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What The Donovan McNabb Trade Means For Colt Brennan

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3:  Quarterback Colt Brennan #5 of the Washington Redskins looks for a pass against the Indianapolis Colts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2008 in Canton, Ohio.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Seong Kim Contributor IApril 6, 2010

For all of you Colt Brennan fans out there, you're probably wondering if Colt has any chance to become the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Well, the simple answer to that question is no.

Before the trade for McNabb, Coach Mike Shanahan said that there would be an open QB competition, which meant that he would look at each and every quarterback. That was simply because Shanahan did not like what he saw in Jason Campbell. He didn't want to make a long-term investment in a mediocre quarterback in the league.

Yes, Jason Campbell's numbers have increased every year, but those stats have not translated into wins. That's why Shanahan went out and signed a hungry quarterback like Rex Grossman, to challenge Campbell for the starting QB position.

With the signing of Grossman, this left Colt Brennan third at the depth chart before the start of the season. For Brennan to have won the starting job, he would have had to play lights out like he did his rookie year during the preseason, maybe even better.

The fact of the matter is, Shanahan prefers experienced and veteran quarterbacks in his system. Colt Brennan did not offer Shanahan what he wanted in a QB. He's young, inexperienced, coming off injury, and has trouble with mechanics.

Shanahan wanted to win now, that is why he went after an experienced and proven quarterback like Donovan McNabb. McNabb offers the Redskins leadership, experience, and a will to win.

Mike Shanahan may have said that there would be an open QB competition, but Colt never had a chance from the beginning. So look out Washington, there is a new No. 5 in town, and he means business.


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