There's your answer Saints fans. Yeah, there were a few of us that were so desperate for football that we actually watched the 3rd preseason game. I think I can speak for all us when I say we were rather confused by Luke McCown getting a majority of the snaps while Ryan Griffin was picking splinters out of his ass until the final drive. We were wondering why the elder statesman of the Saints cluster of backups was getting such an extended look when he's already had chance after chance to prove that he's a capable NFL quarterback. We were wondering why a young, upstart signal caller like Ryan Griffin was not given a fair shot at proving his worth to this team. Some said McCown was kept as an extra set of eyes for Drew Brees, but now it's pretty apparent what really happened. When deciding between two average quarterbacks to back up your Hall Of Fame starter you don't use youth or potential to decide. That would be ridiculous. The final decision should come down to which quarterback has already shot commercials for an international company that are predicated upon him winning the backup job. What was Sean Payton to do? Compromise the legitimacy of Verizon's advertising just so he could keep two young quarterbacks around? The NFL is a business, and some decisions are just bigger than football....like deciding who is better at humorously speaking into a camera.
As much as I think Ryan Griffin got hosed in the quarterback competition, I actually appreciate this move. It's no secret that if Drew Brees goes down then all the Saints will have to look forward to is a better draft pick. I don't want a competent quarterback that can win a meaningless football game or two. I want the guy that's more worried about the camera catching his good side. If I'm going to be forced to watch someone other then Drew Brees play quarterback for the New Orleans Saints then it might as well be the quirky guy that can get a laugh. At least he's worth something. What would Ryan Griffin be able to do? Turn a 4-12 team to a 6-10 team? Fuck that. Give me 4-12, 100 more Verizon commercials, and top 3 pick in the NFL draft. If we are going to stink I want to stink with the best of them, and as good as Luke McCown is with a clipboard in his hand, he's equally as bad with a football in his hand. If the ship is sinking, and we are all going to drowned anyway, the man I want captaining the ship is whoever can make it go down faster.
P.S. In actuality he probably got the Verizon gig because Drew Brees does commercials for them too. If your starter is getting one of your backups side gigs before the decision is officially made then that pretty much unofficially makes your decision for you.