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Will the New Orleans Saints ever wish they could vacate their 2006 first-round pick?

Giving back the Heisman Trophy he won by dominating college football for USC in the fall of 2005 almost assuredly wounded Reggie Bush's pride, but the leg injury he sustained in a Week 2 win against the 49ers is of slightly greater concern when it comes to his immediate future. Bush has a Super Bowl ring with the Saints and has produced highlights, but as recently as last week, only 20 percent of SportsNation considered him an NFL star.

Of course, take away the ring, and you could say the same of Jay Cutler and Vince Young, two other big names from the 2006 draft (or Matt Leinart, minus the highlights part). With Cutler off to a quick start for the Bears, is he the best bet of the hyped quartet to thrive?

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

What's the most important think you took from the big Bears win?

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson
Jeff Dickerson

That Martz can win games for this team. And Cutler played his best game ever...in my opinion. Full transcript

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It seemed within the realm of probability that a quarterback with ties to the Arizona Cardinals would fall flat on his face this fall, but to be honest, our money was on "Dancing with the Stars" neophyte Kurt Warner. Instead, Matt Leinart came metaphorically crashing to terra firma by losing the starting job in Arizona before the end of August. That worked out pretty well the last time it happened in the desert, but Derek Anderson doesn't appear to be the second coming of Warner.

While the Cardinals ponder whether to keep the former first-round pick of send him packing, SportsNation blogger 3rdStoneFromTheSun says a fresh start won't help Leinart.

Dave (AZ)

what do you make of this QB situation in Arizona?

Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton
Gary Horton

You've had so long to look at this guy. He's not an unknown. You've been around Matt Leinart for 3-4 years now. The reasons that we think he was benched was his demeanor, body language, command of the huddle, etc. These are all things that the coaches have been around for years. So, why now? Even though he had a statistically strong game this weekend.

Whisenhunt said he doesn't judge a QB by stats. This might just be a clash of personalities. You have a coach that comes from the Pittsburgh mentality and a QB from L.A. and Hollywood. That might be oversimplifying, but I don't know how you can turn this thing upside down two weeks from the opener. If I'm in Arizona right now, I have no idea what to do at the QB position. I don't believe in Derek Anderson over the long term. But I get the feeling that the coaches aren't sold on Leinart. They better hope to run the football and not ask the QB to win the game right now.

I will say one last time, if you weren't comfortable with Leinart, why didn't you make that determination a long time ago? Full transcript

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Not many people can pull off a neck beard and successfully play quarterback in the National Football League. Actually, let's reword that: Not many people can pull off a neck beard, period. As Dr. Aaron Perlut (a friend of SportsNation) would put it, beards are compromises for those not committed enough to wearing a mustache.

Obviously, Dr. Perlut has never met Kyle Orton. He's been able to do both quite well in the past year, heading a surprisingly competitive Broncos squad and rocking a thick and extensive beard. The Broncos don't seem to be totally confident in him, however, as they've acquired clean-shaven Brady Quinn as a backup plan. Sure, Orton is starting now, but how long will that last? For certain, he can sympathize with Marion Barber (soul patch), Flozell Adams (mustache/beard combo) and Matt Leinart (stubble). One day, you've got a starting position and a full beard -- the next, nothing. At least Orton can take solace in the fact that SportsNation sees him as the starter for the majority of the Broncos' games this season. Is that the right choice?

lbmore33

Look Orton wasn't the total problem with this team, his numbers speaks for themselves...had the running game been a lil better and the D played a lil better no one would have questioned Orton ability...I think his arm decent to throw downfield had McDaniels allowed him too (see Redskins game to Marshall). Quinn is only an upgrade of Simms who stunk and looked terrified to be out there.

-- lbmore33
blueliner2k3

Do it. Jones starting, Barber closing. ...don't forget to use Choice.

-- blueliner2k3
sauce1977

Flozell is a cheap-shot tackle who only gets by on his garbage tricks. He cannot handle the better ends in the league. You will not win with his blocking.

-- sauce1977

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They said all week long Kurt Warner wasn't the type of guy to call a press conference to announce he was returning next season. They were right.

The 12-year NFL veteran with over 32,000 passing yards and a 65.5 percent completion percentage called it quits on Friday after a productive season in which he led the Arizona Cardinals to the divisional playoffs. In a refreshing change compared to another recent future Hall of Famer who waffled with retirement well into the offseason, Warner made the announcement 83 days before the NFL draft. He leaves the Cardinals with ample time to figure out their quarterback position which right now rests in the hands of Matt Leinart.

aioria_de_leo

Warner a future HOF player deciding on his future and letting his team plan way ahead. Always the class act showing what the REAL greats do, he conducts himself with such dignity to him and to his peers, something you cannot say about Favre. I will be honest, I thought he was the product of the Rams system and never thought he would amount to much (even with a ring on his finger), now how many of us were proven so wrong. Favre should be ashame to see what a true LEADER is all about. Whatever you do Kurt wish you the very best, you deserve it because of your commitment to the game, to your community and the fans you have even from other teams. Look in the thesaurus the words CLASS and WINNER, there should be picture of Kurt Warner.

-- aioria_de_leo
tjdixon81

On one side of the curtain will be Kurt Warner's retirement press conference.... On the other side, Michael Vick's "Welcome to Arizona" press conference...... Can you see it????

-- tjdixon81
forty9rfaithful

Well Kurt, you might be a class act, but as a 49er fan, I believe I speak for all the "Faithful" when I say.......good riddance!......you'v e been a pain in our butt for too many years now, let's get the Leinart era going so the 9ers can get back to OWNING the division again!

-- forty9rfaithful

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