While the quarterback situation surrounding the Washington Redskins continues to get worse, it seems the team’s public image may have taken a hit. After first losing Alex Smith to a gruesome leg injury, Washington’s backup, Colt McCoy, suffered a fractured fibula Monday that will sideline him for the rest of the year. The decisions following this have led to some major backlash.
The Redskins now find themselves in need of a quarterback with Mark Sanchez as the only signal-caller currently in the mix. Unfortunately, the list of names who have recently played in the NFL and are free agents is thin. For a team in the playoff mix, signing any of those players wouldn’t make much of an impact, and if their number were called, are unlikely to help much.
One name who could make for an interesting option is Colin Kaepernick, who can’t seem to get a chance in the NFL. But less than 24 hours after McCoy’s injury, Redskins coach Jay Gruden shut down the idea.
Following Gruden’s decision to opt against really considering Kaepernick or even bringing him in for a workout, it’s not surprising that many fans were up in arms about the decision. Many people took to Twitter to voice their frustration with the Redskins and Gruden while also showing support for Kaepernick.
Here’s a look at a few of the reactions which poured in after the news, featuring both fans, analysts, players, and anyone in between.
Twitter Reacts to Redskins’ Colin Kaepernick Decision
Colin Kaepernick’s Potential Upside
While the Redskins sit at 6-6 and still very much within striking distance of an NFC East title, Kaepernick would at least provide the ability to make plays. The 31-year-old quarterback hasn’t played since 2016 but threw for 16 touchdowns against four interceptions that season. He also rushed for 468 yards and two additional scores over 12 games.
In his career, Kaepernick has thrown 72 touchdowns and just 30 interceptions over 69 games. He’s also tallied 2,300 rushing yards and 13 scores, showing a playmaking ability that’s desperately needed. In order for the Redskins to have a realistic chance at still making the playoffs, they need to find an impact player at quarterback. Whether that’s Kaepernick or not, something has to be done in order to save the season.
Source: Heavy Sports