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Redskins have not fared well vs. rookie quarterbacks

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Since he became the defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh in 2004, Dick LeBeau has a 15-1 record against rookie quarterbacks.

Many NFL teams wish they had the foresight to have hired him, among them the Washington Redskins. Their recent record against rookies is dreadful, which brings us to Sunday against the Eagles, who will likely start rookie Nick Foles for Michael Vick (concussion).

In his debut on Sunday in the Eagles' 38-23 loss to the Cowboys, Foles had respectable numbers despite throwing a pick-six, completing 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. As he contemplates his starting debut, the best thing going for him might be the opponent.

Some of Washington's losses to rookie quarterbacks were nothing to be ashamed of. They were beaten by the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft the last three years -- Cam Newton (2011), Sam Bradford (2010) and Matthew Stafford (2009), though the loss to Stafford broke the Lions' 19-game losing streak.

The Redskins have also been beaten by rookie quarterbacks guiding vastly superior teams such as Joe Flacco of the Ravens (2008), Vince Young of the Titans (2006) and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers (2004).

But less forgivable were Redskins losses to Buffalo's Trent Edwards (2007), Tampa Bay's Bruce Gradkowski (2006), Chicago's Rex Grossman (2003) and the undistinguished Dallas trio of Chad Hutchinson (2002), Quincy Carter (2001) and Anthony Wright (2000), who took over after Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington knocked Troy Aikman out of the game and into retirement.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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