By Rich Tandler
The coordinators take the podium on Thursday and there is plenty of ground to cover:
With Jim Haslett, a major topic will be the third-down defense against the Dolphins. After being among the league leaders in third-down conversions, the Redskins allowed the Dolphins to get first downs on eight of 14 third downs, a 57 percent success rate. We’ll ask about what happened to cause that. Also, we’ll ask about the decision to start second-year linebacker Perry Riley, and about his play in the Jack linebacker spot.
In the afternoon it’s Kyle Shanahan’s turn. You don’t have to be an insider to figure out what we’ll talk about—the lack of offense. Four touchdowns over the course of the current five-game losing streak is rather pathetic production and we’ll see what is being tried to fix things. The late change at quarterback, with the team finding out only over the weekend that Rex Grossman would be starting in place of John Beck, also will be discussed.
From both Kyle and Mike Shanahan, we’ll see if there are any new developments with the injury situation on the offensive line. Guard Maurice Hurt was out of practice yesterday with a knee injury and tackles Sean Locklear (ankle) and Jammal Brown (groin) were limited. Just when the current group of starters are getting its timing down, another shuffle might have to take place.