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Chris Meidt Discusses Colt Brennan, Chase Daniel

I had to write a big-boy story for today's newspaper about Chase Daniel and Colt Brennan, their friendship, and the fact that despite their obscene college numbers, both are sort of scrambling for a chance in the NFL.

This was the best part: in college, they combined to pass for more than 26,000 yards and 232 touchdowns. The Skins' top two QBs, Jason Campbell and Todd Collins, combined for about 13,000 yards and 82 touchdowns in college. That's not a small difference. But the latter two look like NFL QBs, and the former two don't.

I asked both guys about that reality.

"That's what it is," Daniel said. "The Heisman Trophy, it doesn't matter what position you play, if you're putting up offensive numbers, if you're putting up defensive numbers that are gaudy you're gonna get up there. Right here it's a job. You've got to go out there and compete every game, not make any mistakes and move the football."

"if you put up big numbers in college, that's one thing, but you've got to look at the numbers that matter," Brennan said. "Efficiency and accuracy, it doesn't matter what offense you're in. You see guys, certain guys that'll go really really high, and their accuracy is horrible. They had sub-par numbers, but they had the stature of an NFL quarterback. Everybody has to fight their own battles....Everyone has their own thing to fight. But with Chase, I think we're definitely similar in that we're trying to beat these stereotypes. Because we came from successful offenses and had great numbers in college, that doesn't mean that we can't play in the League."

I also asked Skins offensive assistant Chris Meidt whether he thought it was weird that Washington would have two mega-stud college QBs sort of deep on its depth chart.

"I'd say it's not weird," he said. "It's awesome to have two guys like that."

Meidt's thoughts on the duo, and the rest of our conversation, follows.

I guess this is obvious to a lot of people, but can you explain how two guys who were so successful in college, Heisman finalists, would be fighting for NFL jobs?

The college game, when you're voting on postseason awards, it's based solely on field productivity, which it should be. It shouldn't be based on any projections to the NFL or anything else. It should be based solely on what they did. They were two of the best quarterbacks in college football history. They both have all the records at their school. So you look at Colt's deal, Colt got hurt a little bit at the combine, he had that little labrum tear in his hip, and so he was compensating a little bit, so his release looked a little bit off.

So all of the sudden, you know how the NFL goes, you just over-analyze everything. He got broken down, everybody said, 'Oh boy, jeez, he can't play at this level.' He didn't have a good bowl game, so that's what happened to Colt. We evaluated and we just thought, when healthy, he's extremely accurate, quick release, all those things, so that's why we drafted Colt.

The case with Chase, we weren't going to draft a quarterback in this draft. So in my analysis, I tried to look at all the quarterbacks, projecting where they'd go, who would be free agents, who would get drafted. We were pretty close in our final analysis, and we had three or four guys, we said hey these would be our top free agents. Chase was a guy I really liked, I worked him hard at the combine. Geat leader, he's got terrific arm strength. His issue is he's 6.000. I mean, he is dead six-feet even. Had he been 6-3, he'd have been drafted, but he's six-foot even, and not huge hands. But he's a great competitor, unbelievably smart, he's an accurate thrower, he's got a strong arm, he's got a quick release. So he has all those other pieces that you really like. So I was thrilled that we were able to get Chase as a free agent to bring into camp.

You don't have to answer this, I guess, but was he the top guy that you had listed?

Yeah, I had him as the top free-agent quarterback that I thought would be out there. We were just able to get him right at the end of the draft, so I feel really good about having those guys.

I guess people would argue it different ways, tools vs. on-field success, but is there kind of a comfort level in having two guys who did rip it up in college like that?

Yeah, absolutely, because you're dealing with guys who know how to play the game. Colt is awesome, everyone saw him in preseason last year, Colt can really play the game. His fundamentals aren't always where you'd like, so at least for him, we know what we have to work on, but he's getting better. If you watch him, his fundamentals, he's improving dramatically. So with him it's a defined set that we have to improve on, because we know he can play the game.

Chase is really the same deal. You know, he can play the game. It's not a question of, 'Hey man, when the bullets are flying do they have what it takes?' We know they both do. It's a matter of can they mechanically be good enough to execute our system.

I know it's only been a couple of days with chase, but have you seen anything from him that would indicate he can?

Yeah, he threw a great vertical ball to Cooley today. I mean, he can find his spots. Just being 6-even, Jason's got the five or six inches where Jason can really see the field and does see the field. Chase has to see through seams, but he's done that his whole career. It's not like he all of the sudden just became six-feet. That's just what he is. So yeah, he's got the ability to move around, hit a check-down receiver. He knows where all his guys are, he's really smart. So yeah, I like him a lot. I think fans will enjoy watching him play this preseason.

Is he going to be able to get reps out here?

I think he'll be just like Colt was last year. Colt was coming in and kind of competing to be that third guy, with a couple other guys in camp, and Colt just had to compete and get the reps that he got. Chase, he got four or five or six team reps today. Colt got about the same, maybe a few more, I'd have to go back and look. But yeah, they're all gonna get reps, they're all gonna get chances. Of course Jason is the guy, but Todd's doing a great job, and then Chase and Colt will continue to get their reps too.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
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Thanks Dan. QB postion will draw a lot of attention this summer. Wait and see. Healthy competition will bring the best out of all 4 QBs. Team won't carry all four, correct? Or would they? Suspect one will be released. Yep....very very interesting.

Posted by: GoSk1ns | June 5, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

oh btw....I think Colt's draft stock went down due to his weight, 185, at his combine. What NFL team would chance a person at 185? But look at him now? Read somewhere he's 208.

He's a heavyweight now: Smokin Joe was a 208 lb beast when he beat Ali the first time around. Weird how a number triggers a thought. GO COLT!!!!

Posted by: GoSk1ns | June 5, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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