Young QBs Fall Through Cracks

So much promise is lost to a haphazard training system, bad luck
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2008 12:12 PM CDT
Young QBs Fall Through Cracks
Giants backup quarterback David Carr is trying to put his career back together. The Texans gave up on him after five exhausting seasons, and last year Carr struggled in six games with the Panthers.    (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

All too common are the hopeful young quarterbacks who found themselves not taking snaps, the New York Times reports, but instead drifting around the NFL as human debris. Blame insufficient coaching, the win-now mantra of teams these days, or plain bad luck —for whatever reason, there are big problems behind the most important position in football. Just ask David Carr.

Carr's starts with the newly expanded Texans were like playing "street ball," and the promising first-round pick never learned how to review game tapes effectively. Now the 29-year-old is backing up Eli Manning, one of the few young guns to be given time to develop: last year's Super Bowl MVP lost his first six games in 2004. (More football stories.)

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