Chris: For my first real job outside of college, I was pleasured throughout my orientation with regaling tales of group health plans, disability insurance, workers’ compensation, harassment policies and vacation leave. Though such talk caused my ears to cascade blood, I did not fear of being violently attacked by my coworkers or the competition. So I suppose one could say my rookie initiation went better than those of the NFL’s top rookie quarterbacks.
Brad: There were four high-profile quarterbacks taken in the draft: Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, and yet only two of them are listed in the top of their depth charts (Bradford and Clausen). Clausen, however, will have a better season with the Panthers.
Joe: Sam the Ram, because on a bad team he looks good. He’s big and has a strong arm, but he just needs to get some blocking and stay healthy. Oh yeah-he’s got football smarts.
Brad: Bradford has a better arm, he is smarter between the ears, but Clausen will spend less time on his back. Clausen has more offensive weapons and an offensive line that is better than the atrocity in St. Louis. The only people the Rams’ offensive line could handle would be a three-man, in a broad sense of the word, rush from Ralphie, Chris and Joe.
Chris: I just think someone needs to tell Orlando Pace to step up his game.
Joe: All of these guys need to stay healthy in systems that are suspect. In time, Tebow may be a star, especially at Denver, but right now he’s hurt. Clausen is supposed to be star of future, but don’t count out Matt Moore starting off like he finished up last season. McCoy doesn’t even enjoy the respect of team management, but then this is Cleveland (they do have The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). Now–my pick for the best-of-show, Sam the Ram. Thrust into starting role with Feely injured, he worked a solid first half, managed to evade the defensive line rush and won the game.
Chris: Bradford did receive a solid education at Oklahoma. He was able to gain experience in winning games by competing against formidable opponents like Chattanooga, Utah State and maybe even a couple of talented high school teams, while facing Texas and Florida allowed him to receive training on how to face a pass rush, take a sack and handle defeat.
Brad: In the long run, however, it will be the player from “Boomer” town that will have a better career. Eventually the Rams’ line will improve enough that the team will be able to trust them with the feat of defending the city’s $70 man. At that point Bradford will blossom into a bona fide superstar. Colt McCoy will have the worst career of this fearsome quartet.
Joe: McCoy by default. I wish him all best, and maybe with a different team he can polish his star. He should see if he can get a discount on a season pass for the R-n-R Hall, because he’ll have a lot of spare time on his hands.
Brad: It is close between McCoy and the passionate Tim Tebow, but Tebow is more versatile and he has better coaching surrounding him. And so it is McCoy who will be the biggest bust.
Chris: McCoy may be able to file harassment charges against Marcel Dareus and get a restraining order against Ndamukong Suh. And it looks like he will be enjoying long lunch breaks in Cleveland this season. Quarterback is the one position where rookies may or may not participate. Is there an office like that anywhere? A place where college grads are hired, report for eight hours, and spend time surfing the Internet and drinking coffee for two or three years, before feeling comfortable enough to resume doing the duties they were trained to do in college?
Joe: Quarterbacks that are smart, physical and possess strong arms can step in right away, and if they have good supporting casts, can make a difference at once. The others can learn the position over time.
Chris: Kerry Collins and Steve McNair are the two examples. Both came into the league as high draft picks the same season. Collins played and was successful, McNair sat on the bench for a few years, later played and was successful. It didn’t affect the value of either of their rookie cards.
Brad: If I was trying to develop my quarterback, I would throw my him into the fire, that is if I’m spending less than $50 million dollars on him. There is no better way to learn than through experience, and there is only one way to get that in today’s game-by playing.
Joe: Hey Brad-did you ever hear of “five-year redshirts”? By the way, at Princeton, you do need to declare a “major” that cannot be spelled in four letters or less.