Knowledge of game, maturity factor into decision
Several factors come into play as a team decides the best time to play its young QB, Rick Spielman writes.
There are different philosophies on how to groom a young quarterback, and the results of each -- some good, some not so good -- can be seen in those players listed above. Some coaches believe in letting guys play early and learn on the job. Others want them to watch, listen and learn from the sideline. Most would prefer not to play a young quarterback until he truly is ready, which could be as early as the opening game or sometime later in that first season or even the following year.
But with the financial investment the organization has in a young quarterback, the team can begin to feel pressure to get him on the field.
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