Originally Posted by SMC
Good points, but my point is more nuanced and I think if I make myself clearer you would agree.
I'm not saying that a rookie QB should always be benched. Every situation is different and as you stated, starting first year has been good for some QBs.
I'm specifically talking about a rookie QB starting year 1 for a veteran team and, thus, being told to not make any mistakes and let the D and running game win it. That's counterproductive to a QB's development. Did you follow the Jets then when Sanchez wore the Red-Yellow-Green arm band?
That's different from the QBs you mentioned because they started for younger teams and then, in a sense, the team grew with the rookie QB who matured into a star.
Thanks. No, I didn't follow the Jets back then. Wasn't sure exactly what they had done with Sanchez, which is one of the reasons why I talked about both things, the "crippling of a young QB" versus a basic "ball security/game manager" approach.
I guess a good example would be Joe Flacco. He started out as a "game manager" type on a strong veteran team. His job was to basically not screw things up. He's managed to actually progress quite a bit. Still a game manager most the time, but can step out now and then. Yes, he has more weapons, but he still has to make decisions, still has to read defenses, still has to actually throw the ball, and he does all of them better much better than Sanchez does.
I'm not saying that the Jets have done everything right with Sanchez, as clearly, they haven't. But then again, no QB ever has a "perfect" situation. While the Jets have made some bad moves, much of the problem is with Sanchez himself. Basically, in my view, it doesn't matter what situation he had come into. SAR and anyone else could have crafted the absolute best, most ideal situation and Sanchez still wouldn't have progressed.