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Old 08-28-2004, 07:10 PM   #1
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The Ramsey Dilemma

So it's pretty apparent that Ramsey hasn't done anything to earn Gibbs' trust as a starting QB to start the season. Some guys on ESPN say that they think Ramsey will finish the season but that Gibbs wants Brunell early on in the season to basically serve as on-field coach until Gibbs settles back into the NFL-and its new substitution rules since he left.

Here's the thing though. To me the biggest difference is not the talent. Put them in a straight throwing competition and I'm sure Ramsey wins just about every time. But it's the intangibles-checking off receivers, knowing when to throw the ball away, etc.

All that comes from experience. So here's the Catch-22 then. Ramsey can't become better if he's not playing can he? Practice can only do so much and yet we can't really afford to have him on the field right now. Not the way he's been playing

So what do you guys think? If you were Joe Gibbs-wouldn't that be sweet!-how do you help Ramsey become a better game day QB without sacrificing the team's immediate success?
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Old 08-28-2004, 07:42 PM   #2
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I think that this season is extremely important for Ramsey. Once Brunnell is named the official starter and Ramsey can settle down and just be himself I'm curious how he'll play. He needs to get his habit of holding on too long and his slow release fixed. Let him watch Brunnell for a bit and settle in. If he still plays like this come the end of the season, I'm going to be curious if he is indeed the heir to this team.
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Old 08-28-2004, 08:31 PM   #3
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One thing for sure is that Gibbs does not like to lose, thinks this team can win now and won't play Ramsey before he's ready. That's why he brought in Brunnell. Give Joe some credit for recognizing early that he needed a veteran until Ramsey is ready.

Gibbs is patient developing QBs and Patrick is more gifted than any of the 3 QBs that Joe took to the Superbowl. Ramsey will be a Superbowl winner someday. We have to be patient too.
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Old 08-28-2004, 09:44 PM   #4
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"The realization is growing that, relative to most quarterbacks his age, Ramsey has had very rudimentary football schooling. In high school, he was nationally known as a javelin thrower as much or more than a quarterback. At Tulane, hardly a college power, he spent most of his time proving his courage behind poor offensive lines. Then, finally, as a Redskin, he spent two years of his career learning the one offensive system on the planet that is of no use whatsoever to an NFL quarterback: Steve Spurrier's chuck 'n' duck"
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I am beginning to think that Patrick Ramsey may have had it right when he made noises about wanting to be traded after Mark Brunell arrived. The Redskins are in a big push to win as soon as possible. Can Ramsey learn fast enough? Time will tell.

I think Ramsey would be better off playing for a team that is not in the race for the playoffs, who need to develop a young quarterback, and who might give him some starts.
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Old 08-28-2004, 09:56 PM   #5
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Why does Ramsey have to start now?
Why would it be better for him somewhere else?
He's in a no pressure situation this year.
He's being tutored by a Hall of Fame coach.
Would he be better off in Arizona or San Diego getting pummeled starting for a losing team?
I think he got plenty of that last year and he's no better for it.
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Old 08-28-2004, 10:04 PM   #6
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The team that wanted Ramsey wasn't exactly Arizona or San Diego. It was Miami.
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Old 08-28-2004, 10:08 PM   #7
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Miami is in a world of hurt. He's still in a better situation here.

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The team that wanted Ramsey wasn't exactly Arizona or San Diego. It was Miami.
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Old 08-28-2004, 10:33 PM   #8
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I think he would be better off with another team, like Miami, because I am skeptical that he is going to learn the ropes fast enough to fit with the Redskins' agenda.

We want to win a Super Bowl sooner rather than later and I don't think people will have the patience to wait for Ramsey to develop - if he ever does adequately, which is not a guarantee. Ramsey might be better off with a team that isn't going to feel like its title hopes would be jeopardized by letting him grow into the job.

He does have good character and plenty of talent, but his experience is very limited, as Boswell points out.

Besides the development issues for him, I don't know if his confidence is very high right now and that can translate into leadership issues if he were called into action. If he isn't sure of himself in this system, how can he inspire others to believe positive things are going to happpen when he gets into the huddle?
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Old 08-28-2004, 10:35 PM   #9
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Well, when Miami wanted Ramsey, yes he would have. A strong TE, an elite Running back, and a pro-bowl callibre receiver. Ricky Williams alone could have helped Ramsey develop making teams be cautious with the blitz.

I'm glad we still have him, but back then Miami would have been a good option.
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Old 08-28-2004, 10:47 PM   #10
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Gentlemen, Ramsey reminds me a whole lot of Chad Hutchinson coming off his '02 season..

Hutchinson was thrown to the wolves with perhaps the worst OL in Cowboys history giving up 54 sacks..I mean it was awful..when Hutch wasnt sacked he was getting plastered.

I believe that season ruined Hutch..he was shellshocked..Hutch developed a case of happy feet after that. Thje only thing we learned about Hutch is he was one tough SOB

Hutch got beat out by QuINTcy last year and was released this offseason after only a so-so showing in Europe

2 more simliarities between the '02 Cowboys and '03 Skins were the OL coach and the OC

In Helton, you seemed to have a guy whose system who didnt didnt fit the personnel he had. Did the skins even pull their guard the last 2 years? Thomas has excellent mobility but wasnt used in this capacity. Helton, from what I read really alienated his OL

We had the same thing in Frank Verducci..a guy who tried to incorporate zone blocking with the piledriving man to man blockers we had on the team..injuries also ravaged our team that year...I believe we had 11 different OL combinations that year

Now Coslet and Spurrier were just flat out bad play callers...Spurrier just didnt seem to appreciate the run game @ all...losing Davis reaally hurt

I was also critical of you guys giving up Bailey and a 2nd round pick for Portis..(and for that Matter a 3rd and a ridiculous contract for Brunnel)

Steven Jackson would have been a super fit for Gibbs and his system...Jackson slipped all the way to 26 to the Rams. With a 2nd and 3rd rounder, you guys would have had the ammo to move up 12 or 13 spots to go and nab him Now, and this is no knock on Portis, but a knock to Snyder and Cerrato, Jackson would have come a HECK of a lot cheaper too.

The real slap in the face was when Kerry Collins was released..you guys could have had him without giving up a draft pick and for 1/2 the price of Brunnel

Again, just my humble opinion
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The real slap in the face was when Kerry Collins was released..you guys could have had him without giving up a draft pick and for 1/2 the price of Brunnel

Again, just my humble opinion
Good point. I am not against Brunell, but man we gave him a ton of money.
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Old 08-29-2004, 12:01 AM   #12
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Good point. I am not against Brunell, but man we gave him a ton of money.
I agree completely. We needed a good, proven QB, but it shouldn't have cost that much...
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Old 08-29-2004, 12:08 AM   #13
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There's no dilemma to me. Ramsey needs to ride the pine a while until he picks up the offense. Once he has the basics down he'll be ready for some playing time. Ramsey should push for the starting job next year. Until then it's Brunell's team.

By the way who left the barn door open and let this cowgirls fan in? Kinda funny how he mentions Steven Jackson being a good fit here, couldn't the same be said for Dallas?? Instead they traded down for Julius Jones. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

Also, who got slapped in the face? Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Dallas have a 40 year old starter and 2 very green backups at QB?? If anyone needed to pursue an experienced QB it was definitely Dallas. Some very nice non-moves there!
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Old 08-29-2004, 12:15 AM   #14
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Guys, Brunell won't see most of that money!
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Old 08-29-2004, 12:17 AM   #15
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Who cares about the money or the cap right now? All that matters is the '04 season.

We'll cross those bridges when we come to them.
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