So Patrick Ramsey is not in the building and who knows if he will ever be... a couple of well known beat writers claimed he would be signed after July 22nd and now they are kind of backtracking from the scoop which wasnt there... but seriously.... what do we really need from a back up QB and why hasnt one been signed yet?
We all know if #9 goes down we are in trouble. Consensus wisdom says that a back-up could handle the ship for no more than a couple of games, if that far, but we are pretty much shot. Can a Ramsey handle it better than a Chase Daniel or a Sean Canfield who have never taken a snap? Possibly.... but who really knows... he has been wearing a tag for so long.. and frankly it is hard to be excited about him... Payton looks to be thinking that way or else he would have been here already... that playbook is as big as they come... Lets face it... apart from a Jeff Garcia who else out there could effectively cover for Drew Brees?
Brees goes down and the next thing that happens is an awful amount of handoffs suddenly going through, which takes me to the following point. There currently are only five RB's on the roster with Lynell Hamilton expected to be new Mike Bell and PJ Hill battling Chris Ivory for number #4. It looks Payton has made his mind already.... But with a difference from last season - Hamilton is also a good special teamer while Bell wasnt. Can he handle the load of being the main short yardage carrier and ST ace at the same time? I think we can reasonably expect the fourth back to see a significant number of snaps (there will be four backs in the end anything less is an accident waiting to happen).
So where does it leave us... I would feel much more confortable if they signed Garcia or... a veteran RB to be there both for short yardage downs or if, God forbids, there is a sudden change of game plan which heavily skewes the play-book toward the running game.
Looking at it, IMO, this looks the best form of insurance if for whatever reason #9 cant suit up...