The New Orleans Saints defeated the banged-up San Francisco 49ers to the tune of 27-13 on Sunday afternoon. While a victory and a subsequent 7-2 record should be the narrative this week, it isn’t. Starting quarterback Drew Brees went down with an injury that was reported to be five broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Additionally, Marshon Lattimore, Andrus Peat, C.J. Garnder-Johnson, Terron Armstead and Josh Hill all reported some type of injury throughout the game.
Despite a win, there are plenty of overreactions that were served across the fanbase that ranged from the end of Brees’s career, Super Bowl chances, and the future of the quarterback position on the team.
Let’s get to it, here are the biggest overreactions from Week 10:
Quarterback Drew Brees threw the last pass of his career:
Brees was visibly injured after taking a huge shot in the first half of Sunday’s game. When he got up he looked shaken and injured. Yet, he came back into the game and led two more drives and threw a touchdown to running back Alvin Kamara. This led New Orleans fans to think that their quarterback was just fine after the hit. Instead, when the team took the field in the second half it was Jameis Winston under center, not Brees.
More from @WerderEdESPN: Drew Brees is suffering from three fractured ribs on his left side and two on the right, possibly more. Doctors have cautioned Brees to be especially careful with the damage to his lung. https://t.co/6Ps1pPOfek— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2020
Then on Monday afternoon the news broke: Brees experienced five broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Yet, he was still able to march down the field and make plays. Incredible. But, with the news of the injury comes the obvious pessimism. At 41-years-old broken ribs and a collapsed lung doesn’t sound great. It’s led many to believe that Brees’s career ended on Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
So #DrewBrees has 5 broken ribs and a collapsed lung,— Scott Lorenzen (@SLorenzen62) November 17, 2020
Sounds like a career ender.
It’s clear that anyone claiming that Drew’s career is over hasn’t watched him much over the last 20-plus years. He is the ultimate competitor and I would bet my house we see him play again this year. Hell, even last year he had an 8-10 week recovery time with his thumb injury and he was back on the field in just six. Just as there is pessimism, there is optimism for Brees:
#Saints QB Drew Brees has been battling injuries for several weeks. He entered the game with at least one cracked rib, now has multiple breaks along with a lung issue. I’m told Injured Reserve is not currently being discussed. That would mean he’s out three games.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2020
If anyone thinks Brees ends his career like this, they’re wrong. It’s by far the biggest overreaction of the week.
The Saints chances of making the Super Bowl are nonexistent
Naturally, with news of Brees’s injury so too comes the idea that the Saints season is now over. Nevermind that the team currently employs one of only eight players in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Or the fact that the best running back in the league and arguably the best wide receiver are also on the roster. Let’s also gloss over the offensive line who are one of the best units in the league and the resurgence of the defense.
Damn... Saints season over unless winston can quickly learn the plays https://t.co/niLzTFv1V3— Blocky (@BlockyBoiFTW) November 16, 2020
I haven’t even mentioned that the upcoming four games for the Saints is one of the easiest, if not THE easiest stretch of the season. Two games against the Atlanta Falcons, one against the Denver Broncos and one against the Philadelphia Eagles is what the team has to look forward to. All of these are incredibly winnable games, and the team should be favored in all of them despite their future Hall of Fame quarterback on the sidelines.
Hell, with Winston in at quarterback we might just see a wrinkle in this offense we haven’t seen in years. I’m by no means advocating for Jameis over Drew, but I’m simply making the case that this season is far from over. Which leads me to my next overreaction.
Taysom Hill should assume the starting duties over Jameis Winston
I just covered in depth why Winston is more suited for the starting duties than Hill. You can read it here. I won’t belabor the point too much further. But the explanation is simple: Winston is a starting quarterback, Hill is not.
Who would you rather see as the #Saints starter if Brees misses multiple games. (I believe I already know where this goes, but I want to be sure before I make assumptions.)— Ross Jackson (@RossJacksonNOLA) November 16, 2020
The poll above says it all, but 19% of fans think Hill should get the call. That is where we have seen the overreactions come from, and most of them stem from Hill’s contract. The two-year, $21 million deal that Hill signed has many believing it’s his right to start at quarterback, but they don’t completely understand why the money was offered in the first place. Hill has far more value in his versatile utility role than in a traditional quarterback role.
People calling for Hill over Winston are simply overreacting.
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