Daily Special, June 1, 2012
24 Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Himself
We got this.
According to Joe Vitt. Drew Brees will be signed, and he will be in training camp (not that he needs training).
When asked why he’s confident Brees will be back from his contract holdout, Vitt cracked, “what else is he going to do? He can’t sing or dance.”
“I don’t think anybody thought this was going to be easy,” Vitt said. “There’s a lot of revolving pieces here that Mickey’s got to get fit in with the (salary) cap and get people signed, and so on and so forth, and it’s all going to fit into the future. This is going to get done.”
If, for some reason, Brees doesn’t sign, I nominate “Revolving Pieces” as the name of his band. “Drew Brees and the Revolving Pieces”? “Breesus’ Pieces”? I dunno. And what style would they perform in? Maybe a cover band, doing golden oldies like “It’s Tracy Porter Again!”
While we’re waiting for the Return of the King, it’s the defense that’s making news. Coach Vitt gave a long press conference in which he praised pretty much everybody (but what if he’s right?). That includes everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Scott Shanle:
Scott Shanle has had an outstanding camp. Scott has started at the Sam position for us this spring. I think Scott is one of those guys, one of those rare breeds. I’ve been with him since ’06, and you have not seen any diminishing skill level. He still has the footwork and the fluid hips. One of his real high qualities that he has is his man coverage skills. He’s come into camp in great shape, so he has done a great job.
I think we’re about to see something shocking. Spagnuolo is obviously preparing a very careful restructuring of the defense, which includes instituting new drills and doing away with old ones—such as the relentless attempts to strip the ball on every play. And with this new approach, I suspect certain players are going to blossom. The surprise player might not be Shanle—but don’t be shocked if it is. He won’t play unless he earns his way onto the field. And with the competition he has this year, it’s going to take everything he’s ever shown and a lot more. Does he have it? Hope so. Hell, I hope he makes All-Pro. I’m not betting the house, mind you.
Vitt also says this is the deepest linebackers corps he’s ever been around, and I believe him. It’s been pointed out before that a lot of folks assumed this many top-notch linebackers had to mean a 3-4. Well, maybe not. How about a 2-7-2? Something truly wacky. How about stacking outside linebackers the way offenses do with receivers, and at the snap they break in all different directions. How about I just stick to blogging?
Apropos of nothing, here’s another interesting article: Ten Reasons Why NFL Players Go Broke. I read through this and thought, “Yeah, that’s Drew. That’s Drew. Yeah. Yeah. That’s Drew, too. Dude is doomed.” I really do like and respect Drew Brees, but if he doesn’t stop spending so much on custom grills he’s never going to be congressman from the First District.
On the Jukebox
Admit it: you’ve been looking for some Cajun music sung in Swedish.