First Take | Stephen A. Smith SHOCKED Saints def. Texans 30-28; Deshaun Watson 268 Yds, 3 Td, Int

First Take | Stephen A. Smith SHOCKED Saints def. Texans 30-28; Deshaun Watson 268 Yds, 3 Td, Int


DREW BREES BESTED DESHAUN WATSON, BUT DESHAUN VERY IMPRESSIVE IN DEFEAT. LET ME ASK YOU THIS, MAX. DO YOU THINK WATSON WILL PURR SASS DREW BREES THIS SEASON? — WILL SURPASS DREW BREES THIS SEASON? MAX: YES F. YOU’RE ASKING ME WHAT WOULD I BET ON, I BET YES. I KNOW WHAT THAT SOUNDS LIKE. DREW BREES IS A FUTURE HALL OF FAMER, ONE OF THE BEST WHO EVER DID IT. EVERYONE LOVES DREW BREES, INCLUDING ME. AND HE’S ONE OF THE REASONS, STEPHEN A., THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TEAMS, INCLUDING LOS ANGELES IN THE N.F.C., I LIKE THE SAINTS, BECAUSE I DO TRUST DREW BREES IN THOSE BIG MOMENTS, MORE THAN, SAY, I TRUST JARED GOFF AND WENTZ, WHO HASN’T BEEN UPRIGHT IN THOSE MOMENTS, HASN’T BEEN ON THE FIELD. BUT I GOT TO SAY, IF YOU LOOK AT DESHAUN WATSON — I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR TEAMS WILL FARE. THE SAINTS ARE A BETTER TEAM THAN THE TEXANS, I BELIEVE. BUT IF YOU JUST ISOLATE QUARTERBACK PLAY AND ASK, WHO WOULD YOU WANT BY THE END OF THIS SEASON ON YOUR TEAM? I BELIEVE THE ANSWER WILL BE DESHAUN WATSON. STEPHEN A., WE CAN’T IGNORE THE FACT THAT DREW BREES DID NOT LOOK LIKE A GREAT QUARTERBACK LATE IN THE N.F.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LAST YEAR. JUST DIDN’T. WHO WOULD YOU TAKE, BREES OR GOFF? BREES OR — YOU CAN NAME A COUPLE OF OTHER GUYS LATE LAST YEAR THAT YOU MIGHT SAY, EVEN THOUGH BREES GIVES ME THAT FEELING, IN FACT, ON-FIELD PERFORMANCE, THAT GUY WAS JUST AS GOOD, THAT GUY WAS JUST AS GOOD. THEN WHEN YOU GET TO WATSON, IT ALSO COMES DOWN TO, DO YOU BELIEVE HE THAT HAS STUFF? I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT JARED GOFF, RIGHT? I DON’T KNOW. THE PERFORMANCE IN THE SUPER BOWL, HE DIDN’T EXACTLY LIGHT IT — YOU KNOW, LIGHT IT UP. BUT DESHAUN WATSON, I PICKED CLEMSON TO BEAT ALABAMA BECAUSE HE WAS ON THE TEAM. AND HE’S SHOWN A LOT OF THAT SAME STUFF. I KNOW HE DIDN’T HAVE A GREAT GAME AGAINST THE COLTS LAST YEAR IN THEIR PLAYOFF GAME, BUT HE’S SHOWN A LOT OF THAT STUFF THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, AMATEUR, COLLEGE, AND IN THE NFL. THEN IT COMES DOWN TO ALL THE SACKS AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. OFFENSIVE LINES TAKE A MINUTE TO COME TOGETHER. DESHAUN WATSON WAS ON THE RUN LAST YEAR, LITERALLY. HE WAS GETTING SLAUGHTERED BACK THEN THERE. MOLLY: HE WAS SACKED SIX TIMES LAST NIGHT. MAX: I UNDERSTAND. I JUST BROUGHT THAT UP. BUT HE WOUND UP WITH 11 WINS. AND THIS IS AN IMPROVED ON-PAPER OFFENSIVE LINE. TUNSIL IS A STUD. WE KNOW THAT. HE’S A BALLER, STEPHEN A. BUT ESPECIALLY WITH LINE PLAY, IT DOESN’T COME TOGETHER WEEK ONE. I BELIEVE BY WEEK FIVE OR SIX THIS LINE COMES TOGETHER. I BELIEVE DESHAUN WATSON WILL LEAD HIS TEAM TO THE PLAYOFFS. AND I BELIEVE, ONCE THERE, HE IS A QUARTERBACK YOU ARE GOING TO WANT ON YOUR TEAM. I’M GOING SAY YES TO THIS QUESTION. STEPHEN A.: WELL, THANK GOD THAT YOU FINALLY ANSWERED THE DAMN QUESTION, BECAUSE YOU WAS GOING ALL OVER THE PLACE. I WAS CONFUSE BESIDE WHERE YOU WERE GOING. YOU BROUGHT UP JARED GOFF, ANOTHER QUARTERBACK, YOU BROUGHT UP DESHAUN WATSON — MAX: MAKE YOUR ARGUMENT. STEPHEN A.: NO, NO, YOU ZIP IT. I LISTENED TO YOU. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE QUESTION WAS, AT THE END OF THIS SEASON, WILL DESHAUN WATSON ECLIPSE DREW BREES? WE DIDN’T ASK YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT. WE ASKED YOU ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT — MAX: I STARTED MY ANSWER WITH YES, AND I ENDED IT WITH YES. IN THE MIDDLE WAS THE EXPLANATION. STEPHEN A.: ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. HERE’S THE DEAL. HELL NO, HE AIN’T GOING TO ECLIPSE DREW BREES, ALL RIGHT? AND AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, LAST NIGHT WAS EVIDENCE OF THAT. YOU SAW DESHAUN WATSON COME BACK IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. I SAW HIM BALL THE WAY THAT HE DID. I SAW HIM COMPLETE 66% OF HIS PASSES. I ALSO SAW DREW BREES COMPLETE 74% OF HIS PASSES. I SAW DREW BREES IN THE CLUTCH NEEDING 35 YARDS TO PUT LUTZ IN FIELD GOAL RANGE GET EXACTLY 35 YARDS ON THREE RECEPTIONS. JUST FINDING A WAY TO DELIVER THE GOODS, EVEN AT AGE 40, WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT TOM BRADY AND THAT CLIFF YOU SWORE TOM BRADY WAS ON. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU? BUT THERE’S ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL THAT’S IGNORING THAT CLIFF TO SOME DEGREE AS WELL, AND HIS NAME WOULD HAPPEN TO BE DREW BREES, WHO’S RELIGIOUSLY THROWING FOR OVER 4,800 YARDS PER SEASON, WHO CONTINUES TO SHOWCASE HIS GREATNESS ON A WEEKLY BASIS, SEASON AFTER SEASON AFTER SEASON. WHEN I LOOK AT DESHAUN WATSON, I’M LOOKING AT A 24-YEAR-OLD STUD WHO MANAGES TO FIND A WAY TO WIN GAMES. I HAVE NO DODOUBT THAT THE FUTU IS INCREDIBLY BRIGHT FOR HIM, AND HE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL. BUT AT THE END OF THIS SEASON? THIS SEASON RIGHT HERE, I’M GOING TO BE LOOKING AT DESHAUN WATSON ABOVE DREW BREES, THE ONLY THING I’M GOING TO BE LOOKING AT IS THE FACT THAT HE DOESN’T HAVE NEARLY AS MUCH STUFF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS DREW BREES HAS. THAT’S ABOUT IT. DREW BREES IS DREW BREES. AND LAST NIGHT HE SHOWED US WHY HE IS THAT DUDE, AND WHY HE CONTINUES TO BE THAT DUDE. IT’S WHY I GOT NEW ORLEANS COMING OUT OF THE N.F.C., NOT THE DALLAS COWBOYS. DID YOU PICK NEW ORLEANS? DID YOU PICK NEW ORLEANS? MAX: I DID. I THINK NEW ORLEANS IS THE BEST TEAM, TOP TO BOTTOM, AND PART OF THAT IS DREW BREES. THIS IS NOT A KNOCK AGAINST DREW BREES. THIS IS A PRO DESHAUN WATSON ARGUMENT. THAT’S WHY I COMPARED HIM TO JARED GOFF AND SOME OTHERS. BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST THAT DESHAUN WATSON MAY PUT UP NUMBERS. HE PUT UP OVER 4,200 YARDS LAST YEAR. HE MARVELS AT DREW BREES’ CONSISTENCY, RIGHT? EVERY YEAR, 5,000 YARDS. BUT AT THE END OF LAST SEASON, EVEN LOOK AT THE N.F.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, THE FEELING WE ALL HAVE ABOUT DREW BREES WAS NOT DEMONSTRATED ON THE FIELD LATE. AND WHAT DID MANY OF US SAY, STEPHEN A.? I BELIEVE YOU SAID THIS, TOO. DREW BREES DID NOT LOOK GOOD AT THE END OF THAT GAME NO. ONE’S PERFECT. IT MAY NOT BE HIS AGE, BUT HE LOOKED — HE LOOKED TIRED, AND HE LOOKED OLD AT THE END. AND DESHAUN WATSON, HE HAS GROWING PAINS, OF COURSE, SECOND-YEAR PLAYER, WENT THROUGH A STRETCH IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR WHERE HE LOOKED FATIGUED AND ALL THAT STUFF. HE HAS THAT EXPERIENCE NOW. AND HE IS A GUY WHO YOU SAY THERE ARE SOME GUYS YOU BELIEVE IN IN THE CLUTCH, TEAMMATES LOOK LIKE THEY WANT TO PLAY FOR, WHO HAVE FAITH IN THEIR QUARTERBACK. STEPHEN A.: AND WHAT DO THEY LOOK AT DREW BREES AT? MAX: I’M NOT ARGUING THAT AGAINST DREW BREES. I’M SAYING DESHAUN WATSON HAS THAT. AND EVEN IN THE FACE AND EVEN IN THE FACE OF ALL THE SACKS LAST YEAR EARLY, THEY WOUND UP WINNING 11 GAMES. WHAT, DID THEY NOT WIN 11 GAMES LAST YEAR? DID THEY NOT IMPROVE THE OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE OFF-SEASON? STEPHEN A.: R TIME I BRING UP SOMETHING ABOUT — EVERY TIME I BRING UP SOMETHING ABOUT DREW BREES, YOU’RE LIKE, I’M NOT ARGUE AGAINST DREW BREES. BUT WE ARE! BECAUSE THE QUESTION IS, WILL DESHAUN WATSON ECLIPSE DREW BREES? THAT’S THE QUESTION. I’M TELLING UP THE ANSWER IS NO. AND BY THE WAY, DESHAUN WATSON IS 24 YEARS OF AGE. WHO WAS THE GUY BEING MEDICALLY TREATED THROUGHOUT YESTERDAY’S GAME? WHO WAS THAT DUDE? THAT WAS DESHAUN WATSON. I SAW DREW BREES LOOKING JUST FINE. MAX: WHO ALSO THE GUY WHO GOT SACKED SIX TIMES? STEPHEN A.: THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT. MAX: THE LAST ONE, AND THAT IS WHY I’M FOCUSING ON OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY. THEY DRAFTED TWO GUYS, THEY BROUGHT IN A STUD VERY RECENTLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, LINE PLAY TAKES WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK IN THE REGULAR SEASON. IT’S NOT GOING HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WEEK ONE. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU JUST BRING IN A RUNNING BACK AND HE CAN BRING A RUNNING BACK AND HE CAN RUN THE WALL. STEPHEN A.: MOLLY, STOP THE PRESSES. I’M SHOCKED. I CAN’T BELIEVE MAX. I APOLOGIZE, MAX, I DIDN’T KNOW. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE OFFENSIVE LINE TO PROTECT THE DAMN QUARTERBACK. I’M SORRY, MAX. I’M SORRY I DIDN’T GET THAT. I THOUGHT — IT’S LIKE SHADOW — MAX: YOU MISSED THE POINT. STEPHEN A.: NO OFFENSIVE LINE IN FRONT. HE’S JUST DROPPING BACK TO PASSION. OF COURSE THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS IMPORTANT. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE HOUSTON TEXANS — WE LISTENED TO YOU. I’LL ZIP IT. WE LISTENED TO YOU. MAX: YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT. STEPHEN A.: THEY ARE A SUSPECT TEAM. THE OFFENSIVE LINE HAS BEEN SUSPECT. WE KNEW THAT COMING INTO THE SEASON. WE KNEW THAT LAST YEAR. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU WOULD LOOK AT THEM AND SAY WHY WOULD I WANT TO TAKE DESHAUN WATSON? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE THE OFFENSIVE LINE THAT THE SAINTS HAVE. MAX: DO YOU THINK THAT I AM ARGUING THAT THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS IMPORTANT, THAT’S MY ARGUMENT? NO. LISTEN CAREFULLY. IT’S THE THIRD TIME I’VE SAID T. INSTEAD OF ROLLING YOUR EYES, LISTEN TO THE POINT. STEPHEN A.: I AM LISTENING TO YOUR POINT. YOU DON’T MAKE THEM, THAT’S THE PROBLEM. MAX: THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS MAX: THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS A PART OF A FOOTBALL TEAM THAT, FREQUENTLY WHEN YOU BRING IN NEW PIECES, DOES NOT JELL RIGHT AWAY. IT TAKES TIME TOGETHER. SO I DO NOT EXPECT THIS LINE TO BE AS POROUS LATE AS IT WAS EARLY, PARTICULARLY WHEN DESHAUN WATSON — DESHAUN WATSON’S BLIND SIDE HELP IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO PLAY TOGETHER YET. THEY WILL FIGURE THAT OUT BY THE END OF THE YEAR, GIVING WATSON BETTER PROTECTION BY THEN. THE 11 IS-WIN DESHAUN WATSON FROM LAST YEAR WILL IMPROVE THIS YEAR. MOLLY: OK. THE SAINTS GETS THE RAMS NEXT YANKEE. IT WILL BE A TOUGH TEST FOR DREW BREES. THAT ONE IS IN L.A. DESHAUN WATSON WILL GET THE JAGS WITHOUT NICK FOLES. WE WILL LEAVE IT THERE. LET’S ALL BE NICE TO EACH OTHER MUCH THAT’S OUR MOTTO FOR TODAY. WHO NEEDS ANTONIO BROWN?

5 Replies to “First Take | Stephen A. Smith SHOCKED Saints def. Texans 30-28; Deshaun Watson 268 Yds, 3 Td, Int”

  1. Aaron colvin and Romeo cost us the game point blank. Even though drew Bree’s cold that shouldn’t of happened #freeLonniejohnson

  2. Look at that where brees threw a pick in the red zone. That was a terrible play. It looked like if I can into the NFL and had that one play

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