The Washington Football Team’s quarterback quest enters Year 29, with the team still searching for a starter. In ESPN Analytics’ ranking of the past 30 starters in Washington football history, Kirk Cousins is third from last at No. 28.
The washington football team qb 2020 is a question that has been asked for about 29 years. ESPN Analytics ranks the past 30 starters of the Washington Football Team.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Since Mark Rypien’s departure in Week 2 of the 1993 season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the Washington Football Team’s 31st starting quarterback.
After trying six passes, Fitzpatrick exited the 20-16 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers with a hip injury and was put on injured reserve with a possibility to return later this season. The starter for Thursday’s game against the visiting New York Giants (8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network) is backup Taylor Heinicke, a scenario that typifies the franchise’s search for a long-term solution at the position.
It’s been a 29-year search marked by poor luck, bad timing, and dubious choices.
Rypien started 26 games over the following two years after leading the club to Super Bowl XXVI triumph in 1991, but he never recreated his winning magic. Since then, the Redskins have used first-round picks on five quarterbacks (Heath Shuler, Patrick Ramsey, Jason Campbell, Robert Griffin III, and Dwayne Haskins), acquired three quarterbacks (Jeff Hostetler, Donovan McNabb, and Rex Grossman), and watched two others (Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon) do so after leaving the team. It also featured a game-changing quarterback (Griffin), who excelled as a rookie, was injured, and was released three years later.
As the club approaches the 30th anniversary of its last Super Bowl victory, ESPN ranked the 30 quarterbacks who started for the franchise between Rypien and Fitzpatrick to give perspective for the four-decade quest for a captain.
It was difficult for me to come up with an unassailable rating after covering 28 of the 30 players on this list and interviewing almost two dozen individuals, including former Washington coaches and teammates. Several of these quarterbacks had little action with the Redskins, while others experienced challenges such as coaching staffs that didn’t want them, systems that weren’t a good match for their skills, or injuries.
To bring some order to the situation, we recruited the assistance of ESPN Analytics. Although the ranking (described below) isn’t ideal, it does illustrate the ebb and flow of Washington’s quest.
Since Rypien, no quarterback has started more than 60 games for this team. Only two quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Jason Campbell, have made more than 50 starts, while 12 have made less than five. Terry McLaurin, for example, has appeared in 30 games for Washington and has caught passes from seven different quarterbacks.
During Washington’s quest, competitors in the NFC East have had lengthy periods of consistency at the position. Three quarterbacks have started at least 70 games for the Dallas Cowboys (Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, and Dak Prescott); Eli Manning has started 234 games for the New York Giants; and Donovan McNabb (10 seasons) and Michael Vick (three seasons) combined for 172 starts for the Philadelphia Eagles between 2000 and 2012.
The change has harmed Washington’s quarterback performance, which has only won two playoff games since Rypien’s last complete season in 1992. Jon Jansen, a right lineman who played with ten starting quarterbacks from 1999 to 2008, understood what it was like to be frustrated.
“You never have a chance to establish a rhythm and the connection you need on the field when there’s continuous turnover at quarterback,” Jansen said.
Robert Griffin III, Heath Shuler, and Kirk Cousins are all former quarterbacks for the Washington Football Team. ESPN created the illustration.
Here is our data-driven rating, from the bottom of the pack at No. 30 to the top of the heap at No. 1. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. offers his views on the five quarterbacks Washington selected in the first round.
Note: ESPN Analytics rated the quarterbacks based on a 75 percent weighted average of regular-season passing efficiency (yards per attempt) and a 25 percent weighted average of total passing yards. Players with limited appearances (fewer than 1,000 passing yards) were sorted simply by total passing yards and ranked behind those with more important appearances. Yardage and efficiency were modified according to the years in which they happened to accommodate for the changing nature of the NFL’s passing game.
* Playoff appearances with Washington are included in game and record totals.
Mark Sanchez (#30) (2018)
2 games | 0-1 record | 0 touchdowns | 3 interceptions | 138 passing yards
After Colt McCoy was injured, he became the starter only two weeks after signing. Sanchez’s lone start was a disaster: he threw two interceptions and completed 6 of 14 passes for 38 yards. He was benched for the second half of the game and never returned to the NFL.
Keim’s take: I’d put him at No. 28, but I’ll admit that his first half was one of the worst I’ve seen in recent memory.
While Ryan Fitzpatrick is on injured reserve, the Washington Football Team has committed to Taylor Heinicke as quarterback, according to Chris Mortensen.
3 games | 0-1 record | 2 TDs | 0 INTs | 259 passing yards
On December 7, he was a math student at Old Dominion University. He signed with Washington the next day and started a playoff game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a month later. With a multiyear deal and great fan support, Heinicke began the 2021 season as Fitzpatrick’s backup. Starting on Thursday, he will have the chance to ascend this ranking.
Keim’s take: There’s no question he belongs higher, but that’s due to the fact that he’s only played a few of snaps in Washington.
Cary Conklin (#28) (1990-93)
5 games | 0-2 record | 5 TDs | 3 INTs | 512 passing yards
Conklin, a fourth-round draft choice in 1990, participated in seven NFL games, two of which he played for the San Francisco 49ers. His only starts came in the 1993 season, when Washington went 4-12.
Keim’s point of view: I’m OK with his being here.
4 games | 1-2 record | 3 TDs | 4 INTs | 590 passing yards
Johnson made his first start 11 days after joining in December 2018, due to numerous injuries. Jay Gruden, a former coach, said: “We knew he was capable of fleeing. He wasn’t the best passer, but he had a talent that the other men lacked. Although [Mark] Sanchez had greater expertise, he was unable to maneuver.”
After signing, Johnson learned his Washington teammates through playing the Madden video game.
Keim’s opinion: I think he’s too low; I’d place him at No. 21.
4 games | 1-3 record | 4 TDs | 1 INT | 610 passing yards
Three times in his four starts, he had a Total QBR of 70 or above. Only one other quarterback in Washington (Alex Smith) earned a rating of 70 or higher in 2020. Allen’s season was cut short due to a fractured ankle.
Keim’s take: I would have rated him No. 19 since he was better than a couple guys ahead of him.
Rich Gannon (#25) (1993)
8 games | 1-3 record | 3 touchdowns | 7 interceptions | 704 passing yards
In Washington, Gannon wasn’t feeling well.
Former running back Brian Mitchell, who also played quarterback in college, stated, “I told him I could sit flat-footed and throw the ball further than you.” “He didn’t have the same arm as he had in Oakland when he played here. It didn’t even come close.”
This is why: Gannon had shoulder surgery and missed the whole 1994 season. He led the Raiders to a Super Bowl in 1999, was voted NFL MVP once, was selected All-Pro twice, and threw 105 touchdowns to 44 interceptions between 1999 and 2002.
Keim’s take: He’s close; I’d put him at No. 24, so we’re on the same page about his lack of success in Washington.
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Danny Wuerffel (#24) (2002)
7 games | 2-2 record | 3 touchdowns | 6 interceptions | 719 passing yards
Coach Steve Spurrier’s time in Washington came to an end when the front management cut Wuerffel before the 2003 season, despite his protests. The night before the cutbacks, Spurrier was given data to persuade him that it was the correct decision. Wuerffel never returned to the game.
Keim’s take: He just lacked the arm strength to play in the NFL.
John Beck is number 23. (2011)
4 games | 0-3 record | 2 TDs | 4 INTs | 858 passing yards
Mike Shanahan, a former coach, once said that he would stand on a table to plead for Beck. Players are unlikely to do so. Beck conducted exercises during the 2011 lockout.
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Chris Cooley, a former Washington tight end, stated: “‘This is John Beck, your starting quarterback,’ he said to everyone, as I recall. ‘Is he the starting quarterback or simply saying that?’ we all asked each other. I didn’t mind the assurance.”
But that didn’t work out in games. His past two starts have been disasters: in a shutout defeat to the Buffalo Bills, he was sacked 10 times because he refused to pass the ball.
Cooley stated, “He panicked.”
The next week, he threw 14 times to running back Roy Helu for an average of 5.4 yards per pass attempt. Beck’s total QBRs in those games were 11.3 and 25.8, respectively.
Former receiver Santana Moss stated, “He believed he was going to be the man.” “I won’t lie to you; he was a scumbag. I fractured my hand and was unable to play with him in the [last two] games. Because I didn’t have to play with this man, nothing greater could have occurred to me. You speak about all of this things in the offseason, and then you go out and lay this egg.”
Beck never played again, but now works as a quarterback coach, preparing players for the NFL.
Based on the eye test and feedback from a number of former players, I would have rated him No. 30.
Jeff Hostetler (number 22) (1997)
6 games | 2-1 record | 5 TDs | 10 INTs | 899 passing yards
The former New York Giants Super Bowl champion ended his 12-year career by starting the last three games of 1997. In Week 16, he suffered his only loss, a devastating four-interception 30-10 loss to the Giants.
This is the perfect location for him, according to Keim.
Shane Matthews (#21) (2002)
8 games | 3-4 record | 11 touchdowns | 6 interceptions | 1,251 passing yards
Spurrier was eager to show the importance of his passing game a week after scoring 14 points in a victory. In a return to Florida for Spurrier and Matthews, facing the No. 21 run defense and No. 13 pass defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Matthews threw 50 passes and Washington lost by 19 points. He only completed less than half of his throws four times in seven starts.
Keim’s take: Matthews, like Hostetler, is rated where he should be.
Tim Hasselbeck is number 20 on the list (2003-04)
7 games | 1-4 record | 5 TDs | 7 INTs | 1,012 passing yards
In a 27-0 defeat to Dallas, he had the only 0.0 passer rating in club history, completing 6 of 26 passes for 56 yards and four interceptions. However, this was wedged by games with ratings of 128 and 116.9.
Keim’s take: That 0.0 game sticks out, which is why he was ranked lowest by some. He would be rated No. 29 in my opinion.
Dwayne Haskins was sacked 49 times and had 12 turnovers in 444 pass attempts for Washington. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press
16 games | 3-10 record | 12 touchdowns | 14 interceptions | 2,804 passing yards
In 2019, Haskins was projected to be a third-round draft selection by Washington, but according to numerous sources, higher-ups forced them to give him a first-round rating, and the club selected him No. 15 overall. Washington’s staff needed to win, but Haskins needed time to develop.
His game didn’t improve, and two coaching staffs and the front office had concerns about his maturity. He was fined multiple times in 2020 for violating COVID-19 protocols, stripped of his captaincy, and eventually cut. He missed one victory formation snap because he was taking a picture with a fan; he didn’t study the way the coaches wanted; he didn’t study the way the coaches wanted; he didn’t study the way the coaches wanted; he didn’t study the way the coaches wanted; he didn’t study the way the coaches wanted; he didn’t study
Keim’s take: I’d put him at No. 25, but part of that rating comes from his lackluster approach to become an NFL quarterback.
Kiper’s opinion on Haskins (No. 15 overall in the 2019 first-round draft): He’s a large, strong-armed pocket man. It made sense: a local fell down. He landed on their laps. It’s like if Mac Jones or Aaron Rodgers were to fall into New England’s or Green Bay’s laps. It works part of the time and some of the time it doesn’t.
I don’t believe you can claim it was a bad choice in retrospect. Yes, in retrospect, but not at the time it was created. Dwayne was constantly asked, “Are you going to be the first one in the building, or the last one out?” How passionate is he about the game? Is he familiar with the game? What sort of leader does he seem to be? What do his teammates think of him?
Alex Smith, age 18 (2018-20)
18 games played | 11-5 record | 16 touchdowns | 13 interceptions | 3,762 passing yards
The important statistic: When he didn’t start for Washington, the club went 6-27. After breaking his fibula and tibia in 2018, Washington went on to lose 18 of his next 22 games.
When it comes to losing Smith, Gruden added, “take any team and take away Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and watch what happens.” “There aren’t many teams that can come back.”
Smith’s unlikely comeback in 2020 helped the club win the NFC East, going 5-1 in games he started (and 2-8 when he didn’t).
Keim’s opinion: I would put him in the top five. This is much too low for Smith, who was comparable to Mark Brunell.
Heath Shuler (#17) (1994-96)
19 games played | 4-9 record | 13 touchdowns | 19 interceptions | 2,403 passing yards
In 1994, Washington chose him over Trent Dilfer (No. 6 overall) because of his mobility, despite the fact that Dilfer was ranked higher. Shuler’s new colleagues were less than enthusiastic.
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Mitchell stated: “In Kansas City [in 1995], we had a game that we termed a waggle pass. It got f—-ed up in the backfield because he called it the incorrect way. ‘If you want to give me quarterback money, I’ll call plays and play quarterback,’ I told a coach when he questioned why I didn’t assist him out.”
The Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints discussed a trade after the 1996 season. Mike Holmgren coached the Packers, and the executive staff at Washington convinced Shuler that he would be a better match there because he could learn and rebuild his game. Shuler picked the Saints and coach Mike Ditka because he wanted to play right away. He started nine games before suffering a severe foot injury and never returning to the field.
Keim’s opinion: I would have rated him No. 15, but ESPN Analytics’ rating probably more accurately represents his performance. He should never, however, be ahead of Smith.
Shuler (1994 first-round draft selection, No. 3 overall) is Kiper’s pick: Do you have any doubts about Heath’s decision? You are unable to do so at this time. I made a mistake. At that time, I had no objections about Washington accepting him. If I were the Colts, I would have chosen Trent Dilfer at No. 5. Trent turned out to be a far superior choice than Heath, but I don’t believe that decision should be questioned.
10 games played | 1-7 record | 11 touchdowns | 5 interceptions | 1,707 passing yards
Because McCoy was injured and Haskins wasn’t ready, he was forced to start in 2019. With 75 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions in his NFL career, he’s a solid backup quarterback.
Keim’s opinion: This rating of Keenum is fine.
Tony Banks (#15) (2001)
15 games | 8-6 record | 10 TDs | 10 INTs | 2,386 passing yards
When Jeff George was released after two games in 2001, he became the surprise starter. Banks was a key part of Marty Schottenheimer’s turnaround from a 0-5 start to an 8-8 finish. With the Houston Texans for three more seasons, he started three games.
Keim’s take: He was better than many players placed above him, which is why I put him ninth.
Jeff George (#14) (2000-01)
8 games | 1-6 record | 7 touchdowns | 9 interceptions | 1,557 passing yards
Despite Brad Johnson’s outstanding 1999 season, Washington signed George. George’s name had been mentioned during the previous offseason, but according to one source, it was a unanimous “no.” The sole change in 2000 was the addition of a new owner, Dan Snyder, and the signing of George. Norv Turner, the coach at the time, resisted the urge to play George until Johnson was injured.
Keim’s take: I’d put him around No. 20 since he wasn’t very good with Washington.
Rex Grossman (#13) (2010-12)
17 games played | 6-10 record | 23 touchdowns | 24 interceptions | 4,035 passing yards
Grossman attempted to minimize reckless attempts after being benched in 2011. However, he said that he reminded himself, “This is simply who I am,” and that the “gutsy” throws reappeared.
Mike Shanahan stated, “I truly liked Rex, but he could keep both teams in the game.” “He has the ability to win and lose games.”
Grossman will do well anywhere from No. 10 to No. 13. Keim’s prediction: Grossman will do well anywhere from No. 10 to No. 13.
After beating Tampa Bay in a playoff game during the 2005 season, Mark Brunell grins as he walks off the field. John Raoux/Associated Press
Mark Brunell (2004-2006)* was the 12th President of the United States.
37 games played | 16-19 record | 38 touchdowns | 20 interceptions | 6,033 passing yards
In coach Joe Gibbs’ first season back, Washington traded a third-round selection for the 33-year-old Brunell. Brunell wasn’t showy, but he was instrumental in the team’s playoff appearance and final playoffs victory in 2005. Two touchdown throws to Moss in the last four minutes of a 14-13 victory in Dallas on Monday night were a highlight.
Moss stated, “I liked Mark Brunell.” “He had that seasoned instinct; he understood how to win,” says the narrator.
No, according to Keim. I would have given him at least a No. 6 ranking, and I might be tempted to give him one or two more. A strong leader overcome an ineffective plan.
John Friesz (#11) (1994)
16 games played | 1-3 record | 10 touchdowns | 9 interceptions | 1,266 passing yards
Shuler and Frerotte relied on him as a bridge quarterback. It took four games for Friesz to cross that bridge, and he never started another game in Washington, despite playing six more seasons in the NFL.
Keim’s opinion: Friesz is ranked 11th, which is a bit high, but only by three places. He preferred to throw it down the field, averaging 7.0 yards per attempt.
Trent Green is number ten (1995-98)
16 games played | 6-8 record | 23 touchdowns | 11 interceptions | 3,441 passing yards
Green was released from the CFL in 1994 but was given another shot in 1998, winning six of his last nine games. But he was a free agent, and the trustees wouldn’t allow the club pay signing incentives since the team was up for sale.
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Washington was finally given permission to make an offer on the eve of free agency. Green had already committed to a contract with St. Louis, so it was too late.
Mitchell, who played for Washington from 1990 to 1999, stated, “Trent was better than any f—-ing quarterback we had here.” “Since Mark Rypien, he may have been the greatest quarterback we’ve had in this organization in terms of overall skill.”
Keim’s take: I would have pushed him up five places and would be OK with him anywhere in the top eight, but he shouldn’t be below the five quarterbacks on this list who are directly ahead of him. Never.
Todd Collins (2006-2009)* was the ninth president of the United States.
9 games played | 3-1 record | 5 touchdowns | 0 interceptions | 1,032 passing yards
Following the death of safety Sean Taylor in 2007, Washington won its next four games, including all four starts by Collins in lieu of the injured Jason Campbell. Collins had not started a game in ten years and had only thrown 27 passes in that time, but he was familiar with coordinator Al Saunders’ scheme having working with him in Kansas City for five years.
Keim’s take: I would have moved him a few places lower, but the effect he made during the late stretch run cannot be overstated.
Patrick Ramsey, no. 8 (2002-05)
33 games played | 10-14 record | 34 touchdowns | 29 interceptions | 5,649 passing yards
Despite Spurrier’s claim that he had never met Ramsey, Washington moved back twice in the first round and selected him with the No. 32 selection in 2002. One insider said at the time that the coaching staff and front office did not tell Snyder who they were pursuing as a quarterback because they were afraid he would leak the information to the public.
Ramsey was sacked 13 times and hit many times in his first two games, despite the offense seldom using maximum protection.
Jansen said, “Those quarterbacks were treated unfairly.”
Keim’s opinion: He shouldn’t be in the top 10, but somewhere around No. 12 would be more appropriate.
Ramsey’s greatest flaw, according to Kiper (2002 first-round selection choice, No. 32 overall), was his lack of mobility. In the 40-yard dash, he was like a 4.99 or 5.0-flat person. He was a good athlete, but it puts a lot of strain on the [offensive] line. I felt he might thrive in the proper environment because he was a tough, clever child.”
12 games | 1-6 record | 8 TDs | 7 INTs | 1,679 passing yards
McCoy’s chances were constantly thwarted by injuries. He held the position till he injured his neck at the end of 2014. After Smith’s injury in 2018, he was given another opportunity, but he fractured his right leg in his second start, causing numerous problems and limiting him to only one start in 2019.
McCoy is a smart player, but he was injured too often and didn’t win when he did play, thus No. 7 is far too high. At best, he belongs in the center, and others would say that he belongs much below.
In his lone season with Washington, Donovan McNabb passed for 3,377 yards. Nick Wass/AP Photo
Donovan McNabb, No. 6 (2010)
13 games played | 5-8 record | 14 touchdowns | 15 interceptions | 3,377 passing yards
After an Easter Sunday trade in 2010, the coaches got McNabb instead of Marc Bulger. It didn’t turn out to be a good idea. McNabb was benched for the last three games after being pulled late in one game for fitness reasons. Fletcher Smith, McNabb’s agent, and Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator, had a public fight. Possibly the lowest point: McNabb was given a largely empty five-year contract for almost $80 million by Washington on Nov. 15. Prior to a Monday night game against his former club, the Eagles, he held a press conference. In a 59-28 victory, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick tossed four touchdown passes and ran for two more.
In Washington, McNabb averaged 7.2 yards per attempt, which was better than Brunell (6.3) and Smith (6.5). Keim’s take: I would have placed him No. 11, but I understand it: McNabb averaged 7.2 yards per attempt, which was better than Brunell (6.3) and Smith (6.5).
Jason Campbell is number five (2005-09)
52 games played | 20-32 record | 55 touchdowns | 38 interceptions | 10,860 passing yards
In 2005, he was selected No. 25 overall, one spot ahead of Aaron Rodgers, to throw long balls on play-action passes under Gibbs. They preferred Campbell over Rodgers, but Gibbs recruited Saunders a year later, who did not operate the same system. After four offensive coordinators at Auburn, Campbell played for two head coaches and three offensive coordinators at Washington.
Keim’s opinion: He’s ranked too high; he belongs in the No. 8-9 area. Others, like as Brunell and Smith, were more successful, but no one was harmed more than Campbell by the continuous change of coaches and coordinators.
Campbell (No. 25 overall in the 2005 first-round selection) is Kiper’s pick: Campbell received the same rating as my [players rated Nos. 42 to 52]. At Auburn, he benefited from having Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown [at running back]. He was tall and athletic. But my worry was that he only did it for one season, despite the significant increase in his touchdown-to-interception ratio (20 TDs, seven INTs in his final college season). That’s why he was considered a first-round or third-round pick by me. That’s why I insisted on going up and getting Rodgers. My seventh-best player was him. Rodgers, on the other hand, might have been a dud in Washington. They rebuilt his delivery after he sat three years behind Brett Favre [in Green Bay].
Gus Frerotte is number four on the list (1994-98)
52 games played | 19-26-1 record | 48 touchdowns | 44 interceptions | 9,769 passing yards
Frerotte had a mid-round grade, but Washington happily took him in the seventh round after selecting Shuler in the first. Frerotte played 15 NFL seasons and reached the Pro Bowl in 1996, despite throwing 12 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. He’s most known for hitting the wall at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium after scoring in a 7-7 tie with the Giants in a 1997 game.
“I’m never bothered by it. Obviously, I would do it again if I could, but I did it “The head-butt, according to Frerotte. “I’ll be on ESPN forever,” I assure my kids.
Keim’s opinion: I would have put him seventh, but the positions Nos. 4 through 7 were tough to rank since they all had something to contribute. Others on the list had a greater effect on game wins.
Robert Griffin III was a force as a rookie in 2012, but during the following two seasons, he tossed 20 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. USA TODAY Sports/Andrew Weber
38 games played | 14-22 record | 40 touchdowns | 23 interceptions | 8,097 passing yards
In 2012, the No. 2 overall selection had a spectacular rookie season with 20 touchdown passes, 3,200 passing yards, 815 running yards, and just five interceptions. The zone-read grew popular after Griffin’s arrival. After injuring his knee late in his rookie season, he said he was happy to run the ball and dismissed the notion that he only wanted to be a drop-back passer, but Mike Shanahan now says, “If Robert would have embraced the type of quarterback he was, I thought he could do so many things other quarterbacks couldn’t do.”
Griffin said, ” “Some defensive coordinators thought college things wouldn’t work, but we made it work, and not just a little bit; we made it a regular part of our practice. This demonstrated to coaches all across the league that athletic quarterbacks can be used in this manner.”
Keim’s take: It’ll be difficult to surpass his first season’s effect, which is why I’d put him in the same position. He would be much lower on the list based on the following three years.
Kiper’s opinion on Griffin (the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 first-round draft): Some individuals preferred RG3 to [2012 No. 1 overall selection] Andrew Luck. Tony Dungy, a long-time NFL coach, has said that he prefers RG3. I rated Luck a 9.8 out of ten, and RG3 a 9.4 out of ten. Nobody could disagree with [Washington’s] selection of RG3 in the first round. He seemed to be destined for greatness from the start… That was a major setback. He seemed to be a stronger prospect than Luck as a rookie.
Brad Johnson (1999-2000)* is the second place finisher.
30 games played | 18-11 record | 35 touchdowns | 28 interceptions | 6,510 passing yards
After failing to re-sign Green, Washington traded for Johnson, who was the NFL’s fifth-best quarterback in 1999, throwing for 4,005 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the league’s second-best offense. Snyder signed George in the summer after Washington won the NFC East.
That was the beginning of the end for Johnson, who realized his days were short following several conversations with Snyder. Johnson was an excellent match for Schottenheimer, but the damage had already been done. After the 2002 season, Johnson joined the Buccaneers and led them to Super Bowl XXXVII triumph.
Johnson, who played for four clubs, including two stints with the Minnesota Vikings, stated, “[Washington] was one place I would have liked to remain.” “I used to tell my wife and close friends how much I wished things had worked out in Washington.”
Mitchell stated: “Dan [Snyder] probably regrets letting Brad go more than anything else in the world. Brad was a true quarterback on the field. He wasn’t attractive, but he was intelligent.”
Keim’s opinion: He’d be at the top of my list. The main problem was that he only played for two years and was injured for one of them.
Kirk Cousins started 48 regular-season games and one playoff game during his last three seasons with the Washington Redskins, going 24-24-1. Getty Images/Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post
64 games played | 26-31-1 record | 99 touchdowns | 55 interceptions | 16,206 passing yards
Cousins’ skills and intelligence have always impressed coaches, and it became clear in 2015 that he should start. He passed for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions that season.
“He used to hang his head whenever anything terrible occurred, but once he began having confidence, that’s when he blossomed,” Gruden added.
However, in order to retain Cousins, Washington needed to utilize the franchise tag for two years in a row. Cousins’ camp understood he’d never sign a long-term contract because his price would be too high after the first one was applied. The two parties never came close to reaching an agreement.
Keim’s opinion: I see why the stats have him ranked so high, but I would put him in second place. If you had to choose between Cousins and Brad Johnson to win one game, I’d go with the latter.
The washington football team players is a list of the past 30 starters for the Washington Football Team. ESPN Analytics has ranked each player based on their statistical performance in order to rank the best and worst starting quarterbacks.
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