New Orleans Should Turn To Former Saint Marc Bulger To Backup Drew Brees

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IApril 27, 2010

DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 01:  Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams throws a third quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions on November 1, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ten years ago, the New Orleans Saints selected quarterback Marc Bulger with pick No. 168 in the draft. Thirty-one picks later, the New England Patriots took a chance on Tom Brady.

One is a three-time Super Bowl champion and the other was cut twice the same year he was drafted.

I'll let you guess which is which.

Even though Bulger has not gone on to have a hall-of-fame career, he's still been a very productive NFL quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.

Bulger ranked in the top 10 in the league in both completion percentage and yards per attempt each year from 2003 to 2006. He also made the Pro Bowl twice during that span.

Bulger's drop in production is directly correlated to the deterioration of the line in front of him.

All-Pro left tackle Orlando Pace played in just one game in 2007 and the rest of the line fell apart as Bulger missed four games due to a rib injury and a concussion.

The Saints need a solid No. 2 quarterback. Second-year player Chase Daniel and rookie Sean Canfield are not immediate answers.

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Bulger would solidify a a group of quarterbacks backing up Drew Brees that is currently best described as frightening.

Imagine if Drew Brees limps of the field with a sprained ankle and in jogs Chase Daniel.

You'd be better off running the Wildcat with Reggie Bush.

This is not to say that if Brees goes down for an extended period of time that Bulger would just pick up the pieces and make a seamless transition for the offense, but he is a far better option than two quarterbacks who at this point are no better than developmental prospects.

Not only is Bulger the Saints' best option at this point, but it is also an optimum situation for the veteran.

Take a look around the league and there aren't too many places where Bulger is going to be given a chance to start.

Buffalo could use Bulger's services, but he would get killed behind that offensive line. Jacksonville would benefit from some competition for David Garrard but it's doubtful that he would overtake the Jaguars' $60 million man.

Almost every other team in the league has a solid veteran quarterback or a young gun on whom they are banking their future.

In New Orleans, Bulger would benefit from the Saints' above-average offensive line and explosive playmakers. He would also get to learn a few new tricks from Drew Brees and Sean Payton, like working on mobility within the pocket to avoid pointless sacks.

Come on, Mickey Loomis, let's make this happen. It's time for a New Orleans Saints family reunion.