Re: Why do some great college QBs fail in the NFL?
There are a lot of reasons. Some guys just go to bad situations where they languish on a bad team with bad coaches, pick up bad habits, regress or get shell shocked from being sacked 70 times a season.
The speed and complexity of the NFL game is on a completely different level from college ball. Every defender you're facing was the best guy on his college team, the windows are smaller and close faster, reads are more complex and have to be made faster, etc.
For other guys, the celebrity and money are a distraction. In college they were still playing for their big payday, but any high pick that plays out his rookie deal is set for life. It becomes a question of commitment to being great or just doing enough not to get cut and keep the money flowing for your purple drank.
It's why teams place a lot more emphasis on the interviews while Mel and the talking hair helmets are wetting themselves over 40s. They have to try to gauge these guys and see how committed they are when they've all been coached on what to say.
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