No, not for Andrew Luck. Yet.
There weren’t many positives in the 23-0 shutout loss the Redskins suffered Sunday at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, and you’d be hard pressed to try and find any. The Redskins are now “on the clock”- in more ways than one. Here are a few Redskins with their jobs potentially on the line (if not for this season, then for next) in the coming weeks.
Anthony Armstrong (WR)
Armstrong has been hobbled by injuries early in the season, but with Santana Moss out for the season he needs to step up and make some plays in the vertical passing game. The only things Armstrong doesn’t have control over are the play calling and whose throwing him the ball. More on that in a moment.
Ryan Torain (RB)
Torain has a great name, a good build and can play well in spurts. He is, however, too inconsistent for this offense. Everybody knows that the offensive line isn’t blocking well and that being in 23-0 holes in the fourth quarter isn’t conducive to running the ball. This guy still needs to step up. Make a play. Earn your keep or the Redskins next Choice might be in there sooner rather than later.
John Beck (QB)
Did the Redskins make the right move, removing the Interceptor for the unproven veteran? The short term answer is maybe. Beck looks better, is taller and more mobile, not to mention he sounds great explaining all of the teams woes. It seems as though Rex didn’t hold on to the ball quite as long as Beck does, which may stem from his insecurities as a starting QB. Beck needs to get rid of the ball faster, take a few more chances deep and just manage the game better overall.
Kyle Shanahan (OC)
His father stood up for him earlier in the week in stating that he “didn’t have any concerns” about the playcalling. Well, now that that’s taken care of. Kyle needs to contour the playbook to the talent he has instead of just trying to run the same plays, the same sweep left, the same intermediate out route. This isn’t Houston, the Redskins don’t have Matt Schaub and he should act accordingly.
Jim Haslett (DC)
The Haz is on the way out if this defense can’t turn it around. The Redskins looked great through about five games, but it all started to fall apart versus Philadelphia. They got it together in the second half, which should be noted. This unit is now 14th in total defense and allowing 19.9 points per game. These numbers would look great with an offense that averages 28 points a game, but as everybody knows this isn’t the case in DC. The stress put on the defense is a result of the offense not being able to sustain drives and their lack of ability to create turnovers. This team has caused 16 fumbles this year and recovered four, that’s just not going to cut it. The personnel is better suited for a 3-4 scheme this year and most believe the Skins are a year or two out of being in contention, the question will be whether or not Jim Haslett is here to see this 3-4 develop.
If some or all of the aforementioned Redskins can’t step up in the second half of the season, fans may be staring a top-five pick right in the face.
All photos courtesy of the Associated Press and stats courtesy of NFL.com
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