John Clayton, of ESPN.com did some research on young quarterbacks and how they fair in games when they pass for over thirty attempts in games along with how they perform in close games for a barometer of a quarterback’s rise from ordinary to extraordinary.
It is an interesting take, but clearly shows that new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski is heading in the right direction when it comes to his scheme and wanting to become a downhill physical running team to help take pressure off of the inexperienced Luke McCown.
McCown is 1-3 in games where he attempted thirty or more passes and is 1-3 in close games decided by 7 points or less.
It is a given that, young quarterbacks need time to mature. Basically the conclusion is that asking an inexperienced starter to shoulder the load is very problemmatic to say the least.