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Redskins Quarterbacks Ahead “Proceed With Caution” by Robert Ragan (aka “RexKelly”)

Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Gus Frerotte, Jeff George, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, John Beck… Seems the peanut butter ran a bit thin a while back and all of us Washington Redskins fans have had to endure season after season of stale bread under center. Well, like it or not, need has become an undeniable necessity and the Washington Redskins need ‘a few new hired guns’.

Here I have comprised a list of the quarterbacks available through both 2012 Free Agency and the 2012 Draft (I’ve included Peyton because I think we all see what’s going on there and I’ve excluded a few old farts and Jason Campbell because I’m sure he would tell us to pound sand. Rightly so. I have narrowed the list to 20 names (Ten Free Agents and ten 2012 Draft Prospects, from which I feel the Redskins need to sign 2, if not 3 of these names in 2012.

I have divided the prospects and ranked them in order in four categories. First, this year’s “A-Class” of free agents, followed by the “B-Team”. Next, I look at the draft prospects in potential categories of “High Pick” and “Late Round” (to be nice) picks.

Now that I am setting them up real nice, I’m now going to start knocking them down and sometime when the dust settles let’s see if we can’t find those 2 to 3 ‘hired guns’ are left standing.

2012 Washington Redskins Quarterback Prospects:

Free Agents: “A-Class”

1) Drew Brees – Let me be the first to say, it might happen! Sh-yeah and monkeys might fly out of my butt Garth. While Brees is technically a free agent, both he and New Orleans are deeply in love with each other and each should be tickling the others fancy for some time to come. New Orleans will sign Brees to a nice big contract and he will be the King of Beignets for years to come.

2) Peyton Manning – Seems like the Colts are set to run Peyton out of town like Happy Valley did Joe Pa. If he is healthy and wants to play, Washington could be a great fit for him (A winnable conference. A chance to play against his brother head to head twice a year.), but there is quite a swirling shit cloud (surgery, stem cells, twitter war, divorce, retiring, Rob Lowe) above the once commercial friendly face of Peyton “I’ll-sell-any-swag-you-got” Manning. IF Peyton Manning is healthy he might have 3-4 more past prime years left in him (Remember when Joe Montana went to Kansas City for the last 2 years of his career.), However, sadly I think the only Manning stat lines we will be seeing in the future will be that of Eli “Finally-I’m-Out-of-my-Brothers-Shadow” Manning. Maybe he is pissed enough to try to take a ride somewhere else, but I think Peyton was considering retirement and maybe he should.

3) Alex Smith – This former #1 overall draft pick (2005) had a rough time in his first 6 seasons, but turned things around in 2011 taking the 49ers to the NFC Championship with rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh. It seems with his recent success in San Fran, the 49ers should try to bring him back, but I’m not sure that they are ‘all-in’ on him after all and much probably hinges on their opinion of 2011 2nd round draft pick Colin Kaepernick. Smith sparks interest because of his youth and mobility, but has not proven himself as a consistent NFL quarterback. Alex Smith would probably be smart to stay put and the niners’ should give him another run given his latest effort.

4) Matt Flynn – Flynn was a 7th round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He became hotly discussed after week 17 in 2011 when he started in place of Aaron Rodgers and went 31 for 44 for 480 yards and 6 TD’s (All now are new Green Bay Game records that are held by Flynn, not Starr, Favre or the aforementioned Rodgers.). At any rate Flynn has lined himself up for a big payday (Remember Matt Cassel in 2009 he signed a 6 year, $63 million contract with $28 million guaranteed, now think bigger than that). The simple signs point towards Flynn reuniting with his previous OC, now HC in Miami as a Dolphin. How do you keep him out of South Beach, “Show him the money” (If you think he is worth it with as little experience as he has, Im not necessarily sold on Flynn as a NFL Franchise Quarterback yet). I think Flynn flying south for the winter makes sense to me.

5) Kyle Orton – Orton is much like the pink polka dotted elephant from the Island of Misfit Toys. No one really seems to want to play with him, but nothing seems to be wrong with him to me. What, does he have some of whatever Jennifer Aniston has?He’s never really got a fair shake anywhere, most recently being Tebow’d out of Denver and again landing on shaky ground in KC. In the one season that he started a full 16 games, he threw for 3,802 yards and 21 touchdowns (Given a chance I think he could put those numbers up again.).

Free Agents: “B Team”

1) Rex Grossman – Rex is another one of those ‘Misfit Island Toys’ (He’s more like the train with square wheels), but he was the best second string quarterback on the Redskins Roster in 2011 (Too bad he started so many games). Truth be told, Rex is an easy target (and that is not a fat joke, Rex is not fat. Nor is he phat!) , but it would be smart to bring Rex back (no one else wants him, his teammates like him , and he knows the offense) as a backup.

2) Vince Young – I would have used the elephant with pink polka dots reference here for Vince Young, but I figured somebody would try to say that was racist. So, Vince Young on the Island of Misfit Toys you are the ‘Charlie in the Box’ and everyone knows, ‘No one wants a Charlie in the Box’.

3) Derek Anderson – Remember in like 2007 when Derek threw for like 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns, that was awesome man. Now he can be seen ‘Living in a VAN, Down by the RIVER’.

4) Brady Quinn – Claims to fame: Went to Notre Dame, was on a Sports Illustrated cover once, drafted in 1st round 2007, hot gymnast girlfriend and actually had Justin Bieber’s haircut before the Bieber.

5) Kellen Clemons – Was once released by Rex Ryan’s New York Jets on an episode of ‘Hard Knocks: Life in the NFL’. Threw 2 touchdown passes in 2011, which is 2 more than the previous 2 Quarterbacks on this list.

2012 Draft: “High Pick”

1) Andrew Luck – Elway, Manning and then there was Luck. Luck is a once in a decade talent that is worthing throwing everything you’ve got at. He is a franchise quarterback that will be ready to start from day one. The writing seems to be on the wall that Luck will be a Colt, the number 1 overall pick in 2012 and Jim Irsay will clutch that lucky horseshoe where the sun don’t shine (Lucas Oil Stadium) for many years to come.

2) Robert Griffin III – RG3 is the 2011 Heisman Award winner. He is a great athlete, that seems to be a real positive and mature signal caller. He could be great option for the Redskins, but the #6 overall pick might not be high enough to get him. Trading up to get RG3 may prove too costly. The Redskins might be best suited to wait and see if he might fall to them. He is not as pro-ready as Andrew Luck. He has tremendous upside, but his game is much different than that of Cam Newton ( #1 overall draft pick for the Panthers last year). He might not be an NFL ready quarterback by the first game of next season, but expectations are rarely any less for a quarterback drafted in the 1st round (let alone in the Top 10). I think he is well worth going anywhere from 6th to 10th overall. Jake Locker was the 2nd QB taken #8 overall last year (Blaine Gabbert was 3rd QB and #10 overall, Redskins sniffed on him and backed away.). The way it looks right now is Cleveland might be ready to take RG3 #4 overall, if another team doesn’t move up to #2 or #3 and take him.

3) Brandon Weeden – Pros: Good size, played in a big program. Seems to make all the throws and has the stats to prove it. Cons: He will be 29 years old before he can ever take a snap in the NFL (SEE: Chris Weinke)

4) Ryan Tannehill – Converted WR, is very athletic and showed skill at both positions. He was a mobile QB in college and was the 3rd rated QB in this class before breaking his metatarsal in his foot, which will require surgery. He showed great upside, but does not have a lot of playing time under center to show for it. While his stock was soaring, this injury will set him back. He was a potential 2nd rounder that could have surprised landed in the 1st in this years draft class. Due to injury, Ryan will probably fall to the 3rd or 4th round. He could make a great potential project if he is not pushed too soon.

5) Nick Foles – By process of elimination I think Foles may move into the 3rd QB drafted in 2012. He is a big guy (6’5 250), but he was inconsistent and relatively inaccurate in college.

2012 Draft: “Late Round”

1) Kirk Cousins – I very well may have Kirk on the wrong list here. After an impressive Senior Bowl and if he can put in a good combine, we may see Kirks ceiling rise considerably (possibly as high as the late 1st round and #3 QB taken overall.).

2) Darron Thomas – Thomas is an undergrad jumping for the draft, he is under the radar right now, because of the system he played in and the players that he had around him (LMJ). 6-3 215, 63 Touchdowns passing in the last 2 seasons.

3) Kellen Moore – Pros: Won a lot of games as a 4 year starter in college. 142 Touchdowns passing in college, 43 alone in 2011. Cons: He might not be 6 foot and he is under 200 pounds.

4) Case Keenum – Pros: 19,217 career passing yards in college, coupled with 155 passing touchdowns (48 alone in 2011.). Cons: Case is a product of a system that produces QB’s with big numbers that don’t translate to the NFL. Could this be the Case here?

5) Russell Wilson – Pros: Consistently above average college quarterback. Russell put up big numbers in 2 big college programs. He was in Heisman discussion for most of the 2011 season. He is from VIrginia and finished college with 11,720 passing yards and 109 Touchdowns passing (plus 21 rushing and 1 receiving). Cons: Some question his dedication to football and whether his size (5’11 202) could work as an NFL QB.

And yeah, thats about it. Sorry if I depressed any of you Redskins fans out there. I could have put a positive spin on it and tell you that the glass is half full, but then you wouldn’t like what I told you it was full of. Ok, the haze is beginning to part and the dust settle. Want me to tell you? Want to see whats left for the Redskins to try at quarterback in 2012. Are you sure you can handle it? Here goes, in 2012 I think the Washington Redskins will reunite the cast of ‘Perfect Strangers’ when they sign Kyle Orton to be the next starter in DC, followed by resigning Rex Grossman to back him up (only question is which one is going to be playing the roll of Balki Bartokomous?). Next, I fully expect the Redskins to draft Brandon Weeden in the 3rd or 4th round. Then our rookie quarterback prospect (Weeden) would only be 1 year and 1 month to the day younger than our starter (Orton) who is a 7 year veteran. Finally, in a move that may prove to be most puzzling/promising- i think the Redskins may use a late draft pick or possible rookie free agent signing to add Colt, I mean Chase, I mean Case Keenum to the practice team and try to develop him from there. Thats just how I was looking at it right now, but its early. Who knows whats going to happen from here? How do you see it? Who do you think the Redskins will sign to play quarterback in 2012? Updates to follow… Version 1-1/31/2012 by @REXKELLY on Twitter.

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  1. Ben
    February 1, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Dude, seriously? well, thought out. I like the idea of going all the way for Matt Flynn. It’s possible, and somewhat realistic for the redskins and matt flynn. But the miami card is a big player. That’s my favorite idea though. i can definitely see your case for orton, but i hate chicago quarterbacks (by chicago i mean played there during some of his career). They are like chicago politics, its a machine with no heart. its all about power and money.

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