Rookie quarterbacks off to an ugly start

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This year’s draft class was supposed to be loaded with quarterback talent. It may still prove to be. But the rookie quarterback class of 2021 is off to an ugly start.

Through three weeks, teams starting a rookie quarterback are 1-10 this season: Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars is 0-3, Zach Wilson of the Jets is 0-3, Justin Fields of the Bears is 0-1, Mac Jones of the Patriots is 1-2 and Davis Mills of the Texans is 0-1.

The one team to win a game with a rookie quarterback was New England, but that was in its game against the Jets, and in the Jones vs. Wilson matchup, someone had to win.

The stats are ugly: Among the 34 quarterbacks who have attempted at least 35 passes this season, Mills, Wilson, Lawrence and Fields are the Bottom 4 in completion percentage. Fields has been sacked on 23.9 percent of his dropbacks, by far the most in the NFL this season, while Wilson has been sacked on 12.5 percent, the second-most. Fields is also last in the NFL in yards per pass, while Wilson and Lawrence are tied for the league lead with seven interceptions.

It’s way too early to judge any rookie as a bust, but the teams that drafted quarterbacks this year had to be hoping they’d be further along through three weeks.

21 responses to “Rookie quarterbacks off to an ugly start

  1. Anyone putting this on Fields is clearly just being a knucklehead. We are seeing EXACTLY what Nagy did to Trubisky. The problem isn’t the player personnel, it’s 100% Nagy and Pace.

  2. Wasn’t impressed by any of these players coming out, and I haven’t seen anything to change my mind.

  3. Bears Tackles are truly offensive. Andy Dalton must be having flashbacks to 2020 on the Cowboys…

  4. Transvaccinated says:
    September 27, 2021 at 9:41 am
    Anyone putting this on Fields is clearly just being a knucklehead. We are seeing EXACTLY what Nagy did to Trubisky. The problem isn’t the player personnel, it’s 100% Nagy and Pace.
    Bingo. Nagy deploys all of his quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, sit back in the pocket with 5 wide and an overmatched offensive line and pick the defense apart. That worked with a veteran like Alex Smith and with talents like Mahomes and Kelce, but it didn’t work with Trubisky and it won’t with a rookie making his first start and a line that can’t block anybody. Where is the running game, the play action roll outs, the screen passes to protect your QB?? The sad part is a competent coach absolutely could’ve made that a competitive game with the defensive performance.

    You can only feel terrible for Fields until the next coach installs an offense that actually fits his players skill sets. Imagine that.

  5. what youre seeing are growing pains. some rookies arent ready and need to sit and learn. however, with no patience they get off to a rocky start and even possibly ruined

  6. Anyone putting this on Fields is clearly just being a knucklehead. We are seeing EXACTLY what Nagy did to Trubisky. The problem isn’t the player personnel, it’s 100% Nagy and Pace.
    Absolutely spot on. The only question still to be answered is if the McCaskeys took notice and care enough about not ruining another highly drafted young QB to cut the cord on these two before more damage is done.

  7. None of these QBs are exactly stepping into a Super Bowl ready team; those teams all had high draft picks for a reason, and early struggles (even all year) are to be expected…

  8. I think the problem lies in the scouts for ranking some of these guys so highly. They are clearly looking at the wrong things because year-in-year out there are way more busts than wins.

  9. Gee, and most National talking heads had most of these kids heading straight to the hall of fame during the pre season.

  10. Fields is the 4th guy in the past 2 seasons to look bad in Nagy’s offense so I’m going with the common denominator. And the Jags’ offense looks like a terrible fit for Lawrence or any other rookie. They don’t appear to have many checkdown options which leaves Lawrence throwing into coverage usually with the rush in his face.

    Many coaches blindly stick to their scheme even when it doesn’t fit their talent level. No idea why anybody with a bad line would constantly have their QB doing deep dropbacks with slow developing patterns but you see that all the time.

  11. I don’t get why bad teams put rookies in so soon. The only team out of the ones mentioned I trust has a good plan is the Patriots. Let the rookie learn behind a veteran, while building an O line and some help around him before putting him in there. Makes no sense to ruin your prized investment.

  12. This is a case study as to WHY rookie QBs need to sit a year or two to watch, listen and learn.

    Even in the Power 5 conferences, at best, a QB will see 2-3 guys on the other side of the line of scrimmage who will make it in the NFL. And maybe 1 who will have an above average NFL career.

    In EVERY NFL game, when that same QB looks over the D he sees 11 guys who are among the top 75 or so guys at what they do in the WORLD.

    All teams do by starting rookie QBs is throw fresh meat to the lions. The exceptional (may) survive and thrive but the rest are so battered 2-3 years in any chance they had a great career is OVER.

    And why the heck NFL management and media talking heads don’t get this is beyond me.

  13. No surprise just Look at the teams they are on. Sam Darnold was a bum until Carolina picked him up, now under a good coach and better personal he’s looking like a pretty decent QB.
    These teams think all they need is a franchise QB. True if you already have the foundation, but most of these teams would fare much better off if they traded those picks and shored up the foundation before drafting a QB that is almost guaranteed to fail with no supporting cast.

  14. It’s not a myth. The game in the NFL is much faster, and the defenses are way more complex.

    Rookies used to sit for at least a year. That can’t happen anymore, so we see a lot of bad performances early on.

    All still have the same potential to either bust or be elite that they had on draft day.

  15. Everyone knows it’s the Bears Oline that can’t block anyone but do you think Pace will plunder other teams practice squads to find solutions…nope, not at all and that’s why he should be fired while Nagy is just plain awful.

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