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Which quarterback with three or fewer years of experience would you pick to start a franchise with?

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Post by Derbyblue Wed 01 Jun 2011, 12:08 pm

Over the past three seasons, several young quarterbacks have established themselves as young stars in the making. For this debate, we included Matt Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford. With that, we asked our experts: Which quarterback with three or fewer years of experience would you pick to start a franchise with?

Bucky Brooks
Leader on and off the field
Each of the guys on the list is worthy of being considered as a franchise quarterback. However, I would choose Matt Ryan as my team leader. He has the game and intangibles to thrive as the leader of any franchise. I love the way that he has been an integral part of the Falcons' revival following the Michael Vick saga. Ryan's maturity and leadership have been on display since he stepped into the huddle as a rookie, and the team has won at a high level under his direction. I doubt many others would have been able to handle such a tough situation with the grace and elegance that Ryan has showed. On the field, he has all of the physical attributes that you look for in a quarterback. He has a strong arm and flashes the accuracy to make the requisite throws. He combines those skills with excellent instincts, awareness and football intelligence. His steady development is a byproduct of his work ethic, which also sets the tone for his teammates.

Vic Carucci
This is Sam's club
Each of the candidates could be capable of being a top-notch franchise quarterback. Ryan is the most accomplished, but Freeman has demonstrated that he might very well have the most overall physical talent of the group. Nevertheless, my pick is Sam Bradford. It isn't just his talent, which is immense, or his tremendous football intelligence and instincts. It's because Bradford managed to make all of his assets work to his and the Rams' advantage as a rookie.

Elliott Harrison
Bradford is the real deal
Believe it or not, I'd take Sam Bradford. Yes, even over Ryan. While the latter gets so much credit, the fact is the Falcons haven't won anything with him yet. But unlike say, Tony Romo, Ryan doesn't get criticized at all for the lack of playoff success. That said, I think Ryan is the best player of the group now, but Bradford has the potential to be the very best down the road. What he was able to accomplish with a bunch of wide receivers most fans had never heard of and tight ends whose names you can't spell or pronounce was phenomenal. Steven Jackson's back is hardly ever healthy, either. Basically, Bradford did a lot by himself, and didn't whine. There's no one that covers the league that isn't impressed with the guy, and for good reason. Arm strength, maturity, leadership ... he has the right amounts of all of it.

Pat Kirwan
Favoring the Falcons' young passer
If you asked me to pick a quarterback based on his first year of play in the NFL, it would have been Sam Bradford. The Rams felt so comfortable with him that they let him throw the ball 590 times. Compare that to Ben Roethlisberger's rookie season of 295 throws, Mark Sanchez's 364 attempts or Matt Ryan's 434 passes. But for a QB with three years of experience or fewer, I will take Ryan. Ryan has increased his touchdown passes in each of his three seasons, already has thrown for 10,061 yards, averaged 22 TD passes a season and is a fantastic leader. Josh Freeman is another guy to keep an eye on this upcoming season.

Charles Davis
Freeman has it all
With all due respect to the young arms (and heads) that have playoff notches on their belts and plenty of talent (Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan), I'm picking Josh Freeman. I got to see him up close last year, and he has it all ... mind, body, arm, mobility, toughness, leadership and poise. All he's lacking is a trip to the playoffs, and that could come in 2011.

Steve Wyche
Thrives under pressure
Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez have been to the playoffs and Josh Freeman is definitely a rising star, but it's hard not to look at Sam Bradford. What Bradford did last season in St. Louis, with so few weapons, it's easy to think this guy is going to be great for a long time. Even so, I'd still have to go with Ryan. Ok, he hasn't won a playoff game. However, he's won games with clutch drives and big plays to get his team to the playoffs. More than his ability and poise, what sets him apart is how his teammates follow him. They play hard for him at all times and respect how he leads. While Bradford has the same type of impact, Ryan just seems to have more of the intangibles that will work over a sustained period.
Taken from: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8201a49e/article/arms-race-top-young-qb-distinction-offers-fierce-competition

So that's who NFL.com's experts would choose to start a franchise with, but which quarterback with three of fewer years of experience would you pick to be your franchise quarterback?

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Post by cherriesfna Wed 01 Jun 2011, 12:12 pm

defo sam bradford.
look at what he did with no recievers!!!!!
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Post by thunder and lightning Wed 01 Jun 2011, 12:30 pm

For a new franchise its got to be Bradford, close to making a poor rams a playoff team in his rookie season is no mean feat.

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Post by Grizzly Wed 01 Jun 2011, 12:44 pm

The answer is Aaron Rodgers !
He's only been a starter for 3 seasons, though he did have a few snaps prior to that which no doubt invalidates him as an option.
If I thought the guy could stay healthy I'd have Matt Stafford, but Sam Bradford looks to be living up to the hype.
Slight irony that the only negative reporters could find with Bradfords game before he was drafted was his 'glass chin' and how they expected him to crumble under the physicality of pro football....

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Post by GSC Wed 01 Jun 2011, 1:30 pm

The Franchez. Can't argue with 2 AFCCG in 2 seasons, and no playoff wins coming at home.
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Post by BamBam Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:09 pm

1. Bradford
2. Ryan
3. Freeman
4. Flacco/Sanchez - too close for me to call
5. Stafford

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Post by Derbyblue Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:14 pm

Graeme Swann's Cat wrote:The Franchez. Can't argue with 2 AFCCG in 2 seasons, and no playoff wins coming at home.
You have him in the bad tier in your QB Tier List.

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Post by Pr4wn Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:16 pm

Derbyblue wrote:
Graeme Swann's Cat wrote:The Franchez. Can't argue with 2 AFCCG in 2 seasons, and no playoff wins coming at home.
You have him in the bad tier in your QB Tier List.

Haha!

I'd probably have to say Bradford and, I know I'm biased, but Josh Freeman is better than Matt Ryan.

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Post by GSC Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:17 pm

Bad QB, but he somehow he manages to keep winning.
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Post by TheBrownTown Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:31 pm

American football is a team sport, Sanchez helps but he is not the reason why the Jets win alot of games

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Post by GSC Wed 01 Jun 2011, 2:48 pm

Still wins. Good in the playoffs too, something Ryan can't claim.
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Post by Thomond Wed 01 Jun 2011, 6:37 pm

I think I would go for Sanchez or Freeman.

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Post by crazy_dave23 Wed 01 Jun 2011, 7:19 pm

TheBrownTown wrote:American football is a team sport, Sanchez helps but he is not the reason why the Jets win alot of games

Bingo. Never been a fan of Sanchez, but I think that it comes down to the fact that the Jets are one of the few teams I actively dislike and I feel similarly about USC.

I would have to take Ryan if i'm honest. I know he doesn't have the playoff stats but I rate the guy as a leader and as an efficient and productive quarterback who can be relied on.

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Post by skins4ever Thu 02 Jun 2011, 1:52 pm

Bradford. Freeman close second. Ryan is great, but look at the weapons he's had available.

Bradford produced fro the off and has done everything asked of him with a poise and attitude you'd expect in a guy 3-4 years older. I watched him last year and he reminded me a lot of Montana. The vision of the field and the ability to lead from the moment he landed with the franchise.

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Post by thebandwagonsociety Thu 02 Jun 2011, 6:47 pm

Bradford is probably looking like the best franchise QB considering the depth of the team he is playing on. Ryan and Flacco are very good QBs but they are in established teams with quality at pretty much all positions. I would doubt either could do as well with the Rams as Bradford has done but I would definitely think that the Ravens and Falcons would be at least as good if not better with Bradford under centre. I'd use a similar argument with Sanchez who is blessed with the calibre of team he has around him already.

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Post by miket281017 Sat 04 Jun 2011, 2:40 pm

Ryan has a pretty good team around him, but is very good himself. Flacco & Sanchez i don't rate, if the jets had a better QB they would have been to a least one superbowl in the last 2 years. Stafford i believe could be a great QB but he has some major durability issues, if he can solve them the lions will be in business. Josh Freeman i think will have a good year this year he played well on a young team last year and they will only improve. Sam Bradford also really seems to have lived up to the hype, hopefully with some new receivers this year he will only improve!!!

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Post by Leedscowboys Sat 04 Jun 2011, 7:44 pm

1. Matt Ryan
2. Flacco
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Post by Brady12 Mon 06 Jun 2011, 1:02 am

Flacco
Ryan
Sanchez

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