This will likely be of no consolation to Colin Kaepernick.
Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters Tuesday that the team had discussed giving Colin Kaepernick a tryout at quarterback, but that it wasn’t going to happen.
He called this a “strictly football” decision, which every coach for the past two years has said when a situation arises in which Kaepernick would be a logical and, in many cases, the best fit.
Washington is in dire need of a stable situation at the position after starter Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy both went down with broken legs in the last three weeks. If they don’t look elsewhere for a QB, they will be trying to be keeping their heads above water in a very winnable NFC East with Mark Sanchez at the helm.
“Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice,” Gruden said. “So he’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”
It sounds like a well-rehearsed excuse, considering Sanchez was signed to the team on November 19, just two weeks before he was thrust into the game Monday night (albeit without another option). And he, like Kaepernick, had not seen the football field since 2016 prior to that game against the Eagles.
“You want to have somebody with a similar skillset to the quarterback you have,” Gruden said. “Not that Colin can’t do some of the things that I’m talking about, but somebody with a little bit of familiarity.”
A very little bit, in Sanchez’s case.
Washington also was widely criticized recently for signing Reuben Foster, who had been cut by the 49ers after a domestic violence arrest. Foster wasn’t without a job for 72 hours before Washington picked him up.
Kaepernick, on the other hand, who has not been employed since 2016, is being blackballed from the league for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. The QB who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl after stepping in for an injured Smith partway through the season, is now in the midst of a collusion case with the NFL.
“Isn’t it obvious what the real reason is?” Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told the Associated Press of why Washington is unwilling to take a chance on the QB.