The organization simply didn't know how to handle its good fortune and sudden national attention in the immediate draft aftermath.
"When people criticize how we handled it, what's the alternative?" Pettine asked. "Would it have been more prudent for us the night we drafted him to name him the starter? And have him come in here and let the media have access to him every day and have a huge press conference for him? Handle him that way?
"It's all about building a team."
"He doesn't want anything handed to him," Pettine emphasized. "He wants to earn it."
"So our philosophy all along is build the best team and minimize the importance of the quarterback," Pettine continued. "And then, when you do get a great one, now you have something special."