The 2014 rookie QBs should sit

Bortles, Manziel and Bridgewater would benefit from a year on the sideline

Updated: June 10, 2014, 12:15 PM ET
By Bill Polian | ESPN Insider

Johnny Manziel and Brian HoyerAndrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsIt would behoove the Browns to keep Johnny Manziel (No. 2) on the bench this season.

There's no universal right answer when it comes to developing a quarterback in the National Football League. Every situation and every player involve distinct circumstances. Time frames are accelerated and delayed by any number of factors. But there is one certainty: It takes multiple seasons to develop a truly capable NFL starter under center. And that's why, if it were up to me, none of this year's drafted quarterbacks would take a snap in the 2014 season.

It is unlikely any of them can succeed in Year 1 beyond simply improving. And I don't say that because they lack talent. I say that because the learning curve of an NFL quarterback is a long one, and simply adapting to the league makes first-year success a near impossibility without ideal circumstances, no matter who you are.

Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater -- all of them would be best served by standing on the sideline and learning as rookies.

Here's why: