Still trying to figure out all this talk about how you can’t under any circumstances throw a rookie QB out there or you’ll ruin him. It’s true that some can’t handle it, maybe Smith was one of them. Maybe Smith just couldn’t ever adapt to the NFL and the starting as a rookie is not the cause. But there are numerous examples folks have already listed, that have done well. Yes some of them had really good O-lines or some other veteran leadership to help them out, but not all of them. The Colts sucked a$$ pretty much all the way around when Manning was drafted. They went 3-13 his rookie year, he was sacked so many times it wasn’t funny, I believe he set some kind of interception record (most, not fewest) that year as well. Yeah, all that definitely ruined him. If only they had let him sit for a couple years he could have been something, earned a few MVP awards, won a Super Bowl or something. But, noooo…they threw him to the wolves and destroyed him.
You want to know where one of Nate’s first college starts were…as a Freshman…in Michigan with somewhere in the ballpark of 100k fans cheering for the other team, against an undefeated Michigan team fighting for the number 1 ranking spot in the nation at the time. He was sacked three times that game. It didn’t even come close to ruining him. Ball State didn’t have an offensive line until his third year. They sure as hell didn’t have a running game until then. His sophomore year, they had so many running back injuries that they had to convert a couple of defensive backs into running backs for some games. Try going 70% and throwing 3 TDs when the other team knows you don’t have a running back. He can handle some adversity.
Don't get me wrong, I think if he starts next year it's because he earned it in competition, but don't just sit the guy because you're afraid it'll ruin him.
[ Edited by mrgneissguy on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:06 AM ]