The NFL is all about culture. A dynamic of "What is common procedure" according to the fraternity of men that continue to swap out front office jobs between college and pro ranks. In the NFL...you dont want to be the first...and you mos definitely dont want to be the last..in any major endeavor. If you are....the risk you take is higher than ever before with the amount of coverage the NFL gets from media and internet pundits.
So..based on this prevailing copy-cat syndrome/culture... a precedence has been set for over 3 years now where if you draft a guy in the first round, you need to get him in there. Based on analytical observations of EJ's contemporaries/predecesors, we can actually see that Buffalo is in an ideal position to put EJ in out of the gate with a smaller percentage of negative perception thats been synonomous with this team for over a decade now.
Since 2010 these are the signal callers drafted in the first round: Bradford;Tebow;Cam;Locker;Gabbert;Tanny;Weeden;Luck;RGIII
All these men have been called upon at some point as a rookie play-caller.In my opinion, the ones who haven't had relative success as CAPABLE NFL starters right away were Locker,Gabbert, &Weeden.........(say what u want Tebow was a successful starting rookie QB).... an arguement can be made that even taking injurys out of the equation..the ones who havn't found their groove were drafted by organizations that haven't had much continuity these last 3/4 years. Much like Buffalo. But an even larger analytical commonality is that among the successful rooks( once again success this early in career is really just being capable/efficient) it seems that the success rate was a direct proportion to how comfortable the OC/Head coach made him in a new system. To reiterate, the culture has changed. That stubborn old man set-in-his-ways system of drafting a QB to sit and learn YOUR system has evolved into getting the best kid you see and tailoring your approach to get the player comfortable enough to out-duel these ahead of the curve NFL defences. Even Fox(Tebow) and stubborn Shannahan(RGIII) had to acquiesce to the NEW NFL. The culture that said to get off your high horse and put the kid in a system commensurable with his strengths and assets.
So with all that being said look at the new brass in Buffalo ( Russ,Whaley,Marrone,Hackett,Pettine). If nothing else we have a staff now that is forward thinking with respects to logic over tradition. And in a scenario where we start Kolb...we lose either way...if we win with Kev it will put stress on team as to what to do with this dynamic dude on the bench (ala SanFRan/Kaepernick/Harbaugh) If we loose alot and then he comes in and looks every bit what we thought...it will be even more indicting of our new coaching staffs decision making....from a fan and locker room perspective. Were starving and at the supper table...dont put the Turkey out and then say I'm worried that it wont taste good! We Wanna Eat!!
Yes, EJ will struggle in certain ways with the professional learning curve, but the body of work can be successful if we stop concentrating on and feeding into the young inexperienced stereotype. From all Ive heard, EJ looked like he did @ FSU because that system was organized chaos. Yes EJ will turn it over n stuff...but so will any QB in this league....just chill...you been singing his praises from the mountaintop...so show me the baby. If hes as mentally tough as you've advertised loosing wont break him...it will make him better...thats IF he struggles! Its not like Kolb is a proven vet commodity like a Kurt Warener of David Gerrard type. And i too kinda want Kolb for week 1...but lets look at the bigger picture ......
Last point....Tom Brady, BigBen, Flacco, Russ Wilson, even Peyton...grew into their gamechanger role thru reps. At first they were asked to just manage the game. These new skool QB's are way diff than say Eli n Leaf 10 yrs ago. They are getting throwing reps in little league-let alone high school and college. Chew on that Buffalo. Stay strong. Winning is on the horizon...and it will feel that much sweeter now that we felt this ongoing pain......