There are many who are taking Mike Shanahan to task for going into the season with John Beck and Rex Grossman at quarterback. Neither has proven to be even an average NFL starting quarterback and the position remains a sore spot for the Redskins two years into Shanahans tenure.But what were the alternatives after the team punted on Donovan McNabb? Who could they have brought in? With the benefit of a half a season of hindsight, lets take a look at the quarterbacks who could be wearing burgundy and gold and how they might have affected the 2011 season and beyond.Here, well look at the available veterans. Next week, well look at some quarerbacks the Redskins could have drafted.Some veteran quarterbacks were available as free agents. The one who is playing the best right now is Matt Hasselbeck. Hes completing 62 percent of his passes for the 5-4 Titans. The 36-year-old longtime Seahawk came on board in Tennessee to be the transitional quarterback while Jake Locker, who the Titans selected eighth overall in last years draft, gets ready to play.The quarterback who just beat the Redskins, the Dolphins Matt Moore, was on the street until the Dolphins signed him a few days after the lockout ended. His career record is a starter is 9-9, not bad considering that it has come with some mediocre to bad Panthers and Dolphins teams. This year hes completing 63 percent of his passes.Other than Alex Smith, who had pretty much made up his mind to return to the 49ers when the lockout was over, the only other free agent quarterback who is starting regularly is Tavaris Jackson of the Seahawks. Seattle is 3-4 in the games he has started but he is not playing at a very high level. Jackson has six touchdowns, 9 interceptions and although he is completing 61 percent of his passes, he is averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt.We will find out about Houstons Matt Leinart when he plays in place of the injured Matt Schaub. He will start at least the Texans next game on Nov. 27 and perhaps for the rest of the season if reports of Schaubs foot injury being season ending are accurate. Vince Young has played only long enough to throw an interception against the Redskins but he might get a start for the Eagles this week if Michael Vicks broken ribs arent healed sufficiently.Note that David Garrard, formerly of the Jaguars, was not really an option after he was released just before the start of the season since it turns out that he needed back surgery.Although after the McNabb fiasco the Redskins probably were gun shy about trading for a veteran quarterback, they did have the opportunity to do so. After looking at how Kevin Kolb has played it appears to be a good thing that the Redskins had been burned once by trading for an Eagles QB and did not have Kolb on their radar at all. It was originally thought that the Bengals would refuse to deal Carson Palmer and it took an offer that no sane individual would refuse for the Raiders to get the former top overall pick who will be 32 before the year is out.The Broncos were listening to offers for Kyle Orton and the Redskins probably could have had him for their 2012 third-round draft pick and maybe another pick in the later rounds. He has passed for almost 7,500 yards the past two seasons combined but he also has thrown the ball a lot. For his career, he averages a sub-mediocre 6.5 yards per pass attempt. Even in his three years with Denver he has averaged 7.1 yards per pass, competent but hardly outstanding. Still, 49 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in his three years in Denver is a solid ratio.Looking at this group with the benefit of hindsight, it appears that the only clear upgrade over what the Redskins have now were, Hasselbeck, Palmer, and possibly Orton. Moore may have been a slight upgrade as well. The price for Palmer would have been prohibitive to a team in the Redskins position so he really would not have been under consideration. And it is important to keep in mind that a deal for Orton would have been a one-year rental as he will be a free agent after this season.Do you think that the Redskins should have made a move for a veteran quarterback? If so, who?
What were the veteran alternatives at QB?
November 17, 2011, 2:39 pm