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No, Thank You
I've been a Donovan McNabb fan since the days when he was backing up Doug Pederson. But he is done. Does he have anything to teach? Sure he does. Can he do it while playing at a high level? Not anymore.
The results if you plug in any number of other free agent or "get-able" QBs are similar.
Carson Palmer? If this was before the injury and the Bengals organization wasn't playing chicken with their soon-to-be-former franchise signal-caller, I'd say yes. Palmer might resurrect his career some day, but "mights" and "some days" are not enough when you have someone surer and more immediate as an option.
Kevin Kolb? Why draft Kaepernick if you're just going to trade for his older, less athletic doppelganger? Plus, not only is he not as sure a thing as Orton, but he also costs more.
Marc Bulger? Fragile, thirty-four and, like Carson Palmer, not the same quarterback he once was.
Matt Hasselbeck? Same problem: the level of play. Hasn't had a decent season since 2007.
Matt Leinart? Child, please.
It only gets uglier from there, starting with Alex Smith himself—whose only real upside is that he's already on the team. Put simply, Kyle Orton is the best of what's available, for a number of reasons.
If you want a guy to put your team on his back and carry them across the finish line sixteen-plus games a year, wake up.
Those are Hall of Fame-caliber quarterbacks, and you can't have one via trade. You have to game and luck your way into one, just like everyone else.
On the other hand, if you want a guy who plays smart, can win some games for you when your team is down, can mentor a young guy and do it with class and comes at a fair price, you want Orton.
He may not be the best fit for every team, but I think he fits right into the current situation in San Francisco.
Just a thought.