Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/21/11
  After watching the New Orleans Saints lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend and then contemplating the Saints’ next opponent, the Colts, I considered the many similarities between the Drew Brees-led Saints and the Peyton Manning-led Colts. Mostly, my thoughts centered around the winless 2011 Colts and how their team was rendered almost completely incapable without Peyton Manning. Then I thought, “would this same principle hold true for the Saints?” Before we look any deeper, I also briefly considered The New England Patriots. If you remember back to 2008, the Patriots lost Tom Brady to a season-ending knee injury in the first week of the season. Even in Brady’s absence, the Patriots won eleven games that season with unproven Matt Cassel at the helm. This bifurcation of fates has starkly illustrated the disparity in both the Patriots and the Colts franchises: one team (the Colts) has been almost completely dependent on the fortunes of one player (Manning), while the other team (the Patriots) has built a sustainable model and roster depth to handle the unpredictability of every season. So where do the Saints fit into this? Are the Saints like the Colts? Are they basically a one-man team? [...]
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