Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/13

In a quarterback driven league, the importance of finding the right quarterback is paramount to any franchise.  Many teams use their highest draft pick on a quarterback in an effort to establish a face for their franchise and get their fans excited about the future. Over the last 15 seasons since 1998, a quarterback was selected with the first pick of the draft twelve times. Some of those draft picks lived up to those expectations, and many did not. Since coaches and GMs have a limited window to prove their worth and ability to field a winning team, that urgency trickles down to the players as well, most prominently the quarterbacks. And some cannot handle that pressure. If a young quarterback does not show enough potential and promise early in his tenure as the starter, coaches will not hesitate to go in a different direction. And if that quarterback was not personally chosen by the GM and coaches in charge, that opportunity is even more limited. As this season winds down, many tea...
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Philip Rivers used silent count at home on Monday night

SEC commissioner responds to Arkansas coach’s flop during Saturday’s loss

Report: 49ers put Vernon Davis on the trade block

Wall to pay assistant coach $100 for every three-turnover game

Green fires back at critics, compares them to ‘bitter females’

The Islanders are wasting a roster spot on Eric Boulton


Ben Foster: PEDs I took to play Lance Armstrong 'definitely damaged' my body

Falcons ‘anticipate’ Julio Jones plays Thursday against Saints

Mets fan critically injured after fight with Dodgers fans

Belichick to Patriots: We’ll ‘win a lot of games’ playing like that

Report: Taylor could be out several weeks with MCL sprain

Richard Jefferson: Cavs 'are a little pissed off' after Finals

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five most overrated teams in the Week 7 Coaches’ Poll

Can any of the NFL's remaining undefeated teams go 16-0?

QUIZ: Every team Steve Spurrier played for, coached

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

(Mis)handling David Price

Five fantasy things we learned from every NFL Week 5 game

Steve Spurrier: An American original

How the Royals cheated death

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker