Finally, the Redskins' Quarterback Future Is Now.
After much hemming and hawing, the Mark Brunell era in Washington is over. Enter second-year quarterback Jason Campbell, about a month too late to save the season.
Please let that #17 on his chest remind us of Doug Williams, not Danny Wuerffel.
I guess Coach Gibbs has finally realized that Mr. Hyde has taken Dr. Brunell's place permanently, or that his record-setting 22-receptions streak a couple months ago was like Robert DeNiro in Awakenings.
Apparently, this kid is the future of the Redskins. I'm interested in seeing what he does Sunday against the Buccaneers, but don't anyone let images of Tony Romo dance in your head. Clinton Portic' broken hand probably has as much to do with the Redskins giving up on the season as Brunell's inefficiency, and while Ladell Betts is a very good back, Portis is elite.
I'm actually more interested in seeing if T.J. Duckett ends up in the mix now that Portis is out for at least a month.
So welcome, Jason Campbell. For the next five days, you get to remain the most popular man in town, the backup quarterback who's all dreams and potential. Enjoy it, because as soon as you throw your first three-interception game at home you'll know what being a Redskins quarterback is really like.
So as we depart, let's examine a few quarterbacks who have torn the NFL up in recent years after being released by the Redskins in favor of such gems as Wuerffel, Heath Shuler, Jeff George, and Shane Matthews:
Trent Green, Kansas City Pro Bowler
Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay and Minnesota Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner
Rich Gannon, Oakland Pro Bowler and AFC champion
Jack Kent Cooke, where are you when we need you?