Alex Smith is Out, but the Redskins aren’t Toast

Redskins’ fans aren’t strangers to gruesome quarterback injuries. In 1985, Joe Theismann snapped his leg after getting sacked by Lawrence Taylor. It was one of the grossest injuries in sports’ history. Now, 33 years TO THE DAY, Alex Smith suffers a very similar injury, snapping his tibia and fibula after getting snapped. Many people think that this means that the division is wide open. However, I’m here to tell you that it’s not. And it’s because of one man: Colt McCoy.

Colt McCoy is a horribly underrated QB who never really got his shot. He was drafted by the Browns but wasn’t considered a big time prospect. He started 21 games for Cleveland in his first two seasons before the Browns (stupidly) drafted 90 year old Brandon Weeden. And honestly, he wasn’t horrible. In his second season, he started 13 games and went 4-9 (which is like winning the Super Bowl if you’re on the Browns). In those 13 games, he had 2700 yards, 14 TDs, 11 ints, and a 58% completion percentage. These numbers aren’t horrible, especially when you consider that the Browns’ receivers lead the league in drops that year (And their number one receiver was Greg Little, who lead the leagues in individual drops and was out of the league just a couple years later).

I’m not saying that Colt McCoy is a star and is going to lead the Redskins to the Super Bowl. But he’s a veteran and a very solid backup (arguably the best backup in the league). Alex Smith going down is a huge loss for this team. And to Redskins’ fans, it may look like trouble with the Cowboys only a game back. But I’m here to tell all Skins’ fans that you can rest easy at night. Colt McCoy is ready to step up and lead Washington to the promise land.

-Stephen Brown III (@sbtrey23)

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