mikus wrote:you've obviously done more homework than i on this danny, but i cannot imagine the saints taking anyone but leinart with the no. 2 pick. maybe that is just because of my own personal opinion however.
but i do not think josh mccown is any good. there must be a reason he kept getting benched in arizona. i would prefer them to pursue a patrick ramsey or matt shaub, or phillip rivers if he is on the market. billy volek also comes to mind. i would take any of those guys over mccown, and others i'm sure.
but i think the best idea for the saints is to draft leinart, make him the face of the franchise, and then build around him. he already has the talent on offense to succeed, and i would argue that because he stayed in school longer than most with his talent, he is already prepared to be a starter in this league.
Yeah, I don't think they would actually do any of the stuff I would want, that's just the approach I would take to it.
As far as McCown versus Leinart, I feel that McCown never really had a chance to succeed in Arizona. Their line has always been bad, and it's just too hard to expect anyone to do well when you can't run and you have no protection. From what I have seen, McCown is able to do a good job when he has time to throw, and getting the best OT and OG in the draft would give the Saints some cornerstones to build around. Of the other free agent QBs out there, McCown is the only one that has even competed for a starting job, and I would rather have someone that has persistently earned his shots than someone that has never been given one (perhaps because the coaches didn't have confidence)
I have not been very impressed by Leinart. He seems to have a weak arm, and I have questions about his character. I am worried he would be throwing his teammates under the bus in front of the media if they have a tough season (and it's the Saints, so there will be many of those).
But anyway, they will probably end up doing what you suggest, and we will see how it goes.
One of my worries is this: what do we do come draft day if someone trades up and takes Leinart #1? Do we draft Vince "future bust" Young?