Redskins studs and duds from Week 5 loss to the Patriots
By Ian Cummings
Dud No. 1 – QB Colt McCoy
When Jay Gruden announced on Friday that Colt McCoy would be the starter on Friday, everyone expected it to be bad. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as bad as expected, but McCoy still did more than enough to earn the “dud” label in his first start of 2019.
McCoy’s final stat line read as follows: 18 for 27, 119 yards, and one interception. It was clear that he hadn’t had time to gain chemistry with his new receivers, as his pick came on a miscommunication between him and Steven Sims, and while his offensive line didn’t always hold up against New England’s rush, McCoy himself simply looked off for most of the game.
McCoy’s accuracy downfield was very spotty, and Jay Gruden seemed hesitant to dial up shots with his hand-picked quarterback. The offensive staff tried to get things going with Chris Thompson, but those efforts were to no avail. And when the weight was on McCoy’s shoulders to make a play and keep the drive alive, he couldn’t do it.
The Redskins lost 33-7, and if it were on McCoy to score that lone touchdown, and not somebody else, they might’ve been shut out.