Redskins coach Jay Gruden recently said that they made a decision to pass over Kaepernick because there was no time to get a new QB caught up on their system, or to install both a new QB and a new system.
Gruden said the discussions to bring in Kaepernick were "not really" any different than talks regarding other quarterback options. "He's been talked about, but we'll probably go in a different direction".
Kaepernick has filed a collusion suit against the National Football League, arguing that owners have colluded to keep him off any National Football League roster since he hit free agency in 2017.
Here we are once again where it's clear that a team needs quarterback help and Colin Kaepernick is just waiting for his phone to ring, yet teams continue to find excuses as to why they won't do it. Washington is now down to third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez after losing starter Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Sanchez was signed just two weeks ago and has barely had time to learn the playbook, but was forced into action against the Eagles on Monday after McCoy went down.
Kaepernick was not considered two weeks ago when the team worked out and signed Sanchez, Gruden explained, for similar reasons. Gruden said. "Do we want to go with a guy that's familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week. or go with a guy and teach, basically, a whole new kind of offense with new offensive linemen with a lot of the zone reads and all that stuff".
"It's just going to be a matter of which way do we want to go?"
"Sanchez had experience in a pro-style offense".
"Gruden said if it were Week 1, there would be a "great possibility" of signing Kaepernick". "These guys are going to run their routes, they're going to have their nuances and it's going to be up to us to get a couple extra reps here and there".
O'Connell did coach in San Francisco for one season when Kaepernick played for the 49ers.
He was the first player to kneel during the United States national anthem.