Nov 20, 2004, 11:32 PM EST
Near the end of an otherwise excellent article about Patrick Ramsey’s second chance at the starting job, Nunyo Demaso makes this curious assertion:
Gibbs, who has changed starting quarterbacks only four times as an NFL coach, has not spoken to Ramsey about the long-term stakes for the quarterback.
I’m assuming that he’s referring to changes that were not forced by injuries. Here are the “voluntary” Gibbs QB changes that I count:
- 1987–Doug Williams replaces Jay Schroeder during an 11/15 game vs. Detroit and starts the following week.
- 1987–Schroeder replaces Williams two weeks later.
- 1987–Williams replaces Schroeder during final regular-season game and stays in for playoffs
- 1988–After Williams and Mark Rypien had each replaced the other for injuries, a healthy Rypien was replaced by Williams on 11/27.
- 1988–Two weeks later Rypien is back on the bench and Williams is put in.
- 1989–Williams replaces Rypien on 11/5
- 1990–Stan Humphries replaced Rypien due to injuries; Humphries was replaced by Jeff Rutledge after the latter brought the Redskins back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Lions.
So that’s seven, not counting changes made when bringing starters such as Schroeder and Rypien back due to injuries.
Not a big deal, just setting the record straight.
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