury was in his throwing shoulder and was considered to be of the career ending nature.
However Brees underwent successful surgery to repair the tear and he would completely heal, but not before it led to a low-ball offer from the Chargers that eventually forced him onto the free agent market and into the waiting arms of the New Orleans Saints.
Brees doesn’t want to go down this path again, and thus the contract stalemate continues between both sides.
Over the last few days a slow buzz is beginning to come out of the Saints Metairie practice facility as the players tentatively have let is slip that they feel Brees’ new deal is nearly complete.
Whether or not that is the truth remains to be seen, but getting Brees back in the facility would be a huge boost to a teams that has faced immense adversity over the last several months.
Topics: Bounty Gate, Chase Daniel, Chris Chamberlain, Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, Drew Brees, Franchise Tag, Joe Vitt, Jonathan Vilma, Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Roger Goodell, Roman Harper, Sean Payton, Steve Spagnuolo, Suspension