Who will QB the Redskins, and can they win another game?
The Washington Redskins are 3-6. They don’t know who their quarterback is. They might not win another game this season.
It’s looking that bad right now in D.C. as the Mike Shanahan era (with Kyle Shanahan) looks as downright dysfunctional as the Jim Zorn era.
The Redskins were clobbered 20-9 on Sunday by the Miami Dolphins, who had won just one game. The schedule ramps up for the Redskins and one scout said he’d be surprised if the team wins another game this season. The schedule takes a turn for the more difficult for Washington, although the Redskins play at Seattle in Week 12 and host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. Other than that, it looks tough. The Redskins have one game left with each of their NFC East rivals and they also must play the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Bottom line: This probably will not end pretty.
So, who will be playing quarterback? The Redskins returned to Rex Grossman against the Dolphins and the offense sputtered as much as it had previously under John Beck.
“Well, we’re still going to do the same thing,” Mike Shanahan said, according to the Washington Post, when asked how he would approach the situation going forward. “We’re going to look at the scenario, what gives us the best chance to win, and make the decision based on that.
“You’re playing with an inexperienced quarterback (Beck) and you just don’t want to throw him to the wolves. You go with more of an experienced guy that has dealt with these situations. I didn’t want to put John in a situation where we had a number of guys down, and with his experience, especially over the last two weeks, I didn’t think that was the right thing to do.”
Showing that he really isn’t sure what to do, either, Shanahan didn’t announce to his players who the starting quarterback would be until Saturday. That creates a breeding ground for unstability.
Who starts this week against the Dallas Cowboys?
“Change week by week, like I told you,” Shanahan said. “We just got to keep on fighting and do what we think gives us the best chance to win based on the number of situations — could be the defense, could be personnel. But we’re going to do what gives us the best chance to win, and that’s the bottom line.”
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