By William Potter on July 15, 2014
Over the course of their existence, the New Orleans Saints have had quite a few starting quarterbacks. Though the majority of them didn't translate into team success, a few of the Saints' passers managed to put up some good numbers and gain some good recognition. Here are the five best quarterbacks in franchise history.
During his time with the Saints, Everett amassed 10,622 yards, 60 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. He had the advantage of playing under Jim Mora's regime, which helped him piece together a respectable 81.1 passer rating. His big downfall was that he wasn't as fiery as some of the other Saints' quarterbacks.
The "Cajun Cannon" doesn't often get the respect that he's due. He threw for 14, 630 yards, 85 touchdowns, 75 interceptions and had a passer rating of 79.1 during his time as a Saint. Perhaps his greatest attribute was his passionate leadership and will to win, which helped lead the Saints to three playoff appearances. The only problem with Bobby Hebert was that he had a tendency to choke in key situations.
Aaron Brooks will also be remembered and revered by Saints fans for beating the "Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams for the Saints' first playoff win. He put up 19,156 yards and 120 touchdowns to 84 interceptions, though he did have issues hanging onto the ball. He fumbled 59 times and would often pass the blame to head coach Jim Haslett.
There were few bright spots during the Saints' early years, and some might say that the drafting of Archie Manning was the first one. His numbers weren't anything spectacular, but that was largely because the rest of the team was so bad. Manning brought an element of toughness to the club that is still there today. He was sacked 340 times and had a sack percentage of 9.3. He took a punning every play but still came through for his team.
This should come as a surprise to no one. Drew Brees has been one of the league leaders in every passing statistic since arriving in New Orleans, has set numerous franchise and NFL records, and led the team to their first Super Bowl appearance and win. He's a fiery leader who hates to lose and brings out the best in all his teammates. Aside from his height and his lack of a huge arm, there has never really been a problem with Brees.
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