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Wolf
02-02-2010, 08:54 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The most important two hours in the history of the New Orleans Saints took place in the old home of their opponent for Super Bowl XLIV.

And nobody from the Saints was present.

Throw in the fact that New Orleans will be playing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the home of the Miami Dolphins and this year’s Super Bowl overflows with irony like a soda can left in the backseat on a 110-degree day.

It’s well-documented that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees(notes) could have been a Dolphin in 2006 if Miami had made an offer. While Brees won’t say it directly, he makes obvious hints that Miami was his destination of choice at the time.

“When you think about Miami, the reaction is, ‘Oooooohhhh, wow,’ ” Brees said prior to last month’s NFC title game against the Minnesota Vikings. “At the time, when you talked about New Orleans, there was a lot of uncertainty about everything involved with the team. Where were they going to play? What kind of shape was the Superdome in? All these things.”

But during the NFL scouting combine in February 2006, former Dolphins coach Nick Saban sat in a room with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the man who had performed recent surgeries on Brees and fellow quarterback Daunte Culpepper(notes).

The quarterback-starved Dolphins were weighing whether to pursue Brees, a free agent who was coming off surgery to his throwing shoulder after an injury in the San Diego Chargers’ season finale, or trade for Culpepper, who was coming off a triple-ligament knee repair from the middle of the 2005 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Saban grilled Andrews for two hours on the chances of Brees and Culpepper returning to play that season. In hindsight, the question seems almost silly because of where the two quarterbacks sit today




http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-breesdecision020110&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

TheRealJoker
02-03-2010, 07:24 PM
Looking back you've gotta wonder where this team would be had we picked up Brees instead of extending Carr and trading draft picks for Schaub. Schaub is obviously doing very well but the Saints were essentially at the same level as us after the 05 season and Brees no doubt accelerated their turnaround.

In addition to the two 2nd round picks we would keep in 07/08 we would also be picking 8th instead of 10th. We would have the ammunition to move up and take Adrian Peterson, who the Vikings took at # 7 in 07 which would've given us a great "triplet" package on offense (in addition to the other capable targets...looking at you OD and KW).

Its crazy how one move can change the face of a franchise. Another example is, where would the Colts be had they taken Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning? They certainly wouldn't be 15-1 all time against us!!!

gg no re
02-03-2010, 09:18 PM
Its crazy how one move can change the face of a franchise. Another example is, where would the Colts be had they taken Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning? They certainly wouldn't be 15-1 all time against us!!!

Then Breesus/Rivers would've gone 15-1 against us? (in theory)

TheRealJoker
02-03-2010, 09:49 PM
Then Breesus/Rivers would've gone 15-1 against us? (in theory)

Chargers aren't in our division.

gg no re
02-03-2010, 10:45 PM
Chargers aren't in our division.

In your scenario, Leaf goes to the Colts, the Colts linger in mediocrity while the Chargers prosper in a massive role reversal... then the Colts draft some QB out of Purdue along with this RB from TCU and then everyone gets destroyed again. :(