It is always difficult to know when it's time to throw a rookie QB into the fray and let him play. This has to be a question the Oakland Raiders mull over on a daily basis regarding prized rookie QB JaMarcus Russell.
The Raiders are now at the halfway point of the season and at 2-6, the question becomes when will Russell see the field?
It's tough to say when Russell will be ready, but had he been in camp early on and not missed the entire preseason, he would be more prepared than he is at this moment.
Still, the one thing you can't ever do is just throw a rookie QB out there before he is ready to play. There have been some success stories such as Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman. These were guys who played as rookies and were able to battle back from tough starts. However, there are far many more cases of QBs that ended up failing because they were handed the reigns before they were ready. Some of these guys might have been busts regardless, but Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, Ryan Leaf, among others, are just a few examples of guys that were probably thrown into the fray before the time was right. They weren't ready, they got hit often, the media and fans often reminded them of their failures and they were never ever really able to recover.