Deshaun Watson Is the Texans’ Best Choice at QB—and He’s Ready for It
Quarterback is the ultimate supply-and-demand position in sports. There are 32 starting spots in the NFL, and at any time, there are maybe 25 quarterbacks completely qualified to take on every challenge inherent to the position at that level.
Maybe 25. In a good year.
So, it’s easy to understand why NFL teams draft quarterbacks higher than their collegiate talent and obvious potential might indicate, and why those players are rushed onto the field before they’re ready.
It happens all the time, and it can be a recipe for disaster—unless the team’s coaching staff adapts its game plans and schemes to what the quarterback can handle at that time, while gradually adding more to the playbook as the quarterback broadens his palette. That’s how the Panthers brought Cam Newton along. That’s what the Seahawks did with Russell Wilson, and it’s what Washington did with Robert Griffin III in his rookie season before everything fell apart.