September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Washington Redskins during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been faced with many questions throughout the offseason with the bounty program and his contract negotiations. And now facing the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, there is an entire lineup of questions Brees probably doesn’t want to answer.
This all seems very alien for the Saints, as they are one of the most prolific teams with a tight nit offense. Brees presumes that he and his unit will echo what the Saints have shown in the last six years, even with coach Sean Payton missing from his usually post.
"“It’s not any coach’s fault when you have a holding penalty or when you have a false start penalty. That’s just execution by the guys that are on the field. There’s ways that I can improve that. There’s ways that the guys up front can improve that. There’s ways that everyone on the offense can improve that. It has nothing to do with coaching and who was or wasn’t there.”"
Recently the Saints have said they wouldn’t play Carolina angry or let the loss to the Redskins define them. Many fans and analysts alike were deconstructing the team as a result of the bounty scandal and because Sean Payton is missing.
What should be noted is that the loss to the Redskins was the Saints’ first home loss in more than a year. And Brees’ awful completion rating, which was at 46 percent, his lowest since 2006.
There is much speculation that the Saints are playing rusty because of the lack of presence of Brees during the beginning offseason program. Even Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has some doubts but admits that New Orleans may not struggle as much in the upcoming game.
With a substantial amount of key players injured for Sunday’s gave versus the Panthers, let’s hope the “doom and gloom” doesn’t drown the Saints and that they can climb the ladder in the NFC South.