Man to Man: The Quarterbacks

Until draft day, the 2005 season was shaping up to be one free of quarterback controversy, but it just wouldn't be the Redskins without that element added to the story line.

Overview: It was the classic good news/bad news for Patrick Ramsey this offseason. The good news was that he was named the undisputed starter over Mark Brunell by Joe Gibbs. On the other hand, Gibbs spent a first-round draft pick to get Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell. Regardless of what may happen when Campbell is ready to play—which probably won't be in 2005—Gibbs will rely on Ramsey to pull the trigger on a deep passing game, an element sorely missing from the Washington offense in 2004

Changes: Drafted Campbell in the first round, 25th overall, signed Bryson Spinner as a first-year free agent, released Tim Hasselbeck.

Depth Chart: It's Ramsey, backed up by Brunell with Campbell holding the clipboard as the third QB.

Man to Man:

Mark Brunell (6-1, 217, Washington, 12 NFL seasons): The quarterback always takes too much of the blame when a team plays poorly and one could argue that his poor play in 2004 was more a symptom of an ineffective Redskins offense rather than a cause of it. The argument would have not much of a chance of convincing many however, as it seemed his arm strength had totally left him. Anything that had to travel move than 10 yards in the air was an adventure. At last month's minicamp it seemed that his arm had a bit more zip to it than it did last year, so perhaps if he did need to fill in for an extended period of time it wouldn't be the disaster that many fear. Perhaps.

Jason Campbell (6-4, 228, Auburn, rookie): There are those who will say that Campbell had it easy at Auburn since two of his running backs, Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, went in the top five picks of the draft. It was Campbell, though, who was the SEC offensive player of the year. He has the size, poise, and arm to be successful in the NFL and, at some point, he will get that chance.

Patrick Ramsey (6-2, 217, Tulane, 3 NFL seasons): Ramsey also has the tools and his chance is now. He's shown flashes of brilliance like his 19-of-22 for 174 and three TD effort against the Giants in week 13. He showed both good and bad the following week when he had the Redskins on the brink of an upset over the Eagles, but he threw a first-down interception in the end zone to kill the chance of the win. It's the up again, down again nature of his performance that he must shed to establish himself as a quality NFL starter. Ramsey must get his QB rating out of the mid-70's, a mark of thorough mediocrity, and into at least the middle of the NFL pack and do so by being consistent from series to series and game to game, not by going from brilliant to horrible as he has so often in his three years in DC.

Bryson Spinner (6-2, 236, Richmond, 1 NFL season): He's back to give it another go after being cut twice as a rookie undrafted free agent last year. Spinner started three games for Virginia in 2000 before deciding that he didn't have much of a chance for playing time with Matt Schuab on the roster as well and he transferred to Richmond. It's a cruel thing to say, but his chances of landing a roster spot rely entirely on someone else getting hurt and even then he may not stick.

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