Kristian: Falcons should be glad Saints DIDN'T run up the score
All this crap about the Saints "running up the score" is just amazing. Sean Payton and Drew Brees won't apologize to the Falcons, nor should they.
I mean, I can understand some hurt feelings among Falcons fans who saw their team dominated on the road in humiliating fashion by their biggest rival in front of the loudest fan base in the league. That had to make for a loooooong drive back to Atlanta.
But for professional athletes and sports writers to whine about the score as if this were a junior-varsity game is both laughable and just plain sad.
Payton acknowledged that typically he wouldn't have been throwing the ball with a 38-16 lead on the Falcons this past Monday night. However, on Tuesday, he stood by his choice.
"Like I said last night, you are going to make decisions and people will write what they want after the fact. You go with your gut," Payton said. "I thought it was the right decisions last night. This morning, I thought it was clearly the right decision."
Following the game, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports noted that the Saints and Falcons are on a collision course to meet for a third time this season. He wrote, "Will the fact that the Saints essentially ran up the score matter to the Falcons?"
I come from the school of, "There is no such thing as running up the score." In the NFL, it is the defense's job to stop the offense! Period!
With the Saints leading the Falcons 38-16 with about five minutes remaining, Drew Brees passed for a touchdown that put him in the record books. Cole and others took exception to the fact that Drew Brees did what he does best, instead of standing in the pocket with his hands behind his back. Perhaps Drew should have been more thoughtful in protecting the Falcons' pride by dropping back and "fumbling" the ball out onto the turf like he was teaching a puppy to fetch.
Why should Payton call off the dogs or stop playing? This is the NFL, not little league, not high school. It's high stakes! If you are that thin-skinned, then sell your Falcons season tickets and go watch your old VHS tapes of the 1992 Winter Olympics Gold Medal round of curling.
And with the way the hapless Falcons were playing and with the fired-up, unstoppable machine that our offense has become, does anyone have a doubt that the Saints could have scored AGAIN? We could have laid a 50-burger on them without breaking a sweat!
I have no problem with allowing Brees to pass for the record. In fact, Payton would have faced even more heat if he took Brees out of the game.
No crying in pro football! Would it be any different if the Saints had run the ball and scored? If you don't like the score being run up against your team, then earn your million-dollar paycheck and do your job.
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