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Redskins signing Mark 'Butt Fumble' Sanchez proves once and for all Colin Kaepernick is unjustly being kept out of NFL

Alex Reimer
November 19, 2018 - 2:20 pm

Colin Kaepernick’s longstanding collusion case against the NFL has a new star witness: Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez.

The Redskins have reportedly signed Sanchez, who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2015, to serve as their backup quarterback. Alex Smith broke two bones in his legs after taking a gruesome hit against the Texans Sunday, which will sideline him for the rest of the season. Colt McCoy is slated to start for Washington the rest of the way.

Since the 6-4 Redskins lead the NFC East, McCoy will instantly be put in a pressure-packed situation. His first start will come Thursday in Dallas, with first-place on the line. 

Washington was reportedly interested in a pu pu platter of NFL burnouts to take its open quarterback spot, including EJ Manuel, T.J. Yates and Sanchez. The failed Jets QB was apparently at the top of the list, due to his familiarity with some members of the Redskins’ coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was Sanchez’s QB coach from 2009-12 and passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell served as the Jets’ backup for two seasons behind Sanchez. 

Given Sanchez’s track record of epic failure with the Jets, one must wonder why the Redskins would want to recreate the system that led to a four-year barrage of interceptions and incompletions. But none of this makes sense. Sanchez hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 –– and last accumulated more than two starts in a season in 2014 –– meaning he’s been sidelined longer than Kaepernick. Yet here he is, ready to play for the Redskins during their playoff push. With McCoy’s lifetime record of 7-18, it’s likely Sanchez will see some time before the season is over, too.

According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Kaepernick continues to work out six days per week in order to keep his body in playing shape. Amazingly, it doesn’t look like Eric Reid’s successful stint in Carolina –– somehow they’ve continued to win games while he kneels during the national anthem to protest racial injustice –– has disabused NFL owners of the moronic notion that employing Kaepernick would hurt their bottom line. 

The only way the NFL’s decision to blackball Kaepernick could look more obvious is if Nathan Peterman gets another job following his release from the Bills. And what would you know, he worked out for the Lions over the weekend.