Even though it came when the fate of the contest was pretty much already decided, Jeron Johnson's punt block against the Jets on Sunday was quite significant. That's because it was the first time since December 2006 that a Washington special-teamer pulled off the feat.
Unfortunately, it sounds like the impressive play was more the result of a New York mistake than anything else. On Monday, Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets for ESPN, put this nugget of information on Twitter, which detracts a bit from the 'Skins' accomplishment:
"In his post-game speech to the team, Jets coach Todd Bowles pointed out they had only 10 players on the field when the punt was blocked by the Redskins in the end zone. A film review confirms the Jets had only a seven-man box. Based on the lineup they used earlier in the game, the missing player was Zac Stacy."
The gaffe was also noticed by Darrel Young, who spoke about it after the matchup (quote courtesy of Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda):
“I came out and I looked at the structure of the punt team, and I was like, ‘Hey, they’ve got one guy short,’” the fullback said. “So I stood up and I was like ‘Hey JJ [Jeron Johnson], shhh don't say anything, I’m gonna grab the tackle.’”
Will the special teams unit be apologizing anytime soon for taking advantage of the Jets' error? Absolutely not, especially with the way they've been struggling the past couple of years. But still, it's a bit deflating to realize something so significant was caused in large part by an opponent's oversight instead of simply a great effort by the Burgundy and Gold.
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Don't look in this space for an argument that the Redskins - who are reportedly signing Mark Sanchez as Colt McCoy's backup - should, or should not, sign Colin Kaepernick.
This space will lay out reasons why the Redskins should, and should not, consider signing Colin Kaepernick.
It's not a binary decision. In fact, it's just about the opposite.
Any debate about Kaepernick often gets bogged down in differing political view points. This is not the place for that. Rather, here is an attempt to make the case for or against Kaepernick from a football perspective.
The case to sign Colin Kaepernick
- The Redskins need a quarterback. Alex Smith broke his leg and Colt McCoy needs a backup. Of the available free agents out there, Kaepernick has by far the best stats and resume. As Chris Thompson explained of Kaepernick, "He made it to a Super Bowl." When he last played in 2016, Kaepernick had 16 TDs against just four INTs in 12 starts.
- Kaepernick has familiarity in the West Coast offense, and once backed up Alex Smith and played with Vernon Davis.
- Redskins QB coach and passing game coordinator Kevin O'Connell worked on the 49ers staff with Kaepernick.
- Multiple Redskins players, including Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, said that the Nike pitchman deserves another chance in the NFL.
The case not to sign Colin Kaepernick
- Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL for nearly two full seasons. He hasn't practiced in a professional setting for more than a year. The Redskins are competing for the NFC East title. If they have to go to a backup QB, they want somebody that is game ready. It's hard to think Kaepernick fits that bill today.
- Earlier this season, Redskins CB Josh Norman had some choice words for Kaepernick after Panthers safety Eric Reid spoke out against the NFL Player's Coalition. Norman is an active particpant and leader on the Player's Coalition, a social rights group that Kaepernick distanced himself from. Putting Norman and Kaepernick in the same locker room might create some friction for a first-place team.
- At 6-4, the Redskins are in first place in the NFC East and should still be able to win games with McCoy at quarterback. Regardless how one feels about Kaepernick's activism, it will create a side show for any organization that brings him in. Cable news outlets like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will descend on the Washington locker room should Kaepernick get signed.
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Mark Sanchez is set to join the Washington Redskins in advance of the Week 12 Thanksgiving day game against the Cowboys, the team announced Monday afternoon. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.
A devastating, season-ending injury to Alex Smith in Week 11 pushed Colt McCoy into the starting quarterback position, and without a third quarterback in-house, the Redskins had to sign a late replacement.
Sanchez, who last played for the Bears during the 2017 season, spent four seasons with the Jets after the team selected him out of Southern Cal with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Sanchez led the Jets to two AFC Championship games, but will ultimately be remembered for the "butt fumble" in a 2012 Thanksgiving day blowout loss to the New England Patriots. Sanchez's first game with the Redskins will take place exactly six years after the infamous moment.
Sanchez has appeared in 77 games in seven seasons, starting 72. He's thrown for over 15,000 yards and has tossed 86 touchdown passes, while also throwing 86 interceptions.
McCoy will start for the Redskins on Thursday in Dallas and is expected to be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, with Sanchez serving as his backup and safety net.
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