You don’t say jack shit, you let the coaches do the talking - whether or not it is really the head coach’s decision is immaterial. To let the front office openly speculate on a player’s future based on performance - the most important, most visible player on the team - is stupid. There are reasons other front offices don’t do that.
A quarterback knows that his performance will determine if he starts; Harrington is no dummy. It doesn’t help when your front office is openly working against you.[/quote]
Yeah. Having the front office pick favorites and/or having a head coach remain ambivalent about who should start has almost always served as a detriment to a team’s performance, as history has shown. And I do mean “team.” Ofensive linemen aren’t just big dumb lunchboxes, they need to know what their QB is likely to do, since he’s behind them the whole time. Ever see a lineman look behind him? They don’t have that luxury. Rhythm between a QB and center is one of, if not the, most important elements of an offensive play. Good QBs will beg coaches to keep a center with whom they have a good repoire. Keep swapping out QBs and you risk losing or limiting that teamwork, and it adds up.
And, coaches do it too early, or too late. If you are going to start your rookie QB at any time in the upcoming season, do it on week fucking one and live with it. Or, give the incumbent a fair shake, since the performance of your entire club hangs inthe balance of it. What Tom Coughlin did was stupid, benching Kurt Warner and putting in Manning. Warner wasn’t stellar but he wasn’t pathetic either, and if going down 2-3 in the record book was the grounds for replacement, Manning should have practiced with the first team and started the season, since right now all it looks like is, he’s short about half a season’s experience.
The front office should shut the fuck up about it no matter what’s going on. I second the opinion that Matt Millen is the worst GM ever. Why does he still have a job?
[quote]Every QB in the NFL knows that the coaches will pull him if they think a backup QB will do better. It’s just the way the game is played. It often produces excellent results. Look at how Drew Brees suddenly came alive with the threat of Philip Rivers to prod him to new heights.
Two words: contract year.
Although indecisiveness is hazardous, the implied threat of competition has proven to be quite beneficial. I wouldn’t shuck off Brees’ performance spike or rationalize it away completely. I believe Rivers’ drafting and subsequent holdout which led to his benching had plenty to do with Brees’ performance. We’ve seen this before, it can’t all be a coincidence. Jon Kitna in Cincy, Gannon in KC (whereupon QB genius Schottenheimer picked Elvis Grbac over Gannon). Hell, you can watch it right now in San Fran, as Tim Rattay has been utterly outperforming Alex Smith. Football is silly competitive and tough, but players can get complacent. Anyway, if a player can’t get the job done to the best of his ability when he really really wants to (like, when someone might take his job), why would you want him playing on your team? Do you figure you’re Superbowl cailber with dudes like that starting for you?