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Best Plan – (CSC)
Saints News Network |  | New Orleans Saints Or maybe just don’t draft a qb from Arizona
State….

Fans of the New
Orleans Saints
have been clamoring for their team to
draft a replacement for quarterback Drew
Brees
in hopes that the future Hall of Famer will be able
to mentor him. That strategy seems sound, and could make the day
when number 9 finally calls it a career slightly less painful. A
closer peak at history reveals that the student/mentor strategy
hasn’t paid dividends often, and can sometimes even cause the
incumbent to be uncomfortable or create an uneasy atmosphere
through the team. Earlier this spring, reports out of Pittsburgh
were that Steelers quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger
was incredibly unhappy that his team used
a 3rd round pick to draft Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph
instead of spending it on a position of need for the AFC
contenders. We take a look at a few Hall of Fame quarterbacks whose
teams drafted another signal caller highly during their tenure,
using the draft’s first three rounds as a scale.

Roger Staubach and Danny White (Dallas
Cowboys
)

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Staubach’s retirement in 1979
due to concussions and mounting injuries came as a surprise to some
Cowboy faithful. He was still playing near the top of his game, and
Dallas had a veteran roster still capable of competing for a title.
White, a 3rd round pick in 1974 from Arizona State, stepped in and
played well initially. He would go 62-30 as a starter in his
career, with a completion percentage of 59.7%, 155 touchdowns and
132 interceptions. White’s finest moment came during the 1980
playoffs, when he led a stirring come from behind 30-27 victory on
the road at Atlanta, invoking memories of Staubach himself.
Ultimately, it was White’s postseason failures that doomed him with
Dallas fans. Despite 3 straight trips to the NFC Championship game
from 1980-’82, he was never able to lead his team to the Super
Bowl. He finished with a 5-5 career postseason record, throwing 15
touchdowns and 16 interceptions. An aging Cowboy team missed the
playoffs for the first time in over a decade in 1984, and despite
returning to the playoffs the next year, White would lose his
starting job by the end of the 1986 season, and never quite lived
up to the lofty expectations of “America’s Team”.

Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone (Pittsburgh
Steelers)

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p id=”9q18OH”>Bradshaw, like Staubach, was
still playing at a high level when an elbow injury forced the end
of his career by 1983. Pittsburgh used the 28th pick of the 1st
round in 1980 to select Malone from Arizona State. The Steelers
were coming off back to back Super Bowl championships and four
titles in the previous six years, but were an aging team in
decline. Malone’s finest moment came not as a quarterback, but as a
wideout, when in 1981 he caught a 90-yd. touchdown pass from
Bradshaw. It was a team record that stood until 2011. Despite being
a former number one draft choice, Malone was unable to win the
starting job in 1983 when Bradshaw was out with injury, losing out
to Cliff Stoudt. When Stoudt left Pittsburgh for the U.S.F.L. in
1984, Malone took over starting duties. He led the Steelers to the
AFC Central title, and upset the Denver
Broncos
in Mile High Stadium in the playoffs before
falling to the Miami
Dolphins
in the AFC
Championship
game. Malone would be benched multiple times
after that year, leaving Pittsburgh after the ’87 season, and by
1989 would be out of the league. He went just 21-24 as a starter,
completing only 50% of his passes, and threw 68 interceptions
against just 54 touchdowns during his Steelers career.

John Elway and Tommy Maddox (Denver
Broncos)

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Elway was reportedly incensed
when the Broncos used their number 1 draft choice in 1992, the 25th
overall, to pick Maddox from U.C.L.A. Elway was a year removed from
an AFC Championship game appearance, his fourth trip to the game in
six years to go along with 3 Super Bowl appearances. But, his
relationship with coach Dan Reeves was severely strained, and
Reeves’ selection of Maddox fueled rumors that Elway would be on
the trading block. When the Broncos icon was injured during the ’92
season, Maddox was given the opportunity to start 4 games. He was
0-4 in those contests, completing 54% of his passes while throwing
9 interceptions with just 5 touchdowns. Reeves was fired after the
season, and Maddox was traded to the L.A. Rams in 1994, only to be
out of the league by ’95 without starting another game. He did
return to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 with some
success, while Elway went on to win two Super Bowls with the
Broncos in the late 1990’s.

Elway
and Brian
Griese
(Denver Broncos)

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Elway did finally retire
following the 1998 season, and Denver turned the starting reigns
over to Griese, a 3rd round pick from Michigan the year before.
Griese had a solid statistical career with Denver, averaging 221
yards per game passing, completing over 62% of his passes, and
throwing 71 touchdown passes with just 53 interceptions. He earned
a Pro Bowl berth in 2000, the only year the Broncos went to the
playoffs during his tenure as a starter. Griese was unable to stay
healthy however, starting just 51 of 62 games, with just a 27-24
record despite a talented offense around him. Griese’s inconsistent
play, along with a reportedly poor relationship with teammates, led
to his release from Denver after the 2002 season.

Steve Young and Jim Druckenmiller (San
Francisco 49ers
)

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The 49ers got lucky when they
made a deal for Young over a decade earlier. Ultimately, they were
able to replace one future Hall of Famer (Joe Montana) with another
in Young, who won multiple league M.V.P. awards, led the 49ers to
three straight NFC championship games (four total) and a Super Bowl
victory. With Young’s career winding down, San Francisco used it’s
1st round pick on Jim Druckenmiller from Virginia Tech in 1997, the
26th overall selection, in hopes that history would repeat itself.
Druckenmiller would get his first, and only, career start in the
second game of the 1997 season with Young sidelined by injury. The
49ers defeated the Rams 15-12, but the rookie was unimpressive,
completing just 10 of 28 passes for only 102 yards, 3
interceptions, and his only career touchdown pass. Druckenmiller
would see action in 3 more games that year as Young’s backup,
finishing the year 21-52 (40.4% completion percentage), for 239
yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. It would be the last time
Druckenmiller would throw a pass in an NFL regular season game. The
former 1st rounder was traded to the Miami Dolphins at the
beginning of the 1999 season for a mere 7th round pick, and he was
out of the NFL by the following summer, although he did attempt an
unsuccessful comeback in 2003

Brett
Favre
and Aaron
Rodgers
(Green
Bay Packers
)

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….okay, this one worked out pretty
well….

Favre was still playing at
a consistent Pro Bowl level for Green Bay at 36-yrs. old when Cal
star Rodgers fell to them as the 24th pick in the 1st round of the
2005 draft. Rodgers served as Favre’s backup for three seasons, but
reports were that the two barely spoke. When Favre began his
“retirement” soap opera after the 2007 season, the Packers would
turn the starting job over to Rodgers. After a losing record in his
first year, Rodgers has yet to have a losing record (94-48) as a
starter since. He has thrown for 313 career touchdown passes,
averaged 258 yards per game, and has a league MVP, Super Bowl
championship, and Super Bowl MVP to his credit. Rodgers is one of
the premier players in the NFL, and will be a certain Hall of Famer
upon his own retirement.

Peyton
Manning
and Brock
Osweiler
(Denver Broncos)

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Denver signed Manning as a
free agent in 2012 following his multiple neck surgeries and
subsequent release from Indianapolis. The uncertainty surrounding
Manning’s return to form caused the Broncos to use the 57th overall
pick (2nd round) to draft Osweiler, a four year starter at Arizona
State. Manning of course recovered quite nicely, achieving historic
numbers in the Denver offense from 2012-’14. When Manning’s skills
deteriorated rapidly in 2015, Osweiler was given his first
opportunity to start when Payton was sidelined by injury. He
responded by going 5-2 as a starter, completing nearly 62% of his
passes with 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Manning was inserted
back into the starting lineup in the playoffs for the Broncos,
riding the strength of an incredible defense to a Super Bowl 50
title, and Osweiler departed as a free agent to Houston after the
season. After a poor season with the Texans, Osweiler was traded to
the Cleveland
Browns
in 2017, but was released during the preseason and
ended up back with the Broncos. He would start four games for
Denver last season, going 0-4 while throwing 5 touchdowns and 5
interceptions.

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The Saints drafted Grayson
from Colorado State in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft. He did not
throw a pass in either of his two regular seasons with New Orleans,
but had not developed how the team had hoped and was subsequently
released prior to last season. New Orleans has a talented roster
that many believe is capable of competing for a championship now.
Drew Brees has shown very little decline in his abilities, and is
still one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Sean Payton and
the Saints front office has instead used their draft picks to fill
positions of immediate need over the last three drafts. The results
have brought players like Michael
Thomas
, Vonn
Bell
, Marshon
Lattimore
, Alvin
Kamara
, Ryan
Ramczyk
, Sheldon
Rankins
, and Marcus
Williams
into starting spots, as well as a number of
others into key supporting roles for a championship contender.
History shows that effectively replacing a legend like Brees will
not be easy, and may actually take years to accomplish. The New
Orleans Saints have instead chosen to put the talent around their
future Hall of Fame quarterback, hoping to make a run at another
Super Bowl or two.

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