Why not give a young quarterback a chance?

Brian Tinsman
December 03, 2018 - 11:46 pm

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The Washington Redskin bet on vets to lead the offense in 2018. They kept just two quarterbacks on the active roster and went without a passer on the practice squad.

In the immortal words of Mike Tyson: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

That's what it feels like after watching first Alex Smith and then Colt McCoy fall to broken legs that ended their seasons.

Now, the team is scrambling with Mark Sanchez at the helm on his 14th day with the squad. Head coach Jay Gruden admitted after the game that the coaches had to get him up to speed on a short week before hosting the resurgent Giants.

In between now and then, the Redskins' front office will add another quarterback to the mix, just two weeks after holding at tryout for Smith's replacement.

This time, however, the sun has all but set on the Redskins' season. They dropped from 6-4 to 6-6, losers of three straight and in third place behind Dallas and Philly. The sense of urgency is high, but the ceiling for this team is much lower than it used to be.

So instead of finding another band-aid to hold back the floodwaters, why not consider a youngster? That's exactly the question posed by 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen during the game:

Let's face it--there aren't likely to be future Hall of Famers on other teams' practice squads right now. But the Redskins need something to play for down the stretch, and finding out what the NFL ceiling on Cardale Jones, Connor Cook, Kyle Allen, Danny Etling, Brandon Allen, J.T. Barrett, Alex McGough, Garrett Grayson, Chad Kanoff, Chase Litton, Phillip Walker, Kurt Benkert, Tanner Lee or Jake Rudock sounds better than confirming the same of NFL retreads.


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