Chargers to start Brees in Houston, beyond

The San Diego Chargers announced on Monday that Drew Brees will start the 2004 opener against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer made the announcement after practice on Monday.

Drew Brees has been solid throughout training camp and the preseason. Minus one game, Brees has looked like a starting quarterback in the NFL.

With Philip Rivers arriving to training camp just days before it ended, the rookie was behind the eight ball. He practiced like he would be taking the first snap but it was not to be. Rivers looked rusty in his first game and played much better in game two, but has had no reps with the first team offense.

"We will play the people who give us the best opportunity to win," Schottenheimer said of his decision.

Clearly that is Brees. He was 31-for-45 for 432 yards with a 103.2 QB rating.

Schottenheimer stated that he does not want to go week-to-week with naming a quarterback, but he has said similar things over the past two years and gone back on those words.

At what point do they revisit this gameplan and look towards the future? It will happen at some point this year. If Brees and the Chargers tank, the decision to put in your rookie and future will be easy.

Too bad Vegas won't let you bet on that. Or will they?


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