Green in the desert: A look back at previous 1st-year coach/rookie starting QB combos (Part 1)

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Green in the desert: A look back at previous 1st-year coach/rookie starting QB combos (Part 1)
Green in the desert: A look back at previous 1st-year coach/rookie starting QB combos (Part 1)

With Kliff Kingsbury on the sideline and Kyler Murray leading the huddle against the Detroit Lions in Week 1, the Arizona Cardinals will enter the 2019 NFL season with a relatively rare combination: a 1st-year head coach and a rookie starting QB. Now, plenty of teams with 1st-year head coaches have played rookie QBs at some point, whether early in the season when a veteran is injured or falters (like last season's Cardinals), or later in the season as the team enters development mode. But rarely is that the plan—comparatively few teams enter Week 1 with both a 1st-year coach and a rookie starting QB. Just how rare is this combination? Since 2000, there have only been nine such instances in the

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