Sure, Joe Theismann is often a bit of a blind homer when it comes to the Redskins, but his quarterbacking intuition was not bad this past season.
“I just don’t agree with the decision to start John Beck,” he said shortly after the switch was made, when virtually all Redskins fans were still on board with the Beck Era.
“I think that if John struggles in this game, I think Mike’s almost obligated to go back to Rex,” he said two weeks later, before Beck’s final start.
Now we’re into the busy part of the year, when the Redskins will be linked with every available quarterback on the market, and especially with Peyton Manning.
“If Peyton Manning is released, Redskins are expected to pursue him,” Adam Schefter wrote over the weekend.
“Told by 2 people close to Mannings that Peyton very likely to be a Redskin despite smokescreen being put of their by Skins to seek other QBs,” Philly talk-radio legend Howard Eskin wrote on Twitter .
And what of Theismann? Not having it.
“It’s not a good idea, it’s not a bad idea — It’s a horrific idea,” he told 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise and Holden Kushner last week. “It would be one of the poorest things that we could do as a franchise. Are we gonna go find another guy for just a couple of years again? Haven’t we done this before? Haven’t we seen this act before? And by the way, if you get Peyton Manning, don’t you have a concern about protecting him? Don’t you have a concern about who he throws the football to?...
“We’re tired of looking for stop gaps,” Theismann continued. “It’s time to draft one of your own, or make a deal for a young one of your own, and nurture him, and then put the players around him. If we’re gonna be 5-11, if we’re gonna be 6-10, let’s do it with somebody who’s [learning as he goes], instead of guys that have been here, making mistakes.”
And Theismann, at least, seems convinced that the team’s decision-makers agree with him.
“I believe this is the year they’ll find somebody that you’ll hope will quarterback this football team for the next five to seven years, and put the pieces together around him,” he said. “We need to be able to find somebody who can step up and make plays.”