It's funny how quickly fortunes change.
It was this time last year that Mike Shanahan was introduced as the new head coach of the Redskins, and that trade rumors for former 'Skins quarterbacks Jason Campbell were all a flutter. At the time, many people agreed with the decision. If you asked your average 'Skins fans what the problem with the Redskins was, you'd get a good portion of them who (wrongly), accused Campbell as the source of the problems.
The 'Skins haven't had a franchise quarterback since—well, arguably, they've never had a franchise quarterback. Sonny Jurgensen is the first one that pops into mind, but even he came from the Philadelphia Eagles. Joe Theismann came close, until Lawrence Taylor did the whole "leg breaking" thing (and even then, he came from the Canadian Football League and wasn't drafted by the 'Skins). Doug Williams is amongst the most well known quarterbacks, but he was actually better coming off the bench than playing full time (and also wasn't drafted by the Redskins). Mark Rypien (while highly underrated), wouldn't make many people's lists in terms of franchise quarterbacks.
It seemed that the situation was finally put to rest when the Redskins traded for former Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb. 16 games, two benchings and one ill-advised contract extension later, it seems likely that McNabb will be playing elsewhere next season, as Shanahan begins the search anew for the next great Redskins quarterback.
While there are many opinions on what the 'Skins should do with the quarterback position, it seems there is one position that comes up fairly regularly—Rex Grossman isn't the answer, and shouldn't be allowed to start.
Rex's reputation as a quarterback follows him around like a black cloud, and it likely will no matter how well he plays now. People will always look at his time in Chicago as an indictment of his character and ability as a quarterback. Some people have advocated bringing in free agents such as Alex Smith, trade for quarterbacks like Kyle Orton or Carson Palmer, or draft a new quarterback like Jake Locker or Cam Newton.
Me—I'm on the Rex Express.
Now, this isn't to say that Rex is a long term solution for the 'Skins. He's not. Even though he's fairly young (for a quarterback), the Redskins should still be exploring their options and doing their due diligence.
But for now, I see few problems with Rex starting. In fact, here are several reason while I believe Rex deserves to be the starter for the Washington Redskins.