November 22, 2019

Week 1 Sunday Morning Updates: Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

The Washington Redskins take on the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field at 1pm.

Injury Updates

Redskins

Probable: DE Frank Kearse (shoulder), C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger)

Inactive: QB Robert Griffin III (concussion), OLB Jackson Jeffcoat

 

Miami Dolphins

Probable: T Branden Albert (knee), RB LaMichael James (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (foot), CB Jamar Taylor (thigh)

Doubtful: T Jason Fox (concussion)

 

Television

CBS: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color commentary), Evan Washburn (sideline)

 

Radio

ESPN 980 Redskins Radio Network: Larry Michael (play-by-play), Sonny Jurgensen (color commentary), Chris Cooley (analysis), Doc Walker (sideline)

 

Betting Line

Miami -3.5

INACTIVES

The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Miami Dolphins:

The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 10 QB Robert Griffin III
o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross
o No. 53 LB Jackson Jeffcoat
o No. 61 G Spencer Long
o No. 68 T Tom Compton
o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio
o No. 85 TE Anthony McCoy

On Saturday, the Redskins signed No. 96 linebacker Houston Bates (6-3, 250) to their active roster from the team’s practice squad. The team released No. 73 defensive end Frank Kearse.

The Dolphins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 29 CB Will Davis
o No. 36 CB Tony Lippett
o No. 38 RB Jonas Gray
o No. 58 LB Chris McCain
o No. 74 T Jason Fox
o No. 83 WR Matt Hazel
o No. 96 DT A.J. Francis

On Friday, the Dolphins signed No. 65 center Sam Brenner (6-2, 310) and No. 38 running back Jonas Gray (5-10, 225) to their active roster from the team’s practice squad. The team released No. 66 center/guard Jacques McClendon and No. 5 quarterback Logan Thomas.

Washington Redskins Game 1 Preview: Miami Dolphins

The Washington Redskins enter their season opener having endured almost a full season’s worth of drama already. The Robert Griffin III-Kirk Cousins-Jay Gruden-front office soap opera was in full gear during training camp, but now it is time to actually play a meaningful game. The Miami Dolphins and Coach Joe Philbin come to FedEx Field to take on the hometown Redskins to kick off the 2015 season.

After 3-13 and 4-12 campaigns, the last couple of seasons have not given the Washington faithful much optimism. However, a new year gives the team a clean slate to work with and a new guy with the keys to the car, Mr. Kirk Cousins. Cousins has been named the official starter, and Robert Griffin III will be relegated to the bench once he returns from a concussion. With the history of this team and its game of musical Quarterbacks, there is no doubt that Kirk knows he must perform in order to keep this job.

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Washington Redskins Sign Former Dolphins Quarterback Pat White

The Washington Redskins announced Thursday morning that they have signed former Miami Dolphins signal caller Pat White.

White, 27, last played in the NFL in his rookie year of 2009, a season in which he suffered a concussion that had kept him out of football for four seasons. During that time, White sued the league for what he called “permanent injuries” that resulted from the hits that he took in his only year in the NFL. The Washington Times reported that White chose to drop his case against the league Tuesday, a matter that was presumably a pre-condition to joining the Redskins.

The dynamic ability White showed in his college career at West Virginia led him to being selected as the 44th overall pick of the 2009 draft. The dual-threat quarterback was expected to run the Dolphins’ “Wild Cat” offense, but only finished with just five passing attempts and 21 rushes before suffering the concussion that would lead to his departure from the league.

Why, then, would the Redskins sign White after four years of being away from the game? It’s likely because of the Redskins’ desire to have a quarterback in camp who can best simulate Robert Griffin III in practice while he’s recovering from knee surgery. Having someone like White mimic Griffin in practice not only helps his chances of potentially staying on the roster once the season starts, but it helps condition the other ten players on offense to that style of play.

So while it’s expected that second-stringer Kirk Cousins will be getting the majority of the snaps this summer, having a quarterback who can be a stunt double for the starter while he’s on the mend seems to make sense.

At Redskins QB position, Two Strikes for Mike Shanahan

The quarterback play of John Beck (pictured) and Rex Grossman has been worse than most Redskins fans could have imagined (photo by Brian Murphy)

Confession time: I didn’t see a single live snap of the latest Washington Redskins loss, a 20-9 setback at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. I had a very good reason for this: I’ve been in Vienna (as in Austria) for the last week. So it happened that the first half of Sunday’s game coincided with me flying into Dulles Airport, while the second half coincided with me going through immigration, collecting my luggage, getting on a bus to the West Falls Church Metro station and following the game on my phone.

Just when I was finally able to devote my full attention to the graphics and text on the tiny screen in front of me, the sequence that decided the game unfolded. You know the one: with 12 minutes to play in regulation and Washington trailing 13-9, newly reinstated starter Rex Grossman drives the Redskins to a first-and-goal situation at the Miami 10-yard line. On the next play, Grossman stares down Jabar Gaffney as if the former is trying to set the latter on fire with his mind and serves up an easy interception to Karlos Dansby. Miami promptly drives 81 yards for the clinching touchdown, and that is the end of that.

Trying to compose these essays on a week-by-week basis has become challenging over the course of this current five-game losing streak due to the fact that it is impossible to discuss the root causes of this decline without sounding like a broken record. But circumstances demand that we restate the obvious: I stated on record at the beginning of the year that there was no way the quarterback play would be as bad as it was in 2010. I was obviously wrong, very wrong. Grossman and  Beck’s individual performances have ranged from “merely competent” to “downright dreadful” over the course of the season, but their cumulative performance has been that of a sub-optimal backup; including Sunday’s loss, the Redskins quarterbacks have completed a pedestrian 193 passes in 329 attempts for 1,347 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions (as many, we hasten to point out, as Donovan McNabb threw in 2010).

It’s fun, normal, and perhaps even healthy to argue whether Mike Shanahan’s campaigning and/or acquiescence to the McNabb trade, as well as his resolve to “stake his reputation” on the quality of Beck as an NFL quarterback signaled a descent into football senility or whether Kyle Shanahan’s  ongoing association with Grossman marks him as the Dave Shula of the new millennium. Whatever the value of this exercise is, it completely misses the point, which is this: no matter how loud the baying for blood is this season (and my hunch is that it will get a good deal louder before the season mercifully ends on New Year’s Day), it won’t change the names on the organization chart.

In the NFL, as in most industries, the ally of success is stability. When Daniel Snyder signed Mike Shanahan to a five-year deal with all the trimmings, stability is precisely what he was paying for. These are the things you do when you’ve had Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn running your football team.

So be prepared, Redskins fans, for a lot more of the firm of Shanahan & Son. Having whiffed on McNabb, Grossman, and now Beck, they’ll likely get yet another chance to bring in the right quarterback that will pull the offense into something resembling competence. Kyle Orton, anyone?

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