The Great Redskins Quarterback Chase, Part 2

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It’s frightening how ever-changing the Redskins’ quarterback situation has been since Joe Theismann’s reign ended in 1985. Indeed, in the last 26 seasons, the longest consecutive-games streak by a Washington QB is 48 (playoffs included). This wouldn’t be so bad if, during the same period, Brett Favre hadn’t started 321 straight games for the Packers, Jets and Vikings.

Theismann, by the way, started his last 79 games as a Redskin (and 113 of his last 114). Here, by way of comparison, are the longest streaks put together by some of the QBs who followed him:

● Mark Rypien: 48 (1990-93).

● Jason Campbell: 32 (2008-09).

● Gus Frerotte: 30 (1995-97).

● Brad Johnson: 27 (1999-2000).

● Mark Brunell: 26 (2005-06).

● Jay Schroeder: 25 (1985-87).


Stunning, isn’t it? Since Rypien, the quarterback with the most staying power has been Campbell (whose 52 total starts top Frerotte’s 46 and Brunell’s 35).

Few teams have had that much upheaval at the most important position on the field. In fact, in the last 17 years, only two clubs haven’t had a QB start more than 52 games for them: the Bears (Erik Kramer, 46) and the Bills (Drew Bledsoe, 48). Heck, even Joey Harrington lasted longer than that with the Lions (55).

Now look at the NFC East:

● Eagles: Had Donovan McNabb from 1999 to 2009 (158 starts).

● Cowboys: Had Troy Aikman from 1989 to 2000 (180) and have had Tony Romo since 2006 (65).

● Giants: Had Kerry Collins from 1999 to 2003 (72) and have had Eli Manning since 2004 (110).

Is it any wonder why this has been a dark, dark age for the Redskins? Until they get some stability at the quarterback spot, nothing is going to change.


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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at

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