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Pat White - Too Soon to Tell.

While reading the comments on Matty's latest article, I noticed that a lot of people feel that the "Pat White Experiment" is over.  The main argument presented is that Pat White has not completed a single pass in the NFL... out of 5 whole attempts.  My question is:  Is it really so hard to believe that a rookie QB might throw 5 incomplete passes in his first 5 attempts in the NFL?  And considering those first 5 passes were staggered over the course of many games, I do not believe it to be indicative of White's future.  How is Pat supposed to gauge how a defense will react to his being under center if he is only allowed a single pass attempt?  I am in no way claiming that Pat White is going to be a superstar, I'm just pointing out that it is too soon to be judging him based on a severe lack of experience/pass attempts.

Just to put things into perspective, I'm going to list some terrible rookie games from some of the league's known commodities, as well as some historical greats (I wish I could see how each QB faired in his first 5 attempts, but NFL.com does not break it down to such a degree):

John Elway:  In his 1st NFL game ever, he completed a paltry 1 out of 8 pass attempts.  Does it seem so inconceivable that his first 5 attempts were duds?  I wonder how many "fans" claimed the "John Elway Experiment" was a bust.  I am sure there were likely quite a few.

Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck did not complete a single pass of his first 3 attempts in the NFL.  He then followed the big nil up with a sorry 2 of 6.  If that can take Hasselbeck to a Superbowl, why is Pat White a bust?

Chad Pennington:  Yes, the most accurate passer in NFL history only completed 2 of his first 5 attempts in the NFL.  He then followed that up with a 1-6 performance to start the next year.

Brett Favre:  A Superbowl champion, and yet he didn't complete a single pass out of his first 4 attempts.  I bet Green Bay was pretty happy that they didn't immediately label him a bust and ship him out of town.

I'm sure I could go on, as I only researched about 10 QBs and found 4 with ridiculously low numbers in their first games.  That is a pretty large percentage, and I believe it proves my point enough well enough.  Hell, John Elway alone proved my point.  So to you Pat-White-Bust bandwagoners, I kindly ask you to keep quiet until there is some real evidence to support your claims.  Otherwise, you just sound foolish.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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