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Recent history has been unkind to rookie QBs

Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are likely to experience the difficulty of starting as rookies.

Updated: May 10, 2004, 4:10 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Having scored an impressive 39 on the Wonderlic test, quarterback Eli Manning certainly demonstrated his problem-solving skills to NFL scouts prior to the NFL draft draft. Now the former University of Mississippi star, and bearer of a surname that augurs brilliance at the game's most difficult position, must tackle an even more challenging conundrum.

How to tilt an empirically tested equation which suggests that a rookie quarterback plus a first-year starting job typically equal disaster.

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