Over at NFL.com, a discussion is going about what player is most necessary to his team.
“With the New Orleans Saints beginning voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday, QB Drew Brees will be absent as part of an ongoing contract dispute. This begs the question: Who is the most indispensable player to his team in the NFL today?”
Some of the experts’ choices include:
Bucky Brooks on the Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos: “Peyton Manning is the most indispensable player in the NFL heading into next season. Even though he has yet to take a snap for the Denver Broncos, his absence would cripple the team’s postseason hopes. John Fox and Mike McCoy have rebuilt the offense around Manning’s skill set and preferences, and the team lacks a competent backup quarterback to run the system in his absence.
Not trying to downplay McCoy’s ability to get another quarterback ready to play, but I can’t imagine the Broncos thriving without Manning under center.”
Charley Casserly on Drew Brees & the New Orleans Saints: “I will go with Drew Brees. The loss of Sean Payton certainly will add to his importance this year, but in any year Brees is one of those players who elevates the performance of the whole team. The Saints’ offense doesn’t feature a receiver you have to double. They don’t have a true No. 1 RB who can take over a game running the ball. Their offensive tackles — a huge key in pass protection — are average. RB Darren Sproles and TE Jimmy Graham are legit threats in the passing game, though. But the key to New Orleans’ success on offense is Brees’ ability to spread the ball around and keep the defense off balance.
The Saints need their offense to operate at a high level to compensate for a mediocre defense. In addition, the Saints have an unproven backup in Chase Daniel.”
Who do you think is indispensable? Leave a comment here or join the conversation on NFL.com.