First off you have very valid points. And while I respect your reasons. And I respect your examples. I do not feel the same. I look at it like this. Sitting a year helps the development of this team how? We are not a few players away to be a playoff bound team. David is not leading us there cause he never has. I debated myself for a while in my head what exactly happened in 07. And came to the sad realization that we got so far in 07 due to our tandem running game of Taylor and Drew. With that being said. How much will Blaine learn sitting on the side lines?
When your a parent and you take a child under your wings. You have to teach him how to do the right things. However just like my little boy. It is much easier for him to pick up the bad traits. So you want Blaine to study how to not make many reads cause it is okay cause it has worked for six years? How to scramble forever and sack himself? How to be losing by three touchdowns and smile and don't worry about it? How bout lock onto one receiver while others are wide open? Plus in the example's you gave Alfie. You had good to great qb's at the helm. I do not see that in David. You also had good to great dline in place. So even if the young qb had a bad game you could not see the entire story. Right now our d is not that. Now you can make the point we'll that will make it worse if Blaine starts. I counter that with the town of Jacksonville. Will know what a gem they have in Blaine sooner then later.
You also said about Blaine coming from the spread offense. You forgot to say how Blaine played in a pro style offense in high school. And was recruited as the number #1 Pro style quarterback in the country stats don't lie. So the transition is not leaps and bounds different then Blaine is previously used too. According to his wonderlic is incredibly intelligent as well. Plus as the back up Blaine would get hardly any reps in practice so if he started later in the season his timing would be off with his receivers. And then there is the comfort and trust factors. We'll those who played with David forever and still have that choice of who they want to play with. May not be comfortable or trust the new qb and play as hard for him. Yes they are professionals but they are still humans. Where as if he wins in training camp and he starts they have no choice but to trust and be comfortable with Blaine at the helm.
Another big reason to start Blaine. Our upcoming schedule is one of the toughest we faced in a while. What better way to get Blaine's feet wet then to have him go against the best in the league and make a statement and a name for himself. If you sit him though and next year schedule favors him. Will he be overconfident with that schedule like David was in 07 and think there is no reason for change heck I did it that way before. Plus if you look at the Titans situation Locker most likely will start day one. Well if you sit him a year that gives Jake the upper hand and a entire years hands on experience over Blaine and what could of been a shootout is Locker moping the floor with him and leading the titans to victory. Not because3 he is better but because he has a year under his belt and Blaine is actually learning. A lot of people need to learn hands on and won't learn much positive from holding a clip board.
So in conclusion Blaine should start because. A were not playoff bound. B He needs the time with the starting offense. C. Watching David play may hurt him more then help. And D. you learn more from actually doing not watching.
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