Per Ask Vic at NFL.com, one reader puts to Mr. Carucci why the Redskins succeeded so much in the distant past but so little recently. His answer (w/ the original question):
It is no secret that the Redskins have thrown an incredible amount of resources at trying to become the team they were in their glory years. I don't think there is any single reason they have fallen short, but the one position they have yet to get right is quarterback.
Jason Campbell could finally prove to be the answer. However, he still is in the early stages of development and needs considerable help from his supporting cast. If Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts consistently perform as the dominant rushing duo, they have the potential to become this year, Campbell could make tremendous progress. If not, he could end up taking backward steps ... and you're going to ask this question again next year.
So yea, there's something to that. The most important position on the team has been lacking since Coach Gibbs took the Redskins to their last Super Bowl victory, and we've suffered as a result. To the surprise of no one, the only two years we have made the postseason in the past decade just happened to coincide with impressive or, put differently, non-disastrous quarterback performances:
- Brad Johnson 1999 - 60.9% completion, 4005 yards, 24 TD on 13 INT
- Mark Brunell 2005 - 57.7% completion, 3050 yards, 23 TD on 10 INT
Hence why the development of Jason Campbell from his respectable (for his first few starts) performance last year into the franchise quarterback of the Redskins is so important. Perhaps more than anything else, our lack of a definite and long term quarterback has hampered our ability to reach the postseason for over a decade.