Three seasons ago, one of the NFL's legendary talent evaluators pushed back against the conventional wisdom that quarterbacking wasn't what it used to be."The quarterback situation today in the NFL is healthier than its ever been in history,"Gil Brandt said a month before the 2014 draft.Evidence, like the long string of recent draft busts, seems to supportthe conventional wisdom. Yet, in terms of talent, Brandt is not wrong. The development, though, is lacking in enough cases to not only create chaos on numerous teams, but drag down the quality of play acro s the board.Put another way: If Derrick Johnson Jersey
the next generation is to live up to the standard set by the likes of Brady, Manning, Breesand Rodgers, coaching is going to have to get a lot better. Or, at least more stable.MORE: NFL's pace of play a ma sive turn-offJust look at the draft cla ses of 2016, 15 and 12, the most recent timesquarterbacks went first and second overall.This year's top pick, Jared Goff, plays for a Rams team that fired itshead coach during the rookie'sfirst season. Jeff Fisherhad three offensive coordinators and seven starting quarterbacks in his (almost) five seasons with the team.The two top picks in 2015, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, already are on their second head coaches and offensive coordinators, respectively.Of the top picks in 2012, the back-and-forth of Robert Griffin IIIs career has been well-documented. Even Andrew Luck, who has only played under one head coach, has been through two coordinator changes, including one atmidseason last year.That constant change of systems, faces and me sages amplifies every peak, valley and plateau in a young quarterbacks career. It makes long-term decisions about them complicated. In the end, too often, the quarterbacks career comes to a grinding halt, or the franchise goes back to square one.Or both.MORE: Worst QBs to go No. 1 in NFL draftColts quarterback Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano (Getty Images)As longtime NFL executive Ken Herock said last year about the challenge of developing quarterbacks, "Sometimes the players arent good enough. But sometimes the coaches arent good enough."Great quarterbacking, of course, is by definition the exception. If every player was maxed out by ideal coaching in an efficient organization, the league would be full of Tom Bradys or Ru sell Wilsons.Instead, it's full of Sam Bradfords and Blake Bortleses.Players like Winston, Mariota, Goff and Carson Wentz, meanwhile, have the clock ticking on them alreadyand are under more than the usual scrutiny that comes with quarterbacks drafted to be franchise players.They have to navigate through or around the ones who fell by the wayside most of whom have that instability in common, even while the exact circumstances vary widely.Nobody in the recent crop of quarterbacks, for example, compares to the me s of a package Johnny Manziel brought into the NFL. However, he was drafted by a Browns franchise that, since Demetrius Harris Jersey
Jimmy Haslams first full season of ownership in 2013, has had three head coaches, four offensive coordinators and nine starting quarterbacks. Thats in just under four seasons. That's also the team that was in position to draft Wentz before the Eagles swung a deal for a bushel of draft picks.MORE: Ranking Browns' dreadful QBsIn the two seasons since Jim Harbaugh was forced out, the 49ers have had two head coaches, two offensive coordinators, and two starting quarterbacks one (Colin Kaepernick) that had recently taken them to the Super Bowl, and another (Blaine Gabbert) who had been the 10th pick of the 2011 draft.Gabbert went through four head coaches and three coordinators in his three seasons with the Jaguars, before they chose not to extend his contract and traded him to the 49ers.His replacement, Bortles, was picked third overall in 2014. He hashad three coordinators so farandwill be on his second head coach (plus another coordinator) next season, asGus Bradley wasfired in Week 15 of the 2016 season.If it feels like quarterback lives are brutish and short, they're immortal compared to Alex Smith Jersey
coordinators.In each of the last two seasons, four offensive coordinators have been fired atmidseason. Of the 12 coordinators hired in the 2015 offseason, half are already gone before their second seasons were completed, including one (Frank Cignetti of, naturally, the Rams) who didnt last a full season.MORE: Should rookie QBs start or sit?Thats a lot even with teams always tapping the coordinator pool for head-coaching candidates especially the offensive side of the ball recently. In this case, only Adam Gase departed through that door, leaving the Bears for the Dolphins head gig.In Miami, Gase inherited 2012 first-rounder Ryan Tannehill, who is on his third head coach and fourth coordinator.The Vikings had been one of the promising examples of staying the course to groom a youngster. Teddy Bridgewater, head coach Mike Zimmer and coordinator Norv Turner came in together in 2014. But whenever Bridgewater returns from his season-ending knee injury, hell have a new tutor, because eight games into this season, Turner resigned.Teddy Bridgewater (Getty Images)Bridgewaters replacement, Bradford? The 2010 top pick has remained attractive enough to be on his third team, frustrating enough to be considered expendable that often and has been subjected to changing faces on his coaching staff at all three stops.So what teams have weathered the storms of raising a young quarterback and the urge to switch up in challenging times?For the most part, Luck. Wilson, too: In his five years in Seattle, its only been Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell. Cam Newton has played for one head coach and two coordinators in six seasons. Andy Dalton has had one head coach and three coordinators, because his first two (Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson) became head coaches. Derek Carr has had Jack Del Rio and Bill Musgrave leading him for two of his three seasons.MOCK DRAFT: Who's the nextQB project?At the other end is a long, notorious list of recent washouts: Gabbert, Griffin, Manziel, Jake Locker, Christian Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey
Ponder, E.J. Manuel, Brandon Weeden.None of them are blamele s. Still, had they been on teams le s eager to play musical chairs with coaching staffs, their careers conceivably could have gone in a different direction.That's a lo s for those teams and for the sport, when it can afford it the least.