- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Jason Campbell replaced Mark Brunell as the Redskins‘ starting quarterback last November, becoming the 14th player to hold that title in the past 14 seasons. Here’s a look at each failed QB and why things didn’t work out in Washington:


Friesz was signed from the Chargers to start until Heath Shuler, the No. 3 pick in the draft, was ready. Friesz delivered a monster game against the Giants, but Shuler was starting by Week 5.

HEATH SHULER (1994-96)

Shuler was the franchise quarterback, athletic and smart. But he wasn’t a good passer and couldn’t stay healthy, so Gus Frerotte quickly took over the starting spot. Shuler, meanwhile, played only one snap during the 1996 season and was traded to the Saints.

GUS FREROTTE (1994-98)

The seventh-round pick possessed a fine deep arm and became an everyman hero when he led the 1-6 Redskins to a 14-point victory in his first start. Frerotte made the Pro Bowl in 1996, but his penchant for mistakes cost him his job in the 1998 opener.


Hostetler replaced an injured Phil Simms and won the Super Bowl with the Giants in 1990. By the time he became Frerotte’s backup, Hostetler didn’t want to be second string anymore. Early in 1998, Hostetler failed to show at practice one day and never returned.

TRENT GREEN (1995-98)

After three years of holding a clipboard, Green took over for Frerotte in the 1998 opener and never looked back. Smart and accurate, Green parlayed the best season by a Redskins QB in seven years into a big contract with the Rams. Green, 37, now starts for the Dolphins.

BRAD JOHNSON (1999-2000)

Acquired to replace Green, Johnson led the Redskins to their first playoff berth in seven years. However, new owner Dan Snyder told coach Norv Turner to play free agent Jeff George. Johnson left for the Bucs, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2002.

JEFF GEORGE (2000-01)

George possessed all the physical tools but none of the leadership qualities needed to succeed. He delivered a big game against the Rams in 2000, but new coach Marty Schottenheimer couldn’t stand him. George was cut after a blowout loss to open the 2001 season.


Banks lost his starting job to Trent Dilfer as the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 and came to the Redskins looking for a fresh start. He got it when George was cut. Banks was adequate but wasn’t retained for 2002.


New coach Steve Spurrier collected former Florida QBs and receivers the way Snyder collected free agents. Matthews produced a couple of big games for the Redskins, but Snyder wanted to play No. 1 pick Patrick Ramsey in the 2002 season.


Wuerffel, who won the Heisman Trophy playing for Spurrier at Florida, replaced Matthews in Week 3 but hurt a shoulder on his first series, opening the door for Ramsey. Wuerffel’s days were numbered. He’s now a minister.


With a big arm and plenty of guts, Ramsey looked like the long-term answer at quarterback. But, a broken foot and Joe Gibbs’ preference for veteran Mark Brunell put Ramsey on the bench in 2004. He was traded to the Jets after the 2005 season.


Signed to back up Ramsey, Hasselbeck played the final five games in 2003 after the starter went down. But Hasselbeck, a limited athlete, never was going to be more than a temporary replacement. He moved on to the Giants in 2005.


The lefty struggled in his first season with the Redskins and was benched. He regained his standing with two clutch passes in Dallas in Week 2 of the next season, followed by a playoff run. But he just looked old last season and gave way at midseason to Jason Campbell.


The Redskins drafted the Auburn standout with the idea that he might sit for a couple of years. Brunell’s slide put the strapping, strong-armed Campbell on the field last November. Campbell has the poise and the ability. Can he stop the revolving door?

David Elfin

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