With the constant inconsistencies that NFL franchises experience with starting young quarterbacks, it is a breath of fresh air when a player that many may have thought wouldn't pan out, emerges successful.
Alex Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick are two quarterbacks that haven't had the best of careers, but have managed to continually work hard and take real control of their team, not only putting up solid numbers but winning consistently as well.
As hard as it is to have success in this league after you have somewhat failed, it is seemingly just as difficult to be rushed into the starting spotlight as Andy Dalton and Cam Newton have. Although there have been many analysts that didn't think they would be able to contribute in their first seasons, Dalton and Newton have so far been outstanding.
Sure Newton hasn't been able to win more than two games, but, he has competitively kept them in every one of them. Dalton, on the other hand, has been able to lead the Bengals to the top of their division and currently holds the most touchdowns by a rookie at the season's midpoint.
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