And the Texans TV announcers have been apologizing this away by talking about how Orlovsky just doesn't have the experience, but that he's got tools. Then they go on and on about head coach Gary Kubiak talking about how he can coach Orlovsky up, and about how the most important thing to the success of a QB is how he can be coached up. And to top off, they go back to Kubiak being a QB guru, so this means he knows what he's talking about.
Question: can someone give me the name of a QB that Kubiak has coached up? I'm being serious here. Give me one. He was the QB coach for Steve Young and John Elway. Does anybody out there really think that they needed to be coached up by Gary Kubiak to become great. Hell, Elway was on his way to the Hall of Fame when Kubiak was just a Broncos scrub from the Aggies begging for the chance to hold on kicks. And they talked about how Kubiak played the game at a high level. Where? Like I said, he spent his entire career backing up John Elway. He didn't start. He rarely played.
As for Steve Young, I've got a little reminder. Young backed up Joe Montana, and was coached for a number of years by one of the geniuses of football, Bill Walsh. I just really doubt that Kubiak played much of a role in Young's development. Surely I'm not the only one who knows this, so why do these guys trot out this "wisdom" of the great guru every week? Because that leads back to my question: give me a QB that Kubiak actually coached up?
Brian Griese? David Carr? Jake Plummer? Kubiak had nothing to do with Jay Cutler, who was the first decent QB for the Broncos after Elway retired. Maybe Matt
So please, if you're going to call someone a QB guru who "coaches up" talent, please make sure that he actually "coached someone up."