The Case for Colt Brennan

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 13:  Colt Brennan #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during a NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens on August 13, 2009 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

If there’s one reason why Washington coaches, fans, and most NFL enthusiasts should root for Colt Brennan to keep his spot with the team, it lies in a characteristic that Brennan possesses that no other quarterback on the roster could ever hope to find.

The confidence that he will make any and every throw he attempts.

Sure, Washington fans grimace and frown their faces up when Colt Brennan throws garbage time, goal-line interceptions. but they’ve got to love the fact that Brennan has enough faith in his arm, in the play call, and in the receiver that he has no qualms about letting it go. Unlike his counterpart Jason Campbell, he hasn’t shown the regard for smarts that can yield a 6.8 yard per attempt average.

It hasn’t worked out well for him this year, but it’s this same kind of swagger that endeared him to local fans in 2008 when he made Diamond City his personal Big Island.

It’s the same kind of swagger that allows Brennan to keep an even demeanor on great plays and epic gaffes. And its the same kind of swagger that will create a true quarterback controversy when, sans Jason Campbell, the team pursues Colt McCoy in the 2010 draft.

Much of the roster is extremely comfortable with Colt Brennan and his ability. And why? For the exact reasons why they are lukewarm on support for Campbell.

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Because they’d rather go to war with a confident, cocky trigger man than a cautious, cannon-armed QB.

The Colt Brennan story is set up too good to have the awkward ending some Washington fans are hoping for: Record-setting college quarterback goes low in the draft, only to battle his way through his first three years as a professional. Through circumstances only fate or Daniel Snyder could author, he becomes the QB the town was always waiting for—a big arm with a big mouth and a penchant for victory.

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