The quarterback discussion that the Redskins are expected to sign to save the backup of the former back-up team has replaced that of the team Washington could host in a playoff game. It's a dark time for a franchise that has lost two quarters of its losses as a result of a broken leg during its last three games.
The Redskins on Tuesday recruited journeyman Josh Johnson to support Mark Sanchez, who entered the game for the first time since the 2016 season after Colt McCoy's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday with a broken fibula. Sanchez was hired Nov. 19 to replace McCoy, who took on the lead role after Alex Smith was injured in the leg against the Houston Texans last month.
Johnson was a fifth-round pick from Tampa Bay in 2008. Prior to the Redskins' call, he was with the San Diego fleet, preparing for the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. Johnson played 0-5 as a starter for four seasons with the Buccaneers and played his last regular season game in the NFL in 2011. It was a full year before Colin Kaepernick, another free quarter that the Redskins had could sign, drive the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl.
Kaepernick has been absent from the league since the 2016 season, when he knelt during the national anthem preceding the games to draw attention to the issues of racial inequality and racism. police brutality against African Americans. On Tuesday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that the team planned to have Kaepernick participate in a training but decided not to follow him for football reasons, preferring a replacement who has connections with the staff. Washington coaches who are familiar with the Redskins offensive.
Corner 49ers Richard Sherman does not buy Gruden's reasoning, and he offered a frank version of Kaepernick's situation during an appearance on the Pro Football Talk podcast #PFTPM.
"There is not enough public pressure. There is nothing that can force a team to [sign him]like Washington who is in the playoff race, "said Sherman, who played for the Seattle Seahawks, his rival from NFC West, in the six seasons of Kaepernick in San Francisco. "At first, it was as if" Colin Kaepernick's statistics were not good enough "or" he stopped playing at a high level ". Then you see some of the quarterbacks that they picked up and you are like, if you take Mark Sanchez, he has had ups and downs. Colt McCoy is the same. They had some ups and downs, and Colin played at a higher level than I would say, none of those guys played at the peak of his career.
"You start seeing things like that, and it's almost as if the teams deliberately explained that they were blocking it," Sherman said. "Unfortunately, the courts and the league have not done anything about it yet, this is the disappointing part because he is a good football player. He did not commit a crime. He did not get his hands on anyone, he did not kill anyone, you know, do not do anything that's insanely crazy that he deserves to be banned from our football league. "
Kaepernick filed a grievance of collusion against the NFL in October 2017, alleging an organized effort to keep him away from the roster as a result of his protests. "What's going on is not obvious?" Mark Geragos, Kaepernick's lawyer in his complaint of collusion, said Mark Maske of the Washington Post this week.
ESPN Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser Kaepernick and the Redskins during Tuesday's episode "Pardon the Interruption".
"I think it's a really complicated story," Kornheiser said. "The first thing that concerns me is the idea that Colin Kaepernick can come anywhere, but come to Washington, and support Mark Sanchez. If you sign it, you play it. It is a political football too important not to play against him. I think you have to [start him]. In the second week, I think you have to do it. I do not think you can bring him in and sit on the bench. I think he's too big for that. "
"Dan Snyder was once a guy who could identify with, put his arm around him, embrace strong, rebellious, nonconformist and virgin black players from this league," Wilbon said. . "Dan Snyder was almost their champion. Everyone wanted to come – black players – play for Dan Snyder. Lately, it seems Dan Snyder is just scared. Now, maybe he's not scared, but if you sign the guy you fired San Francisco 49ers after he was waived, Reuben Foster, given his serious problems, if you can sign it, but you can not sign Colin Kaepernick? It means that you are afraid as an owner. "
Regarding Gruden's reasons for football as to why the Redskins decided not to take Kaepernick for a workout, the coach knows Johnson well from his days in Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. Sanchez was signed, in part, because of the time spent with Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh with the New York Jets. Gruden said he wanted a quarterback with skills similar to McCoy's, but as some have pointed out, a quarterback able to improvise and run out of pocket could do good to the Redskins and their offensive line well done. The Baltimore Ravens are 3-0 since rookie double threat Lamar Jackson has replaced handkerchief Joe Flacco due to injury.
"It's not like they've had an established quarterback for a while, but it will be hard to move at this point," the NFL Network said. Mike Garafolo "Full access to the NFL," says the Redskins. They focus on this aspect of the skills, but let 's be honest, there are other factors that explain why the Redskins do not even bring Colin Kaepernick for a workout. They may have had internal discussions, but they did not even contact him. We all know what these other factors are. Football, many people do not buy it at the moment, especially the other players in the league. "
With four games to play and Washington's hope for the playoffs, the former Redskins player is back Brian Mitchell said that the team's problems are deeper than their quarterback situation. Mitchell played in the Redskins on Team 980 Tuesday and refused to apologize for their recent fights.
"This team is underperforming, even with the sacred injuries, even with some people who are not in position," said Mitchell, who replaced the quarterback for Washington in his 1990 Eagles loss. have underperformed … You can not have penalties at inappropriate times You can not eliminate so many assignments You are entering the same plan every week, as if the other teams were saying, "Oh, they ran this shit last week, we're not going to see it this week. "And if something works, why do not you go in? Why do not you make the team force you to leave This team is underperforming because no one holds them accountable.This team is underperforming because we have coaches who do not make any adjustments.This team is underperforming because we have a prehistoric attack … Why diabl Have not we put some routes of choice? It can work. Why not use better filtering routes? How do we put a little imagination? "
The hopes of the Redskins playoffs are not dead, not in the mediocre NFC where there is a chance on the outside that a team of 8-8 can win the second wild card, but there is no chance of winning. NFL Network Analyst Deion Sanders is officially off the Redskins' train after driving all season.
"I drove with them and I really liked Colt McCoy a lot, what he brought to the table, but since he's gone, I left, I left," Sanders told the team. "21st and Prime" broadcast from NFL Network.
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