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Report: Redskins to sign Mark Sanchez as backup quarterback

Mark Sanchez (AP File photo/Nam Y. Huh)

After the devastating season-ending injury to starting quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Redskins are expected to sign Mark Sanchez as the team's backup signal-caller.

Sanchez will backup current starter Colt McCoy, who came into Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans after Smith broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg, according to ESPN.

The former USC product was drafted by the New York Jets as the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He helped lead the team to the AFC Championship game twice and has a 4-2 career record in the playoffs.

But he became infamously known for the "Butt Fumble." In that play, he ran into the back of his offensive lineman and coughed up the ball during a 2012 Thanksgiving Day game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

The veteran quarterback has connections to three Redskins assistant coaches, offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, offensive line coach Bill Callahan, and passing game coordinator Kevin O' Connell, who all worked on the Jets coaching staff during Sanchez's time with the team.

Cavanaugh was the Jets quarterbacks coach from 2009-12, Callahan was the Jets offensive line coach from 2008-11, and O' Connell was a backup quarterback for the Jets from 2009-10, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

For his career, Sanchez has thrown 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions with a career passer rating of 73.9. During his playoff career, Sanchez has nine touchdowns and three interceptions with a passer rating of 95.5.

At the Vienna Inn, which is a longtime hangout for Redskins fans, the injury to Smith was the talk of the lunchtime crowd on Monday.

“Nobody wants to see a player go down like that, it was just heartbreaking,” said fan Lynda Hoag.

But fans say the team still has a strong run defense and a strong running game. And they have faith in the battle-tested backup quarterback who will play on Thanksgiving Day in Texas.

“You know, I believe in Colt McCoy. He’s gone in to Dallas before and beaten Dallas,” said fan Patrick Johnson.

“Everybody believes in Colt,” added Eric Johnson. “I think he’s been biding his time to get a chance, and you know, his chance is here.”


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