Chris Simms spent plenty of time during his NFL career as a backup quarterback, and he believes the Redskins have a good one in Colt McCoy.
And with McCoy now Washington's starter with Alex Smith out for the season, Simms doesn't see any reason why the former Longhorn can't lead the Redskins to a few wins.
"I do think he's a guy that can win in the NFL consistently," Simms told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, Brian Mitchell and Pete Hailey during a "Redskins 100" Facebook Live Thursday. "I think he's one of the better backups in all of football."
"I understand him having a little chip on his shoulder with the Washington Redskins, being like, 'Hey, I've gotten in there a few times and done well. Why doesn't anybody want to ride or die with me at the quarterback position?'"
The time has come for the Redskins to ride or die with McCoy as their QB, and Simms thinks McCoy is more than capable of picking up where Smith left off.
"I don't think it's that much of a drop-off between him and Alex Smith, if we really just measured up everything that goes into what their physical skillset is," Simms said.
"A race? I think it'd be very close in a race if they just took off and had a 40-yard dash. Arm strength? I'd probably give Colt McCoy the edge there, even though it's not the strongest arm we've ever seen in history."
"He's got a quick release, only thing he doesn't have is, he hasn't played as much [as Smith]," Simms continued. "But I do think this long week will help him out a lot, and I expect Colt McCoy to be pretty consistent and good on Monday night."
The Redskins will need McCoy to be on his 'A' game in a huge NFC East matchup against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. But if Simms' thoughts are any indication, Washington fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic.
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