According to his coach, Drew Brees was more than dizzy. He was at half mast. Ironic that in his state he was at his sharpest. Perhaps a blunt object to the head before each game will set him straight. This is your starting quarterback. ">
According to his coach, Drew Brees was more than dizzy. He was at half mast. Ironic that in his state he was at his sharpest. Perhaps a blunt object to the head before each game will set him straight. This is your starting quarterback. ">

Brees is your starting quarterback

"I got dizzy a few times," Curtis Martin said. "It was tough sledding."<br><br> According to his coach, Drew Brees was more than dizzy. He was at half mast. Ironic that in his state he was at his sharpest. Perhaps a blunt object to the head before each game will set him straight. This is your starting quarterback.

Drew Brees suffered a concussion in the third quarter and the sideline scene was merely Coach Marty Schottenheimer pulling him from the game.

Schottenheimer quelled any chance of talking about a controversy when he opened up his press conference with why he made the decision to remove the starting quarterback.

What he didn't account for was the idiocy and lack of communication between himself and his staff.

Twelve plays.

Jon McGraw hit Drew Brees with a helmet-to-helmet hit with two minutes and twenty seconds to go in the third quarter. Brees' last play came with 7:45 to go in the fourth quarter. That spanned two complete series with a handoff in a third series for good measure.

"I did not feel it was in his best interests or our best interests to have him return to the field," Schottenheimer said.

Where were you coach?

On Monday when asked specific questions on the Jets, Schottenheimer claimed he had not had adequate time to study them. How is that possible that a head coach knows so little? Perhaps that is taking the one game at a time routine to the extreme. Schottenheimer has been around long enough that he should be able to tell the media something regarding the team he is about to face.

Which brings it full circle to Sunday.

The head coach of your football team has no idea that his quarterback isn't fully operational and is working with parts out of whack?

Considering the game Brees was having up until the concussion and how he played afterwards, Schottenheimer should have known something was up. Brees actually started to perform like a QB in the NFL.

Surely that was a sign. Everyone knows he isn't that good.

Yet it took the coach two full series and roughly thirty minutes of time to figure out Brees was hurt. Cam Cameron told him so.

Then the coach met his quarterback on the sideline to tell him the news.

"He said, ‘I am fine coach. I can go,'" the coach said. "I knew he could go but I wasn't going to put him in there.

"I felt like I could go," Brees said afterwards. "After he explained it to me – you go out and take another hit like that and it is your career."

What career? Perhaps there is a reason Brees tied Ryan Leaf on the all-time list for interceptions on Sunday.

"I felt like I could go," Brees reiterated. "I tore my ACL in high school and I felt like I could go."

"He was not 100 percent," Schottenheimer countered. "He was not 80 percent. He may have been 60 percent."

That was true of the entire game. Brees was more than off. He looked like he did during the 2003 season. In fact, Schottenheimer made the comment regarding the drive where he led the team to a touchdown. It was his best drive of the day! It was the only time during the entire game that he made two straight completions.

Schottenheimer sidestepped questions regarding the timeline of events.

"I wasn't aware it was as significant as it was," Schottenheimer said. "I was not going to put Drew Brees at risk. He is our starting quarterback. He will continue to be our starting quarterback."

One yard passing in the first half. That was the grand total of Drew Brees' accomplishments. He connected on an eight yard pass to open the game and took a seven yard loss on a sack. Four minutes and thirty seconds into the third quarter was his next completion.

This is your starting quarterback.

"It had nothing to do with performance," Schottenheimer said of the benching.

Phew! Praise the football mind on the sidelines. Brees looked worse than he has ever looked in his career during the first half. His performance – if you want to call it that – was enough to make the jesters quit their jobs.

But this is your starting quarterback.

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