17 Year Quarterback Shuffle

There is an article in the Washington Times that all Redskins fans should read. It's painful, but good info.

Redskins’ quarterback shuffle adds up to lots of lossesRedskins’ quarterback shuffle adds up to lots of losses

Highlights after the jump.

John Friesz, Heath Shuler, Gus Frerotte, Jeff Hostetler, Trent Green,Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman. (I don’t think I’ve forgotten anybody, but I may have repressed the memory of a couple.) Anyway, that’s 17 quarterbacks in 17 seasons, which goes a long way toward explaining why the franchise has won exactly two playoff games in that time - one against an 8-8 Lions team, the other against a Bucs club quarterbacked by Chris Simms.

So the quarterback procession has been a mixed bag of first-round busts (Shuler, Ramsey, Campbell), front-office brain freezes (George,Brunell, McNabb) and assorted other miscalculations and acts of desperation. It just underlines what football folk are always saying: There’s nothing more difficult than evaluating a QB, especially one coming out of college.

What's scary to me...after 17 seasons, there have only been 3 QB's drafted by the Redskins during that span. For more on the Redskins draft history:

QB's we've passed on:

  • Josh Freeman
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Ben Rothlisberger
  • Drew Brees
  • Chad Pennington
  • Kerry Collins
  • Brett Farve

No 1st round pick in 2008, 2006, 2003, 1998, 1990

In the 17 year history we have had great OL, DL, LB, DB, RB, WR?, TE, but no QB. I would argue that WR is to be expected since we have had no QB to get any of the guys we've had the ball. I would also argue that 17 years without a QB would make that position our most pressing need above all else.

And for the RECORD. I'm not necessarily arguing that it can be address in this years draft; although I believe that it can be (probably Trying Smallett or Christian Blunder). My arguement is that out of all of the Redskins NEEDS, QB is #1.