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Chargers may rue Brees decision

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=2348055&name=wickersham_seth">ESPN</a>

    By Seth Wickersham

    <img align="left" alt="Drew Brees" id="image1991" title="Drew Brees" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/brees180x180.jpg" />There's only so many times you can hear that Drew Brees is the Chargers' quarterback of the future before, well, you just stop believing.

    There's only so many times you can hear that Marty Schottenheimer is the coach who's going to lead the Chargers to the Super Bowl before, well, you just stop believing. And there's only so many times you can hear A.J. Smith defiantly state his plans for the team's future before, well, you start wondering.

    Smith and Schottenheimer have built a team that might be the league's most dominant in the next year or two. The defense is a free safety away from being great. The offense has one of the league's premier weapons at tailback, the NFL's best tight end and an offense that blew through most defenses it faced.

    Now, though, I can see San Diego entering next year without the QB around whom this team learned how to win. I casually polled NFL types at Indy last week and more than I expected said they think that after it's all said and done, Brees will re-sign. But it's hard to see. It's hard to imagine someone as proud as Brees coming back to a GM whose most heartfelt act of faith toward Brees was franchising him last year.

    It's clear that Smith wants to see what Philip Rivers can do. The question marks surrounding Brees' status are complicated by the simple fact that Rivers is an unknown. He might be great, he might not. His 30 career passes haven't done much to answer that question. Some coaches swear by Rivers based on his college days, but he hasn't done a thing in the pros. And he'll have to be great to make letting Brees go worth it.

    No matter what you think of Brees as a long-term answer, you have to appreciate how he upped his game when a top-five pick was brought in to take his job.

    Complicating things further are Schottenheimer's comments in Indy to the San Diego Union Tribune. Two things are clear: He wants Brees in San Diego, and he and Smith could have a better relationship.

    "In my opinion, we're better off if Drew Brees is here," Schottenheimer said. "We've all come to realize that it takes more than one quality quarterback in this league to be successful. If he's able to recover from this injury -- and I'm optimistic about that -- I think it gives us an advantage."

    Schottenheimer went on to say, "Quite frankly, there hasn't been as much communication as I would like," between he and Smith.

    In San Diego, it's A.J.'s way, and his alone. What he does with Brees might haunt the franchise for years. Or, it could not. Either way, the only guy who seems excited about what's going on is Rivers. As he said last week, "I know I'm going to get a chance to run this offense."

    Yes, he will, whether it's best for the Chargers or not.

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