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Chase Daniel reflects on his status as Saints’ No. 1 quarterback

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Drew Brees has been the Saints’ No. 1 quarterback every day since the day he arrived in 2006, but he’s not right now, because as an unsigned free agent he doesn’t even play for the Saints right now at all. And that means when the Saints begin their organized team activities next week, Chase Daniel will be running the first-string offense.

Daniel sounds ambivalent about that, knowing it’s a good experience for him while also knowing that this team needs Brees.

“First and foremost, we miss Drew,” Daniel told the Associated Press. “This whole team, the community, the fans, everybody misses Drew, but we also realize right now we have to move on without him,” Daniel said. “Is a deal going to get done? Yes, I have faith. But right now it’s a great opportunity for myself to go in, show the type of skills I’ve [developed] and really earn the trust of the guys. I’m looking forward to it. Obviously, Drew runs the ship. I’m just here to get ready.”

Daniel has spent the last three seasons with the Saints but has only seen the field in garbage time, throwing eight passes. After three years as Brees’ understudy, he says Brees is behind him now.

“He just says, ‘Steer the ship,'” Daniel said of his conversations with Brees. “It hurts him not to be there. It really does. We’re like family to him and he’s family to us and we miss him . . . but he also realizes that this is a business and he has to get a deal done first.”

And until that deal gets done, Chase Daniel is the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.

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35 Responses to “Chase Daniel reflects on his status as Saints’ No. 1 quarterback”
  1. jamesstinnett says: May 19, 2012 10:01 AM

    The saints are so dumb!! How do they not go and offer Brees a top 5 quarterback contract? With all the terrible publicity they have had, the one person they need in thier corner is Brees and he is now pissed at them.. The owner needs to man up, and pay him because without him that stadium would still be empty except for the fans wearing the paper bags.

  2. stunzeed5 says: May 19, 2012 10:05 AM

    Man I wish the Redskins would have kept this guy over Colt Brennan who is like a 6th string QB in the Lingerie Football League or somewhere right now.

  3. spankymcwanky says: May 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    jamesstinnett says: May 19, 2012 10:01 AM

    The saints are so dumb!! How do they not go and offer Brees a top 5 quarterback contract? With all the terrible publicity they have had, the one person they need in thier corner is Brees and he is now pissed at them.. The owner needs to man up, and pay him because without him that stadium would still be empty except for the fans wearing the paper bags.
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    I wish you uniformed people would just shut up. The Saints did offer Brees a contract to make him the highest paid player in 2011 and he rejected it. Try doing some research before writing garbage on the internet.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/35062254

    From the article: “He (general manager Mickey Loomis) offered Brees the highest paid contract in NFL history”

    Quit giving the Saints and their front office crap because they have tried to make Brees the highest paid player at the time and he decided it wasn’t good enough.

  4. pa1856 says: May 19, 2012 10:34 AM

    Chase Daniel was one of the reasons Mizzou got put on the map in college football. If he gets a chance to be a starter someplace, I think he will do pretty good.

  5. saintsfan26 says: May 19, 2012 10:34 AM

    James the saints did offer Brees a contract to be the highest paid player in the history of the NFL. It wasnt good enough for Brees. The deal will get done. Relax.

  6. jason1980 says: May 19, 2012 10:37 AM

    The Saints are so dumb????? That’s coming from somebody sitting at home in their underwear making minimum wage. Don’t you just love haters of the powerhouse Saints!!!

  7. wherezwaldo says: May 19, 2012 10:51 AM

    Brees wants an explanation!!

  8. borisbulldog says: May 19, 2012 10:54 AM

    Unfortunately for Chase, it looks like he’ll spend another 3 years on the sideline wearing his ball cap backwards!

  9. borisbulldog says: May 19, 2012 11:05 AM

    Don’t you just love haters of the powerhouse Saints!!

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    Powerhouse?

    Do you mean with or without bounty gate or microphone gate?

    Looks like you’re the one working the food service job!!!

  10. eddieapoc says: May 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted!

  11. jbaxt says: May 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    Wow, 2 MU starting QB’s in the league now and 3 when Brad Smith takes some snaps. Not that it will last but good for MU and their fans. MIZ-SEC

  12. jluns275 says: May 19, 2012 11:41 AM

    Chase Daniel already has a pretty cool gig right now with virtually no risk—
    Approximately $500,000 per year (assuming he’s at the league minimum) for holding a clipboard since Brees hasn’t been hurt since he came to the Saints.
    That’s all he has to do, in addition to saying “Yeah” after all of Brees’ varied & sundry attempts at wit & wisdom concerning everything from the bounty punishments to NFLPA & contract matters.

  13. GG Eden says: May 19, 2012 11:47 AM

    Why did Brees reject that contract? Anyone know?

  14. santolonius says: May 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    if i were the saints i would not overpay brees no matter how many fans and people in the media are banging the drums. if his salary is so high that it costs the saints two or three other good position players off the cap, then having brees at say a top three QB salary hurts the team as much as it helps it. pay him. pay him good. but don’t overpay.

  15. mrx149 says: May 19, 2012 12:00 PM

    It’s interesting to think Chase shaped this year’s draft. He declined the Redskins offer that would have placed him on the practice squad to go to the Saints practice squad. I wonder if he regrets that decision because he probably would have been the starting QB for the past two years in Washington. Chase in DC means RGIII would have gone elsewhere.

  16. musicman495 says: May 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    Quit giving the Saints and their front office crap because they have tried to make Brees the highest paid player at the time and he decided it wasn’t good enough.
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    That story was leaked by the Saints, and came with no details. If they back loaded the contract five years from now so that he got little of the money up front, for example, he was smart to reject it, since Brees never would have seen that money. The Saints front office has screwed this up just as surely as they screwed up the negotiations with Carl Nicks, and the direct orders from the league and Tom Benson to stop whatever “pay for performance” system might have been going on. Loomis should have been fired.

  17. goodolebaghead says: May 19, 2012 12:14 PM

    Chase Daniels – next Steve Young. J/K

  18. kokomike says: May 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    I like the Redskins and RG3 against Chase Daniel and the Saints in game one. Current line on that game is Saints giving 11.

  19. investorgadget says: May 19, 2012 12:55 PM

    jason1980 says:
    May 19, 2012 10:37 AM
    The Saints are so dumb????? That’s coming from somebody sitting at home in their underwear making minimum wage. Don’t you just love haters of the powerhouse Saints!!!

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    What are you 10 years old? The Saints have 3 good seasons and all of a sudden they’re a “powerhouse”?

  20. slickster35 says: May 19, 2012 12:58 PM

    LOL @ Booger.

    The hero of MUron football that never won anything. That pretty much sums mizWho athletics up.

  21. bearsstillsuck says: May 19, 2012 1:06 PM

    Garbage time? Oh you mean running up stats time so everybody thinks they’re better than they really are? I’d offer brees a top five contract after he proved he could win games outside of a cozy dome.

  22. vegassaint says: May 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    The Saints have next to nothing left in cap space right now. Jimmy Graham makes league minimum right now or close to it. He is going to command a high paying deal in the coming years for sure. The Saints got a bargain in Darren Sproles and I imagine he will want his contract restructured at some point. These things have to be considered when doing brees contract. I feel bad for Mickey Loomis although historically he has done a great job squeezing every last drop out of the salary cap.

  23. brenenostler says: May 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    I thought Daniel was pretty good with Mizzou. Was surprised by the lack of interest in him a few years back in the draft. Maybe this is his chance.

  24. kcflake says: May 19, 2012 1:16 PM

    I would take Chase Daniel over Matt Cassle in KC as our starter right now. I hope Chase gets a shot to start somewhere at some point. He put MU back on the map.

  25. spankymcwanky says: May 19, 2012 1:17 PM

    musicman495 says: May 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    The Saints front office has screwed this up just as surely as they screwed up the negotiations with Carl Nicks
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    Wait, are you trying to say that the Saints had a chance this offseason to keep Brees at his asking price and Carl Nicks at the price he demanded and got, not to mention keeping Colston and trying to improve a defense that everyone knows needs help, all while being fairly strapped for cap space, AND truly remain competitive? Come on! Sir, you doth protest too much. To stay competitive, the Saints really had no chance at signing Brees AND Carl Nicks this offseason at the salaries they wanted. Brees will probably get over 20 million a year. That’s 1/6th the salary cap. Add Carl Nicks’ price and that’s probably more than 2/7th’s the salary cap. All for 2 players. There was no way the Saints were keeping Brees and Nicks. Especially not will all the free agents they had and the problems they needed to try and fix. As a Saints fan, I think I can live with letting Nicks go, getting Grubs, and picking up Hawthorne and Lofton at LB.

  26. larryjames836 says: May 19, 2012 1:27 PM

    What you people’s fails to realize Drew Brees are 33 years of age Mickey Loomis and Tom Benson don’t mine giving Drew Brees what he wants but at Brees age its hard to decide what to give him. They are looking at millions of dollars what if Drew Brees get hurt and able to fulfil his Job this money being given away and not working for it. We don’t look at Tom Benson view and Mickey Loomis view they going to give him his contract but there will be some points to the contract. Read the kind of contract Peyton Manning has from Denver even if he get hurt he still making that 96 million I believe this the kind of contract Drew Brees want from the Saints this is a very important contract this not a regular contract. So Mickey Loomis and Tom Benson making sure they touch every corner before they call Drew Brees in to sign for this money contract Drew Brees has to be able to carry his load yes they is going to keep Brees and he will wear black and gold under Mickey Loomis and Tom Benson conditions.

  27. fusion3450 says: May 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    *gate

  28. jluns275 says: May 19, 2012 2:51 PM

    Maybe this is a calculated gamble by Loomis.
    Consider:
    After all the mushy populist ‘team first’ rhetoric from Brees, he’s going to look like a complete jerk if he doesn’t show up to play for what most would consider a reasonable amount.
    Or, even if Brees holds out for a little while, maybe there’s a chance that Chase Daniel shows a little promise a’la Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub, or Matt Flynn, & the Saints get decent trade value for him next year.
    I imagine they could use an extra draft pick or two to make up for that whole bounty punishment thing.

  29. Deb says: May 19, 2012 3:52 PM

    And we thought seeing Peyton Manning say good-bye to the Colts would be the surprise of this off-season. Or maybe the other Payton’s yearlong suspension. But this thing with Brees just defies explanation.

    Assuming Peyton is healthy, Brees is one of the four best quarterbacks in a league of 32. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees–not necessarily in that order. He has the talent–and more important, the brains–to carry his team on his shoulders while the head coach is gone. He’s a proven commodity. He’s the key to keeping that team in contention for 2011.

    What can they possibly be thinking?

  30. Deb says: May 19, 2012 3:52 PM

    Oops … 2012.

  31. slickster35 says: May 19, 2012 4:23 PM

    kcflake says:May 19, 2012 1:16 PM

    I would take Chase Daniel over Matt Cassle in KC as our starter right now. I hope Chase gets a shot to start somewhere at some point. He put MU back on the map.
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    Are you refering to the map to the empty trophy case?

  32. jetsfan101 says: May 19, 2012 6:09 PM

    The owner doesn’t have enough money to pay Brees after buying the Hornets.

  33. jbelkin says: May 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    Looks like the saints are using the Indy playbook – thanks Brees, don’t let $80 million hit you in the ass on your way out. This season the saints will be lucky to win 7 games so why not drop down to 1-2 wins and get the #1 pick next year. Brees has one good season left in him but then it’s kurt warner territory – a solid QB that will get you 8-10 wins a year but no longer the SB – why spend $80 million for that when you can reload? It’s pro football. thanks for taking the hits but time to say hasta and move on.

  34. mistakenny says: May 19, 2012 6:24 PM

    Powerhouse ?? I guess that makes vernon davis the big bad wolf ! Ha ha powerhouse my greg williams lmao

  35. bskarter4 says: May 20, 2012 4:28 PM

    bearsstillsuck says:May 19, 2012 1:06 PM

    Garbage time? Oh you mean running up stats time so everybody thinks they’re better than they really are? I’d offer brees a top five contract after he proved he could win games outside of a cozy dome.
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    Super Bowl 44 was outdoors.

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