It seems like there’s always an excuse when it comes to not signing Colin Kaepernick. But for the Washington Redskins, they’re running out of excuses. That doesn’t mean they’re going to stop making them, though. On the field, the Redskins have to be one of the unluckiest teams in the league. After all, this past month alone they’ve lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to leg injuries. But equally horrible, they’re looking to stay with Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback.
When discussing the possibility of signing Kaepernick, head coach Jay Gruden says the team wasn’t looking in his direction. Instead, they’re going another way. But the reasons as to why will astound you. That’s mostly because they make no sense.
“He’s been discussed [internally] but I think we will probably go in a different direction,” Gruden told Les Carpenter of the Washington Post. “If this was Week 1 it would have been a greater possibility.”
Why does it have to be Week 1, though? Sanchez is a bad quarterback — worse than Kaepernick — and hasn’t thrown a touchdown since 2015…on Thanksgiving. Kaep last threw one during Week 17 of the 2016 season. Additionally, his career passer rating of 88.2 is far superiors to that of Sanchez’s (73.7). Ah well. At least they’re not going with Nathan Peterman.
McCoy suffered a broken fibula early in the first half in a loss to the Eagles on Monday night. Smith broke his fibula and tibia three weeks earlier against the Texans. With McCoy out, Gruden turned to Sanchez to stop the bleeding. But he only threw for 100 yards on 13 completed passes with one interception.
Gruden did add that McCoy had a successful surgery, leaving the door open for a return in the finale if medically cleared. With Sanchez the only available quarterback on the roster, one would think they’ll sign a few quarterbacks to their roster fairly soon.
It’s just that Kaepernick isn’t going to be one of them for some reason.