"Let me tell you something—that dude is scary. We have a great defense and we were up on him and ready to pounce, and he found ways to tear us apart.
I don't ever want to face him again in my life. I am dead serious. I'll face Drew Brees any day of the week before I face him again."
Those were the words of Arizona Cardinals' free safety, Antrel Rolle, after practice Tuesday.
The New Orleans media, New Orleans Saints fans, and, presumably, the Saints themselves, view the quote as an insult.
They are all wrong.
Imagine, if you will, that you are in school. All semester, your geometry class has kicked your butt.
You show up and no matter what you do, you can't figure it out. When it is time to take the final, you've performed so poorly earlier in the year that no one gives you much of a chance to succeed. You struggle through the entire final, but you do just enough to pass, and get to move on to calculus next semester.
The class was so hard to get through that you tell everyone, "I don't ever want to see another geometry problem in my life. I'm dead serious. I'll take calculus any day of the week before I do geometry again."
Obviously, you don't really believe that calculus will be any easier than geometry was. You are just happy to see any math discipline that hasn't already beaten you down.
In three meetings this season, Aaron Rodgers destroyed the Cardinals defense to the tune of 915 yards, eight touchdowns, and only one interception. Almost half of which (422 yards and four touchdowns) came in last Sunday's wild-card "arm-a-geddon" (I'm going to use it till it sticks).
No offense to Drew Brees or to the New Orleans Saints, but with numbers like that, I think most guys on the Cards defense would rather see a colonoscopy over Aaron Rodgers.
There is no denying that Brees is a prolific passer, but, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com , the most yards he's thrown for in a playoff game is 354, and the most touchdowns he has made is two.
Regardless of the past, the potential for a big performance is there. As long as it's less than 422 yards and four touchdowns, Antrel Rolle's comments are right.
I'd face Drew Brees any day of the week before I faced a Aaron Rodgers again.