Below are a few remaining answers to some of the other reader questions submitted Monday that I didn't have time to answer earlier. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.
Jimmy Graham will make around $550,000 in 2012. Assuming he has another breakout season, do you think Jimmy will play for similar in 2013? Or could he also expect a huge pay raise like many of the other signed and restructured players that are currently on this team? - Ryan E.
First of all, there's no such thing as another breakout season. A player can only have one breakout season. Once they break out, they're out there for good as a top level player. Jimmy Graham has already broken out. But if he has another awesome season like he did last year and assuming your salary figures are correct, then yes, he should probably expect a huge pay raise.
Which linebackers do you see flanking Curtis Lofton big Dave? - Keith A.
Oh man, there are so many choices now! I hate to disappoint but definitely Scott Shanle. I'm pretty sure I just heard Saints fans everywhere groan collectively. On the opposite side it's a bit tougher to say but for me personally I think it's between Will Herring and Jonathan Casillas. There's a lot of young talent in the mix this year and a lot of fresh faces, so you never know who might step up and surprise. But assuming things go down the same as they do every year, the players I just mentioned are most likely your regulars.
If Drew decides to sit this year (Heaven forbid) What are your thoughts on Chase Daniels success. Do you see him being "Plugged in" and taking over the first team and being effective. Or, do you you see him struggle to make things click with our offense. The reason I ask, is because nobody is talking about the scenario and the affect it might have on the team. - Smitty S.
I'd like to actually answer your question with a question of my own. Where the hell have you been?
Considering Loomis is sucking wind on signing Brees and being pretty much the only GM to not sign a draft pick....how much worse is he now going to be that his mind will be split 50/50 with Saints and Hornets? - Jeff L. B.
I don't think either of the things you mention in your question make Mickey Loomis a bad general manager. The Saints are always late to sign draft picks; I think they do it on purpose so these young guys don't go blow it all while getting themselves into trouble during the long offseason. And I would imagine that Loomis is doing his best on the Brees contract front, though it would have been wise to take care of this two years ago. But to answer your question, I don't think his new role with the Hornets will affect his performance as Saints GM. And for the first half of the 2012 season, he won't have anything to do with the Saints anyway.
Does it seem odd that Rita would go on 2 months vacation and make a trip to the hospital in the middle of the biggest scandal in sports ever? If your answer is yes, what could be the real deal? - Notorious P.
Calling this the biggest scandal ever in sports might be a bit hyperbolic. To answer your first question, the timing of the leave of absence isn't as peculiar as the leave of absence itself. I won't even begin to speculate as to the reason behind the move but this kind of stuff has become standard operating procedure for the team. I don't think it's anything to be concerned about.