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Name me a bridge QB that actually helped a rookie

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I find the narrative overused. Bridge QBs don't see themselves as bridges, they want the start and the contract, and have no interest in getting benched.

 

Name me a situation where a bridge QB successfully passed the torch to a young QB.

 

Favre and Rodgers certainly don't count. Use that relationship as your baseline.

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Jon Kitna was really good to Carson Palmer his rookie year. Palmer sat behind Kitna the entire season. 

Just now, Bangarang said:

John Kitna to Carson Palmer

 

Beat me to it lol

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None, a rookie either has it or they don't, the only way to truly learn is to play. That is why all of these "bridge" QBs don't start very long anymore. A true bridge QB is a franchise QB. Favre-Rodgers as exsmple.

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Phillip Rivers, and Kaepernick are my best examples. I find it hard to believe they were mentored though, quite the opposite. Though admittedly stiff competition provides development a la Steve Young,  Joe Montana.

3 minutes ago, Royale with Cheese said:

Does Don Majikowski to Brett Farve count?

haha I guess?

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It's franchise to youngster that really has been most successful. Favre-Rodgers, Bledsoe-Brady, Brees-Rivers. You can't really use the Matt Flynn to Russell Wilson year in 2012 as an example, but I guess some might.

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A bridge quarterback is not meant to be some big buddy or something. It is really meant to provide the rookie with someone to look up to, to see their work ethic and how they watch film and things of that nature. They are still competing for a job every day. A bridge is not supposed to be your best friend. 

 

There needs to be a veteran in the room. If you are planning on the rookie starting right away, then the vet can be a guy like Matt Moore. If you want the rookie to earn the job and compete for it, which is likely with this staff, then you sign a guy like McCarron who is still young and hungry. 

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Montana to Young.

 

Smith to Kaepernick

 

Ryan/Vick to Schaub

 

White to Hogeboom

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2 hours ago, MrEpsYtown said:

A bridge quarterback is not meant to be some big buddy or something. It is really meant to provide the rookie with someone to look up to, to see their work ethic and how they watch film and things of that nature. They are still competing for a job every day. A bridge is not supposed to be your best friend. 

 

There needs to be a veteran in the room. If you are planning on the rookie starting right away, then the vet can be a guy like Matt Moore. If you want the rookie to earn the job and compete for it, which is likely with this staff, then you sign a guy like McCarron who is still young and hungry. 

 

 

 

There's all kinds of bridges. Some are there knowing they're a bridge and others want to win the starters job and keep it forever. Some are mentors and others aren't.

 

The thing that makes them a bridge is that they allow the team some time to sit the new guy. That's it, really. Anything else is a bonus.

 

One classic example is Doug Flutie. Not here. In San Diego. He allowed them to sit Brees his first year and Brees has ended up being mildly successful. Pretty sure RGIII didn't know he was a bridge, but effectively that's what he was, giving Cousins a chance to learn, grow and be ready. Testaverde for Pennington. Till Pennington's shoulder injury, that looked like a classic, extremely successful version of using a bridge guy to give a rook a chance to age in the barrel a bit.

 

 

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2 hours ago, MiltonWaddams said:

It's franchise to youngster that really has been most successful. Favre-Rodgers, Bledsoe-Brady, Brees-Rivers. You can't really use the Matt Flynn to Russell Wilson year in 2012 as an example, but I guess some might.

 

Drew Brees was not good until they drafted Rivers, then was able to put it all together. 

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