Why the Redskins discussed and rejected Colin Kaepernick

Why the Redskins discussed and rejected Colin Kaepernick

According to Gruden, the Redskins are working out two quarterbacks Tuesday. After Alex Smith had his season ended by a gruesome leg injury they turned to backup Colt McCoy, who hadn't taken a snap in an National Football League game in years. That leaves recently signed Mark Sanchez as the only available quarterback on the roster.

Washington Redskins' quarterback Colt McCoy is out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken leg during Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback, a new system installed and taught in a couple days of practice".

Gruden said Tuesday while Kaepernick's availability had been discussed by team officials, no move would be made for him. And Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan served in the same role with the Jets when Sanchez was there.

"In order to utilize someone like Colin Kaepernick's skill set, you're talking about a whole new group of formations and run concepts", Gruden said. "If it was Week 1, there would be a better possibility".

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Sanchez had only about 20 percent of the Redskins' playbook at his disposal when he replaced McCoy on Monday night.

In one career start at FedEx Field, Kaepernick passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout 49ers win in 2013.

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. The Redskins are 6-6 and have lost four of their past five games. His camp has been actively pursuing a collusion suit against the NFL owners, alleging that Kaepernick has had work opportunities closed off to him, due to his activism on the national stage.

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