In 'First Contact', i could accept that given Picards history with the Borg. Even still though it seemed far more suited to Picards particular character to be the one on the ground encouraging Cochrane to live up to his legend, while Riker kicked arse in orbit.
Yeah I've always thought that as well. It would have been a lot cooler to see Riker kicking the Borg's ass on the ship instead of Picard. Especially when I think back to what a badass he was during BOBW: "Then take your best shot, Locutus, because we are about