McLean native and former Gonzaga All-Met Kevin Hogan couldn’t be happier to be home after the Washington Redskins acquired the quarterback from the Cleveland Browns earlier this month.
“It’s always been a dream to be a Redskin,” Hogan told Scott Jackson, Brian Mitchell and Doc Walker during an interview Tuesday on The Team 980’s Inside the Locker Room. “You know how things work out; there’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. I ended up elsewhere for a few years, but all that matters is I’m here now and ready to get to work.”
The Redskins were interested in Hogan before the 2016 NFL draft, but the Chiefs selected the former Stanford star in the fifth round. After Kansas City released him before the start of the season, Hogan signed with Cleveland. He appeared in eight games with the Browns over the past two seasons and made his only start last year.
Hogan said he was at Stanford, where he led the Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles and continues to do his offseason training, when his agent called to say he had been traded to Washington.
“I thought he was joking,” Hogan said. “I was kind of shocked. It kind of came out of left field, but I was so excited. Once it sunk in, I could call my mom and tell her, and then I told all my buddies back home. It just really set in, and it was crazy after that.”
During an interview last week with the Audible’s “Offseason on the Brink” podcast, Hogan revealed he also got in touch with Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, his teammate for all of six months in Kansas City.
“Alex is one of the best guys in the league as a person, as a player,” Hogan told hosts Ken Meringolo, Kevin Ricca and Tim Strachan on the 1st Amendment Sports-produced show. “He really took me under his wing in Kansas City, was a great mentor and I was very disappointed to not be able to stick around and continue to learn under him. … I was kind of jealous when I got to see him go back to my team in Washington, and it’s crazy how things work out. He was one of the first people I texted, actually. I was like, ‘Teammates again, baby!’ And he laughed, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Hogan recalled how personable Smith was with everyone in the locker room during their time together in Kansas City.
“I’ve been places where guys on defense don’t interact with guys on offense,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t spend enough time with everyone because you’re so locked into your position group and your meetings. It’s like there’s a bunch of different groups kind of moving around. He does a good job of getting around, hanging out with the defensive guys, getting to know them and then just being the ultimate leader. The way he could stand up and talk in front of the team, explain the offense, explain the installs, is something that I learned in my rookie season about how to carry yourself.”
After watching film with Smith and fellow backup quarterback Colt McCoy on Tuesday, Hogan told The Team 980 that Jay Gruden’s offense reminds him of the one he ran at Stanford under Coach David Shaw.
“It’s a lot of the same stuff,” Hogan said. “Shaw coached in Oakland, so a lot of his scheme is from that old West Coast offense. It was really nice, my first day here. I got to take a look at the playbook and look at the passing game and the concepts, and it was just a flashback to college. It’s so quarterback-friendly here. I think, as you’ve seen in previous years, there’s always a place to go with the ball and get completions and get yards and be efficient. That’s what I want to be.”
Besides the familiar playbook, Hogan joining the Redskins also means he can dip back into his old wardrobe.
“I get to break out all my old gear that I grew up wearing, and it’s awesome,” said Hogan, who will wear No. 8, his college number and the digit previously worn by Kirk Cousins. “I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get my family back in the burgundy and gold, and my friends and stuff.”
While Hogan has worn brown and orange for most of his professional career, he never stopped rooting for the Redskins. Hogan was on the practice squad in Cleveland when the Browns visited FedEx Field in October 2016.
“I’ve always been a Redskins fan and I stayed a Redskins fan, even in the NFL,” Hogan told the guys on the Offseason On The Brink podcast. “It’s hard not to continue to root for your team, but if you’re facing that team on the field, it all goes away because you’re competing. You still root for your hometown team to do well, and I’m still pulling for all my D.C. teams out there. It’ll just be more fun to be in the locker room with guys rooting for the Caps, rooting for the Nats and the Wizards. It’s going to be a fun time.”
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