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Give Credit Where Credit is Due – A Comncnts Opinion

The deal is done.  Drew Brees  has signed his long-term deal and he can march back into the city as the all time favorite son.  Brees will be lauded in papers, sports talk shows, and blog post around the land. The WhoDat Nation will scream and type with un-abandoned glee – their hero is in the house.

Let’s not forget for a moment the angst and gnashing of teeth that existed before this signing.  In a year when nothing appears to have gone right, loyal WhoDats were counting on the worst and pointing blame at all involved.  Callers and bloggers filled the internet and talk shows by calling Saints management names, accusing Benson of being cheap, or not involved, or too much involved (talk about a guy that can’t win).  It was delayed because of bountygate, ease-dropping, the purchase of the Hornets, BP oil spill, the flood, the drought. You name it, the citizens were restless. It was panic of near biblical proportion.  Blogger and caller theories were abounding.   Each time the local paper ran a contract update headline, the masses would flock to comment, even though the new news was the same as the old news.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Drew Brees.  I am ecstatic that he signed.  But I must admit I was never panicked or concerned.  For all those that called the parties involved a variety of names, it was simply because they forgot this was a negotiation between two willing parties.   There was never contention or bad words.  There was maneuvering.  When both parties agree that it is in the best interest of the organization to sign, then they had to find other ways to shift the negotiations in their favor.  Face it – we all knew it would come down to the last minute.  The shocker was it was done three days early and without a major press event.  Sleep well, SaintNation, Drew is back in the house………….but

Let’s not forget the real hero of the hour.  His name is Mickey Loomis.   I would dare say that if he is not the best GM in the NFL, he is standing in a short line.   Now don’t bring up the ease-dropping bogus crap or the alleged bountygate – that is on the periphery.   Let’s talk about the man that has danced around very significant cap issues over the past three years and has been a master at getting things done and improving the roster along the way.

You don’t need to  go back to 2006 when signing Drew Brees was a risk that no other team was showing serious interest.   Let’s simply look at how he has managed a flat and tight salary cap over the past years.

Recall the fans that were screaming to “franchise” Darren Sharper.  ML did not.  ML set a value, allowed other teams to shop, yet he re-signed Sharper to a contract that fit the value parameter that Mr. Loomis had set.

Remember Reggie Bush and the nearly $12M cap hit that we were going to eat unless he was traded. Ole Mick created a market for Bush, and got both the Dolphins and Bush to agree to a trade and re-work that eliminated the cap hit.  So much for the financial maneuver, many GMs can do that.   Then in a matter of hours, he signs Mr. Sproles to take the roster spot.   …..  BRILLIANT!

Don’t forget the release of Shockey and Stinchcomb with minimal dead money, but followed by solid depth of Graham and Strief.

Yes we lost Meacham and Nicks this year because money was tight, but did you see how quickly he signed another all pro to take Nicks spot?   Then he got creative with Greer, Smith, and Vilma.  Each case the deal was structured to reward the player and to be cap friendly.  In Vilma’s case it was even more significant.  No one was expecting anything with the pending suspension hanging over JV’s head.  But just days before the announcement, Vilma’s contract was re-worked, paying him a significant bonus that allowed him to be paid this year with or without the suspension.  Talk about taking care of the key players; and creating cap space to boot.   Now, we understand why so many players look to the Saints as an organization to play for.  …..    INTELLIGENT!

And in the Brees negotiation – he patiently waited; knowing in the end the deal would be done.  He did not blurt out any frustration, he did not negotiate in the media, he did not react to media talking heads calling him out, he did not respond to public sentiment — he stayed focused on his job.  Oh, he played his leverage cards and waited for Drew to play his, but he waited, he offered, and he waited.  He worked to get Drew a contract that reflected his value to the team and he worked to keep the flexibility to build and hold a talented team around him.    This is about winning.  Yes, he paid the big bucks, yes it is a gamble… but having Drew was a given.  Having Drew happy and reducing the cap hit this year by $6m (2012 – $10M) is outstanding.   Yea the hit for 13 and 14 are a little tight, but well below what they could have been.  2015 and 16 are big, but the new television revenue should give the cap a boost.  Who would have thought the team could have kept triggers in the out years?       ……   GENUIS!

Sleep well, my fellow WhoDats – Drew is locked and life is good.  But sleep better because Mickey Loomis is our GM, he is the strong man behind the curtain and I am glad he is pulling the strings.  BTW – No time to rest, Mick  – –  take the extra money and get Jimmy Graham locked before camp!

About comncnts

Since that November 5, 1967 first win in Tulane Stadium, I have been an un-ashamed Saints loyalist. I must admit, it has been easier since 2006. As long as there is a game on the schedule, there is an opportunity to Win!


13 Responses to “Give Credit Where Credit is Due – A Comncnts Opinion”

  1. Somebody please send a big bottle of scotch over to Airline Hwy. because surely Mickey Loomis must be running precariously low by now… Love your article, Comncnts, this careful dance has finally ended just as the music was fading, with each step perfectly timed to give both partners a beautiful result, and to the delight of Saints fans everywhere! Loomis has done a superlative job as GM and fully earned each characteristic you list. I would add COURAGEOUS!…or maybe it was just the scotch…

    Posted by yatgirl | July 15, 2012, 8:15 am
  2. Great write up, Sense! Enjoyed the read. So glad the contract is done! Won’t have to see fingerpointing. You should be one of the writers on here. Well said!

    Posted by nolatd9 | July 15, 2012, 5:08 am
  3. Well written and extremely thoughtful and accurate!

    Posted by backagainnola | July 15, 2012, 12:06 am
  4. COMNCNTS – You wear your name well!

    Posted by dave61548 | July 14, 2012, 11:38 pm
  5. Thank you for writing an incredible piece about the works of Mickey Loomis and getting the job done.

    I knew as I read the key words, “Give Credit Where Credit is Due”, that it would be a jump start to the fact that the deal is done. Drew Brees, our hero, is tucked safely in the house. The frenzy of the masses and the media gossip were part of the deal… sigh with a smile.

    The real hero, Mickey Loomis, was another part of the deal. I will remember the other key words that you wrote to sum up Mickey’s attributes; brilliant, intelligent and a genius. We are indeed fortunate, Comncnts.

    Mickey is the man and it is time to ink the Graham !!! Thanks again…

    Posted by dsaintsgal | July 14, 2012, 8:08 pm
    • Glad you enjoyed. It is so nice to have a place to discuss, opine, and not have to worry about Advance or Trolls.

      Posted by comncnts | July 14, 2012, 9:28 pm
  6. Great read scnts, dome you need to hire him as a contributor when this blogs becomes profitable.

    Posted by paintnola | July 14, 2012, 5:39 pm
  7. Wow COMNCNTS! What a great read and so on target you are! Great job – again! The great thing is that DBrees is now signed and planning our road trip to our 2nd SB, in our own home turf next Feb 2013! My favorite # 13 and my Saints fleur-de-lis have not let me down so far :)

    PS – Can you please save me a Sat, JUL 14 TP edition so I may frame it and proudly display it w/ my NFCC & SB frames. Muchas gracias!

    Posted by nicaraguasaint | July 14, 2012, 5:07 pm
    • Nic – thanks, it is time to plan that trip.

      I don’t get the TP and don’t live near enough to NO to get one. Someone else on this site will speak up and take care of it for you.

      Posted by comncnts | July 14, 2012, 9:26 pm
      • Thanks Cents for everything :). One of our fellow Who Dats is hooking me up w/ a paper :). Loving this site! Wish you and everyone a great day – Who Dat!

        Posted by nicaraguasaint | July 15, 2012, 8:12 am
  8. Good write up Sense, The finger pointing that was going on was ridiculous, I would also credit Payton for helping to land Brees in 06. Also agree about the urgency to ink Graham with the extra cap dollars, They also have to get Bushrod a new contract after the season, He’s really turned out to be solid….As the saying goes, In Loomis we trust.

    Posted by egghead | July 14, 2012, 5:01 pm
    • Egg, you are right on Payton – this management team has been outstanding. We just have todo it without SP this year. I think B’rod has been an unsung hero the past year.

      Posted by comncnts | July 14, 2012, 9:24 pm

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