Redskins to sign Mark Sanchez to be backup QB

Redskins to sign Mark Sanchez to be backup QB

Javier Howell
November 20, 2018

Barring the miracle of all miracles, Smith's season is over, and the Redskins will have no choice but to turn to Smith's backup, 32-year-old Colt McCoy - who hasn't thrown a pass in the National Football League since 2015.

Sanchez was of course drafted with the fifth overall pick in 2009 by the New York Jets, who traded three players and two picks to move up to draft the QB out of USC.

If Alex Smith has been one thing over his fourteen-year career, he's been dependable.

The topic is back in the forefront with the Washington Redskins needing help at quarterback.

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Colt McCoy came into the game after Smith's injury, and he played well, finishing the outing with six completions on 12 attempts, 54 yards, and a touchdown. In those two years, he threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while posting an 86.6 passer rating.

Sanchez and Clemens know offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh from their time with the New York Jets.

Sanchez remained unsigned since serving as Mitchell Trubisky's backup with the Chicago Bears last season. He posted a passer rating of 71.7. One of those turnovers became known as the "Butt Fumble", a play in which Sanchez lost the ball when he slammed into a lineman's backside. Smith, who was immediately in devastating pain, was quickly carted off the field and was reportedly headed to surgery just minutes after his team's comeback bid fell short.