This past weekend of football action served to underscore once more how essential QB play, especially that of an inexperienced signal-caller, can be to the fortunes of a football team.
Some novices, such as Atlanta rookie Matt Ryan or the Ravens’ Joe Flacco, have progressed more quickly than expected. Other newcomers, such as LSU’s Jarrett Lee, haven’t gotten past the growing pains. That can lead to agita for an entire team -- and its fanbase.
Here are the signs that your young QB just isn’t developing like you’d hoped:
10. When the light finally comes on, it’s the one in his fridge
9. He asks whether interceptions still count as completions
8. With Halloween over, he’s figured out he’s the reason for the “boos”
7. Etiquette experts say it’s rude the way he stares at his intended receiver
6. His passing stinks, but his tackling has really improved
5. He asks why the other receivers bother going out since he’s just throwing to one of them
4. The game’s only slowing down for him because INT’s stop the clock
3. Learned how to read defenses through “Hooked on Phonics”
2. He points out that mathematically, he should only be expected to be 50% as effective as a halfback and one-fourth as good as a fullback
1. The pattern he’s most comfortable with is the (fetal) curl