Why The Washington Redskins Should Start Colt Brennan

Jordan Heck@@JordanHeckFFContributor IIIJuly 6, 2009

The Washington Redskins currently have a starting quarterback in Jason Campbell. Campbell has not performed horribly, but he has not performed spectacular either.

When Campbell went down to injury in 2007 during week 14 against the Chicago Bears, veteran quarterback Todd Collins took Campbell's job over and won four games (including Chicago game) in a row to lead the Redskins into the playoffs. Collins started the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks and ended up losing the game 35-14. The Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs retired and so the Jim Zorn era began in our Nations Capital.

Washington went back to their starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the 2008 season, and it looked like he was leading his 6-2 team to the playoffs until the team fell apart and ended the season at an even 8-8 record.

During this current NFL off-season, the Redskins tried to pursue quarterbacks Matt Cassell, Byron Leftwhich, Jay Cutler, and even had speculation of them trading up to draft Mark Sanchez. To me this shows that Washington does not have total confidence in Campbell. Head coach Jim Zorn might just be in the hot seat this year he fails to reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

If the Redskins do not start off on a good note to the season with Jason Campbell taking the snaps, then Zorn might try a different approach for success. That should start with making Colt Brennan the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

Brennan had one of the best college careers an athlete could have during his tenure with the Hawaii Warriors. He finished sixth in the Heisman voting during 2006 and finished third after the 2007 voting. Brennan finished with 8 NCAA records, both single season and career records.

Critics doubted Brennan after his poor showings at the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl. Brennan, however proved last season in the Hall of Fame game that he can make accurate passes and surprised some people including John Madden who sounded like a broken window with his remarks of "that was a perfect pass".

It is Brennan's time to shine in '09. Come on, it even rhymes! Brennan has said that he will get a "ton of playing time in the preseason". Brennan will prove once again that he is on top of his game and can get passes done at the NFL level. Brennan will prove this against tough defenses in the pre-season such as the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brennan has said that his "goal is to get better in practice" and to "act more like a starting quarterback". Brennan is prepared to take on the starting role if he gets called upon, and he will give it his all.