Do rookies always start slow?

    A lot of talk, and many articles have been written about the chance that Tim Tebow has to succeed in the Pro Game. I thought that it might be nice to look at a few other rookies who have done pretty good over their careers just to see how their rookie season went. Tim only has three games for us to look at in the pro's, but that's okay.

I'm just hoping that he is allowed to start this year so that we will have a whole year to see just how well he measures up!

Tom Brady:

Year 2000:

Tom got to sit for a year behind Bledsoe, and only threw 3 passes, completing 1 for 6 yards.

Year 2001:

Tom came in for the injured Bledsoe at the end of the second game this year and has been the starter ever since. Of course he was knocked out for a year in 2008 and Matt Cassel replaced him but Brady took his job back once he recovered from his knee injury.

His stats during his first year as a starter are as follows:

Tom Brady 413 264 2,843 63.9 6.9 18 4.4 12 2.9 91 41 216 86.5

Now for his first three games according to Wiki:


Brady was named the starter for the season's third game, against the Indianapolis Colts. In his first two games as starter, Brady posted unspectacular passer ratings of 79.6 and 58.7, respectively, in a 44–13 victory over the Colts, and a 30–10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In the Pats' fifth game, Brady began to find his stride. Trailing the visiting San Diego Chargers 26–16 in the fourth quarter, Brady led the Patriots on two scoring drives to force overtime, and another in overtime to set up a winning field goal. Brady finished the game with 33 pass completions on 54 attempts, for 364 yards, and two touchdowns.

So Tom won 2 of his first three games as a starter, and the Pat's went 11-5 and won the super bowl. What a way to start your career!

Tim won 1 of his first 3, but keep reading!


Peyton Manning:

Year 1998 rookie stats:

1 P.Manning 575 326 56.7 3739 233.7 6.5 78 26 28 22 5.0 71.2 ()


Wow! More interceptions then TD's! I think that Tim can do better then that!

Peyton's first three games went like this:


21   -  37 -  302 - 1 -  3  Lost the game

Game 2:


21  -  33  - 188  - 1  -   3   Lost the game

Game 3:


20  -  44 -193-0-2   Lost the game

Hmmm...61 completions / 114 att /  2 TD's and 8 INT's???

Peyton only won 3 games his first year as a full time starter and started all 16 games.

I think that Tim can do better than that!


Drew Brees:

Year 2001:

Brees played in his first professional game on November 4, 2001 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are the stat's for his first 3 starts:



21  -  43-282 -1 - 1   Lost the game

That was the only game Drew started in 2001 but won the starting job in 2002. Here are the first full year stats:

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk%
9 Drew Brees 23 QB 16 16 8-8-0 320 526 60.8 3284 17 3.2 16 3.0 52 6.2 5.5 10.3 205.3 76.9 24 180 5.6 5.0 4.4

Game 2:


15  -  19-160-2 - 0   Won the game

Game 3:


15  -  28-163 -1 - 1   Won the game

Well now! I think that with the team we will have this year, and with Tim at QB, we can go at least 8 - 8.


Aaron Rodgers:

Years 2005-07 gave Aaron a lot of great learning time behind one of the greats of the game! His big chance came in 2008:

2008 first year stats:

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk%
12 Aaron Rodgers 25 QB 16 16 6-10-0 341 536 63.6 4038 28 5.2 13 2.4 71 7.5 7.5 11.8 252.4 93.8 34 231 6.7 6.6 6.0

Game 1 stats:


18  -  22-178- 1 - 0   Won the game

Game 2:


24  -  38 -328- 3 - 0  Won the game

Game 3:


22  -  39 -290 -0 -0   Lost the game

Aaron went on to a 6 - 10 record for His first full season as a starter and it is interesting to note that it was after 3 years as a learning back up!

Hey, I'm sorry, but I still think that Tim can do better then that!


Tim Tebow:

First of all, when I clicked onto the Wiki write up on Tim, I was blown away by the shear volume of info verses all the rest of these guys! He is truly a phenomena.

Here are his stats from last year:




Season Team Games Passing Sacks Rushing Fumbles
GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Y/Att TD INT Rating # Yds Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2010 Denver Broncos 9 3 1–2 41 82 50.0 654 8.0 5 3 82.1 6 26 43 227 5.3 6 1 0


The 5 TD's passing and 6 TD's rushing in his first three games impressed me. 3 INT's don't bother me when I look at Peyton's first year!

I just can't wait to see what he can do, and how much he can improve by getting the rest of his education out on the field in real in game playing time!

I don't think that Aaron really learned all that much more by sitting out three years! What I learned by this exercise is that it really doesn't matter how much the media hypes or tears down a rookie strait out of college! It is all about The Metal that that player has in him that will turn his talent into success, and Tim Tebow HAS METAL!

What do you think? Should we just start Tim and let the chips fall where they may?

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