The Redskins are no strangers to quarterback controversies. Sonny vs. Billy. Gus vs. Heath. Ramsey vs. Brunell. Beck vs. Grossman.
You’ll notice that all of those battles have something in common. They each involve just two players. That is how most NFL quarterback competitions play out.
But the Houston Texans, the team the Redskins face in the season opener, have doubled down on their QB battle. They have four, count ‘em four, players vying to start against the Redskins on September 7.
New coach Bill O’Brien is giving all four of the contenders a roughly equal number of reps with the first team as the Texans have gone through OTAs. Some are saying that the competition is good for the team. Others are saying that whoever emerges as the starter is not getting nearly the preparation he needs to be ready for the opener.
Here are the four who are competing for the job:
—Ryan Fitzpatrick has started 77 NFL games for four different teams. He has been mediocre in his best seasons and his record of 27-49-1 (.351) reflects that reality.
—T. J. Yates started five games as a rookie in 2011 after Matt Schaub was injured. He even won a playoff game but he hasn’t been able to gain any traction in the two seasons since.
—Case Keenum went undrafted after setting all sorts of records in town at the University of Houston. He provided some excitement but, ultimately, eight losses in his eight starts after Schaub was sent to the bench last year.
—There was plenty of media buzz about Tom Savage as this year’s draft approached. But he ended up going in the fourth round and while he has size (6-4) and a good arm, he is definitely a project.
The saying is that if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have a quarterback. I’m not sure how that translates when you’re talking about four quarterbacks but it’s safe to say it’s not good for the Texans.