When you think of New Orleans Saints quarterbacks, the first name that comes to mind is likely Drew Brees, and for good reason. Brees has been the face of the Saints’ franchise since he joined the team, and his play made the team a Super Bowl winner. That said, because of Brees’ popularity, many people overlook the quarterbacks behind him on New Orleans’ depth chart. Ryan Griffin is one of the players that has been overlooked. However, there is no doubt he should be the Saints’ No. 2 quarterback behind Brees.
Throughout training camp and the preseason, Griffin and Luke McCown have been battling to be Brees’ primary backup, and although they have both played well, Griffin still holds the edge for a variety of reasons.
First off, while he will never be a starting-caliber quarterback, Griffin has more potential than he’s given credit for, and certainly more potential than McCown. While Griffin likely wouldn’t hold up as a team’s long-term starter, he’s already shown enough skill to be an injury fill-in for a few games. Where McCown has likely reached his full potential, Griffin is just getting started.
Let’s not forget that McCown hasn’t exactly wowed when pressed into regular season action. As a matter of fact, the last time McCown saw extended action in the regular season, his play was so terrible that he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Even though Griffin hasn’t yet seen regular season action, he would likely be an improvement over anything McCown would put out on the field.
With that said, it’s clear that Griffin should be the Saints’ No. 2 quarterback. His youth and potential make him a better option than McCown, and if the Saints know what’s best for them, they will go with Griffin as the primary backup quarterback.