The 'Quiet Storm' No More: 2012 Is the Year for the Saints' Marques Colston

Jason BernosContributor IIOctober 22, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints dives for a touchdown during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Hurricane season may be over, but there's been a storm brewing in the past couple weeks in New Orleans that is putting the league on notice.

And that's ironic because the person who has been making all of the noise is aptly named, "Quiet Storm."

That person is Marques Colston.

Colston, whose nickname comes from his reserved demeanor on the field, has had a different meaning to his moniker in recent years. And that has been the fact that despite having solid years for the New Orleans Saints, he has constantly been overlooked for postseason accolades, especially the Pro Bowl.

For lack of a better analogy, he has been a bridesmaid for far too long to not have been a bride yet, and that is including his 2007 season in which he was second in the NFC in receptions and third in receiving yards.

2012 will be the year that changes all of that, and his performance will be a huge boost for the Saints depleted receiving corps and the offense the rest of the way.

Back in March, when Colston signed a five-year, $40 million contract with $19 million guaranteed, I was wary. 

I was wary because the Saints were giving that much money to a wide receiver who had only played a complete season twice in his career. That reason combined with the fact that the Hofstra product was pushing that 30-years-old barrier caused me to cast some doubt on this decision.

His slow start to the season in the first three games of 2012, when he was trying to get fully healthy, looked like an indication that that big contract was going to be a big mistake.

Then the Green Bay Packers game came up in Week 4, and Colston started his hot streak. That hot streak, with the help of a Garrett Hartley-made field goal at the end of the Packer game, has coincided with the team's hot streak.

In his last three games, Colston has 25 receptions for 357 yards and five touchdowns, including a three-touchdown performance sandwiched in the middle of that run versus San Diego. (His season numbers, 35 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns, have him on pace for career highs.)

Those numbers have catapulted him to the top of the statistical leaders' list in the NFC, putting him in the discussion of that first Pro Bowl selection that has eluded him his entire career. It's weird that, with the amount of passes that Drew Brees has completed in his career in New Orleans, a receiver has never made the Pro Bowl from this offense.

That should be different this year.

It looks like the NFL had better start going through some emergency preparedness before its annual All-Star game because there will be a "Quiet Storm" on the loose in Hawaii.