It was poor planning by McDermott and his bestie, Beene. What makes it so egregious is that it was widely known that Josh is a project so they should have planned to have a decent veteran QB to start. McCarren doesn’t count for two reasons: he doesn’t have much experience and he sucks.
This entire QB process is eerily similar to what we experienced with EJ in his rookie year. Both are big, strong, tall QBs with strong, but inaccurate arms and big hands. Both are athletic and can run. Both struggle to read defenses and work through their progressions. Both were supposed to ride the pine behind mediocre veteran QBs, Kevin Kolb and AJ McCarren. Both veteran QBs failed to complete training camp. Both EJ and Josh had young, unproven backups, Jeff Tuel and Nathan Peterman, who had disastrous appearances capped by pick sixes.
As Yogi Berra said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.” Bad deja vu.