Drew Brees “greatly” surprised Chase Daniel hasn’t gotten a starting job yet

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows Chase Daniel well, based on their four prior years together in New Orleans. Daniel has now returned as the backup to Brees, after four years elsewhere but no chance to become the starter.

Brees visited Friday’s PFT Live, and he was asked how surprised he is by the fact that Daniel has yet to become a starter.

“It actually surprises me greatly, and yet it fits the profile,” Brees said. “When Chase Daniel walks into the room, nobody’s gonna be impressed with his physical attributes. You know, he’s under six feet tall, he doesn’t look on the surface like an NFL quarterback, and yet he has the ‘it’ factor. And that’s something you can’t measure, and a lot of time you can’t figure that out from an interview or what have you. But watch the tape on that guy from the preseason to the opportunity that he got to start two games in Kansas City.

“The guy is a competitive guy, who is extremely intelligent. He loves the game of football, and he’s gonna be a great starting quarterback in this league at some point. It’s just a matter of somebody looking beyond all that other junk, he’s not the prototypical six-four, 220-pound guy that you would draft in the first round, but he’s got all the intangibles.”

Brees knows a thing or two (or 5,000 in five different seasons) about performing well despite lacking the textbook quarterback measurables. For Daniel, the question becomes whether a coach and/or G.M. will see Daniel the way Brees sees him. If/when that happens — and if/when Daniel becomes a “great starting quarterback” — plenty of teams that are constantly searching for a quality throwers of the football will be kicking themselves in the ass.

23 responses to “Drew Brees “greatly” surprised Chase Daniel hasn’t gotten a starting job yet

  1. When the Eagles think that Nick Foles is a better option for backup QB than Daniel, then you have to wonder. I don’t think it was all about the money either, although that may have played into the decision.

  2. Brees is going to be the next John Gruden telling us everyone is great and heading to the Hall of Fame.

  3. At this point, I think a lot of teams are taking a “wait-n-see” attitude till after seeing what they can get in the draft on the cheap. This FA has been a snoozefest for most fans with only a few teams having the money to be aggressive. I expect to see a rush for FA talent when teams figure out they are going to have to ante up if they want to stay competitive.

  4. Teams would consider Daniel if only he could accurately throw farther than 15 yards. Intelligence or the “it factor” doesn’t make up for his weaknesses.

  5. That if/when that hasn’t materialized in the past 7 years is going to need to happen soon, Daniel will be 31 this season. Interesting that he asked for his release from Philly and signed with the Saints as a backup with Brees going into the final year of his contract.

  6. personally, I’m greatly surprised the greatness that is Brees has gone 7-9 the past three seasons…and before we get the comments about the defense, check out the games that Brees struggled in the first half…

  7. socalmaverick says:
    Insert obligatory “Drew Brees needs an explanation” reference here….

    You have a point.
    Then again, when somebody who isn’t entitled to an explanation publicly demands one, then publicly offers his two cents on seemingly every issue there is on a weekly basis, it kind of follows that people will react with sarcasm, does it not?

  8. jackedupboonie says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:15 PM
    If Romo is looking at 8-10 mil for a tv gig…..what would Brees fetch??

    Tony’s coffee

  9. socalmaverick says:
    Insert obligatory “Drew Brees needs an explanation” reference here….

    You have a point.
    Then again, when somebody who isn’t entitled to an explanation publicly demands one, then publicly offers his two cents on seemingly every issue there is on a weekly basis, it kind of follows that people will react with sarcasm, does it not?

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    Isn’t that what we do when we comment? We demand answers and explanations for things then offer our 2
    Cents as well.

    Except most NE fans offer far more than that and throw in the obligatory “goodell screwed us” or “@@@@gate” comment. Conveniently forgetting that same guy destroyed the evidence for spy gate, thus allowing or forcing us to believe any crap diatribe they want us to “believe”

  10. onebuffalove716 says:
    Isn’t that what we do when we comment? We demand answers and explanations for things then offer our 2 Cents as well.
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    That may be what you do.
    I comment to offer my two cents on the issues. I demand no explanations, and I’m smart enough to know that none would be forthcoming even if I did.
    You can demand explanations all day long. Most of the time you’ll not get them, because in most circumstances nobody owes you or I an answer. They’re not accountable to us, just as the NFL was not accountable to Drew Brees when he laughably “demanded an explanation” on the sanctions against the Saints.

  11. Red is the kingbird of mis-die-rection. What everyone should be focused on is why is Bree’s tying up 99% of the Saints qb salary cap? If daniels was so good why is he making 600k as a backup and Bree’s makes 26 million? This guy has played this team like a fool since day one. 7-9 but he says they are a player away from the championship. Hamstringing the team with his bloated salary is more important to him than winning another chip. While Brady is just the man. He is a better qb and he is just better at life and I hate the pats. Maybe the saints will wake up one day.

  12. From what little I saw of him here in Philly he’ll be lucky to find another clipboard holding job.

  13. If daniels was so good why is he making 600k as a backup and Bree’s makes 26 million?
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    Facts are certainly not your strong suit… Brees makes $19M on a team-friendly deal he signed last year… If your going to throw shade at someone at least do your due diligence.

  14. Brees has exactly zero SBs since Bountygate. Kinda makes you wonder.
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    Jealousy is a bad trait

  15. I would trust brees word over any GM in the league any day. How many GM’s continue to mis evaluate the QB position yet still are employed yearly in the league?

  16. Someone didn’t watch him play the last few years.

    The guy doesn’t have enough arm strength to throw the ball across the field. He is not a starting QB in this league.

    When he requested his release from the Eagles, and he declined to redo his contract, they should have refused to release him until final cuts.

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