Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) catches a touchdown over New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Last offseason, corner was a priority for the Saints, bringing in Brandon Browner, Kyle Wilson, and also now #1 corner Delvin Breaux. They also drafted 2 cornerbacks in the draft, PJ Williams and Damian Swann.
Initially when the Saints brought in Brandon Browner, they expected him from the beginning to start next to their #1 cornerback, Keenan Lewis (who ended up hurt and lost his #1 spot to Breaux).
Having started for the two previous Super Bowl champions (Seattle and then New England), Browner was seen as a bonafide starter and a strong leader in the locker room.
Well, that’s not exactly how it went for Browner.
The tough season for him started with a knee injury in the first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, which kept him out for the rest of the preseason. After starter Keenan Lewis got injured in the final preseason game, the Saints had Browner and Breaux starting Week #1 at Arizona.
It was all downhill from there.
Browner led the league in penalties with 21, with 3 other penalties also being declined. He gave up a whopping 207 yards in just penalty yardage alone.
He also moved the chains for the opposing team 7 times throughout the season, by committing penalties on 3rd down. The is the definition of beating yourself.
Along with the penalties, Browner also got beat week in and week out by many different players. Granted, some of the blame can also be put on coaches for putting him in position to fail sometimes, but in the NFL you have to show up when your team needs you and Browner simply did not.
He also had an much publicized outburst at a member of the New Orleans media, swearing at him and referring to him as “a punk” before finally being restrained by teammates.
Brought in to be a “leader” in the locker room, Browner didn’t exactly exhibit “leadership” qualities.
Reportedly he does take the extra time to work with and help young teammate and fellow cornerback Delvin Breaux get better, but it just isn’t worth the trade-off of what amounts to poor and at times egregiously bad play.
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