Time is a flat circle and the Washington Redskins are once again imposing on themselves a potential quarterback controversy they neither need nor want.
New senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, the replacement for fired general manager Scot McCloughan in practicality if not in title, is the one who did it.
In a radio interview, Williams said that the way sixth-round pick quarterback Nate Sudfeld practiced last week would have made him a first- or second-round selection in the draft, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
It wouldn’t be an NFL offseason without the Redskins accidentally throwing shade at their starting passer.
Though the team has publicly said it wants to retain Kirk Cousins long term, he still hasn’t signed an extension and is set to play under the franchise tag for a second straight year.
Though Sudfeld is presumably no threat to Cousins in 2017, might Williams be planting the seed for 2018, when Cousins could be playing in different colors?
Also, doesn’t this all sound a bit familiar? It was only a few years ago when the talk out of Redskins practice was how great Cousins, then the backup to starter Robert Griffin III, looked.
That talk seemed to help sour the relationship between Griffin and the Redskins. For that and many other reasons, things got very messy.
Of course, it’s possible that Sudfeld really did look great at practice last week and the Redskins may have found a late-round gem. But perhaps boasting publicly about that, especially in the middle of delicate contract negotiations with the starter, probably isn’t the best idea.
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