The history of the Redskins’ franchise is highlighted by three franchise quarterbacks: Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Theismann. The team has also leaned on spectacular seasons by Doug Williams and Mark Rypien, but have been lacking in quarterback production over the last 20 years.
In the past decade, the team has sought consistent play from draft picks (Jason Campbell, Patrick Ramsey), journeymen (Tim Hasselbeck, Todd Collins, John Beck), and former franchise quarterbacks from other teams (Mark Brunell, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman), but all options have fallen short.
Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters at the recent league meetings that the team is targeting one of the two franchise quarterbacks believed to be available at the top of the first round. Why the lack of traditional secrecy? There’s no reason to be coy about addressing a position with strong correlation to Super Bowl wins.
According to the graphic (from SixteenWins.com, via Redskins PR) 26-of-46 Super Bowl winning teams had quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft (56 percent). Of those, 22 were taken in the Top-10 picks, the area of the board where teams hope to find their franchise guys. A total of 14 first-round quarterbacks have been named the Super Bowl MVP.
Those are the odds that the Redskins are playing this year.
“You get someone you feel like can be a franchise quarterback for years to come, that doesn’t happen very often,” Shanahan said. “To have that guy–they’re hard to find. When you make a move to the second pick in the draft, you’ve got to feel comfortable with both guys.”
If (insert Redskins No. 2 pick) can become No. 27 on this list of first-round quarterbacks, then the Redskins will have struck gold with their blockbuster move up the draft board.
For more info on Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, check out the rest of the graphic, below. Interesting that none of the three Redskins Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: