Starter: Mark Brunell
Experience: 14th NFL season, 3rd with Washington
2005: Started 15 games
John Keim's Inside Juice: The veteran QB looked slow and ineffective at season's end, throwing more flutterballs and showing less ability to escape ends, even as he turned the corner. Was that a sign of things to come? Or was it injuries? But Brunell's veteran savvy should help ease his adjustment to a new offense. It relies on quick decisions, and smart ones, which he can provide. One major worry is his age; athletic QBs tend to fall faster once they start losing their skills. Yes, he's the same age as when Rich Gannon excelled, and Trent Green. But he's also played in about 40 more games than they did at this age. Nobody is more important to the Redskins' success this season than Brunell. How much he has left will determine how far the Redskins go.
Depth: There is no question that Jason Campbell is the team's quarterback of the future; nobody is quite sure, however, if the future is defined as in a few months or in a few years. We will have a better indication of the time frame for his development during the preseason, when he is expected to play extensively. Todd Collins is a veteran backup who knows Al Saunders' system very well, having played under him in Kansas City the past several years. He is an adequate stopgap at best.