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Which Rookie Quarterback Had The Most Poise After His First Start?

Mark Sanchez was the king of "poise" during his rookie season in 2009. That year, you'd have been hard-pressed to find any writers using any other word to describe him (seriously, you would). Now, after just one game this season, five first-year quarterbacks—Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson—already have a chance to be this season's most poise-possessed rookie. Let's see how they stack up:


Brandon Weeden, Browns

Tom Withers, Associated Press:

As poorly as he played, Weeden never seemed to lose his poise.

(Reminder: Weeden's stat line: 12-for-35 for 118 yards, four picks.)

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel:

You saw the poise he carries himself with.

Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel:

...sacked three times, but did flash arm strength and poise in the pocket.

Greg Cote, Miami Herald:

Hartline called Tannehill's poise and demeanor "phenomenal."

Robert Griffin III, Redskins recap quoting head coach Mike Shanahan:

...the poise that he played with...

Mike Wise's Washington Post column headline:

...poise in NFL debut transcends...

Wise, again, in his column: in control, so poised...

Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Mike Sando,

He showed poise...

Sando again:

...said of Wilson's poise.

Dan Arkush, Pro Football Weekly:

...continued to display tremendous poise...

Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News, quoting Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr:

...he keeps his poise...

Andrew Luck, Colts

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, quoting wide receiver Reggie Wayne:

He kept his poise...

Kravitz again, same article:

...showed great poise...

Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel:

...showed poise and even a bit of necessary petulance...

Stampede Blue:

No. 12 showed poise...

Lynn Zinser, The Fifth Down: polished and poised as the original.

Luck wins! If there were a poise draft, it looks like Andrew Luck would be picked first overall in that, too.

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