Underrated: Coby Fleener
If you look at the production tight ends have had in New Orleans, it’s easy to see that Fleener is going to be able to thrive in this type of system. You also have to factor in the departure of Marques Colton—who are those balls going to go to now? Fleener will be a key addition to this offense.
Overrated: Drew Brees
Brees is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he’s no longer capable of carrying his team to wins, and his arm is not as strong as it once was. He’s still putting up 4,000 yards a year, but the problem is that the team isn’t winning. He’s throwing the ball so often because he’s so often playing from behind. A lot of people look at him as being selfish because he’s making the team pay him $24 million. Two of the best quarterbacks of this era, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, didn’t do that. They were on the books for about $18 million. They understood that if you demand $24 million from the franchise, then their teams would have to cut $6 million worth of quality players who would contribute to help winning a championship. I think Drew has to see now that his salary has led to the departure of key players—which has in turn led to him not playing at the high winning level that he has in the past.