We look at guys who were busts and we say they were terrible quarterbacks. Well what you probably forget to realize is some of the so called "busts" were on terrible teams. Which doesn't help your development at all.
Not saying all busts were ruined by their teams but some were. Also, what we forget is injuries can last out through your entire career and can slow down your production.
But let's take a look at the guys who were, but shouldn't have been busts.
I'm not really ready to declare him a bust and a failure. But so far he has been a bust. The reason he shouldn't be a bust is the fact that he shouldn't have been taken number one in the first place.
He wasn't ready to be the face of the franchise, he needed to sit and mature. Also if he was going to have to mature it had to be with another team that was not named the Raiders.
If you are going to bring in a guy that you expect to be the face of the franchise yo need a good locker room with good veteran leadership which Oakland didn't have.
If he was going to go to another team he needed to go where someone would push him everyday in practice and teach him to be a hard worker.
Now to take some blame off the Raiders, Russell needed also to push himself and try to be the best QB he can be and get himself in shape.
He played for the Detroit Lions. I mean, really? do I have to say more? He didn't play with Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Kevin Smith, Tony Scheffler, Brandon Pettigrew, & Jahvid Best.
Let me tell you one of his best receivers and tell me that this receiver helped his development...Charles Rodgers....Enough Said! Being part of a very poor offensive line doesn't help either.
If Joey Harrington was drafted by anyone else but the Lions he would probably have be at least competing for maybe a starting job.
When you watch David Carr's highlights a Houston Texan, you like me probably screamed DUCK FOR COVER! Unfortunately, you probably realized that he can't hear you through the monitor. Even if he did, your efforts would still be futile.
David Carr was selected by Houston Texans out of Fresno State. Unfortunately the Texans didn't realize that no young quarterback could flourish behind that offensive line that they had, which you can argue was one of the worst offensive lines in NFL history.
Carr still holds the NFL Record for most sacks in a season (76) and that was in his rookie year. Carr did have one good season in which he threw for 3531 yards.
But unfortunately the brutal pounding he was taking set him back and Carr was not able to develop into a great quarterback.
It's one thing to come out of a system that isn't exactly liking to an NFL quarterback, but playing behind a terrible offensive line while trying to learn a new system, and play for one of the worst organizations in the National Football league is a pretty hard thing to do.
Ask Tim Couch, who of all of the 4 quarterbacks I mentioned might of had the toughest times. His offensive line may not have been as bad as Carr's but it was pretty bad.
In 61 games, that he played in he was sacked 166 times in his 5 year career with Cleveland, He also have some issues with accuracy but still he couldn't develop behind that line, Injuries also set him back.