Friday, 17 April 2009

Reasons why the Redskins might target Sanchez

If you're looking for reasons to justify why the Washington Redskins might trade up to get Mark Sanchez (and possibly giving the Seahawks a bounty of picks) you might want to try this little statistic. Since the turn of the century, Washington have used six different starting quarter backs. Their time with the Redskins is listed in the brackets below:

- Brad Johnson (1999-2000)
- Tony Banks (2001)
- Shane Matthews (2002)
- Patrick Ramsey (2002-2005)
- Mark Brunell (2004-2007)
- Jason Campbell (2005-present)

Two others (Jeff George & Tim Hasselbeck) started five games, whilst Todd Collins started four when he led the 'Skins to the playoffs in 2007, before ultimately losing to Seattle in the Wildcard round.

Both Ramsey and Campbell were drafted by Washington (Ramsey, 32nd overall 2002 / Campbell 25th overall 2005). The team has had an insecure situation at quarter back for some time and the appointment of Jim Zorn as head coach last year was supposed to be the catalyst for Campbell to develop into a franchise quarter back. After a solid start in 2008, Washington struggled for consistency and finished 8-8. They were reported to be heavily involved in the Jay Cutler trade discussions and were even linked to Byron Leftwich before he signed on in Tampa Bay.

It's hardly a vote of confidence in Campbell. It would correlate with Washington's revolving door at quarter back if they felt they needed to make a move for Mark Sanchez. Snyder, never one to shirk away from making a big deal to get someone he wants, could view Sanchez as the next in line to start for the Redskins. With increasing speculation linking Seattle to the USC prospect, a potential trade between the two franchises might be increasingly more likely.

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