The QB is the leader of the offensive team, the one who often calls the plays. Although most teams use an offensive coordinator now, QBs still need to know the intricacies of the rules for trick plays and tactics.
Vigorous training is a must-- and don't forget that a quarterback is only as good as his receivers. Here is every athlete who's ever held the illustrious position of WashingtonRedskinsquarterback.
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It’s as hard to imagine now as it ever was; in a time when the WashingtonRedskins quarterback room is occupied by the infamous Mark Sanchez and the not-famous-at-all Josh Johnson. Believe it or not, there was a time when the Redskins didn’t have to worry about who would be the starting quarterback the next week.
The Redskins didn’t need the same quarterback in the 1980s; they won three Super Bowls with three different signal callers. They didn’t need to use a first-round pick back in 2012, because eventually, Kirk Cousins would reveal himself to them.
It was success that broke convention, but the NFL’s unpredictability is what makes it so exciting. Despite being fifth all-time in wins (603) and seventh all-time in Super Bowl rings (three) the team has had some serious problems over the years.
There are not a lot of great quarterbacks in the history of the Washington franchise, as we’ve already mentioned. Some options include Jason Campbell, Gus Reroute, Kirk Cousins and Mark Brunei, among others.
The 2012 season remains one of the most magical in Redskins history. In 15 games, the then-rookie quarterback completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, throwing only five interceptions.
And he led a late-season surge that won the Redskins the NFC East and got them to the playoffs. They were even looking good in the Wild Card round against the Seattle Seahawks until the Griffin hurt his knee.
Mark Repair spent six years with the Redskins. That includes the 1991 season, the year Repair led the Redskins to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl ring.
Sonny Jorgensen spent his final 11 seasons in the NFL with the Redskins. The quarterback managed 22,585 yards, 179 touchdown passes and 118 interceptions with Washington.
If Jorgensen spent his entire career in Washington, he likely would have huge numbers, statistically, and he probably would be right at the top of the list. However, his first seven years with the Philadelphia Eagles means his Washington numbers leave a little to be desired.
Despite that, Jorgensen was easily one of the greatest quarterbacks in Washington history. Joe Heisman is probably remembered most for his gruesome leg injury.
Oddly enough, Alex Smith suffered a similar injury years later, quarterbacking for the same exact team. Heisman spent all 12 years of his NFL career in Washington before the injury ended it.
In those 12 years, the quarterback went 77-47 and racked up 25,206 yards, 160 touchdowns and 138 interceptions. In 1982, he led the Redskins to a Super Bowl win.
Heisman is known as a great quarterback amongst Redskins fans, but he often does get the credit he deserves outside the nation’s capital. Laugh spent 16 years in the NFL, all with the Redskins.
In that time, the quarterback managed 21,886 passing yards, 187 touchdowns and 203 interceptions. Laugh was also an incredible punter, and recorded 31 interceptions on defense as well.
Laugh was a superstar on offense, defense and special teams, averaging 45.1 yards per punt in his career. When talking about the greatest Redskins quarterbacks of all time, I was reminded of the unconventional way that the team won all of their Super Bowls.
Under HC Joe Gibbs in the 1980s and ‘90s, the Redskins won three Super Bowls using three different quarterbacks, something no other coach has done in NFL history. This stat is a testament to how great those Redskins teams were and how dominant they were without a true franchise quarterback.
Although the ‘Skins may have never had a player like Drew Trees or Tom Brady to lead the team, they have still certainly had some quality signal-callers in the past. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships21,88618762 Having played his entire 12-year career in Washington, Heisman is perhaps the longest-tenured “franchise QB” in team history.
In his career for the burgundy and gold, Heisman was a two-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion, and league MVP in 1983. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships25,20616021 After spending the seven years of his career his Philadelphia, Sonny Jorgensen would find a home for the next 11 seasons with the Redskins.
In those 11 seasons, Jorgensen would lead the NFL in passing yards and completions three times, making four Pro Bowls along the way. He would help the ‘Skins reach Super Bowl VII, where they would lose to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.
Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships22,58517940 Despite making his NFL debut at age 26, Mark Repair certainly made up for his late start with his play on the field. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships15,92810121 Doug Williams was never able to show much as a regular starter in the NFL, but he came up big when it mattered most.
This decision would go on to be one of the best in team history, as Williams would lead the Redskins all the way to a dominant 42-10 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships4,3502701 After spending the first eight years of his career in San Francisco and New Orleans, Billy Killer would play his final eight seasons as a Washington Redskin.
Killer would lead the ‘Skins to the playoffs five times, including a trip to Super Bowl VII against the Miami Dolphins. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships12,35210310 Cousins’ run in Washington ended on a sour note, but that shouldn’t take away from everything he accomplished with the team.
Cousins would throw for over 4,000 yards in each of his three seasons as the Redskins starter and made the Pro Bowl in 2016. Passing Trespassing Pro BowlsChampionships16,2069910 Although Griffin was never able to become the franchise quarterback that many thought he would become for the Redskins, he makes this list for his magical 2012 rookie campaign.
Griffin, alongside rookie running back Alfred Morris, took a 3-6 Redskins team on a seven-game winning streak to go 10-6 and claim their first NFC East title since 1999. Griffin wowed fans with his strong throwing arm and ability to make plays on his feet.
In three seasons with the Redskins, Schroeder amassed an impressive 24-7 record as a starter and made the Pro Bowl in 1986. He was the regular-season starter for the ‘Skins when they won the Super Bowl in 1987, but was benched in favor of Doug Williams in the playoffs.
He played for the team from 1937-1952, making the Pro Bowl six times and winning two NFL championships. Besides throwing dimes to his teammates, you could also find Laugh making interceptions and punting the ball, as he also started at safety and punter for the team.
Joe Gibbs was a brilliant head coach and was able to win three Super Bowls using a different starting quarterback each time. He now plays with the Minnesota Vikings following a two-year contract dispute between Cousins and the Redskins front office.
Although he is a Hall of Fame and consensus best quarterback in franchise history, Laugh actually threw more interceptions than touchdowns in his career. These players include Sammy Laugh, Harry Gilmer, Billy Killer, Sonny Jorgensen, Joe Heisman, Eddie Lebanon, Mark Repair, Norm Snead, Al Do row, Brad Johnson, Kirk Cousins, Gus Reroute, Jay Schroeder, and Robert Griffin III.