Back-Field Of Dreams: Patriots Sought Pierre
At 8:37 this morning, I was alerted by my cell phone that several text messages were coming through. I picked it up and found that it was nothing more than my official Saints notifications via Twitter. For the most part, they weren’t saying anything too major. But then I got to one that read, “Pierre Thomas/Report Saints nearly traded Pierre Thomas to Patriots.”
Now had I read this anywhere else, I would’ve thought it nothing more than just another rumor. But it was sent via the Saints official Twitter account, so that immediately gave it more merit in my eyes. Needless to say, disbelief set in, then shock. What end to this madness?
Granted Thomas’ injury is taking longer to heal than I’m sure even he thought it would, that is no reason to even consider getting rid of a player of his calibre. After all he’s meant to the success of the Saints’ offense, it would be a real shame to lose him in this manner. After all, it was his talent that helped to bring the Saints’ running game back to prominence. Not only is he one of the most physical and toughest runners to bring down, but no other player in the league executes the screen like he does (and we all know how important screens are to the Saints offense). If you look back at his performances in the 2009 NFC Championship Game and Superbowl XLIV, it was strictly his effort that allowed him to find the endzone. His ability to bust tackles and gain extra yardage is nothing short of spectacular.
So why were the Saints contemplating a trade with the Patriots for Thomas? I can’t help wondering who on New England’s squad (and at what position) would be worth making such a grave mistake? Sure, the combination of Ivory, Betts, and Jones has been adequate enough at times to keep the Saints’ run game honest, but it certainly isn’t the prolific ground attack that it once was. It has gone from being ranked in the top 10 a year ago, to a dismal 29th this year–only three teams are worse! One has to think that Thomas’ absence is a big reason for the decline. And if that’s sound logic, then it would stand to reason that getting rid of him would be a costly mistake, particularly if he has a curable injury that will allow him to return to the game. If there is more to the injury than first thought and disclosed, then that’s another matter. Yet for the sake of argument, we’ll assume that his injury is not career or season-ending.
At this point, all of the details are not yet clear. It’s just another one of those things that will leave Saints fans scratching their heads this season. I hope that this near trade was done in a brief moment of frustration and that such angst never rears its head again. Fans love Pierre Thomas because they know he is a valuable asset to the team. It would really be disastrous to lose him. His would be some big shoes for the Saints to fill.