Five thoughts on the Redskins' loss to the Eagles:
5. After three quarters of play the Redskins led in total yardage 338-200 and trailed 13-7. In the fourth quarter they were outscored 21-3 and outgained 190-39. This was another in the endless litany of problems this team has had finishing games.
4. Shanahan said, “Rex played a heck of a game today.” Grossman completed less than half of his passes (22 of 45), threw an interception, passed for 5.6 yards per attempt and hand a mediocre 64.7 QB rating. Apparently the bar has been set very low or Shanahan was watching a different game from the rest of us.
3. I liked the way that Evan Royster ran but you have to question his durability and that of Roy Helu. Royster got an I. V. at halftime and Helu still was slowed by nagging knee and toe injuries. Helu played four games as the prime back before missing last week’s game and Royster had just the one game with a full load under his belt. The workload will need to be carefully divided between those two and Tim Hightower, assuming he returns, in 2012.
2. The Redskins would not have had an issue with getting the field goal team on at the end of the first half had they kept a timeout in their pocket but they did not execute this basic tenant of clock mmanagement. They had burned their final timeout on their previous possession, after Grossman threw to Santana Moss for 20 yards into Eagles territory with 1:37 left. That would seem to me to be a good time to just hustle up to the ball and run a play and saved the timeout.
1. As The Ballcoach once said, “5-11, not too good.” Steven Spurrier’s team, however, was aimless; this one appears to have some direction. Still, 11 losses are what they are. If this isn’t rock bottom in the Shanahan regime it had better be close to it.