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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Kool and BMG, whatever side of the argument you are on, you have to love the banter that is taking place back and forth. Both responses are well-thought out and very poignant. Kool, I understand very well risk aversion. No ...

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Old 01-30-2005, 04:15 PM   #11
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Kool and BMG, whatever side of the argument you are on, you have to love the banter that is taking place back and forth. Both responses are well-thought out and very poignant.

Kool, I understand very well risk aversion. No problem on the blow up by the way. The point is this, sometimes you take the risk to reap the rewards. Example, what if New England decided to stick with Bledsoe once healthy instead of 6th round pick Tom Brady? Steelers let Maddox start when healthy instead of Ben? What if San Fran never decided to give Young a chance after his terrible seasons in Tampa? They gambled the franchise he could pick up where Montana left off and it happened. I have seen many good examples where the player you have just can\'t get you over the hump, and it seems our current guy can\'t get us into the playoffs without a 7-4 head start posted by another qb. If we sit back and allow ourselves to be held hostage by the \"we may not get anything better\" argument, we may be looking at Horn retiring and having no receiver to pick up the slack and seeing that as ANOTHER need very soon WHILE we are trying to fix the D, which will take more than one off-season. I agree with BMG that the time to act is now, while AB has trade value and there are teams of need, and teams with new coaches. I think a shot at Aaron Rodgers or ALex Smith is worth it.

BMG\'s financial point is extremely valuable also. for what he is being paid, preparing to be paid, and seems like he is beginning to scoff at is FAR AND ABOVE what he gives on the field. Dealing him allows the freedom to bring in a decent alternative at least for a year and shore up some other positions of need. The point has been amde coaching may have hampered him, and I am not inclined to disagree. But if that is the case, AB is beyond the window of learning that has been established by coaches in the league. He is who he is and who he is gonna be. With is salary, that is absolutely not good enough, and with him feeling he is great, it is obviously not gonna get better. We KNOW if any competition is brought in, he will be in the paper the next day saying how unappreciated he is. This team doesn\'t need that any more. It\'s time to cut our losses and move on.
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Old 01-30-2005, 06:03 PM   #12
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JKool..I couldn\'t have said it any better than you this in this post..
As I said before I don\'t think that AB is a top 5 QB and if there was a way to trade him in return the Saints gets back something that would be worth the trade, some one said here that they would just cut him for the hell of it ( I guess if it\'s not your money you can say such things), also some would trade Brroks for Carr, Why?, I like Carr I feel that one day he will be a good QB but he wouldn\'t be in the timetable in making the playoofs with the team that we have now, hell by the time Carr learned the game better and then have to come in and learn a new system Horn, Deuce might not be there, as I said before I strongly beleive that the Saints will get back into the playoffs within 2 years.
Bottom line: The only way that I would trade Brooks right now would be for a P. Manning or McNabb which as we all know won\'t happen, be careful what you wish for..
I agree though that Brooks makes mistakes, talks without thinking and says how great he is but he\'s the best we have right now, he\'s it, so when you say that you would cut him for the hell of it think about what your saying, we could end up with a Bledsoe or worst and then we would really have problems, I would like to see our line begin to improve next season and once we have a good offense and Brooks still doesn\'t bring us to the playoffs then it could be time to re-build our entire offense which would mean that the playoffs would be 4-5 years away if we were to be lucky.
I want the Saints to make the playoofs and do well in the next 2 years, some of you might be ready to start from scratch which I\'m not ready for that just yet.

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Old 01-30-2005, 06:17 PM   #13
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Long Time, I think it was Saints LB who said it best in another thread. Pretty much EVERY position on this team has been changed except QB the last 4 years, and WE STILL don\'t make the playoffs. It\'s time to stop dancing around that postion and make a change. To say we should get a McNabb or Peyton for AB, who is barely worth a Bledsoe or Collins is just ridiculous. You might as well say you don\'t wanna trade him. What if we could get a guy who could post similar numbers, yet cut the mistakes and not make stupid comments once a month in the paper? Why wouldn\'t that be a fair trade? That\'s like going to the Lexus dealership with a Pinto and demanding they accept it for LS 430. I mean if you say he CAN be traded, at least be realistic, or please just simply say you don\'t wanna trade him.
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Old 01-30-2005, 07:03 PM   #14
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\"What if we could get a guy who could post similar numbers, yet cut the mistakes and not make stupid comments once a month in the paper? \"

Who could we bring right now that is available, not under contract that would be better than what we have right now,
they have to be avaliable, a wish list doesn\'t count.

It may be tougher than you think to get rid of Brooks and get a better QB
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Old 01-30-2005, 07:28 PM   #15
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It may be tougher than you think to get rid of Brooks and get a better QB
It may be tough, but it could be done. The thing that is funny is that we have had guys in the last five years that could\'ve fit the bill on our roster, and we let them go. I know Jake and Bulger can play in the NFL, and I suspect that J.T. might have what it takes. But, we keep letting them go, and the fans keep piling into the Dome, and Benson stays happy and remains pat. IMHO, the whole thing unraveled on Benson and Haz the moment they inked AB to a contract that pays him way more than he gives back, and have made a decision that whether we like it or not he is going to remain the QB until his contract expires. Their kinda saying, \"We made a mistake, now you guys are going to have to live with it...sorry.\"

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Old 01-30-2005, 07:38 PM   #16
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You know the bad thing about losing Jake is he really wanted to remain in N.O even if he had to be a backup but the didn\'t want to pay him for what he was worth,
Glad to see him do well as a starter except when he plays the Saints
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Wow, lots of good stuff here.

First, let me thank FF for starting the most congenial thread on this subject in a long while.

Second, LTF, I\'m glad you felt the post conveyed a sentiment you have. I often wonder how many people agree with anything I say?

Third, here are some points:

(1) Being caviled ain\'t so bad, is it?

(2) I always prefer the posts that are about what we can do about our problems over the ones that are merely pointing out our problems. Look, I\'m mostly a pro-Brooks guy, but if a good deal should come up, I\'m not opposed to trading him. He is definitely one of the better QBs we\'ve ever had, and that may not be saying much, but he\'s still good enough to be a starter in the NFL, and he\'s not in the bottom third of QBs in terms of ability (talent and otherwise) IMO. That said, I fully agree that he has many drawbacks.

(3) I agree with Halo that the window for improving our QB has probably almost closed. I do feel with slightly better game planning and a coach who doesn\'t constrain Aaron so much, he could be better. Not because he\'s improved, but merely because he is better utilized.

(4) I\'m starting to think that one of Horn, Duece, or Brooks will have to go or we won\'t be able to afford the defensive players and Offensive Tackles we need. Either we\'ll need to find some diamonds in the rough (which we seem to suck at) or we\'ll have to cut our losses on one of our big contract players (maybe Tebucky on top of one of those other three). I\'d really like to see us pay through the nose for two of the many free agent Tackles and at least one Linebacker (and maybe even a Corner). If we do that, I\'m not opposed to using a higher pick (maybe even a first) on a QB. That said, see below.

(5) I don\'t think that Rodgers or Smith will develop fast enough for us to win within the window that Whodi has helpfully delimited. People are a bit too enamored with Rothlisberger\'s work this year. It is not like it is common for a rookie QB to step in and start playing at that level. QBs, much like WRs, usually take two to four years to develop. Horn will be gone by then. Thus, I feel like a rookie may not be our answer, if we want to win on the frame people seem to think we have. Brooks could get it done, IMO, if we improve the OLine, the Defense, and Duece has a good year WITH BETTER GAME PLANNING.

(6) IMO Brooks contract will be no bigger problem to our getting the extra talent we need on D and the OLine than Duece\'s or Horn\'s. I\'m starting to have the feeling that we may have blown this window. Unless our key guys (Horn, Duece, and Brooks) get on board and don\'t hold out for the $$$, we\'re going to be in trouble next year anyway.

(7) For all the times I hear about Brooks workin\' for the payoff, I\'ve recently seen some stuff that suggests Duece and Horn aren\'t that much different. I agree that those two appear to be more team oriented, but I\'m beginning to have some doubts.

(8) BMG, it seems we agree on most everything except our risk aversion. I will consider which QBs I think would be worth what, but it might be helpful to hear ideas from others on this. I especially agree with this, \"I\'d perfer an Elway to a Dilfer.\" I feel that Brooks is more of an Elway; though obviously he\'ll never be in that class, he has the tools to be dangerous that Dilfer does not. I will repeat that with our OLine and Defense the way we are \"a Dilfer\", IMO, would be screwed here in NO.

(9) Whodi, I agree that risks must be taken. We\'re just disagreeing on the amount and on what. For every risk that takes off there are others that crumble. For every Tom Brady there are many other 6th rounders who don\'t make a team. For every Patriots there is a Bengals. I really think that you and I agree on most of the \"facts\", we just don\'t agree on the conclusion. The two missing premises that we don\'t agree on are these: (1) AB can get it done if properly handled and surrounded by a solid running game and pass protection, and (2) if we dump AB the risk will payoff in the time frame you have in mind.

(10) Whodi, I like when I\'m poignant. I also agree that it is nice to have a bit of give and take in an argument. Sometimes when backed into a corner people start believing bad arguments more, rather than just giving them up. Oh well.

(11) LTF, I\'d consider trading Brooks for many others than the top three or four QBs in the league. If we could get Brees, perhaps I\'d consider letting AB go for high draft picks (or an OT or LB). I\'d even consider giving Brooks up for a guy in the middle of the pack, if we could get a second rounder too. HOWEVER, I do not think we should trade him for a \"game manager\" QB UNLESS we seriously improve our OL (two new Ts and maybe a new G) and get a STUD back up for Duece. A \"game manager\" just won\'t be able to get it done with our ALMOST WORST OF ALL TIME defense and our shi-ty O Line.

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Old 01-30-2005, 08:02 PM   #18
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I thought of Brees and he would be worth a trade for Brooks but there is no way the Chargers will part with him, that\'s the word from a few guys on ESPN anyways..
To me there\'s just not anybody out there right not to even consider, word is Bledsoe will be a backup for the Bills, he could be a starter else where I suppose but he\'s at the very end of his career and might only be good in a backup role
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BMG, sorry I didn\'t get to your questions to the risk averse among us. I\'ll have to ponder them further.

LB, don\'t take this the wrong way, but what did you see in J.T. (other than he wasn\'t Brooks) that I didn\'t. He looked ok to me in one quarter of preseason football against the other team\'s third stringers. Other than that he didn\'t look any better than Bouman. I think Bouman isn\'t even suited to be a second stringer. I\'ll happily eat my words if he pays off in GB, but I won\'t be holding my breath. Don\'t get me wrong, several others share your view on J.T., but every time I try to get an answer to the question that I just put to you, I never get an answer.

BMG, now that I think about it, I would be very warry of bringing in a QB to replace Brooks who hadn\'t taken a snap in a regular season NFL game. I\'m not saying I wouldn\'t, but I think that improving the O and the D is possible and within our cap range even with Brooks here one more season (we could draft and develop a QB if we keep Brooks at least one more year). I\'d much rather trade Duece for high picks and draft a RB than draft a QB. Here is my reasoning: given my stance on a \"game manager\" QB given the shakey prospects for our OLine and Defense and the usual development period for a QB, a RB would be a better choice. RBs can usually contribute right away, unlike QBs, and if we got another high pick, we may be able to trade up to get one of those stud RBs in this year\'s draft (who would be cheaper and less likely to hold out than Duece). What do you think about that? I\'m not saying I favor that plan just yet, since I just thought of it, but it doesn\'t seem all that unreasonable to me.

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Old 01-30-2005, 08:23 PM   #20
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The ONLY available guy right now i would agree upon to replace AB would be Hasselback(even though he also suffers from some of the same inconsistencies), but Matt aint going anywhere!
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