Washington confirms they're 'exploring' all options at QB and... not much else

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Washington confirms they're 'exploring' at QB and not much else originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When Washington was revealed to be one organization that really pushed to acquire Matt Stafford, it signaled that they realize they could really use an upgrade at quarterback.

And during Wednesday's press conference, one where Ron Rivera and the franchise introduced Martin Mayhew and Marty Hurney to the media, the club's trio of decision makers were more than willing to repeatedly confirm their interest in finding help at the premium position.

That's where the clarification stopped, though. 

Much like a Peyton Barber first-down run, they didn't go too far when discussing their plans.

"We’re going to look at and explore all of our options," Rivera said when asked to comment on his pursuit of Stafford.

"For the most part, again folks, the one thing we talk about is we’re exploring all our options as we go through this process," he responded when prompted to talk about how Alex Smith could factor into the offseason strategy.

"Well, I think the biggest thing we can say is, guys, we’re exploring all of our options," the coach reiterated once more after an inquiry about Cam Newton.

"As far as anybody else out there, we’re looking at all the options," Mayhew, clearly wanting to get in on the act, said when a reporter wondered what kind of QB he's on the hunt for.

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In all, the coyness wasn't surprising in the least. Those with power in the NFL aren't exactly the most open bunch to begin with, and there was no way Rivera, Mayhew or Hurney was going to spill that much when there's still so much potential wheeling and dealing to come. 

There's also this: Mayhew and Hurney basically just got here, and thanks to a recent trip to the Senior Bowl for scouting purposes, they've barely been in the building in Ashburn. They may still have boxes stacked up in their offices.

There's also this: The Burgundy and Gold obviously wanted but missed out on Stafford, and with that veteran now in Los Angeles, they could be regrouping and choosing who's their next priority. They have time to do that, too, since any Deshaun Watson swap might not occur for a handful of weeks and he seems like the domino that needs to fall first. 

So, when all of that is put together, it's totally understandable as to why Wednesday's presser was heavy on vague back-and-forths and light on serious details. Yet while that may have been a bit discouraging for those craving real insight into how Washington expects to solve such a glaring flaw, some encouragement should be drawn from the fact that they are actively exploring how to fix that flaw. 

Hopefully, however, all that exploration will produce something tangible, and hopefully that something tangible can produce a lot of yards and a lot of points.