|09-17-2006, 08:34 AM||#1|
Memphian in Boston
Join Date: Jul 2006
How Does This Make Sense?
As I was wasting time on the forum this morning, I came across this thread http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=46695 where someone is arguing that Cobb's performance in the preseason merits not only carries but a crack at the starting job. Despite the fact that the Bells combined for over 160 yards and both averaged well over 5 yards per carry.
Then I went to this thread http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=46533 where I learned that no matter how well Cutler performed in the preseason, he has never faced a real NFL defense and doesn't deserve to see the field. Despite the fact that the man in front of him was responsible for 4 turnovers, it would be idiotic for Cutler to see the field.
So my question to you is, how does this make sense? Is the preseason important or not? Or does it vary depending on how much you like the player?
|09-17-2006, 08:43 AM||#2|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Aug 2006
I think you're comparing apples to oranges when you're talking about a 2nd year running back with a rookie QB. The 2 positions have very different learning curves. Of course the pre-season is important, but performance in the pre-season is often trumped by performance during the regular season.
Cutler could have been perfect in the pre season, and it still wouldn't change the fact that he doesn't have enough familiarity with the playbook, know all the reads, etc.
Young running backs contribute early more than most other positions because there is relatively little to learn.
|09-17-2006, 09:52 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Black Hills of Dakota
Caveat: I'm not calling for Cutler to start. Not by any stretch. I only wish to raise a point I haven't seen addressed here yet.
If the starting QB is stinking up the place, when is the rookies inexperience and lack of knowledge with the playbook offset by exceptional natural ability? There's got to be a tipping point where the starters inability to move the ball is more of a detriment than the rookies inexperience.
Would anyone care to contribute to this thought?