- Drew Brees is currently facing backlash on social media from his comments about players kneeling during the National Anthem.
- Drew Brees Currently has +2000 odds to win the NFL MVP.
- Brees is favored to have the most regular-season passing yards in the 2020 season with +900 odds.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Drew Brees has had the spotlight shining on him for the past 24 hours on social media and it is not his typical spotlight. Brees is currently receiving endless amounts of backlash regarding his comments about players kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem.
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
Brees has received backlash from athletes around the country, the city of New Orleans, and even his star teammates Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 3, 2020
— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) June 3, 2020
As he continues to receive backlash from the entire country, the comments made from his teammates are the ones that have stuck out the most. From a bettor’s standpoint, this could very well be a bump in the road for the chemistry between Drew Brees and his star wide receiver.
Saints Chemistry Issues On The Decline
The New Orleans Saints chemistry looks like it is dropping by the hour. Michael Thomas could be argued by some as the best receiver in the NFL today and the fact that Brees and Thomas are not seeing eye to eye could ruin their on-field relationship.
Brees threw for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns in the 2019 season while Michael Thomas was on the receiving end of 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns of Drew Brees’ remarkable year. The superstar duo was on track to have a repeat year if not better in the 2020 season and their Super Bowl odds were there to back that up.
If the Michael Thomas and Drew Brees relationship is not repaired, Drew Brees season odds could be at risk. Drew Brees over/under for regular-season touchdowns is set at 30.5 touchdowns and his over/under for regular-season passing odds is set at 4075.5 yards.
Brees is also favored to finish the season with the most passing yards amongst QB’s with +900 odds.
Those odds were all reasonable odds before Brees’ comment. Now, Michael Thomas along with other Saints players could have no desire to help their quarterback get even close to that.
Bettors should keep an eye on the relationship issues between Brees and his team before making those bets.
How Brees’ Comments Relate To Past Locker Rooms
This would not be the first time that a professional sports team's chemistry issues could ruin their season.
A prime example of this would be the chemistry issues between former Laker and All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell and his Lakers teammates. Those issues came up when Russell outed his then-teammate Nick Young for having an affair with his then Fiancé Iggy Azalea.
Russell was later on traded by the team as the relationship was not salvageable.
Another example would be the dispute during the Golden State Warriors final run in the 2019 season, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into a heated argument which led to Green stating that the team could win without Durant.
The feud was brushed away but things did not end well as the Warriors went on to lose the finals and Durant departed from the team during free agency.
Not to say that Drew Brees could be on his way out of New Orleans, but if history does repeat itself, the Saints could look to move on or even bench Drew Brees. This would leave newly acquired Jameis Winston under center.
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