After Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both broke their legs in a one-month period of 2018, calling Colin Kaepernick would have made sense for the Redskins.
The team didn’t do that, though they publicly claimed Kaepernick got consideration, and instead went with the terrible combination of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson at quarterback as their playoff hopes vanquished.
Last year, the Redskins has a real chance at the playoffs going into December and strong quarterback play might have delivered January football. There was a real and simple case for the organization to bring in Kaepernick to play quarterback.
This year, that is just not the case.
The NFL has arranged a workout for Kaepernick this Saturday and all teams are welcome to send representatives. Famously out of the NFL since 2016 after his protests became a national issue, Kaepernick claimed via Twitter that he’s in great shape and has been waiting three years for this opportunity.
While that’s good news for Kaepernick and perhaps a sign of growth for the NFL, for the Redskins, it’s not particularly relevant.
Washington is 1-8 and about to start the second half of a lost season. Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan finally made the decision to start Dwayne Haskins for the remainder of the year, and that’s the only logical move for the team.
The Redskins drafted Haskins 15th overall this year and it’s high time for his arrival. Sure, there will likely be bumps along the road, but it’s now Haskins’ team for the considerable future. A first-round quarterback needs time to grow, mature, and eventually turn potential to promise.
Bringing in Kaepernick now would make no sense.
The team already has two veteran QBs on the roster in McCoy and Case Keenum. Even if Kaepernick is better than both players, and there’s an easy case that he is, it would be an unnecessary distraction in a locker room that’s already had plenty.
Haskins, a rookie with just one year of starting experience on the college level, has already seen his first NFL head coach fired after Week 5. If that wasn’t enough, Haskins’ locker sits next to Trent Williams, who held out for the first half of the year amid lost trust in the organization due to a cancer scare. Williams eventually returned, failed a physical because he couldn’t wear a helmet, and now the team has placed him on the NFI list ending his season.
Haskins has already seen a lot for a rookie quarterback trying to figure out life in the NFL. The addition of Kaepernick would be anything but helpful, even if the 32-year-old passer was content with a backup job. And so far there is zero indication that’s the case.
One other factor - Alex Smith is still owed more than $20 million for the 2020 season. Whether or not he plays. He’s still rehabbing from his serious injury last November, and while plenty believe Smith will never play in the NFL again, it’s not a certainty the Redskins front office agrees.
In 2018, when the team still had a winning record and nobody but Sanchez to play quarterback, bringing in Colin Kaepernick made sense.
That would have been a sound football decision.
In 2019, at 1-8 and finally in position to turn over the team to a potential franchise quarterback in Haskins, bringing in Kaepernick makes no sense.
If this is a football decision, the Redskins should not even be involved.
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