Yes it's definitely TL, so DR if you don't want to, but I've put the SaintTard quotes of the day in bold quote, so it should be easy to find if you are indeed a SaintTard and then subsequently read about why your absurd misgivings make you a tard. So without further adieu...
You might be a SaintTard if you said (typed) one of these things in regards to the loss today:
1. The O Line was shit!
No. No it wasn't. In the first half, when the 9ers still had to respect the run and we were able to play according to our game plan, the O Line was doing a fine job of protecting Brees and creating running room. As fine as can be expected against such a dominant D line. They held their own and then some.
When we got down by 2 scores, we became one dimensional and
were no longer giving our tackles the help they needed (big mistake!). That's when they really got outplayed. Yes they got outplayed by probably the best front 7 in all of football, while playing one dimensional offense and having a 3rd string ...scratch that, FOURTH STRING
right tackle. That doesn't make them "shit".
2. The Defense was pathetic!
No. No it wasn't. The defense held the 9ers to 17 points. That's waaaay better than they need to play. If our D holds someone under 24, we win 9.9/10 times. "Holding" someone to 24 isn't exactly '85 Bears good, but with our offense, it'll win you a lot
9 minute drive you say? Yes, it ate up a lot of clock, but resulted in only 3 points. In any other game, where Brees doesn't throw 2 pick 6's...back to back!...I'll trade field goals for TD's every time no matter how long they take. The defense gave up only 1 TD in the first half and played well in the red zone (becoming a hallmark of theirs) in the second half. They did get outplayed here and there (it's the NFL, it happens)... but overall, when the outcome of the game was still in contention, our D was better than their O today.
3. This one is on Brees! His hold out hurt the team. Brees is greedy!!!!
No. The only reason we ever had a shot at this one, was because Brees was out there. The first pic 6, yes, was his fault and it was a doozy, but the game was by no means over
at that point. The second pic 6 was a tipped ball on a play that they make allllll the time. It was a smidgen high (still catchable though) and Colston got lit the frick up. The fact that it was immediately returned for a TD admittedly changed the complexion of the game, but saying it was "Brees' fault" that we lost is moronic. Was it his best performance? Hell no! Was it his worst? It's probably up there. Just as it's never all on him if we win, it isn't all on him that we lost.
The money and hold out talk have been beaten to death, so if that shoe fits you then I'll just say you're an idiot and leave it at that.
4. Brees is forcing the ball to X
Let me assure you that Drew Brees knows a metric shite ton more about reading coverages and finding an open man than you do. Brees isn't a great QB because he makes 'safe' throws and 'manages the game'. Brees is a great QB because he makes throws that only one or two other people on the planet might
be able to make. He threads the needle with such regularity and such aplomb that we have become accustomed to it. When one of these heroic passes is completed, it's business as usual...when it's picked off or deflected it's "oh shite Brees is a shell of his former self" (or whatever). The many many passes he completes to receivers who are double and triple covered are glossed over and then some of you become armchair QB coaches when it doesn't quite work out.
Joe Flacco 'manages the game'. Drew Brees is Mike fricking Tyson (to steal a quote from Grand Master Wang)...he's coming with that haymaker and usually it's your arse that ends up flat on the canvas.
He is a high risk high reward QB, the good thing though? It pays off way more often than it bites us in the ass. Tonight it bit us in the arse a couple times and we still
had an opportunity to climb back into the game. Just so happens that playing that motherfrick of a team from behind a 2 score deficit is one hell of a tough prospect. Their defense is every bit as good as advertised, especially if they know ahead of time with very little doubt what kind of play to expect from the opposing offense!