If Washington opts to move on, what, exactly, would it do at quarterback? Here are three options. One of them is logical, the other is a reach and the last one is very unlikely — but worth noting in the event that the Redskins think it’s 2010 all over again.
1. Start Colt McCoy. This is a no-brainer, even though he has thrown just 11 regular season passes over the past two seasons. McCoy is arguably the best backup quarterback in the NFL, and he could be a starter on a few teams. The 30-year-old is familiar with the offense and has experience, with 25 career starts.
McCoy doesn’t have the quick release or arm strength that Cousins does, but he makes up for it in part with his anticipation and timing — particularly on intermediate routes. McCoy had a strong training camp last year, and he is more than capable of stepping in as the full-time starter if the opportunity presents itself.
There are concerns about McCoy’s durability, along with the talent he would have around him. Cousins benefited from an outstanding supporting cast, although Washington struggled in the red zone nonetheless. McCoy would still have a good offensive line and talented weapons such as Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, as well as unproven receiver Josh Doctson. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson slated to hit the open market next month, Washington’s QB could be without one or both of the team’s veteran wide receivers from 2016.
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2. The Redskins could start Nate Sudfeld or a rookie quarterback who makes a favorable impression during training camp. Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick out of Indiana last year, served as the team’s third-string quarterback in a season of growth. He displayed some promise in his first preseason game, but his next outing, against the New York Jets, showed that Sudfeld still has a long way to go before he is capable of even being considered for a job as a starting NFL quarterback. The 23-year-old still has plenty of time to improve, but he would have to make a significant leap this offseason for a prominent role in 2017.
There’s always a chance that the Redskins draft a rookie quarterback who emerges in camp, as Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott did in their rookie seasons. It isn’t considered a deep quarterback class, but the Redskins could take Deshaun Watson in the first round or Davis Webb on Day 3 and decide their rookie should start in Week 1. It wouldn’t be the first time.
3. Go get Tony Romo. Yes, the soon-to-be former Dallas Cowboys quarterback. With Prescott in the picture, Romo’s services are no longer needed after 14 seasons with the franchise. He needs a new home, and the Redskins may need a QB