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Rookie QB success reinforces growing trend

Andy Dalton (Otto Greule/Getty)

The old saying about needing three years to prepare a quarterback to play regularly in the league? That's, well, old-school. Len Pasquarelli examines the change in the culture of the NFL when it comes to on-the-job-training for young signal-callers and the recent success reinforces the change in philosophy.

Over the past five years, seven rookie quarterbacks have started a regular-season opener for their respective teams, and they've compiled a 4-3 record. Five first-year quarterbacks who started 10 games or more in their debut seasons led their clubs to playoff berths in the same stretch. Both rookie quarterbacks who started all 16 games in 2011, Carolina's Cam Newton and Andy Dalton of...

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