DHall: 'Something's not right' if we're debating if McCoy's better than Smith

Josh Luckenbaugh
November 20, 2018 - 1:25 pm

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DeAngelo Hall is excited to see Colt McCoy under center for the Redskins with Alex Smith out, but isn't as enthused by the assertions of some that the Redskins offense will operate better with McCoy at quarterback.

"The mere thought of us having the conversation of our backup quarterback, Colt McCoy, possibly being better than our starter who we just traded a player and a pick for and re'd him up, something’s not right," Hall told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Tuesday.

"There's no way we should be having this conversation," he continued. "For us to even be in the realm of that conversation and saying, 'Hey look, Alex protects the ball better, but Colt's gonna give us more chances.' Like, what are we talking about? Are you kidding me? To me, that can't happen."

Before Smith's season ended with a broken leg in Sunday's loss to Houston, questions had been raised regarding his production at quarterback. Some fans had even called for McCoy to take over, and now he will due to the obviously unfortunate circumstances. 

However, the Redskins have committed some $71 million guaranteed to the 34-year old Smith, not to mention trading a promising young cornerback in Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick to the Chiefs for him. And the fact several people think the second-string quarterback will outperform him is disheartening to Hall. 

"For some reason, Alex just did not seem very comfortable," he said. "I don't know if I was fooled or if the wool was pulled over my eyes ... but I really believed this was the guy Jay wanted. I really, truly believed this was the guy Jay wanted in Alex Smith."

"But watching him play, I find it hard, knowing Jay, that that is the quarterback that he really, really coveted and was willing to give up Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick, and really tie his livelihood to the way Alex has played so far this season."

But regardless of Smith's situation, McCoy now has the keys to the offense, and Hall has confidence in him to perform.

"There was a point where this team really, really entertained making Colt the guy," he told Paulsen and Rouhier. "Unlike a lot of other backups throughout the National Football League, Colt's been here in this system for a long time."

"Colt's a guy that Jay's been rooting for for a long time, and so for that guy to finally get an opportunity to play, I'm excited for him. I'm excited for this offense to see what it possible could look like."

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