Sure, he played at Hawaii. Sure, he played under the run and shoot guru June Jones. And sure, he was a sixth round pick. He has been criticized by many, including sports analysts and commentators everywhere. Whether it is his unique release or "lack" of arm strength, his career as a football player has been one of intense scrutiny and pressure to overcome preconceived notions of his ability.
His performance on the field, both collegiate and NFL, has been nothing short of amazing. As I have watched him progress over the years, I have noticed just how accurate his throws are. The way he is able to split the defenders and throw the ball to places only his receivers can get to it is astounding. On deep throws, post routes, out routes, curls, etc., he always finds a way to get the ball from point A to point B; quarterback's hand to receivers grasp.
This leads me to my next point: his release. Critics frequently say that his release leads to a "lack" of arm strength. However, this is far from the truth. He can throw the ball over 60 yards, which is more than enough for 99% of in-game throws. Others often complain that his low release point will lead to battered balls by the D-Line. But, in reality, this is a very minor flaw, as it only occurs once in a blue moon. As far as his release time, it is very quick. One of the quickest in the league. And, as I said before, who cares as long as it gets to the receivers hands?
One thing that most scouts can agree upon is his instincts. His natural ability to read and react to defenses is about as good as it gets. In his first experience in the NFL, the HOF game in 2008, Brennan was able to shred the defense for an almost perfect QB rating. This ability can only go up as he gets playing time.
Brennan's talent can only lead to more and more progression. While he may not be able to become the greatest quarterback of all time this year, he is, without a doubt, better than more than half of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL as of now. Only time will tell if the Skins will give his a chance to prove himself.