The Redskins have lost two quarterbacks to leg fractures and a once-promising season appears to be in ruins. Mark Sanchez, signed 2.5 weeks ago, is now the starter and Josh Johnson has reportedly been signed as his backup. That's the same Josh Johnson who was in Tampa Bay when Jay Gruden was an offensive assistant. He's also the same Josh Johnson who hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011 and just last week was the first-overall protected pick in the Alliance of American Football draft.
As always happens whenever a team needs a quarterback, Colin Kaepernick's name came up. Gruden said the former 49ers starter had been "discussed, for sure," but added:
"It's just going to be a matter of which way do we want to go?" he said, via the Washington Post. "Do we want to go with a guy that's familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week ... or go with a guy and teach, basically, a whole new kind of offense with new offensive linemen with a lot of the zone reads and all that stuff. Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback, a new system installed and taught in a couple days of practice."
It's a fair point, though here's a fair counterpoint:
Meanwhile down the road the Ravens have adjusted to a completely different style QB for 3 games and they're 3-0. https://t.co/BIoEhThUzD— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) December 4, 2018
Mark Geragos, who is representing Kaepernick in his collusion case against the NFL, told the Post: "Isn't it obvious what's happening?"
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On Tuesday, while speaking with CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney, Richard Sherman, who played for Seattle during Kaepernick's NFL career but is now in San Francisco, was asked if it was unfair that the Redskins would sign Reuben Foster but have no interest in Kaepernick.
"I think it's unfair because he's a good football player and he's not getting a chance to play football," Sherman said of Kaepernick. "And worse football players are getting chance after chance after chance after chance after chance after chance.
"Obviously the Washington situation is the most egregious at this moment, but there have been plenty of quarterback situations that have been worse than this, and quarterbacks that have played meaningful football in this league that are not as talented or have the resume that Colin Kaepernick has. The most frustrating thing is there's nothing that anybody can do about it. The NFL is obviously belligerently freezing him out. Everybody sees it, it's pretty obvious, and there's nothing that can be done. ...
"You just saw Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez get opportunities to play for a team that's in a position that's fighting for a playoff spot," Sherman continued. "To tell me that a kid who's not only gone to the playoffs and won big games, but has been to the Super Bowl, multiple Pro Bowls, and played at a real high level in this game, that he could not help that team -- that's the sad part. People see what it is, and there's nothing being done."
Last month, after Alex Smith was lost for the season but before Sanchez was signed (the team had EJ Manuel, T.J. Yates, Sanchez and Johnson in for workouts), Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio wrote that Kaepernick shouldn't expect a call from the Redskins.
"Another source tells PFT that team president Bruce Allen previously has made clear within the organization his position that Kaepernick won't be signed by Washington, ever" in part because of Allen's political views and Kaepernick's history of protesting social injustice during the national anthem," Florio wrote at the time.
While you can making a convincing case that Kaepernick is an upgrade over Sanchez or Johnson, none of them will magically save the Redskins' season. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are on a four-game winning streak, the Eagles have won two in a row, and the Skins are in real danger of finishing behind the Giants, who have won three of four.