Give us Ramsey! Or better yet, Schaub!
Though it pains my heart, I'm calling out Coach Joe Gibbs. I never thought this day would come, though to be fair I never thought Coach Gibbs would (1) abandon a player who showed our team such loyalty and (2) tolerate a quarterback who plays this poorly.
In case the title of this post doesn't make it clear, I'm calling for a return of Patrick Ramsey. You remember Ramsey, right? He was the Redskins quarterback during the last year of Spurrier's fun-and-gun-and-lose. If you still don't remember, just picture that guy who was always lying on his back. I thought that might jog your memory. Patrick Ramsey was the guy who stuck it out that whole season, despite getting sacked nearly as many times as David Carr. He actually got injured from being sacked so many times, and still he suited up for each game. And to reward this loyalty, the Redskins picked up. . . Mark Brunell.
Now, I know Mark Brunell was a good Jaguars QB back in the late 90's, when his legs still worked. But now-adays, Mark Brunell plays well approximately 1 game in 4, and has more success completing the ball to the other team than the burgundy-and-gold. Not that Patrick Ramsey will ever be a Pro Bowl quarterback. Neither was Doug Williams, or Mark Rypien, and yet the Redskins won with those guys. And I'm man enough to admit that if the Redskins had replaced Ramsey with a big name draft pick, a younger QB they were grooming to be the franchise quarterback, I wouldn't be writing this. But they didn't. The Redskins rewarded Ramsey's loyalty with a man nearly old enough to be my father.
This brings me to the second half of the title. The Redskins need a franchise quarterback, a younger player who can lead this program for years to come. Hopefully, though I chastised him above, those years will be with Coach Gibbs at the helm, and a big time running back in the backfield. What the Redskins need is a strong-armed, mature pocket passer who can control the ball, which is what a Gibbs offense needs, more Big Ben than Michael Vick. Fortunately, the Commonwealth's flagship University has produced just such a passer in Matt Schaub. He's tall, mature for his years, and a local boy with a ready-made fan base. He's riding the pine behind Vick in Atlanta, and likely will be for years to come. Let's pick him up before he gets a chance to play and drives his market value through the roof. Now, if we can just figure out how to get the next incarnation of John Riggins...