Re: Why do some great college QBs fail in the NFL?
Could the distribution of talent be a factor? Leinart and Young, for example, played on dominant teams whose programs could attract the best talent available to them--thus they were throwing to better receivers from behind better blockers, while playing against those who had to take what they could get. In the NFL, everyone on the field is the best there is. The defenders are now much more likely to predict what you're going to do, and have the physical traits to do something about it. Your success depends on how you handle that.
Which, come to think of it, goes back to what people were saying about mental toughness and the speed of the game. Hm.