A few days before the draft four years ago, coach Steve
Spurrier didn't think
They liked Ramsey, his toughness and accuracy and smarts in particular.
But when they were fired later that summer, it left Ramsey without any backers in the organization. Some tried to like his game, like Joe Gibbs. Others never did, evidenced when he was nearly traded during his rookie season while holding out.
Today, the Ramsey era ended when Washington
shipped him to
And his value was low for two reasons: he was in the last year of his contract and he hadn't proven himself. Plus, his strengths in college--accuracy and poise in the pocket--were not evident the past two years. It's why nobody -- NOBODY -- I talked to in the past few months ever thought he'd fetch more than this.
Ramsey clearly wasn't the favored son of anyone in the organization and when that's the case, it makes it hard to play through mistakes. That's not to blame anyone for his shortcomings; he had chances. But it is to point out the obvious. He wasn't anyone's guy here and it showed when Gibbs benched him during the season opener.
Another factor: he got beat up behind a suspect line and even more suspect blocking schemes his first two years. It changed him as a quarterback.
Ramsey won a lot of praise for how he handled his situation/benching and it was all deserved. He's a good kid and a classy kid. It was very difficult to criticize him because of it. But I always thought this team would only go as far as Mark Brunell would take them. And it's clear that Jason Campbell is the future.
So Ramsey was expendable. He needed a change of scenery. He
got it. Whether or not it works out remains to be seen. And I worry about him
being thrust into a game in