Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
I thought about that example. But both guys were entirely new to the team and the coach last year (and basically to starting in the NFL)
Wilson was impressive right from his very first preseason game, though. Moreso than Flynn was. It wasn't surprising at all that he won the starting job.
Point is, though... he scaled the depth chart based on training camp and preseason games. Had he sucked in practice, Flynn would have remained penciled in as the starter.
Expectations were not high (at all) for Russell Wilson... but his performance far exceeded expectations. Tebow, on the other hand, was deemed (by coaches) to be in need of far more work than they'd anticipated. Wilson's readiness for the NFL was a pleasant surprise for his coaches; Tebow's... not so much (going into his 4th season, he's still nowhere near ready to be a starter).