I know in the 80's we saw a great group of QB'S like Marino, Joe M., Elway, Young and Kelly playing. Troy and Brett led the way in the 90's and Brady and Manning are two of the best in this era. There are others but it seems that teams are now looking for anyone young or old to help their lack of QB's for their teams.
If you did not believe teams needed a strong back-up; you should now in Carolina. Remember when Drew got hurt and Tom filled in...It seems either a QB is thrown to the wolves like Joey in Detroit and expected to win like Eli in New York; or they disappear like David Greene; who had the tools to play. I know there are QB'S like Grossman who were developed for college and are only good system QB's. There are several good QB's coming out but it seems there are used to quick or sitting too long.
We know teams are in a bad way when we are talking about Vinny starting or Drew coming back. The next thing we will hear is that Doug is returning or even Marino. I know that probally will not happen but the poor management of QB coaches have cost good QB's their careers and good potential QB's to never get a shot.
What should be the balance for a team who needs a QB now but throwing them to the wolves make cause them to never play their potential? I think they should all sit the first year and just learn the game. Then at least they will have seen it up close and have a feel of reality. Terry Bradshaw was running everywhere and sucked his first year. The team realized he needed a line and worked with him and the rest is history. Even Roger sat and learned and then replaced Craig Morton at Dallas. Archie Manning ran for his life and never really saw a great season. These are great QB's and many need much more time.
Eli comes with a huge shadow over him because of his brother/dad and every mistake is brought out. I am surprised he can even play under that stress and weak line. Joey got a second shot but with a team that was left a mess and needing a miracle not just a decent QB.
There is still QB's like Bart Star, Bradshaw, Staubach, Manning, Young, Joe M., Marino, Brady, Aikman and Elway out there waiting to be developed and waiting to led teams to great seasons.
Some will step up but many will be thrown out to early and never reach what could have been...Do you think the Oakland QB will learn allot this year or learn what not to do; if he survives?
Ryan Leaf was a decent QB in college but he was one of the worst QB's to ever play. I know some are built for programs in college and should never throw a pass in the NFL. There are some good QB's that have the potential to be a great QB in the NFL. What are ways to develop and mature them without throwing them out early and it usually means injuries or destroys them mentally? I guess Arizona waited a few games but it seems now he will have a chance now to sit and learn until next year.
I know teams need to win but it seems they are willing to treat the new QB anyway they want to win now. I guess the QB should want big bucks.. many don't last for long. The Brett and Elway's are rare to see. To see a QB doing well in his middle 30's is a rare treat.
What are your thoughts?