Sure, you can throw a baby bird out the nest and hope it survives on its own, but it all depends on the kind of bird you are throwing out there – everyone reacts differently to different situations.
If that bird is Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson, two incredibly mature and NFL ready players, then you’re in luck.
If that bird is E.J. Manuel or Blaine Gabbert, then good luck.
The New York Giants drafted quarterback Davis Webb to be Eli Manning’s successor once the veteran quarterback decides to call it quits on a Hall of Fame career.
Although Webb likely won’t be the starter for at least another year or two, the Giants are already putting him in an unfavorable situation.
Unlike Webb’s future division rival, Dak Prescott, Manning’s successor will step into a Giants offense that could have one of the league’s worst offensive lines.
According to Pro Football Focus, Dallas had the league’s second-best offensive line last season to go along with an elite running back, an elite wide receiver, and a Hall of Fame tight end.
You couldn’t have put a rookie quarterback in a better situation if you tried (unless, like, Bill Belichick was his coach or something).
The Cleveland Browns are trying their best to copy the same philosophy, as they are beginning to build an offensive line that could possibly be better than what Dallas has to offer for their rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer.
Cleveland added Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter this offseason to along with Joe Thomas and Joel Bitonio which is a group that, if completely healthy, is straight up nasty.
The same goes for Derek Carr, one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, and the offensive line he has, a group that ranked as the fourth-best in the game last season, according to PFF.
And to put the finishing touch on this argument, the Tennesse Titans had the league’s top-ranked offensive line in 2016, doing so for 23-year-old Marcus Marriota.
But getting back to Webb, by the time he gets his shot to play he’ll likely be in a much different situation than Prescott or whoever the hell plays quarterback for the Browns this season and moving forward.
According to PFF, the Giants fielded the worst combination of offensive tackles in the league last season between Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart.
The two allowed more than 100 combined quarterback pressures to go along with PFF grades south of 50.
Yes, Flowers already appears to be in better shape than he’s been in years past but nobody has any clue if that will positively affect his techinique.
Aside from the question marks that surround Flowers and Hart, the team’s frat boy, Justin Pugh, has only once played all 16 games and he’s set to become a free agent this offseason.
Based on his production and the money that players like Zeitler and Ronald Leary have made on the open market, Pugh is going to get paaaaaid.
But can the Giants afford him?
They still have to pay Weston Richburg, Odell Beckham Jr., and Landon Collins which means they might just have to pass on giving Pugh a long-term deal.
So, you’re looking at a situation in a year or two where Pugh could be gone, where the Flowers and Hart experiment failed miserably, and where the quick fix of John Jerry/D.J. Fluker leave them in a baaaad situation.
What do you have left at that point? Just Richburg? With a rookie quarterback coming in?
“But they have Odell, Shep, and Engram” – the average fan
Think about this: if Manning, a future Hall of Fame quarterback, led an offense that averaged less than 20 points per game last season (even with Odell and Shep), what do you think a rookie, with a below average rush attack, is going to do?
With Webb still years away from playing it’s certainly tough to project his production.
But at the moment, it looks like he won’t be in an ideal position to succeed when he steps in to play.