I think young people have to be given a chance to succeed. I remember my first job. I was fresh out of college and had my career mapped out. Then the first job happened. The first day kind of defined disappointment. The fact that I picked this and chose to be here made it even worse. So I took another job and although stuff was pretty bad for a while, I kept working at it and things did turn out okay.
Nassib wasn't bad when he got out of college. He wasn't Luck...but he wasn't bad. Maybe not the best long passer but maybe someone who could thrive under a good coach with the right scheme. A coach's player.
A lot of what shapes you in your professional life depends on the environment you work in. The way you react, what you say and how ppl treat you depends on the work culture you are exposed to. But most importantly how your team responds to you and how they interact with you depends on your relation with your boss.
If your team knows the boss has it in for you....you are a dead duck. Freeman was a dead duck.
Does the guy have talent ...NFL level talent .... yes. But everyone needs confidence. More importantly they need backing. Freeman had very little of either of those.
A lot also depends on your boss. Douche bags kill your career. Rushing the passer when he's taking a knee.....not good. Might appear competitive....but lets say I was happy with Coughlin's reaction at the handshake. I would have been happier if he had smacked the guy right there.
A good strong coach in a good organization would really help. The Giants happened to Josh Freeman.
So what's going to happen? We are going to have three quarterbacks. But, with his talent, if Freeman can't grab this opportunity and overtake Painter..he shouldn't be here.
I don't believe Nassib needs time. I do believe that he is what he was drafted for .....trade bait if Eli comes back to form. If not, he is the future. JRs not wrong most times. If he drafted a QB, and based on the season Eli's just had ....there's a reason.
Which brings me to Mr. Manning ....until Peyton shows up in crunch games, Eli is Mr.Manning.
In my mind this is a prime example of what people can achieve in the right environment. I would like this guy to play forever. I remember the first season. I think anyone who watched it still does. And I remember thinking to myself "Really? This guy??". But I guess things turned okay.
The old Rudyard Kipling peom...."If all around you are losing their heads.."then this is the guy I want under center. And that applies to pretty much every quarterback out there with the exception of Ben Roethlisberger.
In computers like life there's a lot of If-then scenarios. Here's one such scenario
2014 will be
If Eli's good in 2014 and we can trade Nassib then
we'll think about it when we get there and we are still around.