BFTB Tournament of Terrible: Brees' shoulder injury or the 1983 NFL Draft?

Harry How

We've finally made it to the 4 vs 5 seed matchups and there can barely be any favorites here. These should be "fun."

You can see the whole bracket by clicking here. We've finally made it to the 4 vs 5 seed matchups and there can barely be any favorites here. These should be "fun."

Next up today: (4) Drew Brees' shoulder injury vs. (5) not getting a QB in the 1983 NFL Draft

What happened?

(4) Prior to the 2005 NFL season, the San Diego Chargers placed the Franchise Tag on Drew Brees. He rewarded them with an excellent season. Unfortunately, in the final game of that season head coach Marty Schottenheimer elected to start and play Drew Brees rather than the young, inexperienced Philip Rivers in a meaningless game for no real reason. This foolish and risky move was rewarded with a torn labrum for Drew Brees that made it impossible for the Chargers to justify franchising Brees again in the off season and caused the team to let him walk with no return. Brees has since turned into one of the best passers in NFL history. Part of that is playing in a dome for 10+ games per year and playing for the innovative Sean Payton, but that's not all of it by any stretch of the imagination.

(5) In 1983, the San Diego Chargers held the 5th, 20th and 22nd picks in the NFL Draft. Four Hall of Famers were drafted after their first pick, two after their last including Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. Gill Byrd and Gary Anderson both became Pro Bowlers, but the failure to draft a replacement for Dan Fouts would drag down the franchise for years to come.

Which is worse?

Vote in the poll and let us know why you chose the way you did. Both are terrible. Your mileage may vary.

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