For the record I never compared a pro defense to a collegiate defense. What I said was facing the Bama defense in college, at his developmental level at the time, and with the overall talent level on his offense, isn't that much different than what he'll face (or most any QB for that matter) in the NFL. I cannot think of the proper wording to get the point across other than to suggest he will be playing with players that were better than he played with at A&M, so while the defenses are certainly tougher and more advanced, so will be the talent around him on his side of the ball.
What if, just what if he pulls off a miracle against us at the opener, would that make our defense not improved?. From the pocket or not, scrambling, broken plays and all, that's what he does, don't tell me that it's a lock that he won't be able to create anything positive against us. I wouldn't bet that he has a good game, and to say he will be overwhelmed is an understatement, but is it merely because it will be his first NFL start and all of the challenges that come with that, or because he's facing the VAUNTED Steeler defense in Heinz Field, in a divisional matchup? If he was playing on the road in say Seattle, I'd say that would be a considerably tougher contest for him.
And he won't be able to break contain? Again I wouldn't bet against it.......but we'll see.
No one thought Tebow would beat us, or Pryor, or Ponder.........