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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-redskins-quarterbacks&prov=ap&type=lgns

ASHBURN, Va. (AP)—Dan Snyder has selected seven quarterbacks in his nine drafts as the owner of the Washington Redskins.

And he’s still looking.

Having failed to land Jay Cutler in a trade, Snyder and the Redskins spent a couple of days last week entertaining Southern California’s Mark Sanchez, the latest possible solution to a long-term quarterback vacuum that’s existed in Washington since the early 1990s.

But Sanchez is a hot commodity, unlikely to be there when the Redskins are scheduled to be on the clock with the No. 13 overall pick in the NFL draft late Saturday afternoon. The well-guarded secret in the back offices—the biggest cause for suspense as the week goes along—is how much Snyder and Co. are willing to trade to move up to a top five spot, or even higher, to guarantee they can get a player they really want.

“I think anything is possible,” executive vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato said Wednesday. “It’s just what you’re willing to give up.”

Not since Mark Rypien have the Redskins had a quarterback who kept the undisputed starting job for more than a couple of seasons. Since buying the team in 1999, Snyder has targeted the position twice in the first round, taking Patrick Ramsey in 2002 and Jason Campbell in 2005. Lower-round selections Todd Husak (2000), Sage Rosenfels (2001), Gibran Hamdan (2003) and Jordan Palmer (2007) failed to establish themselves even as backups. Colt Brennan (2008) spent his first season playing third string.

Campbell put up cautious numbers—13 touchdowns and six interceptions— last year in his first full season as the starter, but the Redskins clearly feel they can do better. They were outbid—barely—by Chicago in a bid to get Cutler from Denver, which necessitated what Cerrato called a “candid discussion” with Campbell to persuade the quarterback that the brass really does think he can do the job.

“With Jason, we are going full speed,” coach Jim Zorn said. “He is every bit being handled as though he’s our starting quarterback, both through word and deed. With the draft, part of knowing who’s out there and what’s available, we’ve got to get to know these players a little bit. And if there’s any opportunities to better our football team, we want to talk to those guys, too. Nothing is etched in stone.”

That’s a party line the Redskins have to toe, at least for now, especially because Sanchez might carry an overwhelming price tag. Seattle is thought to be interested in Sanchez at No. 4, and a move up to No. 3 would likely cost Washington its third-round selection this year and a first-rounder next year— and possibly more.

The Redskins have already traded away picks in the second, fourth and seventh rounds, which means they would be getting Sanchez and little else from the weekend. That’s a tough call for a team that has serious needs at weakside linebacker, defensive line and along the offensive line.

Compounding the sting of having few picks is the fact that the three players acquired for those missing selections—Jason Taylor (second), Pete Kendall (fourth) and Erasmus James (seventh)—aren’t even on the team any more.

Snyder, nevertheless, was optimistic Wednesday in what has become his once-a-year regularly scheduled appearance before reporters. He reflected on the 8-8 season in Zorn’s first year as coach, when the Redskins started 6-2 before fading down the stretch.

“Obviously we were disappointed with some of our late-season games last year,” Snyder said. “We got close, as everyone knows, we got beaten up in terms of injuries, but that’s no excuse. I think we’re positioned pretty well to improve.

“We’re doing what we can to win,” the owner said. “I’m always going to be aggressive to try to win. I didn’t buy the team for investment. I bought the team to try to win the Super Bowl, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

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It's funny how every time something new and huge is considered by the franchise, it seems like Snyder turns it down when this entire board erupts in disagreement (see potential coaching hire of Jim Fassel). Let's do it again concerning Sanchez and hope it works???

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“I think anything is possible,” executive vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato said Wednesday. “It’s just what you’re willing to give up.”

“With Jason, we are going full speed,” coach Jim Zorn said. “He is every bit being handled as though he’s our starting quarterback, both through word and deed. With the draft, part of knowing who’s out there and what’s available, we’ve got to get to know these players a little bit. And if there’s any opportunities to better our football team, we want to talk to those guys, too. Nothing is etched in stone.”

These two quotes speak VOLUMES about what the team thinks about Campbell. Just read between the lines.

Translation: "we'll do almost anything to draft a new QB, if we can't give away the house and get one, we guess we'll have to stick with Campbell another year"

:doh:

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We ARE NOT GOING TO GET HIM.

The Redskins will finally follow the 16th Commandment

To Suceedeth in the NFCEast thou Shalt Strengthen thoust trenches via the Draft

We are going bring youth to either the Offensive or Defensive line or grab an outside linebacker.

I do prefer trading down to grab 2 lineman one preferably a Center/Guard Type so we can purge Rabach in 2010 but if we stay pat and address only oneside at 13, I'm cool with that.

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It's funny how every time something new and huge is considered by the franchise, it seems like Snyder turns it down when this entire board erupts in disagreement (see potential coaching hire of Jim Fassel). Let's do it again concerning Sanchez and hope it works???

Yeah we all knew Fassel sucks and we didn't want that retread.

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Look every fan wants to have a QB that will lead our beloved Skins for many years to come. Is Campbell that guy? I still don't know.

The cost to get a QB who has started 16 college games in a weak PAC 10 is way too high.

Better to give Jason one more season and if he does well sign him long term, If not there will be three QB's in the draft next year who are superior to Sanchez right now. If Sanchez had stayed for his last year at USC where would he fall on the draft board next year? Second round at best.

I pray Snyder is smarter that all of us and this is a grand smokescreen to get more value at 13. We will know soon.

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OK, I hate to say it but with all the hype this week I would almost be disappointed if we actually used our #13 pick on a player not named Andre Smith, Michael Oher, Brian Orakpo or Mark Sanchez (who will obviously not fall). I've obviously been brainwashed but now I'm about 90% convinced we'll either trade up for Sanchez or trade down. I think there's very little chance we stand pat and it would be anticlimactic if we did.

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I'm convinced it's not about winning anymore...it's about sparking enough interest to fill the seats.

This team is like an addiction. You know it's not good for you because it really doesn't give you any benefit but you can't just quit cold turkey.

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Look every fan wants to have a QB that will lead our beloved Skins for many years to come. Is Campbell that guy? I still don't know.

The cost to get a QB who has started 16 college games in a weak PAC 10 is way too high.

Better to give Jason one more season and if he does well sign him long term, If not there will be three QB's in the draft next year who are superior to Sanchez right now. If Sanchez had stayed for his last year at USC where would he fall on the draft board next year? Second round at best.

I pray Snyder is smarter that all of us and this is a grand smokescreen to get more value at 13. We will know soon.

I'm really tired of hearing that Red Herring. The Pac-10 was nowhere near as weak as you think, and USC had a pretty tough schedule, comparable to the schedule Florida had (sans or with CItadel included) Don't believe me? Let me post what I posted earlier today. Second of all the competition that Tebow, Bradford and Mccoy Faced were not something to necessarily sneeze at in fact, Tebow, the guy that some seem to think is not a true QB prospec tin the NFL, had the toughest Opposition, but only barely. Here's my research.

Okay, let's put this to rest right now, of the top QBs next year versus Sanchez who played the most efficient Defenses in the NCAA? Is it Bradford? Mccoy? Sanchez? or Tebow?

The Results might Surprise you.

Teams Oklahoma Played

Chattanooga 110

Cincinnati 27

Washington 115

TCU 4

Baylor 90

Texas 59

Kansas 69

Kansas St 95

Nebraska 82

Texas A&M 108

Texas Tech 72

Oklahoma State 74

Missouri 80

Florida 3

Teams Texas Played

FAU 89

UTEP 114

Rice 86

Arkansas 62

Colorado 73

Oklahoma 46

Missouri 80

Oklahoma St 74

Texas Tech 72

Baylor 90

Kansas 69

Texas A&M 108

Ohio State 13

Teams Florida Played

Hawaii 87

Miami (Fla) 44

Tennessee 11

Mississippi 49

Arkansas 62

LSU 42

Kentucky 51

Georiga 47

Vanderbilt 21

South Carolina 23

Citadel 115

Florida St 26

Alabama 14

Oklahoma 46

Teams USC Played

Virginia 55

Ohio St 13

Oregon St 32

Oregon 57

Arizona St 31

Washington St 98

Arizona 14

Washington 115

California 6

Stanford 83

Notre Dame 22

UCLA 40

Penn St 19

So let's bring the meat of the numbers, their sums and averages together in one place.

Oklahoma

Sum of I (BCS) 875

Count of I (BCS) 12

Average of I (BCS) 72.91666667

Sum of I (FCS) 110

Count of 1 (FCS) 0

Total Average (FCS) 82.08333333

Texas

Sum of I (BCS) 976

Count of I (BCS) 13

Average of I (BCS) 75.07692308

Sum of I (FCS) 0

Count of 1 (FCS) 0

Total Average (FCS) 75.07692308

Florida

Sum of I (BCS) 477

Count of I (BCS) 12

Average of I (BCS) 39.75

Sum of I (FCS) 115

Count of 1 (FCS) 1

Total Average (FCS) 45.53846154

USC

Sum of I (BCS) 585

Count of I (BCS) 13

Average of I (BCS) 45

Sum of I (FCS) 0

Count of 1 (FCS) 0

Total Average (FCS) 45

So Who faced the tougher most efficient defenses in the NCAA last year? Its Tim Tebow, bar none above Bradford and McCoy, and surprisingly, Sanchez's opposition was pretty close (by around 5 points if you don't include the FCS Game against the Citadel for Florida, if you do, it drags Florida's opposition ratings down to where they are basically a dead heat.)

So by these standings, USC and Flordia if you include the Citadell had pretty close to the same difficulty as far as Defensive Efficiency Goes, if you don't include the Citadel, Florida's Defensive opposition was better by about 5.25 points (Rankings) on Average, which frankly is not that much difference IMO. Both Texas and Oklahoma had a Defensive Average of 72, 75 against BCS competition, and Oklahoma's really blows up if you add in its FCS opponent Chattanooga.

Now while the Big-12 may have had more teams Ranked last year, the AP and USA Today polls are highly political. I think the guys knocking tebow and Sanchez, need to go look at the stats.

(Stats culled courtesy of NCAA Statistical database)

Now these are just for last years team. Bradford struggled against WVU in the Fiesta Bowl when he was consistently pressured, in fact, WVU was known for its bad pass defense that year, while they were rated 14th (7th in Total Defense), it was known that they could give up some yardage in the passing game because that was their weakeness.

In that Game Sam Bradford was 21/33 for 242 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT, but truly both TDs didn't come till the 4th Qurater when the Score was 34-15, and well out of reach.I wish I could find the number of sacks and hurries for the game, but Bradford was flustered. Now he was only a freshman and he probably has matured some, but that game showed that if you get after him, you can get him off rhythm. His numbers in the BCS Champ game against florida were even worse, 21/41 256 Yards 2 TD and 2 INT. Now I have no doubt that Bradford can be a good QB, but I'm not convinced he's better than Tebow or Sanchez given how he's played against tough Competition.

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Better to give Jason one more season and if he does well sign him long term, If not there will be three QB's in the draft next year who are superior to Sanchez right now. If Sanchez had stayed for his last year at USC where would he fall on the draft board next year? Second round at best.

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So if JC doesnt perform and we end up at 8-8 again, we will probally be picking right around #13 again. So what makes you believe that Colt Mccoy or Sam Bradford would be available at that time?

Not to mention that either one could get injured this year.

I didnt mention Tebow, because altho he is a great college QB, some doubt he will be a NFL QB.

And I strongly disagree about Sanchez falling to the second round if he had waited a year. I think you might have seen 3 QB's taken in the top 10 picks if he had stayed in school.

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These two quotes speak VOLUMES about what the team thinks about Campbell. Just read between the lines.

Translation: "we'll do almost anything to draft a new QB, if we can't give away the house and get one, we guess we'll have to stick with Campbell another year"

:doh:

I agree with you about reading between the lines and the message however it makes sense to me that they feel this way. How anyone can think Jason Campbells going to suddenly make a huge leap from middle of the road to elite is crazy to me. So is the idea that Jason Campbell is going to want to stay here after he becomes a FA after everything that's happened to him. No way he wants to stay here. So lets accept that Jason's average and replaceable and no matter what we do unless we throw the bank at him he's gone and move on to another QB no matter what his name happens to be now instead of later.

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So, if you fail at something 7 times, keep doing the same thing!

The reality is, Sanchez would not be ready to start this year. Even if he turned out to be a future starter, it would take him at least a year or two to get there, especially behind our offensive line, with an unproven coach. So all it does is doom the Skins to a couple more years of mediocraty for the sake of a splashy draft. Meanwhile, JC this year, based on last years improvement, may well be set to get close to a 90 QB rating with a 1st round RT. If he doesnt, the Skins can go ahead and pick up a QB in next years draft, or give Brennan another year to prove himself. The Redskins are just not in a QB situation where they need to throw in the towel, at the expense of the rest of the team, and spend yet another couple of years developing another QB for us to cast aside.

When was the last time the Skins traded up to get a QB in the first round?

I remember.

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