The stage is set tonight for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to break the 62-year old record held by Johnny Unitas for consecutive touchdown passes. However, there is something just as important that the entire team needs.
Currently at 0-4 the Saints are tied with the Cleveland Browns for the worst record in the NFL. In the NFC they have the worst being edged only by the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers who are 1-3.
Brees once told his team that, “primetime is our time!” Let’s hope that that will be the case tonight as the Saints will be featured in a Sunday night game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the San Diego Chargers.
Even the most finicky NFL analyst never dreamed that a Brees fueled offense, a redesigned Steve Spagnuolo defense, and an “Us Against The World, Do Your Job” team philosophy would have the Saints sitting in their current position. Well, neither did the most loyal Saints fan actually.
Speaking of the fans, while most Who Dat’s are sticking by their team, there is quickly being established a “no excuses” policy after tonight. Who Dat Nation has endured gut-wrenching post-game press conferences that are filled with them.
Interim head coach Aaron Kromer is battling Forrest Gump for the most Hallmark induced quotes after a loss like, “Down but not out” and “It’s a mountain we have to climb.” One that Kromer and Spagnuolo keep hammering out is that the team is “close”.
That seemed to be the case last week against the Green Bay Packers when the Saints appeared to be ready to notch win number one. But in the final minutes a drive-killing failed third down attempt, a holding penalty during a field goal attempt, and then a missed field goal solidified a heartbreaking loss.
While the record for Brees would be a nice silver-lining to the game tonight, the Saints will need a win to not only gain their confidence back, but to try to salvage a season that have some already looking to next year.