“Kid Quarterbacks-Growing Up on the Job”
We’re headed to the second weekend of the NFL season, and so much is expected of all these new quarterbacks in the league, and so little ready to show it.
Much was made of last weekends new head coaches, who debuted. None of them won, not Jon Gruden in Oakland, or Matt Patricia in Detroit, the two biggest names hired in the off season.
In fact, the new coaches went a combined (0-7) in their debut games.
And the failure rate of the quarterbacks was fairly high also.
Baker Mayfield, the 1st pick in the draft, never got off the bench in the Cleveland Browns tie with the Steelers. Maybe he was lucky, because starter Tyrod Taylor took a fierce beating.
Lamar Jackson may be the future of the Baltimore Ravens, but he’s not the starter yet, and playing in certain packages on offense when both he and Joe Flacco are in the formation at the same time.
The best start came from Sam Darnold, who threw a pick-six on his first NFL pass, but did not make a mistake the rest of the way on a 194-yard passing day for the Jets.
Arizona lost badly in its debut game with veteran QB-Sam Bradford getting shutout out of the end zone. Rookie QB-Josh Rosen did not get off the bench because of a thumb injury suffered two weeks ago.
In Buffalo, it was as unprofessional a start to a season as you could imagine, the frightful 47-3 beating the Bills suffered in Baltimore. Their high first round pick Josh Allen did not start, but did play, after the benching starter of Nathan Perryman. It wasn’t pretty, a 17-quarterback rating, 6-sacks, 0-TDs. And now Allen is being pushed into the starting job this weekend against the Chargers.
Not pretty at all, but then again, that’s what happens. Quarterbacks go at the top of the draft board, and usually to just terrible teams.
Of course thee are exceptions to the rules, the years Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III arrived, or even last year’s dynamic performance of DeShaun Watson in Houston before he got hurt.
Don’t expect much more positive news this weekend. Those kid quarterbacks will be under siege, and that means good stats and wins will hardly follow..