If the Redskins have any hopes of still reaching the playoffs, their best chance of being competitive over these last four games would come with signing Colin Kaepernick to be their starting quarterback. Smith broke both the tibia and fibula in his leg in a game on November 18 against the Houston Texans.
Now the Redskins will turn to Mark Sanchez, who starts at QB next Sunday for the Redskins (6-6) against the visiting New York Giants (4-8).
"There's not a lot of time to get a brand-new quarterback and a system installed and taught in a couple of days", Gruden told reporters Tuesday.
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"He's been discussed for sure", Gruden said of Kaepernick.
For the Redskins, signing Kaepernick would make sense, if they truly felt that this season was salvageable, and were willing to do anything to try and save it.
Gruden said that they would need to build a specific package of plays and formations to take advantage of Kaepernick's athleticism, and that doing so this late in the season wasn't realistic. Hard to believe for a team who had a quarterback in the back field who hadn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since January 1, 2017. Gruden said there's a chance McCoy would be ready for the December 30 finale vs. Philadelphia. Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the National Football League in October of 2017, alleging an organized effort to keep him off a roster as a result of his protests.
Several owners, coaches and team executives have been called to testify, and the case is scheduled to go to trial.