The Best Rookie Quarterback In New Orleans Saints History


Quarterback is thought of by many to be the most important position on a football team. Getting a good one can be hard though. Getting a good rookie quarterback can sometimes feel like the impossible search.

The New Orleans Saints have had a number of good quarterbacks over the years, but the vast majority of them have come there as free agents. Who has been the best rookie quarterback in team history?

In 1999, Jake Delhomme got a couple of starts as an undrafted free agent, and did fairly well, finishing the year with 521 yards on 42 of 76 passing with three touchdowns and five interceptions. With a few more yards and less interceptions, John Fourcade sits just above him by going 48 of 89 for 597 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions in 1987. Archie Manning is a legend in Saints history and he had a very good rookie season in 1971 when he went 86 for 177 with 1,164 yards, six touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Bobby Hebert had some good stats too during his rookie season in 1985, going 97 of 181 for 1,208 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions.

The best rookie quarterback in Saints history though was a guy who came to the team in 2000. Aaron Brooks completed 113 of 194 attempts for 1,514 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Brooks started just five games that season but really showed he had the stuff to make it in the NFL. He would go on to have a few very productive years as quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

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