Redskins

Redskins

With the Redskins getting ready to face the Dallas Cowboys and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott there is a lot of chatter about problems Washington has had when playing rookie QBs.

People talking about that need to update their files. In recent seasons, the Redskins have been doing quite well against rookie quarterbacks, although the sample size is fairly small.

Those who talk about a losing streak to rookie QBs are thinking back to a skid that started in 2006 and lasted through the 2011 season. During that stretch of six seasons they went 0-8 in games started by quarterbacks fresh out of college. Some of the QBs they lost to were pretty good, like Cam Newton and Joe Flacco. Most were mediocrities like Vince Young, Bruce Gradkowski, and Christian Ponder.

But starting in 2012 the Redskins became much more adept at handling rookie quarterbacks. They have won four out of their last five, losing only to Teddy Bridgewater and Vikings in 2014. The wins came against Nick Foles (twice), Brandon Weeden, and Jameis Winston.

You can look at the list here on Pro Football Reference. Note that Josh Johnson of the Bucs, who started a Redskins win over the Bucs in 2009, was not a true rookie as he had spent the previous season on the practice squad. So that game does not count in the streak.

This doesn’t mean that the Redskins are going to beat the Cowboys and Dak Prescott on Sunday. And generally speaking these streaks tend to be flukes, whether they are positive or negative. It’s hard to make a case that there was something systemically wrong that made them lose eight straight to rookie QBs considering that there were three different defensive coordinators and countless different players over that six-year span.