I am a true NFL fan like the rest of you. No matter the stupid rule changes, no matter babying the league more and more, we still can't stop watching. But as fans we are making the league worse then the commissioner if we aren't careful. We are putting to much pressure on the these kids coming out of the draft.
Players getting drafted first and second round are for some reason automatically expected to become as starter. For example there is nonsense about the Browns needing a new QB already. That's pathetic they have drafted 3 QBS in the first round alone since 2007. They have started 21 different QBS since 2003. The organization is absolutely terrible at producing QBS. To say Manziel is not an NFL QB based off 2 games in his rookie season is a joke for us as fans. Johnny is a talented NFL QB and will be. We need to take so much expectation off of him and let him develop and mature and stop wasting first rounders. If they aren't ready yet develop them don't abandon hope.
Example number 2 is EJ Manuel. Football fans everywhere expected EJ to start game one of his rookie season in 2013. Why? Because he was a first round pick. Yes he has first round talent but he was a bit under developed and not quite ready yet. The system he was in didn't help any at all but pressure from the fans expecting a kid to succeed just because he is a first round pick forced him in before his right time. Last year EJ took the helm of a young Buffalo team who's number one receiver was a fellow rookie Robert Woods who was learning the league himself, his other receivers TJ Graham ( no longer with team after being cut), Marquese Goodwin ( speedster but not great wr) and Chris Hogan (a complete waste of time). He had an injured spiller in the backfield to boot. His second year he got 4 games with the same receivers plus Sammy Watkins in his first four games as a rookie taking time to develop in the NFL. EJ purely wasn't ready but due to our expectations as fans for immediate gratification he is now questionable to ever get the chance he deserves.
My final example is going to be Mark Barron. The safety coming out of college was expected to be incredible and fans held him to an elite standard as a rookie. He didn't live up to this standard as a rookie or early in his second year. The organization heard enough complaints about Barron not "succeeding" due to being thrown in the fire with a bad Tampa Bay organization and as a youngster still learning all the tricks facing Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton six times a year. He had high expectations because of his first round status didn't quite reach them so he was traded to the rams where he will shine as a strong quality saftey and become a franchise defender. Patience fans Patience.
Patience pays off, I'm using one example because well it's perfect. Aaron Rodgers was a first round pick and the fans in Green Bay were patient. Yes, I get it they had Brett Favre but they used a first round pick on Rodgers so they could develop and teach him what he needed. Now we are talking about Aaron Rodgers who most fans today if they didn't know that he sat on the bench for 3 years. This man is now most likely going to always be remembered as a top 10 QB of all time and in my eyes is better then the teacher before him.
Patience pays off, just because you use a first pick doesn't mean you must expect starter right away. The MLB drafts kids and they go in a farm system to develop which forces less pressure immediately and makes sure they are major league ready. The NBA is slowly developing the same concept for not NBA ready players they draft. The D League is what they call it and it's a small team of players who aren't NBA level yet or mature enough to handle the NBA yet. Some teams are slowly buying their own NBA D league team basically like a farm system. Should the NFL try this? Let's just try and be patient and save these very talented kids from folding under the pressure and save their lives as well as the league.
Sports give us as the human race something to cheer for and support and give hope to all of us.