Whether or not he keeps sitting, or for how long, remains uncertain. The Redskins have not officially said who will start Monday against Dallas, but all along they've maintained that they're planning on it being Colt McCoy.
Gruden also said Compton has earned the start. For most of the first six games, Compton served as a third tight end in run situations. The third-year pro has worked at both tackle spots. When he first entered the league, the book on him was good athlete, but he needed more strength. Compton has focused hard on the latter area, though at times he has issues with getting driven back. But the quickness serves him well in the zone run game.
Keim: Because the defense is 24th in points allowed and the offense is 22nd in points per game. So they don't give up as many yards and they do gain a lot of yards, but scoring matters. And the Redskins struggle big time in this area. Also, turnovers matter greatly: the Redskins are minus-9 in turnover differential, which is worst in the NFL. Add a special teams that does almost nothing to contribute big plays and gives them up and that's how you get to 2-5.
There don't seem to be any more O-line changes imminent. Although many fans and some analysts aren't necessarily happy with the play of guards Chris Chester and Shaun Lauvao it seems like their jobs are safe. It seems like the coaches are much happier with their play than the outsiders are. It's also possible that they believe that potential replacement Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus are not upgrades at this point in their development.
"Sometimes, he does seem to overanalyze-at least it looks like it-or he under-analyzes, whichever way you look at it. We can't figure him out yet, if he's smart or if he's dumb sometimes," Gruden said with a smile on Friday. "But we do know he has got great intensity, but just sometimes he's just not letting it all hang out for whatever reason. Sometimes he's a little tentative, he's overthinking things. He's not quite quick to react and just play."