Is Michael Thomas’ reaction to Derek Carr move a subtle dig at Jameis Winston?
First fallen quarterback domino: Derek Carr is heading to the Saints, and Michael Thomas is probably very happy about it.
Who needs Sean Payton and Drew Brees when you have Dennis Allen and Derek Carr? When you put it that way… Yes, the New Orleans Saints are still missing out on their glory days, but they’re taking a step in the right direction by acquiring a smart free agent and reliable quarterback in Derek Carr.
Of course, Carr eschewed the grumpy, frenzied New York media and chose to settle into the laid-back, laid-back jazz vibe of New Orleans. It fits better with his personality.
Carr’s impending move to NOLA has drawn a lot of positive feedback from Saints players who are excited to play as a four-time Pro Bowler.
Some, like punter Blake Gilliken, have taken a more comical approach to welcoming Karr to the team. Gilikin posted a memo indicating his upset state since Gilikin wears number 4 on the team, and Carr will most likely steal his number.
Michael Thomas went wide short and simple and thanked the Holy Spirit for moving Derek Carr with a prayer emoji.
Thank you Jesus 🙏🏾
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 6, 2023
A very nice nod to Carr, no doubt, but wouldn’t currently-listed quarterback James Winston feel a little offended?
Saints Michael Thomas rejoices over Derek Carr at the expense of James Winston
Winston signed a two-year deal last off-season after the Saints’ infamous and unsuccessful pursuit of then-available quarterback Deshaun Watson. Nola gave him a “Sorry We Doubt You” contract and watched in helpless horror as Winston was injured again in 2022, missing most of the season.
In his three years in New Orleans, Winston started only 10 games, failed to establish himself as a reliable passer under center (he has 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions) and gradually lost faith in the Saints’ brass.
Obviously, Thomas wasn’t a fan of Winston, though Thomas can’t help but complain that he missed parts of the seasons himself. Thomas Winston played together in the first three games of the 2022 season before an All-Star injury; Winston threw five interceptions in Week 2 and Week 3 combined, and the Saints ended up losing those two crucial games.
With Winston set to become a victim of the salary cap later in the season, Thomas has every reason to jump for joy – maybe he’s a little more careful about that?
Exile Raiders Derek Carr easily leads the division as the best quarterback in the NFC South – Carr is a proven general fielder with solid arm accuracy, has a positive relationship with Dennis Allen, and thrived most in the John Gruden era, when the Las Vegas offense was strikingly similar to the saints.
Carr makes the Saints relevant again, while Winston has added more disappointment to the modern era of the mid-level Saints.
The Saints franchise would be delighted with Winston ushering in the Carr era, but perhaps Michael Thomas should focus on getting healthy before picking up more trick shots. Thomas’ long-term future in NOLA is not secure either….