To touch on your point about why rookies in recent memory haven't been thrown onto the field there rookie years... When that was true (which it isn't anymore), there were always veterans on the roster that were better options. Like 2010, Jason Worilds was drafted in the 2nd round. Who are you going to give him playing time over? LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison were probably the best OLB duo in the league. You aren't taking one of them off the field just to give Worilds some playing time. It's not always about the defense being so hard to learn. Last year and this year are completely different. We NEED young guys to step in and be big time contributors. That wasn't the case a few years ago. Jarvis started 8 games, Shamarko played a ton early on, and both struggled. They were at least part of the reason we went 0-4. They weren really ready but they were thrown out there out of necessity. Shazier will be starting this year, Tuitt will be playing a lot and likely starting some point during the season. There aren't guys like Larry Foote, James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisle for them to sit behind and learn from. We're gonna be them to contribute now.