1. Too Much Too Soon
The reality is that it is too much too soon for most of these young quarterbacks. These days a lot of coaches agree that it’s a good idea to redshirt their starlets before throwing them into the deep end. Even Patrick Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith for a season (via The Ringer). As the NFL continues to evolve, perhaps teams should consider following this model. To be fair, the Niners and the Bears are trying to do this.
Meanwhile, Chicago resisted their fans’ demands to start Fields. However, Andy Dalton’s injury took that choice away. Finally, the Jets, the Jags, and the Patriots dropped their rookies in the middle of a battlefield. Mac Jones has some chance because Bill Belichick has a plan. But it’s difficult not to pity Wilson and Lawrence. Lance is the only one from his class without this weight on his shoulders – and he too now has it all of the sudden.