There has been a lot of turnover at quarterback for the Redskins over the last one, two, or ten seasons. Outside of Robert Griffin III's brilliant rookie campaign in 2012, the 'Skins have wanted for stable QB play for a long time. And now, perhaps, a new candidate for the job has emerged.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom watched the Redskins play the Rams on Sunday, and CSN caught up with the star Swede for a few questions. Chief among them, if Backstrom was to play football, what position would he play?
"Do I really need to answer that? Quarterback," Backstrom quipped.
It makes sense, he's the center of the Caps offense, so he would be the center of the Redskins offense. Backstrom quickly clarified that he knows the Washington QB job is not up for grabs, and he complimented Kirk Cousins' play.
"He's doing a great job," Backstrom said of Cousins. "Lot's of pressure, but they're handling it well."
Backstrom explained he enjoyed watching the NFL, and that the whole football experience is so different than anything he grew up with in Sweden.
"It's awesome. I like the whole thing, the whole event. People are so excited about tailgating outside and having fun."
The big question facing Backstrom is about the health of his hip, which he had surgery on this offseason. The Caps forward said he feels good and is excited for the season, and to play with new players like T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams. Backstrom called the new Capitals weapons "great guys" and said the whole team is feeling positive.
Backstrom, who had his daughter at the game with him, had answered enough questions. He wanted to go back to watching football. And maybe get ready for his chance.
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