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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Joe Theismann urges patience with Redskins quarterback

(Evan Vucci - AP)
Joe Theismann will be in the analyst’s seat during the Redskins preseason, which starts on Friday night. As part of his preparation, he told Yahoo! Sports Radio, he asked for a graphic listing the Redskins’ starting quarterbacks since 2000. There have been 12 of them: Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, Tony Banks, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

“A dozen,” Theismann said. “A dozen in basically 10 years, they’ve had 12. And I think since my injury in ‘85, I think that number’s like 27. There’s absolutely no way that you’re gonna be able to win football games when you have no stability at that position.”

I think we all sort of agree about that, despite the Redskins’ history of winning football games under Joe Gibbs without a ton of stability at that position.

And yet, if you can believe this, Theismann evidently doesn’t share the Redskins fan’s panic over the Grossman-Beck-Clemens trifecta.

“You have three guys that I believe can run the system,” he told Scott Jackson. “Everybody seems to want to just bury the Redskins at the quarterback position, say they don’t stand a chance, these guys are terrible. And I constantly say just wait a second.

“Before we throw the baby out with the bathwater, let’s take a look at what we’ve got, let’s give ‘em a chance to play in preseason and then let’s evaluate their performances. They have three guys that I think can run this offense. To a large degree, for most quarterbacks in this league, with maybe an exception of two or three, it depends on the people around you, whether you’re going to be successful or not.”

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