Morning Coffee: Saints should trade Drew Brees and commit to Teddy Bridgewater (... maybe)
Thanks for choosing to be with us here on this Monday morning instead of diving back into the work week, hopefully you're on the clock right now. So without further ado, let's fire up the Hot Take Machine.
It's time for the New Orleans Saints to pull the plug on this Drew Brees experiment, trade him for draft picks, and commit to the Teddy Bridgewater era.
Just to be clear, we're joking about this. Well, probably. But the former University of Louisville star has definitely looked like an NFL starter since he's filled in for the injured Brees.
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Bridgewater had another solid showing Sunday at Soldier Field, completing 23 of 38 passes for 281 yards and two scores, with no interceptions and another 21 yards on the ground. The Saints lit up the host Chicago Bears' vaunted defense and picked up a 36-25 win that wasn't as close as it sounds. At 6-1, they sit alone at the top of the NFC South standings.
Even those crazy individuals who don't support our plan to trade Brees, a future Hall of Famer and the face of the organization for more than a decade, have to admit that Bridgewater has played a key role in New Orleans' recent success. The Los Angeles Rams beat them in the game where Brees was injured and Bridgewater came off the bench, but he's helped the Saints win five in a row since then, throwing nine touchdowns and two interceptions in that time.
Yes, Brees holds the NFL's records for most career passing yards and completions. Yes, he led New Orleans to a dramatic victory in Super Bowl XLIV. Yes, he's been the heart of the Saints since 2006. But what have you done for me lately? Am I right? No? OK, let's move on.
Brees could reportedly be back as early as next week, so we'll see how much longer Bridgewater's turn in the driver's seat lasts. One thing's for sure - Saints fans in Chicago sure weren't complaining when he ran off the field after Sunday's win.
The Miami Dolphins are making their case to join the ranks of the worst NFL teams ever, but hey, former Louisville star and Ballard High standout DeVante Parker had a nice touchdown catch Sunday!
This was a cool moment in Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks. Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson finished with 143 passing yards, 116 rushing yards and a TD on the ground, and the Ravens picked up the win.
This is pretty cool, too: Kentucky coach John Calipari years ago with Devin Askew, a five-star recruit who committed to UK last week.
More coverage: What Devin Askew's decision means for Louisville
And finally, last night's Sunday Night Football opener featured one of the best Collinsworth Slide Ins of the year.
What we're reading
So, it was a busy weekend around Kentucky.
Officials are expected to announce this week that Louisville has been selected for an expansion National Women's Soccer League franchise, which would start playing in 2021. Obviously, this is a story to keep an eye on - Sarah Ladd has more details.
A couple of Louisville commitment stories that Cardinals fans need to read: four-star wide receiver Christian Fitzpatrick will join the football team, while Chris Mack's basketball team landed a key commitment from four-star wing D'Andre Davis.
Kentucky wasn't expected to win at Georgia, but the Wildcats still have plenty of questions to answer after Saturday's loss.
Louisville football also got rolled Saturday vs. Clemson, but Javian Hawkins continues to look like a star.
And finally, it's time to look toward the postseason for Louisville City FC after Saturday's win.Lucas Aulbach can be reached at [email protected], 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach. Support strong local journalism and subscribe: www.courier-journal.com/lucasa.
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