Grading the performance of the Redskins quarterbacks through nine weeks
QB Colt McCoy
This season was supposed to be the one where McCoy finally got his chance to fight for the Redskins starting job. But that never ended up being the case.
Early in training camp, McCoy was favored to be the starter by former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. He was listed as the top passer on the team’s initial depth chart and with Haskins not ready to yet ready to start, he was going to battle with Keenum for the top role.
However, McCoy simply couldn’t get healthy from the leg injury that he suffered in Week 13 against the Eagles last season. It took McCoy almost 10 months to fully come back from the broken fibula, an injury that was originally supposed to take just 4-6 weeks to heal.
Because of this injury, McCoy was inactive for the first few weeks of the Redskins season. And after that, he never really had a chance to emerge as the starter. Keenum had laid claim to that and it wasn’t until Gruden’s last-ditch effort to save his job against the New England Patriots that McCoy saw the field.
In that limited action, McCoy went 18-of-27 for just 122 yards, threw an interception, and was sacked once. He simply didn’t do much to prove that he is much more than a fine backup. And since that time, he has fallen further behind in Washington’s quarterback race.
Currently, McCoy is the team’s third-string quarterback. He has only been active once since that game, and that was last week when Case Keenum missed the contest against the Bills due to a concussion. McCoy is clearly the odd man out now, and the Gruden-favorite doesn’t seem likely to return to the team next season.
So far, this season is close to being a failure for McCoy. His only saving grace is that he did at least come back and get a chance to start one game. But largely, his performance has been disappointing.