Washington Redskins Could Opt To Roll With Colt McCoy As Starter If Kirk Cousins Is Traded
Could Colt McCoy Find Success?
That said, the team’s possible choice to roll with McCoy as the starter would be questionable. In 25 career starts, McCoy has posted a poor 7-18 record. During his time with the Redskins, he is 1-3, though he does have a decent TD-INT rate of 5 to 3. McCoy would not be able to effectively lead the Redskins through to the playoffs unless they had a terrific supporting cast. Albert Breer of the MMQB said the following of McCoy and the Redskins interest in him:
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"I don’t think the Skins are afraid to lose Cousins, and the reason is Colt McCoy. Is the 30-year-old McCoy a 10-year answer for Washington at the position? No. But he can be what Cousins can’t be at this point, and that’s a bridge quarterback, which is why the question isn’t Cousins versus McCoy in a vacuum. It’s the brass buying Cousins and hitching its job security to his successes and failures, versus renting McCoy while looking for a younger upgrade at the position."
Breer is right to point out that McCoy would just be a bridge quarterback. Considering the talent in the 2018 class at the quarterback position, this could be a chance for the Redskins to build the rest of their roster now in free agency and the draft, and find a true, long term answer in 2018. Granted, that would likely take them out of the playoff picture for the coming season, but they could end up primed for serious success if they can move forward with one of the 2018 signal callers.
When it is all said and done, it seems likely that this may have just been a rumor released by the Redskins in attempt to leverage negotiations with Cousins. If they make him feel expendable, there is a chance that they could drive his asking price down. At the same time, since Cousins is on a one-year deal now, he can just threaten to leave in the 2018 offseason and go to a team that really wants him.
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It appears that McCoy may just be a pawn for the Redskins at this point. At this stage in his career, he is merely a backup caliber player. He should by no means go into the 2017 season as the team’s starter.