Brad Johnson would be higher on this list if he was being ranked on his Super Bowl championship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lombardi Trophy is something only four quarterbacks on this list earned with the Redskins.
But there’s a reason Johnson is only at No. 11, just as there’s a reason Rich Gannon isn’t on this list. Gannon may have won the MVP award in Oakland, but because he threw three touchdowns and seven interceptions in four games with the Redskins, he can’t be listed as one of the greatest Redskins quarterbacks.
Had Johnson’s first season in Washington not happened, he’d likely be off this list as well. But in two seasons with the Redskins, Johnson accomplished things that many Redskins quarterbacks weren’t able to do in twice the time.
In 1999, Johnson broke the franchise record for completions in a season, throwing for 4,005 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The next year, he achieved less personal success, but led the Redskins to a 7-4 record in 11 games. By 2001, he was in Tampa Bay, where he would soon become a Super Bowl winning signal caller.
Because his stint in D.C. was so short, Johnson isn’t one of the well-remembered Redskins quarterbacks. But in his time in the nation’s capital, he worked toward cementing his legacy as an unabashed winner, accumulating a record of 17-10 in two seasons with the team.
In the slump after the illustrious Joe Gibbs era, Johnson brought success back to Washington. For that, he is great. Not only a great quarterback, but a great Redskins quarterback.