10. Todd Collins
Oh yeah, this list starts off strong. Todd Collins doesn’t exactly sound like a top ten quarterback in franchise history, but the list gets a bit thin after the top seven. Todd Collins is dear in my heart after he...
10. Todd Collins
Oh yeah, this list starts off strong. Todd Collins doesn’t exactly sound like a top ten quarterback in franchise history, but the list gets a bit thin after the top seven. Todd Collins is dear in my heart after he stepped in for the injured (and unranked I may add) Jason Campbell during the end of the 2007 season. It was an emotional season after the passing of Sean Taylor and Collins lead the Redskins to a miraculous playoff appearance. Todd Collins was playing out of his mind until the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, where he played well in my opinion, just not amazingly well. Collins may have only started 3 regular season games and 1 playoff game for the redskins, but he played better in 4 games then many Redskins quarterbacks managed to do over years.
9. Gus Ferotte
If you thought we would get through a list without saying "In Gus We Trust," you were mistaken. Gus wasn’t technically a franchise quarterback either (I know many who argue he could have been), but he did make the stinging mistake of Heath Shuler tolerable. In the 1994 draft, the Redskins Selected Heath Shuler with the third overall pick and they selected Gus Ferrotte in the 7th round. Gus ended up being the starter for the Redskins (after Shuler was so awful) until 1998. Gus is likely most remembered for hurting his neck after he rammed his head into a padded wall on Sunday Night Football in 1997 against the Giants. I would be lying if I said that did not help him come in at number nine on the list.
8. Mark Brunell
We continue the list with "non-franchise" quarterbacks at the number 8 spot. Mark Brunell was an effective quarterback for the Redskins from 2004-2007, but he lost his starting job in favor to Jason Campbell during the 2007 season. Brunell was the captain of an "okay" redskins roster coached by Joe Gibbs. Brunell had some great comeback games against the division rivals and even set the Redskins record for passer rating in a single game. I have some fond memories of Brunell games, and he was a very Joe Gibbs kind of quarterback. This list is filled with Joe Gibbs kind of quarterbacks, and Brunell Deserves to be on it.
7. Billy Kilmer
Ah, Billy Kilmer, a very fascinating quarterback. At least we have finally gotten to a franchise quarterback on the list. While Kilmer was not exactly a "pretty passer," he certainly won a lot of games under George Allen. He was the "blood and guts" kind of quarterback George Allen liked. The Redskins had spectacular records while he was under center and a Super Bowl appearance. The Redskins unfortunately lost to Don Shula’s 14-0 Dolphins in Kilmer’s Super Bowl appearance. Kilmer had two all-pro selections during his time with the Redskins and is currently in the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. Kilmer also rocked the single bar facemask for his entire career, so he definitely gets some style points on that one.
6. Robert Griffin III
I know what some of you are thinking. It is one of two things. One, "ARE YOU INSANE, DID YOU SEE THIS SEASON? HE SHOULD BE WAY HIGHER!" Option two, "ARE YOU INSANE, DID YOU SEE THIS SEASON? HE SHOULD NOT BE ABOVE BILLY!" While 6 might be a bit high for a guy who has only played one season, I have a hard time saying Billy is a better Quarterback then RG3. Robert is an exceptional passer. While he is still young and did not have to go past his first reads on plays this season, Robert is "the guy." This season, RG3 had a 20-5 touchdown to interception ratio, 3,200 passing yards, 815 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, and an unheard of 102.4 passer rating. He is rookie, and he will get better. But because we only have a small sample size of his work, I cannot rank him higher then 6 on this list. However, I am very confident Robert Griffin III will work his way up to the top 3 of this list someday. I’m going to enjoy watching him do it.
5. Mark Rypien
I would say Mark Rypien is on