Ever since Joe Theismann's right leg defied the laws of anatomy on "Monday Night Football" in 1985, the quarterback position for the Redskins has been a bit, shall we say, touch and go.
Doug Williams certainly made the most of his opportunity in Super Bowl XXII and Mark Rypien had a few nice seasons that culminated with MVP honors in Super Bowl XXVI. But other than that, the position has been one unending revolving door for the franchise.
âItâs not a good idea, itâs not a bad idea -- itâs a horrific idea,â Theismann, now an NFL Network analyst, told 106.7 FM in Washington last week (via The Washington Post). âIt would be one of the poorest things that we could do as a franchise. Are we gonna go find another guy for just a couple of years again? Havenât we done this before? Havenât we seen this act before? And by the way, if you get Peyton Manning, donât you have a concern about protecting him? Donât you have a concern about who he throws the football to?"
Tell us how you really feel, Joe.
âWeâre tired of looking for stop gaps,â he continued. âItâs time to draft one of your own, or make a deal for a young one of your own, and nurture him, and then put the players around him. If weâre gonna be 5-11, if weâre gonna be 6-10, letâs do it with somebody whoâs (learning as he goes), instead of guys that have been here, making mistakes.â
Theismann is an unrequited Redskins homer, but he's making plenty of sense here. The 'Skins are in start-over mode, and bringing in a 36-year-old quarterback off three neck surgeries makes about as much sense as, well, putting your trust in Beck.