Free Bagel wrote:As a Dolphin fan who was hoping and praying the Fins would draft Brees way back when (instead they made that brilliant Jamar Fletcher selection), I was really hoping they would pick up Brees last season and have never been a Culpepper fan.
That said, I'm a bit surprised at all the love Brees has been getting this offseason. Culpepper is a turnover machine but Brees hasn't exactly been protecting the ball himself with 2 INTs and 3 fumbles compared to 3 TDs through 3 games. I think a lot of the Saints success has come from the surprising success of the Saints run game and o-line play.
Regardless though, I always thought the Saints got the better end of the Brees/Culpepper ordeal and my opinion certainly hasn't changed now.
Three of those turnovers came in the first quarter against the Packers, and the fumbles were not his fault. Kampman swatted the ball from his hand both time from the back side as he was cocking to throw.
Excuses aside, Brees also bounced back from those three turnovers to pass for 350+ and 2 TDs and 0 turnovers to help the team win that game. As a matter of fact, I do not even think the Saints would have won the game if it weren't for Brees (especially if AB was still QB).