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That isn't even 20-20 hindsight. Having the Quitter sit that year was absolutely the right thing to do. It was never "in favor of" Kitna--it was a placeholding. That team had no chance of protecting a wet-behind-the-ears (Heisman or not) from getting completely destroyed. That Jon was able to keep them even somewhat upright, was a miracle in and of itself. The following year, after the Quitter declared himself "ready", he was put in--and promptly went 1-4 out of the box. But, he got better, and was obviously more comfortable during the course of the entire season--having the "learning" year to draw from. 

 

I say: we never would have had 2005, without that learning season.    

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1 hour ago, Le Tigre said:

That isn't even 20-20 hindsight. Having the Quitter sit that year was absolutely the right thing to do. It was never "in favor of" Kitna--it was a placeholding. That team had no chance of protecting a wet-behind-the-ears (Heisman or not) from getting completely destroyed. That Jon was able to keep them even somewhat upright, was a miracle in and of itself. The following year, after the Quitter declared himself "ready", he was put in--and promptly went 1-4 out of the box. But, he got better, and was obviously more comfortable during the course of the entire season--having the "learning" year to draw from. 

 

I say: we never would have had 2005, without that learning season.    

LT-Levi Jones

LG-Eric Steinbach

C-Rich Braham

RG-Mike Goff

RT-Willie Anderson

RB-Corey Dillon

RB-Rudi Johnson

WR-Chad Johnson

WR-PW

 

Nonsense, one of the best offensive lines we ever had.  All kinds of weapons.  I never said START him day one.  He could have just as easily gone 1-4 in 2003  after the bye week since the team was already 1-4.  The team was NEVER going to get to the 10 wins it needed to make the playoffs at that point.  Sorry, team started 1-4 so at some point it was time to get him reps so he would be ready for 2004.  Just think if he had 6 or 7 games under his belt BEFORE 2004 started?  Marvin could NEVER see the big picture. 

 

This wasn't Patrick Mahomes sitting behind 3 time pro-bowler Alex Smith who was 50-26 with the Chiefs and had finished the previous season 12-4, it was 2-10 Jon Fucking Kitna who at one point in 2002, got benched for Gus Ferrotte AND Akile Smith.

 

 

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All hail Kitten Mittens! 

 

Merv handled Palmer correctly given the whole team needed to be rebuilt. Given how much Palmer respected Kitna we can surmise it was the right move . Of course undone by Mikey who did not resign Kitna even though he told Palmer he would

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