If you win a college national championship, get drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, assume the starting quarterback position two quarters into your pro career, go toe to toe with the defending Superbowl champions in your second start, and then light up the odds on favorite to win your division in your third start….
….people are going to talk.
This week Deshaun Watson and the Texans play on Sunday night against the only undefeated team left in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. They are coached by what is maybe the second best coach in the game today, Andy Reid.
The tests keep coming for this young player. And we all know how this story normally goes. The young player bursts on the scene, has great success, is lauded as the next coming of “fill in the blank”….only to succumb to some demon or defensive coordinator who carefully studies his film and makes the young inexperienced QB play to his weaknesses instead of his strengths.
THAT is what I would expect to see from the Chiefs on Sunday night. But don’t ask me what those weaknesses are because they are not obvious to me yet.
Normally a rookie quarterback would struggle with timing routes, or the surprising speed of full grown 300 lb. defensive linemen, or complex defensive schemes designed to confuse the inexperienced mind.
So far none of those things have been a problem for this kid. People are starting to talk.
The whispers have started.