Within the remaining week, the Redskins gained their first sport of the season in Miami and held an undefeated San Francisco staff to only 9 issues in a difficult loss.
If you wish to consider the ones are just right effects and the primary steps towards redemption in an in a different way misplaced season, then forestall studying.
The truth is some distance uglier than the ones numbers.
Washington slightly beat a horrible Dolphins staff in a sport that got here all the way down to actually the remaining 2d and a dropped two-point conversion. A win is a win within the NFL, however within the ranks of wins, it wasn’t value vital birthday party.
Then got here Sunday’s sport in opposition to San Francisco. Within the first part, the Redskins protection inspired, protecting Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo to only 10 yards passing. 10 yards! The sport seemed somewhat winnable on the part, and truly into the 3rd quarter. Ultimately, on the other hand, the Redskins fell aside. San Fran discovered a solution to transfer the ball, Adrian Peterson had a shockingly poorly timed fumble, and the Washington offense proved utterly inept of any chew yardage performs during the air.
If the Redskins beat San Francisco, issues could be other. They did not.
An intense rainstorm that hovered over FedEx Box right through the sport was once Washington’s greatest benefit. The elements harm each offenses, however rendered the Redskins cross sport utterly inept. Quarterback Case Keenum completed the sport with fewer than 80 yards passing, and whilst Garoppolo wasn’t spectacular, he nonetheless just about doubled that overall.
Keenum is not the Redskins best drawback, however he’s an issue. And the larger factor is the staff’s reluctance to visit rookie QB Dwayne Haskins.
The 15th general select from Ohio State is probably not a fully advanced prospect, however he additionally turns out able to hitting the numbers Keenum has within the remaining two video games. In the ones two contests, Keenum has 243 passing yards, just right for a mean of 121.five cross yards-per-game.
If Haskins can not ship that stage of efficiency then the Redskins have a large drawback. If the staff is dedicated to giving Haskins the whole yr at the bench for building, then pop out and say it. Lay out a particular plan for the rookie, however do not simply make obscure statements about his readiness stage and make a decision to stay with Keenum.
“Dwayne’s nonetheless finding out. I believe he’d be the primary one to inform you that,” Redskins intervening time head trainer Invoice Callahan mentioned after the 49ers sport.
“We nonetheless have religion, overall religion, in Case and his talent to control this offense and run this offense and execute the whole lot inside it. We’re transferring ahead with Case at this juncture,” Callahan mentioned.
The elements completely restricted Keenum’s talent to make performs within the cross sport in opposition to San Francisco, however Garoppolo performed in the similar climate. The Patriots have overall religion in Tom Brady. The Texans have overall religion in Deshaun Watson. The Redskins have overall religion in Case Keenum?
The speculation right here is not to make issues utterly concerning the quarterback place. The Redskins problems are larger than that, and it would be naive to fake in a different way.
A big factor for the group comes from complacency, a convenience with the established order. Clearly the staff made a big alternate two weeks in the past to fireside Jay Gruden. Booting a head trainer in season, after 5 weeks, is a big resolution, however in Washington it didn’t convey main alternate.
Gruden wasn’t nice, however he was once a cog in a gadget that churned out mediocre soccer. This season the gadget went from mediocre to dangerous. Firing Gruden may no longer repair that gadget.
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