Essentially, Weeden had already proven himself during that week in Mobile. Why not let Lindley, who comes from a smaller school, and Foles, who was on a bad team that endured a midseason coaching change this year, get more of a chance to impress NFL personnel?
You play to win the game
Or maybe the Senior Bowl coaches don't approach the game like the exhibition we seem to all think it is. After all, the North team went conservative once it got into field-goal range late in the fourth quarter while it tried to run the clock down and make it a 10-point game.
When Weeden tossed his first interception, a ball that was underthrown after he slipped a bit while dropping back from center, he was yanked and replaced with Lindley. After Lindley quarterbacked three consecutive three-and-out drives, Foles started the second half.
And when Weeden's first pass after coming back into the game was picked off by Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming, he was pulled again.
The Redskins have found their quarterback
Here's one for the conspiracy theorists out there.
The Redskins, along with teams like the Browns and Dolphins, are clearly looking for a quarterback.
The Redskins' staff coached the South team, meaning that franchise likely the closest look at Weeden the quarterback and Weeden the person. Maybe the folks from Washington concluded they really want to draft Weeden — and didn't want to share what they've found.
That's a silly thought process and plan of action, of course. Personnel from all 32 NFL teams saw Weeden practice. It's hard to hide a player, especially a quarterback, at a showcase event like the Senior Bowl.
But maybe the Redskins tried to do just that.