Hurricanes Are More Likeable In New Orleans Than Jeremy Shockey
Posted by Mike on November 10, 2008
First it was the New York Giants who grew tired of Jeremey Shockey’s act, now its his new team the New Orleans Saints. During yesterday’s loss againt the Atlanta Falcons, Saints quarterback and NFL Man of the Year, Drew Brees was caught screaming at Shockey, something that Brees is definitely not known for. According to NOLA. Brees was upset with Shockey because of get this “Not only did Shockey miss the block, he missed the ball, dropping it with a half-hearted effort that spurred Brees to sprint toward him and emotionally voice his frustration. The animated discussion continued on the Saints’ sideline”. This isn’t something new to the former Miami Hurricane. And today comes word from Pro Football Talk, that Shockey is “hated” by some Saints. Not even Joe Horn was hated by the Saints, and he slept with Willie Roaf’s wife. It’s very likely possible that the Saints tight end could soon receive the same treatment as former Oakland Raider DeAngelo Hall. So far, early in his Saints career Shockey has been a disappointment. He’s played in only six games and has caught 24 balls with no TD’s. He was expected to really open up the offense and possibly have a Pro Bowl year. Neither of which has happened. More from Pro Football Talk:
In the wake of images of Saints quarterback Drew Brees giving the verbal business to tight end Jeremy Shockey during Sunday’s season-killing loss to the Falcons, we’re hearing that multiple players and coaches have privately been making it known that Shockey is not Mr. Popularity in the locker room.
As one source told us, Shockey already is “hated” by more than a few members of the organization.
The reasons relate to both on-field and off-field conduct. “Things in London, things in practice, things in games,” the source said.
Though we thought this eventually would happen in New Orleans, we didn’t think it would unfold so soon. Instead, we thought that Shockey would be on his best behavior for his first year with the team, in an effort to prove to the folks in New York that he wasn’t a problem.
Our guess is that Shockey might not get a chance to extend his stay in New Orleans by a second season. His salary is due to spike from $1.925 million to $3.025 million next year. Absent a steep reduction in his salary, Shockey might join DeAngelo Hall as players on whom second-round and fifth-round picks were wasted.
Meanwhile, the Giants are soaring at 8-1, and they’ll have a chance to get even better next year with two of the the Saints’ draft picks.