Another Monday night game, another embarrassment on national television for the Redskins - so what else is new? Hell, the team even botched the tribute to London Fletcher by spelling his name wrong on the Jumbotron...But should we really expect anything less from this organization?
There is a LOT of finger pointing to go around and most of it is very deserving - but this mess really starts at the top and trickles down. A whole-house cleaning is in order, but does Dan have the stones to do it?
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game, followed by some notes.
Terry McLaurin - The rookie receiver continues to dazzle! He just knows how to get open, and seems to have that “it” factor that many others don’t. McLaurin had six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. On the young season, he has 16 receptions for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Paul Richardson Jr. - Richardson put together a nice performance against the Bears showing some nice route diversity on his way to eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. He’s healthy so far and it shows in his play.
Montez Sweat - The rookie EDGE defender was very active against the Bears, collecting 7 tackles, one for a loss and his first career sack. He’s starting to think less, which allows him to play faster - and that is a very good thing for the young defender.
Matt Ioannidis - Ioannidis put on a solid defensive performance Monday night, collecting four tackles, one for a loss and a sack down by the goalline that nearly went for a safety.
Steven Sims Jr. - Sims is giving this team something they haven’t had for a very long time - a spark in the return game. He had three kickoff returns for 102 yards and caught both of his targets for 24 yards. He needs to see more offensive targets going forward.
Case Keenum - The 31 year old journeyman signal caller was absolutely horrendous on the evening, turning the ball over five times(3 interceptions and 2 fumbles lost). He was also sacked four times for a loss of 45 total yards. Many of his 332 yards came in garbage time when the game was already decided and the Bears were in a soft zone.
Brandon Scherff - Right now, considering his recent play, Brandon Scherff and his agent have no right to turn down a 13 million per year average on a long-term deal. Scherff has been anything but spectacular over the team’s first three games, with Monday nights contest being his worst performance of 2019. Right now, he’s being outplayed by Ereck Flowers. He was responsible for two sacks and a few more pressures on the evening.
Morgan Moses - Redskins fans are getting used to seeing Moses’ name on the weekly Duds list. The right tackle certainly had his hands full with the likes of Mack, but that is no excuse for poor play(well, maybe it is...).
Josh Norman - Despite coming up with an interception on an underthrown pass and a sack, Norman was his usual dud self Monday night, getting burnt deep yet again by an opposing team’s wide receiver, and allowing multiple catches by his man. The fact that he doesn’t know when to just shut his mouth makes things even worse.
Jay Gruden - OK, I’ve supported him long enough. This experiment needs to end. I’m not sure we can attract much better talent given the state of this team right now, but we have to at least try.
Greg Manusky - You are SERIOUSLY going to have linebackers try and cover Taylor Gabriel on a crossing route, and drop Ryan Anderson into coverage? This madness has to end! What a waste of space this clown is!
- Jeremy Sprinkle almost made the Duds list for his early drop on the deep strike from Keenum. He did however make up for that by grabbing a pass that was low and behind him later in the game.
- Cole Holcomb continues to be a tackling machine. If he can add some turnovers to his resume, he could find himself in the running for DROY.
- I thought Landon Collins played pretty well, and looks to be settling in with his teammates. He had seven tackles(one for a loss) during the game.
- Vernon Davis’ attempt to hurdle a defender who saw it coming from a mile away was pretty funny and I’m sure it will land on “Come on Man”.