FINLAY: Colt McCoy 'not happening anytime soon'

Chris Lingebach
November 06, 2018 - 6:21 pm

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The Redskins offense, even before Sunday's blowout loss to Atlanta, has been difficult to watch all season. Save for Week 1 against Arizona.

That, plus a 38-14 loss fresh in their minds, has fans grumbling. Wishing. Wondering...

Could Colt McCoy do better in this Redskins offense?

"I got called all kinds of names this weekend" for even asking the question, Dukes shared with JP Finlay on 106.7 The Fan.

"The tough part is they're in first place, dude," Finlay rebutted. "They're 5-3."

"I get that part of it," said Dukes. "Absolutely."

"And if you are in that building, you are about winning games right now," Finlay added, "and Alex has done that more often than he hasn't."

Finlay was asked if he agreed with this assessment:

Finlay: "Held here, or held in Ashburn?"

Dukes: "Well, I mean, what if they score 23 points and they win by five? What, are you gonna bench Alex Smith and put Colt McCoy in when you're 6-3 and No. 1 in the division?"

Finlay plainly explained just why it's not time for Jay Gruden to make such a drastic shift in approach.

"I recognize fans are frustrated and want more out of the offense," he said. "I would go so far as to say there are members of the coaching staff that want more out of the offense. But going to Colt, from everybody I've talked to, is not happening anytime soon.

"Now, could that change? Sure. But here's the thing fans have to remember: Generally, when a quarterback gets pulled, it's because they're turning the ball over. That's what drives coaches crazy, because that's when you're killing on offense, that's when you're not giving a team a chance to win. Alex is not doing that. He's leaving plays on the field, but he's not costing the offense. That's a big, big delineation."

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