You're looking at the final result. I'm talking about the process.
I understand the logic in thinking this. I just don't see any real tangible evidence that it is true.
In recent years there has been seemingly no correlation between playing in a pro-style offense and being successful sooner in the NFL. Nor has there been any real correlation in coming from a spread offense and needing more time to develop.
It makes sense to think that but every year I see Brady Quinn never get it, Matt Leinart never get it, possibly Jimmy Clausen never getting it, Mark Sanchez is playing solidly but still struggles, etc.
Meanwhile, guys like Sam Bradford, Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman etc. make the transition very quickly.
I honestly believe that (although counter intuitive) that playing in a pro offense isn't as much of a head start as people think. That is why I think players coming from pro offenses are given way too much extra credit by draftniks and spread QB's are penalized way too much.
It is a tougher process to go from a style of offense you know to one that you don't, no matter who you are. Some guys can do it. Other guys can't.
Some quarterbacks make the transition well despite having the additional task of learning a new style of offense. Others come in without having that particular worry, but still fail.
Said it before. Some guys can run up a mountain and still have energy to burn. Others get tired walking up a hill. That doesn't make the hill higher than the mountain, but it does tell you the difference between the men.
The Panthers took Newton because they believe he's the first guy. Hope they're right.
There are more than a hundred ways to fail the transition from college to the pros. Not being able to transition to a new style offense is one. Avoiding that one doesn't protect you from the others.
TBH I dont think it really matters all that much. Handling the pressure and being smart have weight than what system you come from.
I really dont know how Cam is going to turn out but I would not feel any better with Luck. The fact is you really dont know how someone is going to handle all the money and pressure.