Re: To start or sit a rookie QB?
Real question, though, is do you think anything would have been different if the opposite tactic would have been used?
Would David Carr be a better QB right now if he had sat?
Would Palmer or Rivers be busts if they'd played immediately?
Would Aikman or Manning not have been as effective if they HAD sat?
The very real fact is that there is no such thing as a surefire QB pick. Guys who bomb out of the NFL (see: McNown, Cade -- Couch, Tim -- Smith, Akili -- etc.) bomb out because they can't hack it. My guess is that they wouldn't be able to hack it even if they had spent time learning the game as a rookie. Really, if your psyche is that fragile that a year of getting smashed around and taking lumps does your career in, you probably weren't destined for greatness to begin with.
I think, as a QB, you are who you are. Get the rookie into the game and find out if he has it -- every snap he takes gets you closer to figuring that out. The longer a bad #1 QB lingers on a roster, the further back a franchise falls in the "rebuild" cycle.
But really, there's no right answer to this debate.
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