SNIDER: Redskins quarterback quest begins again

Rick Snider
December 04, 2018 - 12:29 pm

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The Redskins are back in the quarterback draft business. Too bad they won't come close to any of the top ones.

Washington must spend a first- or second-rounder next spring because both of its quarterbacks are hurt. Neither Alex Smith nor Colt McCoy will be ready until training camp at best, and Smith's days as the starter are probably done. That means it's time to work on the next passer, as expensive as that may be. There is no other choice.

But, Washington probably won't draft until at least 15th, even if finishing 6-10. That means forget Missouri's Drew Lock or Oregon's Justin Herbert. The Redskins have to find the next Lamar Jackson, because there are too many teams vying for the top ones.

Meanwhile, Washington now soldiers on with Mark Sanchez, who performed respectably in the Monday loss to Philadelphia, given he only knew a dozen or so plays. Who knows, by Sunday he might know two dozen. Then again, the Redskins offense is basically dump-off passes, so it's not that challenging to learn.

Washington is once again at Ground Zero when it comes to a passer. McCoy can't be trusted to provide a gap year after getting hurt yet again. Great guy and knows the offense, but once again is hurt. Smith was having a poor year before the injury, and who knows if and when he'll return. At best, Smith comes back for a gap year.

No, the Redskins are in a tear-down situation despite a 6-6 mark. So many needs, but passer has to be the draft's top priority because you'll rarely find a good one in free agency. Ask Minnesota how it feels about Kirk Cousins, or Denver fans with Case Keenum. And those are the good ones.

The Redskins need to sell hope to their fan base after yet another second-half collapse and nothing is shinier than a new quarterback.

So, get out your draft books, start watching tape and debate who it will be. It's going to be a long five months.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.