Thursday, September 4, 2008

NFL Rookie Quarterback Needs Team To Have His Back

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s no “I” in “Team,” especially if you’re a rookie quarterback starting in your very first NFL game.

That’s according to the gridiron giants over at The NFL Today on CBS, including former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

The pigskin pros say all eyes will be on the Baltimore Ravens this NFL season, who have 23-year-old rookie quarterback Joe Flacco in their starting lineup.

To aid a successful rookie season, Cowher says the Ravens need to “surround Flacco with excellent players.”

He explains, “The biggest thing you can do for a young quarterback is provide him with a good offensive line. They need to give Flacco a chance to run the ball around, and develop alongside an already established team.”

Speaking from experience, Marino seconds Cowher’s strategy.

Says Marino: “When I first joined the NFL, there were strong vets all around to help guide me. I got very lucky.”

Esiason adds, “All rookie quarterbacks have a tough first season. Just ask Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning about their first year.”

The NFL Today kicks off the new football season this Sunday (Sep. 7) on CBS.

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