McCown joining list of Saints starting quarterbacks

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mccownWhen Luke McCown takes the Saints’ first offensive snap Sunday in Charlotte, he will join a select group of quarterbacks to have started a game in the 49-year history of the franchise.

McCown will become the 30th starting QB in franchise history, but only the sixth since 2000. In the last 16 seasons, Aaron Brooks and Drew Brees have started all but 15 games for New Orleans.

The consistency of the starting quarterbacks since the turn of the century comes in sharp contrast to the final three years of the 1990s, when New Orleans trotted out six different starters under Mike Ditka.

Quarterbacks making their first start in a Saints uniform are 9-20. Archie Manning, in 1971, was the first quarterback to win his first start as a Saint. Brees is the most recent, in 2006.

The full list of starting quarterbacks in franchise history, with the number of career starts for the Saints, the year of their first start and the result of their first start.

Name Starts 1st Start Result
Gary Cuozzo 10 1967 L
Billy Kilmer 39 1967 L
Karl Sweetan 3 1968 L
Ed Hargett 8 1970 L
Archie Manning 129 1971 W
Bobby Scott 14 1973 L
Larry Cipa 3 1974 W
Bobby Douglass 8 1976 L
Dave Wilson 31 1981 L
Ken Stabler 22 1982 L
Richard Todd 14 1984 L
Bobby Hebert 75 1985 L
John Fourcade 11 1987 W
Steve Walsh 19 1990 L
Mike Buck 1 1993 L
Wade Wilson 14 1993 W
Jim Everett 47 1994 L
Doug Nussmeier 2 1996 L
Billy Joe Hobert 12 1997 W
Heath Shuler 9 1997 L
Danny Wuerffel 6 1997 L
Kerry Collins 7 1998 W
Billy Joe Tolliver 11 1998 L
Jake Delhomme 2 1999 W
Jeff Blake 11 2000 L
Aaron Brooks 82 2000 W
Todd Bouman 3 2005 L
Drew Brees 145 2006 W
Mark Brunell 1 2009 L
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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