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#91 weymouthst


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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

I am torn on this question. Anderson seems like he could start no problem, and be able to engineer some drives and keep us competitive.

In that sense, then yes, I would like to see Anderson start. But I would much rather go with Cam or Jimmy.

It factors into the whole "franchise QB" deal. You look at teams who have drafted a young QB, like TB, Atlanta, STL, NYJ, and they went with their rookie QB's. If you give Jimmy or Cam the ropes, one of them will stand out as the better QB. From there, you rally around one of them.

Anderson isn't the future of the Carolina Panthers. He has proved through his previous seasons that he wasn't the future of any franchise. In this sense, I feel like it is wasted time to start him.

It is a tough question, though.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:45 PM

how about fug no

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:04 PM

I am sure Rivera will do what is right. If he doesn't think Cam is ready... I'm fine with that. I think for people to say that Anderson better not start, is silly. Sorry. :)

I don't understand why people think it's bad to let rookies sit for awhile, especially fresh QBs who need to grasp a new system? I think we live in a world of make believe video games and Fantasy Football and don't see the "human factor" in a player developing and working his way into a system.

Granted, there have been some guys like Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan who were tossed to the wolves from day one and managed to be a success. BUT sometimes, it isn't what the team originally expected. I know Flacco was suppose to sit early on but Kyle Boller got seriously injured and Troy Smith got an illness, and Joe found his way to first string. Matt Ryan did start week 1 by winning out the job, but overall.. it doesn't happen a lot and isn't normal and when it doesn't, the QBs aren't always great, even if their teams are. Mark Sanchez did start, for instance, but ended up throwing something like 20 interceptions, although the Jets somehow freakishly ended up 9-7 overall. On the flip side, when comparing Newton to similar players like himself, Josh Freeman didn't start until week 9 of his rookie season. Just something to chew on.

Still, even with those guys we aren't looking at QBs with Super Bowl rings. As far as Ben Roethlisberger, Tommy Maddox started the 2004 season for Pittsburg and Ben wasn't named the starter until week three, after some injuries occurred. The Steelers had actually planned on sitting Ben all of his first year. On top of that, I remember Aaron Rodgers sitting behind Bret Farve for a loooooooooong time and Tom Brady didn't start until the third game of his second season. Even Michael Vick, another high profiled #1 pick, sat behind Chris Chandler early on, as head coach Dan Reeves didn't feel Vick was ready to on week 1. Plus, Eli Manning another "much talked about" #1 pick didn't start until week 11!

With Brady, Rogers, Eli and Roethlisberger, we're talking about some GREAT Super Bowl-winning qbs here that waited a bit before starting. I know Payton was thrown in early and his success is no joke but Manning is on another level as far as being mentally prepared before games and maturity goes. I just know that there really is no written rule on how to bring up a rookie QB, even the high profile ones. I just don't see the point in being frustrated if Newton isn't suited up and ready to start week 1! I know he was a first pick and we expect him to be NFL material from the get-go, but I can't help but think back to the disaster that was starting Drew Bledsoe from day one. I remember Bill Parcells, their coach made a comment about how much Drew was getting paid and that he'd better start. Even though the Pats won like 5 games all year, Bledsoe took a physical beating and a lot of critics argue that it destroyed his career.

Just something to think about.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

I am sure Rivera will do what is right. If he doesn't think Cam is ready... I'm fine with that. I think for people to say that Anderson better not start, is silly. Sorry. :)

I don't understand why people think it's bad to let rookies sit for awhile, especially fresh QBs who need to grasp a new system?

For me it's not that. it's the fact that if Newton isnt ready to start, why can't Clausen do it????? i know he didnt have a good year last year, but neither did Anderson and i rather throw Clausen out there and see if he can improve his trade value than start Anderson.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:52 PM

After one preseason game?

Jury's still out. We need to see a lot more work from all three of them.

{edit: I'm still not a fan of the Anderson pickup, but Jimmy looks doomed, and Newton is gonna need more practice to gell with the team.}

Edited by blackcatgrowl, 15 August 2011 - 05:58 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:58 PM

Why would he need to start the first preseason game? I was talking to one of my friends who lives for Sundays... asked him if he's happy to have NFL football this weekend. He said "this weekend isn't NFL football, it's football for rookies and second teamers. The next two weeks we'll see NFL football for a half, and then maybe a quarter the following week."

Guess Eli is a rookie or second teamer playing with rookies and second teamers.