Once he got his chance, Goff’s seven games as starter in 2016 were shaky. Then LA went through a coaching change.
No, the early results for Goff were not good, and his sitting behind Keenum did not appear helpful at the end of the 2016 season. But the transition to new head coach Sean McVay that offseason led to a boom in Goff’s play in 2017. He now looks like the franchise quarterback the Rams hoped for when they drafted him No. 1 overall in 2016.
This one’s tricky, because Prescott, drafted in the fourth round, was not selected as the Cowboys’ franchise-quarterback-to-be. Incumbent starter and seasoned veteran Tony Romo’s preseason injury changed everything, and Prescott unexpectedly started Week 1 of the regular season.
It wasn’t until his second season, after Kyle Orton was benched, that Tebow mania arrived.
The Broncos were bad in 2010, and they were off to a bad start in 2011, too, until Kyle Orton lost his starting job to Tebow in Week 5. The Broncos won seven of their next eight games and won their division with an 8-8 record. Then came the famous OT win over the Steelers. Tebow mania was fun while it lasted, but Denver eventually moved on when it realize Tebow’s climax as an NFL quarterback had come and gone.
Newton was drafted No. 1 overall to take over the reigns Jimmy Clausen couldn’t handle in Carolina. There wasn’t much of a battle in camp … for good reason.
The Panthers’ struggle to win games in Newton’s first two seasons could point to a failure, but the one bright spot was his 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. It took the team a few years to match the quarterback’s level of play, culminating in Newtons 2015 NFL MVP award.