OPINION: 9 important reminders Washington is blowing its chance at a franchise QB


It is always nice to beat the Dallas Cowboys, but the Washington Football Team needs a franchise quarterback, and the sooner they realize that, the sooner this franchise can get the ball rolling.

Here are the facts.

1. The Washington Football Team has won two games through Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season. Both of those wins have come against teams from the dreadful NFC East that have combined for a record of 4-9-1 Against real competition this season -- teams above .500 -- they have been a disaster, losing all four matchups, and have been outscored 125-62.

2. Prior to defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7, the WFT was slated to pick second in the 2021 NFL Draft. After defeating the Dallas Cowboys, they are now slated to pick ninth. Trevor Lawrence will not be available for them to select at nine.

3. The Washington Football Team hasn't had a legitimate franchise quarterback -- one who has won MVP, or spent more than ten seasons with the team while in contention-- since Joe Theismann. He retired 35 years ago.

4. The last time the WFT got its hands on a potential franchise QB, they selected Robert Griffin III in 2012, and they traded two future first-round picks and a second to acquire him. Griffin was released by the team in 2016 after several devastating injuries and mountains of controversy derailed his career.

5. Little did fans know at the time, Washington selected their actual franchise QB of the future later in that same draft. But by the time Kirk Cousins proved to be a capable NFL starter, Washington's front office had already committed to nuking its relationship with him, assuring he'd eventually walk in free agency. Cousins finally did walk after the 2017 season, after passing for 13,176 yards, and 81 touchdowns to 36 interceptions over his final three seasons as Washington's starter.

6. Washington selected Dwayne Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. As of Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season, he was demoted to third-string behind a veteran quarterback who most expected to never take the field again after suffering a compound leg fracture that almost resulted in amputation.

7. The team is currently in a bye, and the next four slated games are against teams with records well below .500.

8. If the team decides to try and fight for a playoff spot, and miraculously wins the NFC East, the most likely opponents they would face would be the:

**The Arizona Cardinals (5-2), who pummeled them into oblivion in Week 2 and have one of the front-runners for MVP in Kyler Murray, who just upset the undefeated Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

**The New Orleans Saints (4-2), who seem destined to give it one last shot at a Super Bowl as Drew Brees nears retirement.

**Or the Los Angeles Rams (5-2), who had no issue with Washington when they met at FedEx Field three weeks ago.

9. A Wild-Card loss would result in the WFT picking outside the top-15, and losing all hope at acquiring one of the 2021 NFL Draft's top quarterbacks.

Conclusion: This team cannot compete with the best of the NFC and that has been proven time and time again. Washington going after the division crown rather than selling off assets like Ryan Kerrigan, who has fallen out of the rotation on the defensive line, keeps them in a spiraling circle of mediocrity that has plagued them for the last 25 years.

The Burgundy and Gold have reached the 10-win mark just twice in the last 20 years. They have finished the season with a positive point differential just five times since 2000. They have had 35 different starting quarterbacks since Theismann retired in 1985.

One of Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields or Trey Lance would give the team its best shot at long-term success. A short-lived playoff run to get smoked in the Wild Card yet again isn't worth missing out on a quarterback who can help them compete for years to come.

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