Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Not making excuses! But if I were to make excuses, here are some…
How did other guys doing just being thrown into a situation with no preseason?
Brady, 11-5, Won Super Bowl.
Rivers, 10-6, made postseason.
Fitzpatrick, 4-3, 95 passer rating.
Herbert, Rookie of Year, one of the best seasons ever for a rookie. 31 TD, 10 INT.
Burrow, 13 TD, 5 INT prior to injury. Rookie.
For Brady that was his second season, he spent a full year learning before playing, and has said he wasn't physically ready his rookie year.
All those other guys, yeah I don't consider those seasons a success given their teams didn't contend. I think Big Ben's season might be the best comp and even then a rookie QB got exposed in the playoffs.
But I hear you. I don't think Mac would have a bad year if he played. The kid studies too hard and wants to be good. But if one assumes Belichick really really really wants to win it all this year, do you think Mac could pull that off? I think a hardworking rookie will still get tripped up in the playoffs by some talented DCoordinators.