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Colt Brennan is fallible

The most popular player on an NFL team is often the backup quarterback, but that’s not the case in Washington.

Third-string QB Colt Brennan might be the pick.

After a great preseason last year, a vocal section of the Redskins fanbase fell in love with the University of Hawaii product, and wanted him on the field as soon as possible.

His play during training camp this year won’t do anything to calm their excitement: Brennan lasted 12 days of camp before finally throwing an interception Tuesday morning.

And he let the defense know about it plenty as the days wore on.

“That was my way of talking trash,” Brennan said. “‘For God’s sake, will you guys pick me?”‘

Brennan even wagered with the defensive backs he could make it through the entire camp without an interception, so safety Chris Horton’s grab cost him $100.

“It actually put a smile on my face,” Brennan said. “Part of
being a quarterback is making mistakes and bouncing back. I’ve taken a
lot of chances out here. I’ve had a good little camp, but I hadn’t
throw a pick yet.”

Brennan’s outspokenness stands in stark contrast to Jason Campbell’s understated nature, which may also help explain why he’s such a hit with the fans.  (Or maybe it’s his acting.) 

As the preseason gets going, Brennan is a player to watch closely.  He’s still behind Todd Collins on the depth chart, but the backup position is up for grabs.  If Brennan plays well enough, he could even apply some long-term heat to Campbell.

The Redskins have already shown this offseason they don’t fully believe in Campbell, and the SI cover subject will likely need to keep the Redskins close to .500 all season to ensure his job security.

With Collins turning 38 this year, Brennan looks like the more logical late-season replacement.  The trick for Brennan will be whether he can maintain his popularity after he’s taken some regular season snaps. 

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41 Responses to “Colt Brennan is fallible”
  1. D.R.Universal says: Aug 11, 2009 5:34 PM

    sure..in camp he looks fine..how did he look against them Gators in that bowl game a couple years ago?? that defense was stocked with NFl talent and he couldnt get off at all
    cocky Colt huh? lets see how long it takes for this horse to get saddled! LOL…

  2. AmhaTek says: Aug 11, 2009 5:38 PM

    Being from the DC area I know thats skins fans love the backup more then the starter, until he plays that is.

  3. Pack_Attack says: Aug 11, 2009 5:42 PM

    Maybe the best QB name since Bart Starr and Sonny Sixkiller.

  4. CooperManning says: Aug 11, 2009 5:47 PM

    I liked Timmy Chang better.

  5. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 11, 2009 5:49 PM

    When you are the single or the lone ranger, so to speak.”

  6. Nathan says: Aug 11, 2009 5:49 PM

    I don’t care what his motion looks like, you can’t go wrong with a QB named Colt.

  7. rusH1023 says: Aug 11, 2009 5:52 PM

    Gregg… Your articles are ALWAYS full of mistakes. I don’t want to come off as the typical pedantic, dumbass commenter, but just look at this sentence again:
    If Brennan plays well, enough, he could even apply some long-term heat Campbell.
    WTF?

  8. Grammar Police says: Aug 11, 2009 5:54 PM

    Who proofreads these articles?
    Although I’m not a fan of the Redskins, I’ve always viewed Colt Brennan as being better than Campbell.

  9. smiley says: Aug 11, 2009 6:01 PM

    I like Colts attitude…but dont they wear yellow so they dont get hit? Once the yellow jersey comes off we’ll see. Great to see him doing well though, rooting for em’…as we do for all our Redskins. Hail!

  10. JaggedMark says: Aug 11, 2009 6:04 PM

    Of course he’ll throw less picks. He can’t throw the ball past 20 yards.

  11. steeltownpride says: Aug 11, 2009 6:10 PM

    Hey D.R.Universal . That was Georgia not Florida dumbass lol .

  12. hapahaoleboy says: Aug 11, 2009 6:13 PM

    @D.R. Universal – before you criticize, maybe you should at least get your facts straight. Otherwise, you end up looking like a moron.
    For starters, he played against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Last time I checked, they’re the Bulldogs, not the Gators.
    Secondly, Colt has one of the quickest releases out there. Against UGA, the problem was the O-line. I’m assuming the Skins have a slightly better line than Hawaii did in the Sugar Bowl. If not, then Peyton, Tom or Theisman could be in the pocket and not get a pass off.

  13. Dave from Hawaii says: Aug 11, 2009 6:15 PM

    Gregg…we haven’t called our football team “Hawaii Rainbows ” since 1999.
    Please…it’s Hawaii WARRIORS.
    As for the “Gator Bowl” comment – puhleazze. You canNOT put that one on Colt. That was all about how the Gator’s D-line absolutely ran through our O-line. Colt would get the snap…in the shotgun…and before he could even look for his primary receiver, he had a pass rusher in his face.
    Finally, those of you that discount Colt’s accuracy…look at his 2006 season. 58 TD to 12 INT.
    We Hawaii fans that have watched his entire career (not just a few primetime games or the Gator bowl) know all about his accuracy and taking care of the ball.
    I’m glad he did not get the chance to play right away when he got drafted. Most of us Hawaii fans knew that although Colt has got the leadership, charisma, accuracy, quick release and great vision…we also knew he had to bulk up and improve his arm strength to make it in the NFL.
    Don’t worry skeptics…when Colt truly get’s his shot, you will soon see why the guy became Hawaii’s favorite football player. Dude could run for Governor over here…

  14. flips_220 says: Aug 11, 2009 6:19 PM

    # D.R.Universal says: August 11, 2009 5:34 PM
    sure..in camp he looks fine..how did he look against them Gators in that bowl game a couple years ago?? that defense was stocked with NFl talent and he couldnt get off at all
    cocky Colt huh? lets see how long it takes for this horse to get saddled! LOL…

    —————————————————
    No, I actually don’t recall him playing the Gators. The Bulldogs maybe. And I don’t believe that defense was stocked with NFL talent either. There may have been like three or four of those guys from that defense who have made it to the NFL in the two years since that game. I guess if that’s what you called stocked with NFL talent, then ok. Of course even if that were the case, then how is it fair to put a defense stocked with NFL talent up against an O-line of WAC talent? These days, Brennan would actually have an NFL O-line protecting him on the field.

  15. Draft King says: Aug 11, 2009 6:25 PM

    Brennan slipped in the 2008 Draft, but he could end up becoming a long-term solution for Washington at the QB position. Most surprising to me was seeing that SI projects Tony Gonzalez as the top tight end fantasy football pick.

  16. bofarr says: Aug 11, 2009 6:27 PM

    Yup, it was the Dawgs, not the Gators, but still most of that D ended up in the NFL. Of course Colt won’t be standing behind a WAC offensive line if he starts for the Skins; he pretty much had someone in his face as soon as the ball was snapped in the Sugar Bowl. Joe Montana couldn’t have done much more than Colt did seeing how Brennan spent most of that game either running ofr his life or looking up the ceiling of the Dome from his back.

  17. Splash Gordon says: Aug 11, 2009 6:28 PM

    @ D.R.Universal
    steeltownpride beat me to the punch. it was the georgia bulldogs.
    for the most part, georgia rushed only 3 down lineman and still got an unbelievable amount of pressure on brennan. its hard to beat 8 coverage guys when you don’t have time in the pocket

  18. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 11, 2009 6:35 PM

    D.R. UNIVERSAL- That game was against the Georgia Bulldogs
    I like this article. Colt has to wait aaron rodgers style

  19. tarrant84 says: Aug 11, 2009 6:46 PM

    As both an Eagles fan and a fan of college football, I’ve always thought Brennan was the real deal. He’s got touch, accuracy, and leadership. In fact, I would say Brennan is the scariest thing about the Redskins. Not sure why the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb when we could have had a quality QB like Colt.

  20. alex3 says: Aug 11, 2009 7:00 PM

    Even i Italy we konow that the Warriors did play Georgia
    Anyway, Colt it’s an intriguing prospect, but still a prospect.
    Let Jason play, and Colt learn…a guy who can throw + 50 td must have something good …
    and with that name..c’mon Colt Brennan…cool

  21. RedskinPete says: Aug 11, 2009 7:05 PM

    2nd coming of Drew Brees HAIL!

  22. FumbleNuts says: Aug 11, 2009 7:07 PM

    Pull the trigger on the Colt… Let him play regular season games this year!

  23. meezle says: Aug 11, 2009 7:53 PM

    Fellow eagles fan, jason campbell kills the eagles, nothing about colt brennan, and his jeff garcia arm is scary.
    Again I hate the skins, but like campbell and hope he does well

  24. fishfan39 says: Aug 11, 2009 7:54 PM

    I’m sure that Colt will get his chance somewhere down the line. Jason Campbell is obviously not the long term solution that Washington was hoping that he would be. If the team starts the regular season slowly they’ll probably give Campbell the hook.

  25. daffy87 says: Aug 11, 2009 8:01 PM

    While i respect the side-armers out there, im not buying into Brennan being any good against starting NFL defenses until he actually gets a shot to prove it.

  26. Jackal138 says: Aug 11, 2009 8:04 PM

    Colt’s gonna be the real deal, and this is coming with respect from an Eagles fan.

  27. brewcrewe says: Aug 11, 2009 8:05 PM

    Colt Brennan is a sex offender. Everyone talks about how Vick should not be let back in the league, while they cheer for a guy who broke into a girls residence, assaulted her, and masturbated while holding her down. Great guy to root for, Skin Fans.

  28. bbq says: Aug 11, 2009 8:19 PM

    This guy was fantastic during the preseason last year. I’d like to see what he can do in a real game.

  29. Okey says: Aug 11, 2009 8:32 PM

    Colt Brennan Is much more talented than Campbell and the sooner the Redskins figure that out the sooner fans and cretics may give them a chance at being in the fight for the Division title. Starting Campbell, They will likely be last……….Again!

  30. Raging Clue says: Aug 11, 2009 8:53 PM

    Wait, Colt Brennan is fallible? I was really pulling for him to be Pope. Thanks for crushing my dreams, PFT.

  31. 808BOLTFAN says: Aug 11, 2009 9:05 PM

    D.R.Universal says:
    August 11, 2009 5:34 PM
    sure..in camp he looks fine..how did he look against them Gators in that bowl game a couple years ago?? that defense was stocked with NFl talent and he couldnt get off at all
    cocky Colt huh? lets see how long it takes for this horse to get saddled! LOL…
    —————————————–
    Yeah dude, it’s too bad Hawaii didn’t have an offensive line. You can’t blame Colt for that game, the line couldn’t pick up or stop Georgia from blitzing. How does a QB make plays when he’s alrways running for his life. You can put the blame on the OL for that game.
    I’m from Hawaii and I’m a fan of Colt, and da dude who said he liked Jimmy Chang better, is ur real name Jimmy Chang?? Chang was a shitty QB. All he did was throw bombs for interceptions. Dude had more interceptions than completions, he sucked ass.
    If Colt ever gets a chance to start a regular season game for the Skins, he’ll become there starter. JC is not the answer and he won’t be there after this year. Skins has a lot of weapons on offense and Colt can utilize them and take full advantage. Colt will be a NFL Starter, Skins should let him play. Campbell is too much of a weak fool to be an NFL caliber QB. Dude sucks.

  32. MitchAlbom'sEars says: Aug 11, 2009 10:10 PM

    Heath Shuler wants his jersey number back !!

  33. Brad says: Aug 11, 2009 10:28 PM

    Campbell BLOWS

  34. meezle says: Aug 11, 2009 11:51 PM

    Colt can’t throw the ball through a plate glass window, someone explain why campbell is so bad

  35. bhavens says: Aug 12, 2009 3:02 AM

    Vote4brennan.com

  36. Romad says: Aug 12, 2009 6:03 AM

    If you don’t throw any interceptions you’re not taking enough chances. An overrated stat. Not that it matters in this case.

  37. Pockets Straight says: Aug 12, 2009 7:52 AM

    @brewcrewe — Colt got breaking and entry, not sexual assault. get your facts straight.
    @D.R.Universal — Pretty good D-Line in Georgia that year: Quentin Moses, Charles Johnson, Marcus Howard. Hawaii had 0 o-linemen drafted into the NFL.

  38. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 12, 2009 10:31 AM

    As a great man once said “Child, PLEASE!”. Colt Brennan is about 5′ 6″. Doug Flutie calls him shorty. Unless Washinton runs the wildcat this year, he doesn’t get on the field.

  39. december says: Aug 12, 2009 10:34 PM

    meezle says:
    August 11, 2009 11:51 PM
    Colt can’t throw the ball through a plate glass window, someone explain why campbell is so bad
    =======================
    It’s not that campbell is so bad. He’s just remarkably average. He’s not a gamebreaker. He won’t be taking the skins anywhere.

  40. Kahaluu5 says: Aug 14, 2009 3:19 AM

    It’s fun to see so many idiots talking about Colt that think they got him figured. Let me take on some of the concerns.
    Brewecrewe – ok the correct spelling should be Brew Crew. But despite the fact that you are in love withe extra ‘e’s and cannot spell here goes:
    Brennan pleaded not guilty and denied abusing the woman. A jury convicted him of felony burglary and trespassing but acquitted the quarterback of sexual assault and indecent exposure. Prosecution on misdemeanor sexual contact was deferred, meaning the charge has basically been dropped, the district attorney’s office said. He was sentenced to 60 hours of community service, four years’ probation and seven days in jail.
    “Those were the seven longest days of my life,” Brennan said. “I made a mistake, but did not commit a crime. For me to be charged with what I was charged with, it was just wrong.”
    So dumb a$$… why is he a sex offender like you foolishly allege, when he went through the legal system and wasn’t charged?
    D.R. Universal – how does it feel to be an idiot? Making comments about Gator’s when it should have been Bulldogs? The fact remains though that Hawaii got ripped in that game and the offensive line couldn’t stop the Bulldog (not Gator’s) rush. Don’t think the outcome would have changed. Yet, no one talks about the fact that the SEC officiating crew for that game was later reprimanded for not calling Georgia’s defense offside on almost every play. Especially in the 2nd Half. Look at the replay. The video doesn’t lie.
    Lastly, having spent a short time in talking with Zorn about foot placement on a snowboard many years ago, I ascertained that he is a meticulous, passionate, guy. He was also very proud that he came from a Div II school (Cal Poly Pomona) and his go to future Hall of Fame WR came from Tulsa and they both had success in the NFL.
    I suspect that Zorn has a little bit of sentiment in wanting to make Colt a success because of Colt’s underdog status. Afterall, that was what Zorn had to go through with Jack Patera.
    JC is in a contract year and Collins is getting old. Wouldn’t be surprised that next year the Skins had Colt and Chase as 1 and 2. Young Guns…

  41. brewcrewe says: Aug 14, 2009 10:52 PM

    Kahaluu5 says:
    August 14, 2009 3:19 AM
    It’s fun to see so many idiots talking about Colt that think they got him figured. Let me take on some of the concerns.
    Brewecrewe – ok the correct spelling should be Brew Crew. But despite the fact that you are in love withe extra ‘e’s and cannot spell here goes:
    Brennan pleaded not guilty and denied abusing the woman. A jury convicted him of felony burglary and trespassing but acquitted the quarterback of sexual assault and indecent exposure. Prosecution on misdemeanor sexual contact was deferred, meaning the charge has basically been dropped, the district attorney’s office said. He was sentenced to 60 hours of community service, four years’ probation and seven days in jail.
    “Those were the seven longest days of my life,” Brennan said. “I made a mistake, but did not commit a crime. For me to be charged with what I was charged with, it was just wrong.”
    So dumb a$$… why is he a sex offender like you foolishly allege, when he went through the legal system and wasn’t charged?
    __________________________________
    First of all, one of the great things about screen names, given names and nicknames is that correct spelling is in the eye of the beholder. (ex. Kelley, Kelly, Kelli, Kellie, Kell-e.)
    Also, I did not say he was a convicted sex offender, just a guy who happened to get away with it. Don’t be so naive to be believe that just because you apparently would let him fondle you, that this poor young girl was just as grateful as you would be. I guess O.J. is not a murderer, since “he went through the legal system and wasn’t charged.” What an idiot.

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