Stop Giving up on young Quarterbacks!

where did this toxic trend of only giving a quarterback one season or game begin?


Two young Quarterbacks Sam Darnold (left) and Tua Tagovailoa (right)

Braxton Gregory, Editor in Chief

“Sam Darnold is not a franchise quarterback, Tua is not the answer for the Dolphins time to draft another guy, Lamar Jackson can’t throw downfield gotta get a quarterback with a stronger arm.”

If you’re an NFL Football fan you’ve probably heard these phrases or quotes before and not just about these young quarterbacks but pretty much every young quarterback who throws an incomplete pass interception has a bad drive or has one bad game.

So where did this toxic trend of only giving a quarterback one season or game begin?

We can look at the 2019/2020 Arizona Cardinals entering the 2019 NFL Draft Arizona held the number one pick coming off a horrendous 3-13 season the newly hired Kliff Kingsbury had a decision to make.

Kliff could either ride it out with Josh Rosen (Arizona’s 2018 1st round pick) or Draft the Heisman winner Kyler Murray coming out of Oklahoma.

It was an easy decision and I think just about anyone with a brain would take Kyler Murray over Josh Rosen the move helped the Cardinals improve by three games if you count a tie as a positive.

The Cardinals did nothing wrong it was the trend that followed. That trend is giving up on young quarterbacks after their rookie year or a coaching change.

The best example’s right now are Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins and Sam Darnold of the New York Jets. Tua coming off of his rookie year without OTA’s or an Offseason and Sam Darnold coming off of a 2-14 season and a coaching change.

It’s simply to early and unfair to judge these young quarterbacks especially coming off the most unorthodox NFL season and viewing the situations around them.

Tua having No weapons poor offensive line play and small amounts of playing time, Sam Darnold having a bad coach zero offensive line and developing weapons.

Those aren’t the only young quarterbacks that have been ridiculed and dragged through the dirt in situations.

Quarterbacks like Drew Lock who hasn’t had consistent coaching, Lamar Jackson whose still expanding his playbook and knowledge, Baker Mayfield who finally got the right coach, Daniel Jones who doesn’t have an offensive line, Gardner Minshew who’s right in the middle of a rebuild.

The list goes on and on and don’t mistake these for excuses all the names mentioned have shown lots of promise in the right situations but just need more time to develop and more tools around them.

I recognize not every quarterback will develop or play out like Dwayne Haskins, Paxton Lynch  Josh Rosen, Johnny Manziel and so on which begs the question when do you give up on a quarterback?

In an article by Washington Post’s Mark Maske an NFL executive said “It’s a dilemma, A lot of these guys were pretty sheltered in college and this is the first time they’re really experiencing failure and scrutiny in a public way. You have to ask if they’re tough enough mentally to handle it. It’s a complicated, multi-faceted decision. This is a new world for developing young quarterbacks.”

Former General Manager Charley Casserly said “It comes to a point where you hit the wall, where the player is not improving, where he’s making the same mistakes and you can’t fix it, where you feel the team around him is good enough and it’s still not working.”

The quarterbacks development process used to be way different if you’re picking top 5 then the rookie starts immediately past that you usually see a teams sit quarterbacks and let them watch and learn. Some successful examples of watching and learning are Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers.

So let’s not now rush young quarterbacks out of town let’s not crucify them for a bad pass, bad drive, bad game or even a bad season. let’s start now and give the 2021 Draft class time and let them have a fair trial in the NFL. It’s better for the league it’s better for the fans and it’s better for the players.