With two pre-season games remaining and three weeks until the NFL season opener, the number of rookie quarterbacks named as starters has already doubled from last year.
Four rookie quarterbacks have already been named as the regular season starter for the 2012
NFL season. It was no secret that Andrew Luck would be the starter in Indianapolis, especially when Manning was released. It was also a forgone conclusion that Robert Griffin III would be the starting quarterback in Washington. What was uncertain was who would get the start in MIami and Seattle.
On Monday, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin announced that rookie Ryan Tannehill would be starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans. Of all the first round quarterbacks drafted in this years NFL draft, Tannehill was considered the biggest dark horse for the starting position. Many NFL experts considered him a work in progress, and when the Dolphins signed David Garrard in March, some assumed Garrard would be the starter despite the Dolphins coaching staff saying Garrard, Tannihill and Matt Moore were all competing for the starting position. When Garrard suffered a knee injury in the first pre-season game, the quarterback scenario began to change. The fact that Moore led the Dolphins to all 6 of their wins last season, many believed that he would win the starting job. First year coach Philbin and the Dolphins have decided to hang their hopes on the rookie however. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of being the number 1 QB on a team that seemed to lack a real chemistry through much of last season.
Earlier this month, the Cleveland Browns named rookie Brandon Weeden as the starting
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quarterback. According to last years starter Colt McCoy, he was told that he would be competing for the starting position. Although McCoy took snaps with the first team during the first week of OTA's, he was moved to the back up position the second week. When training camp started, Weeden took all the snaps with the starters and it became clear that he would be the starter.
Today, the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson as the starting QB for Friday night’s preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City. In the 11 offensive series Wilson has spearheaded during the preseason, he has lead the team to five touchdown drives and another that ended in a field goal. Although Wilson is just listed as the starter for this preseason game, many feel if he does well, he will get the nod as the starter for the regular season.
If Wilson is indeed named as the starter, there will be 5 rookie quarterbacks announced as season opener starters in 2012.