Let's take a quick look at the Washington Football Team's roster, position by position, with the most basic glimpses at each area on the depth chart. Just scratching the surface, here, so if you're a diehard fan, feel free to breeze through this next paragraph.
Running back? You've got a beast in Antonio Gibson, who should only get better after recording 1,042 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns as a rookie. Wide receiver? You've got a legitimate stud in Terry McLaurin, who could very well be in the top ten at the position, and an added threat in the versatile Curtis Samuel to spice up the offense, among other names. Tight end? Logan Thomas is a 6-foot-6 beast who burst onto the scene in 2020. Offensive line? You've got a unit that was ranked No. 6 in the entire league by Pro Football Focus and added an exciting new name through the draft in Sam Cosmi. Defense? How about the fourth best unit in the NFL in terms of points allowed in 2020, with freak athlete Jamin Davis joining the linebacker corps and Chase Young likely taking another step in his already-dominant career.
Quarterback? Uhhh... pause. So there's Ryan Fitzpatrick. He's fine. He's serviceable. He's a veteran that can get you wins, and probably also cause some losses. No disrespect to Fitzpatrick — just like he meant no disrespect to Alex Smith in an unfortunate text — but it's just not the most exciting name at the top of the QB depth chart. There's Taylor Heinicke, who's a question mark with potential. There's certainly upside. But he's a question mark before anything else. There's Kyle Allen, who's recovering from a brutal ankle injury. And that's the quarterback room.
When the rest of the roster is so strong, isn't it kind of annoying to just accept the fact that this is the quarterback room? Isn't it more fun to wish, and hope, and pray, that a Hall of Famer could just waltz right in and take over the job? Someone like — oh, I don't know — Aaron Rodgers?
Brian Baldinger, among many others, think that if Rodgers were to be that guy in Washington, the team would take off. He talked about the possibility on the latest episode of the Audacy podcast "Baldy's Breakdowns," alongside Jason La Canfora.
"Washington, they're set up to win right now. They're set up to win," Baldinger said. "Washington, with Scott Turner and Ron Rivera and that defense right now — Ryan Fitzpatrick, I love him — [but] you could go win the whole thing with Aaron Rodgers right now."
I can't say I disagree, and it doesn't sound like Richard Sherman does either.
"I think Washington would be a cool opportunity," Sherman said on ESPN's "First Take" on Wednesday (h/t Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated and 105.3 The Fan). "They have a D-line, a defense in place and some playmakers on the outside that he could do something with."
An endorsement from Sherman and from our very own Baldy? What else could we possibly ask for — a connection between the quarterback and the head coach that means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things and that we should all overreact about?