Two big-name passers helming suddenly punch-and-judy passing attacks highlight our Week 9 Scouting Notebook.
We start in Carolina, where Drew Brees(notes) was decidedly pop-gun with his wide receivers averaging less than 10 yards per catch. Tom Brady(notes) similarly had his wideouts gain just 69 yards on seven catches. Unlike the again victorious Brees, Brady is coming off a disheartening loss in Cleveland.
The buy for the Saints now is Julius Jones(notes), who has ability. Pierre Thomas(notes) doesn't seem to have a future in New Orleans with the team questioning his toughness coming off ankle injury after passing on giving him long-term security this summer.
Before we get excited about the Bucs showing fight against the Falcons and thus defying the stat people (like me) who think they stink, let's note that the stats also say the Falcons are about average and thus overachieving, too.Read More »from Scouting Notebook: Pop guns