“So what’s the downside of drafting a quarterback early?
Of the 16 teams that currently have a losing record, 11 have used a first-round pick on a quarterback in the last 10 years. Palmer is the only one currently starting for his team. (Stafford would also be starting if he wasn’t injured). Each of these teams dedicated time and resources to the development of a young quarterback — with little gained in return.” (from http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/getting-it-right-in-drafting-a-first-round-qb/)
So many times the linemen are overlooked, even though they are responsible for any success that a QB is able to have. They put their heads and hearts on the line because they love the game and can’t imagine life without it. They do it for less money, less notoriety, fewer sign-on bonus opportunities, and more personal sacrifice. It seems like our team managers and coaches (Central Office and Administrators) should be focused more on building their team’s “line” (non math, language arts, and/or science) with educators who teach with their heart and appreciate the opportunity to educate, and who have persevered under ridicule, abuse, neglect, lack of respect, and low pay, but they do it with a smile and a hug and a cheerful greeting to students who come into their classroom!