Friday, March 2, 2012

Mickey Loomis Is Running His **** Mouth

The NFL Players Association is starting to realize how crappy a deal they actually took this past summer to end the lockout.

Salary cap is flat, performance incentives have been slashed, and the dreaded "Franchise Tag" lives on.

But hey, they have fewer OTA's, and the league promises not to ask for an 18 game schedule for a few years. So there's that.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees - himself a key member of the Union's side in the lockout, so he really has none of my pity - is feeling the bitter sting of the franchise tag.

With it in hand, GM's like Mickey Loomis can "run his **** mouth" as Bill Hickock would say famously in Deadwood, and call Brees a merely "very good" quarterback, not a "great" one.

From Jason Cole's excellent piece in Yahoo Sports...
That was the word coming out of the NFL scouting combine this past week, when Saints general manager Mickey Loomis tried to define Brees as “very good” when the quarterback was called “great,” according to three league sources. All three sources were asking Loomis why it was taking so long to sign Brees to a contract extension. Loomis’ answer spoke volumes.

Whatever, tough guy.

Brees has been lighting the league on fire the last 6 seasons on the Bayou. His WORST completion % and WORST TD total have been 64% and 28, which was back in year one under Coach Sean Peyton.

Since then, his numbers look like XBox numbers when you are playing your 6 year old nephew on the "easy" setting.

So this is the "reward" a player of unquestioned leadership, loyalty, and community service gets by the "League Machine" when it comes time for a cranky old car dealer to find his wallet?

Nice. What's that saying about "no good deed...?"

Pro Football Talk has an excellent summary of just how the Saints are squeezing Brees, and using his pristine image against him when it comes to bottom line dollars they are willing to pay....

The Saints can get away with playing hardball because they fundamentally believe Brees won’t say or do anything that will paint him as anything less than an all-around good guy. A guy who puts others before himself. A guy who organized workouts during the lockout in order to ensure that the team will be ready for the 2011 season. 
Brees has crafted an image that now prevents him from taking the kind of action necessary to get the team’s attention. He can’t hold out. He can’t demand a trade. He can’t try to make the case to the media that he deserves at least one-sixth of the entire salary cap allotment per year.
Brees has leverage. But the Saints are guessing that Brees won’t use it. And the Saints probably are guessing right.
Sad, but true. Brees deserves better, but like Clint Eastwood once said: "Deserve's got nothing to do with it."

And much like "Wild Bill" Hickock had to endure Jack McCall running his **** mouth at him just to play some cards, Brees will have to endure Mickey Loomis doing the same.

"I ain't gonna get in no gunfight with you Hickock."
"But you WILL run your **** mouth at me...... and I will take it... to play poker."


  1. Yes, another idiot Czaban blowhard opinion. what's he supposed to say, duh, Brees is so effing great he deserves all he can squeeze us for? And dummy, what do you care, it's not your money? Czaban = idiot blowhard.

  2. Czabe, I'm a diehard Saints fan and a diehard Brees fan. However, Brees has played the court of public oppinion like a maestro in these negotiations. He has said all along that he would be beyond shocked if he wasn't back in New Orleans. He has said that he wants to make sure the team can sign all of its priority free agents. If the Saints have to use the franchise tag on him he looks like the victim in this drama. In the meantime, it was reported today that he was offered the most lucrative contract in league history before the start of the 2011 season. To which he said "hmm... no thanks". Now I know the media is being played like a fiddle with these leaks from "league sources", but let's not kid ourselves, Brees wants to cash in big time on the last big contract of his career. Unfortunately, if the Saints wind up having to franchise him they will absolutely lose both Nicks and Colston. If they pay him the $25MM per he is reportedly seeking they can probably franchise Nicks or Colston, but, there will need to be cuts elsewhere to make it work. Either way, if he doesn't come in at a more reasonable number we may be looking at the sunset of the greatest era in New Orleans Saints football.

  3. Why are you still railing on this? Yeah the players are stupid, so what? They agreed to the deal and because, in life stupidity has consequences they are paying for theirs. I couldn't be happier. The owners got a deal they wanted, to the victor goes the spoils.

  4. Czabe- you're doing a fine job about "*"ing out the obscenities, but the YouTube tag
    makes it a waste of your time.
    Also, is there any way to persuade you to drop the white text on black background, and
    try another combination?