Redskins Reporter: "It Feels Like The Season Is Over"

"Nothing is trending in the right direction for this team," Craig Hoffman said

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 04, 2018 - 10:26 am

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Two weeks after losing Alex Smith to a broken leg, the Washington Redskins lost Colt McCoy to, well, a broken leg. McCoy exited in the first half of Washington’s 28-13 loss in Philadelphia on Monday, as the Redskins (6-6) have now lost three straight.

“It feels like the season is over,” D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I don’t think you can put it any more starkly than that. The reality is this team will come together, they’ll try to put together a game plan and fight, but as an objective observer, it feels very different than when Alex Smith went down.”

McCoy threw for 268 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-23 loss to Dallas on Thanksgiving. He made some mistakes, clearly, but he also made some plays. He’s also been in Washington since 2014.

“Colt McCoy is a professional,” Hoffman said. “He’s been around the franchise a long time, and those of us that have covered this team for a couple of years all pretty much thought Colt could play a little bit – and maybe even better than what Alex Smith had produced, even if Alex might be the better long-term play just because of his familiarity with the system and Smith really was slow to pick up some of this stuff that Jay Gruden wanted to do.”

With McCoy out, however, in steps Mark Sanchez, who went 13-of-21 for 100 yards and an interception against the Eagles.

“Mark Sanchez has been here two weeks,” Hoffman said. “And he’s Mark Sanchez.”

The injury bug bit Washington hard this season. The Redskins have lost skill players, offensive linemen, and the defense has “fallen off a cliff.”

“It just feels like nothing is trending in the right direction for this team,” Hoffman said. “I think that effect is really cumulative and has come to a head with this loss.”

The Redskins, who went 7-9 last season, are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

“It’s hard because last year they said, ‘Look, the injuries were so bad, it’s hard to put this on anyone’ – and it was true,” Hoffman said. “They were so banged up last year, and this year has been just as bad – or arguably worse. They were so excited – and with good reason – about Derrius Guice, and then he gets hurt. Tears his ACL in the first preseason game. If you blamed las year on the injuries, how can you not blame this year? 

“But it’s now two years in a row,” Hoffman continued. “You look at the way this roster is built, and it’s really hard to see how it gets better. They’re going to have a quarterback decision. They have two quarterbacks with broken legs that will cost them a combined $23 million in 2019 and no idea when they’ll be back.”

The Redskins host the Giants (4-8) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.