- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Since practice isn’t until tonight and the only thing going on today at the Park was a tour of the training and locker rooms to discuss staph infections, we’ve thought of another topic to discuss:

Who is Mark Brunell’s back up?

Veteran Todd Collins and second-year man Jason Campbell will compete for the job. But is it a competition?

The case for Collins: He knows Al Saunders’ system.

The case for Campbell: He’s a better player. Period.

So, naturally, Campbell would be the guy, right? Especially since he’s thrown the ball much better through two days of camp. Not so fast.

Here’s the general consensus among those compensated to cover the Redskins on a daily basis: If Brunell goes down for any extended period of time (be it one game or four games), Collins will be the Redskins’ starter.

All of us disagree with this. If Brunell goes down, the job should go to the person who has more talent. That’s Campbell. Plus, it would give the Redskins a head start on the 2007 season with No. 17 should be the No. 1 quarterback.

But these are the Redskins. They are a win-now-regardless-of-the-circumstances team. And they’ll probably operate under the assumption that Collins dinking and dumping the ball to underneath receivers gives them a better chance at winning. So he’ll be the guy.

Would be interested in fans’ thoughts on this - rohalloran [AT] washingtontimes.com

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